Around Munich

Year after year, the beautiful surroundings of Munich attract visitors from all over the world,
who don’t want to miss out on the cultural and scenic treasures surrounding the Bavarian
state capital. We have put together a small selection for you:


Glentleiten Open Air Museum

On an area of 25 hectares above the majestic Kochel Lake, visitors can discover interesting facts about Upper Bavaria’s farming and preindustrial past. Different types of houses and craft workshops, peasant farmers’ properties, and farmyards – mainly dating from the 18th century – can be seen there today. There are permanent exhibitions with different themes, as well as demonstration gardens, historical livestock breeds, and lots more.


Andechs Monastery (Kloster Andechs)

The Andechs Monastery is primarily known for its beer garden that serves its famous monastery beer, and the pilgrimage church on the “Sacred Mountain”. The Sacred Mountain was a place of worship even in ancient times: The Andechs Monastery was then founded in the 10th century, and an order of Benedictine monks has been residing here since 1455. The strong beer brewed in the monastery’s own brewery has been served to the public for more than 500 years now. The monastery’s beer garden seats around 4,000 guests and is open from Easter until October (no strong beer is served on Saturdays and Sundays!)


Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

As well as a documentary exhibition in the former administration buildings, visitors to the memorial complex, built on the former site of the Dachau Concentration Camp, can see the camp prison, the two crematoriums, and the reconstructed prisoners’ barracks. The newly designed exhibition about the life and suffering of the former prisoners was opened in 2003, and is still on show today. Previously unseen documents about the history of the first National Socialist’s concentration camp were presented here for the first time.


Wolfratshausen Fairytale Forest (Märchenwald)

Children in particular will be in their element in Europe’s largest fairytale forest with moving figures right in the heart of the Isarauen (the meadows on the banks of the Isar River) near Wolfratshausen. There are huge slides, a dragon swing, a vintage railway, and lots more.


Neuschwanstein Castle

With this castle, King Ludwig II., who was known for his peculiarities, wanted to turn the theatrical world of Richard Wagner into a reality – less than one month after the monarch’s death (see Lake Starnberg) his “fairytale castle” was opened for public viewing. Today Neuschwanstein attracts over a million visitors every year. It presides over the valley at a height of 200 meters on a rocky outcrop against the backdrop of the Allgäu Alps, just a few kilometers away from the castle is the Wies Church (see Wies Church). The Broadway version of the life of King Ludwig II. is staged in the purpose-built musical theater: an elaborate performance before an impressive background with views of the original castle.


Lake Starnberg

Lake Starnberg is the nearest lake to Munich and one of the most popular recreational areas for Munich locals and tourists with its many beaches for swimming, sporting activities, and boat trips. A historically significant year is 1886, when the myth-shrouded King Ludwig II. and his physician Dr. Gudden met their deaths in the lake, a mystery which remains unsolved to this day. A wooden cross on the eastern banks of the lake near Castle Berg marks the spot and serves as a memorial.


Tegernsee and Schliersee Lakes

Approximately 60 kilometers south of Munich, close to the Austrian border, you’ll find the two picturesque lakes, Tegernsee and Schliersee – popular starting points for wonderful mountain hikes or summery swimming fun. It is also possible to book boat trips around the lakes. Beer lovers can enjoy a chilled beer at the famous Bräustüberl beer hall in the town of Tegernsee.


Wies Church (Wieskirche)

This impressive church is an important pilgrimage church. It was built between 1746 and 1754 and is one of the best preserved examples of genuine Rococo architecture. It was designed by Dominikus Zimmermann and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Poing Wilderness Park (Wildpark Poing)

This park with the most abundant wildlife in Germany stretches out over 57 hectares of pristine countryside. It is home to over 100 deer and 50 moufflons (wild sheep), as well as countless wild boar and herds of deer, which have meanwhile become tame. Much to the pleasure of the visitors, who can observe the animals up close. With chicken coops and pony stables, miniature goat pen, fish ponds, wetland biotopes, and aviaries.



Germany’s highest mountain is the Zugspitze – its summit lies 2,964 meters above sea level. A trip with the cogwheel train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the Schneeferner Glacier summit is guaranteed to impress. The glacier’s ski resort is open from November until May and in summer you’ll be tempted to cool off with a dip into the glistening, greenish-blue Eibsee Lake.