The Bavarian capital Munich is an absolute touristic magnet which enjoys worldwide fame and appeal. However, when you plan a city tour to Munich, you shouldn’t forget about the surrounding countryside! Even though the metropolis offers infinitely many opportunities for sightseeing tours and excursions, the nearby surroundings have equally many fascinating surprises in store for you.
Ideas for interesting excursions from Munich
Surely, the castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are your first choice when taking a trip to Munich. However, you should also consider other destinations for your city tour to Munich. Let yourself be enchanted by our excursion tips and plan your next city tour to Munich!
The Andechs monastery lies only 43 kilometers (one hour drive) away from Munich and is therefore well-suited for a half-a-day excursion. Above the eastern bank of Ammer Lake and visible from many miles away atop the Holy Mountain, you will find Andechs monastery. Since 1850 it is the oldest pilgrimage church of Bavaria with Benedictine monks supervising the pilgrimage since 1455. The brewery is the monastery´s largest business enterprise; its beers representing a successful combination of Benedictine brewing tradition and modern brewing technology. Guided tours are offered regularly with a little tasting at the monastery´s distillery.
The 86 km distanced monastery Ettal is, from Munich, reachable within only around 1.5 hours. Together with a visit to the monastery Andechs or the Starnberger Lake offers the Ettal monastery a great opportunity for a whole-day excursion from Munich. Ettal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery; its prodigious cupola clearly visible against the Alps rocks. It was founded in April 1330 by Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian and was extensively renovated during the 20th. The largest business – next to agriculture – is the brewery which has been producing beers without interruption for the past 400 years. Only a few meters away is the distillery offering a taste of their various liqueurs, generated by using old and well-protected recipes.
With their 40 Kilometres distance to Munich are the gardens of Weihenstephan a very special destination for the lovers of gardens! The Weihenstephan Gardens are of trans-regional importance for garden specialists and lovers alike. Visitors from all over the world get to enjoy the wide variety of flower beds and plant arrangements designed to enchant with their beauty. In 2012 the planting of a fruit show garden completed the community garden area and the restoration of the Oberdieck garden was finished by planting the apothecary garden. Furthermore, the gardens are a teaching support at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences with its goal of researching and analyzing ornamental outdoor plants.
Schleißheim palace complex
This three-part complex, reachable within just a half an hour drive, is an ideal destination for a half-a-day excursion from Munich. In 1597, Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria purchased the isolated moorland farm including the St Margaret´s Chapel and thus founded the Schleißheim palace complex. His son Maximilian ordered the manor to be rebuilt into a palace, known as the Old Palace. It was largely destroyed during WW 2 but restored to its old glory of a country palace in the style of villa architecture from Upper Italy. Starting a new chapter with his reign he ordered near the end of the 17th century the construction of Lustheim castle with its two pavillons being the perfect example of a German casino Italian style. The Schleißheim park completes the palace complex and is one of Europe´s most important baroque gardens.
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Naturally, there are many more ideas and possibilities to arrange excursions for your city tour, to make your city tour to Munich more interesting and unique. In case you need any special information regarding the tour programme, we will gladly be of service. Let yourself be inspired by our trip ideas and ask for your complete individual tour programme – we are looking forward to your trip ideas and will gladly help you with their implementation!
Andechs Monastery © Anton Funzel, www.pixelio.de
Ettal Monastery © AugustusTours
Weihenstephan Gardens © Hans Kraus, www.pixelio.de
Schleißheim palace complex © Holger Knecht, www.pixelio.de