Tips for days out in and around Munich
If you live in Munich, you don’t necessarily have to leave the city to see fields and forests or to go on a day out to a bathing area. Water, forest and public parks make up about 20 percent of the municipal area, offering many possibilities for recuperation, relaxation, games and sports. The huge (3.7 sq km) English Gardens, the Olympic Park, the Hellabrunn zoo, the Nymphenburger Schlosspark (Nymphenburg Palace Park), many swimming lakes, as well as the relaxation areas and many kilometers of cycling and strolling paths along the Isar make Munich a true leisure paradise. And if the possibilities within the city aren’t enough, one fabulous destination for day trippers after the other lines up in every direction beyond the city limits. The lakes Starnberger See, Ammersee and Chiemsee, the mountains Brauneck and Zugspitze, romantic castles such as the Märchenschloss (fairy-tale castle) Neuschwanstein, constructed by the storied King Ludwig II, as well as waterfalls, ravines and forests are more or less at Munich’s doorstep.
The best addresses at a glance
Neuschwanstein: Once upon a time...
Tegernsee: The picture-book valley
Chiemsee: Island attractions
Head 80km south-east of Munich and you’ll reach the ocean. Chiemsee, a sprawling lake, is known as the Bavarian Ocean because of its huge size. The lake is large enough to accommodate three islands: the Herreninsel (gentlemen’s island), the Fraueninsel (ladies’ island) and the Krautinsel (cabbage island – uninhabited). One of the most visited attractions is Castle Herrenchiemsee on the Herreninsel built around 1880. The castle grounds house gardens, wells, fountains and the König-Ludwig-II-Museum.