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Day Trips from Munich

In my opinion, there are no better train stations then the Munich Central station.  It is in the center of town, there are convenient hotels and hostels right by it and restaurants that are close by.  The trains are lined up so it is easy to figure out which train to go on.  It is also a central hub for trains going in lots of directions so basically you can get up and decide where you want to go. A quick comment on train tickets, you can buy direct tickets when you get there but there are two other options as well.  The first is if you have an unlimited Eurail pass, this is a good place to use it.  You can hop on whatever train you want and ride the fastest train for no extra cost.  This gives you more time at your destination opposed to time on the train.  The second is a  regional train pass .  These are great, inexpensive ways to travel and are even cheaper to travel on with a group.  Two cautions about this though, on the weekdays, you can not start using it until 9:00 am.  So if you wanted to get up early and get going, this is not an option.  The second is it only works on regional slower trains, so forget about getting on one of the faster IC or ICE trains.  But if you are okay with those two things and are on a budget, go for it.  I did this in Lower-Saxony and it worked out well.  Took twice as long from Hanover to Hamburg, but I was on a budget. Here are my recommendations for day trips from Munich: Salzburg While Salzburg merits a couple of days, if you only have one day to see from Munich, I still would recommend it. The regional ticket does cover the trip even though it is in Austria. However, if you are limited to one day trip, the express train, which is much faster, is worth the extra money. It is only about 90 minutes from Munich where the regional train could take up to three hours and you can not leave until 9:00 am. Once you get into Salzburg, either take the bus or a cab to the old town and make sure you get a good tourist map. I like to bring one with me in case I can not find one so here is a good link.  You can read all about Salzburg in my Salzburg post, but I would recommend you take a good walk around the old town. Go inside of the Cathedral and walk around the Cemetery. Make sure you go up to the Fortress, walk down to the Augustiner beer garden, get a late lunch or dinner there and then take the cab back to the train station.
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Salzburg, an easy train ride from Munich

Füssen Füssen is home of the fairy-tale castle Neuschwanstein built by the "Mad King" Ludwig and his childhood home Hohenschwangau Castle. Take the regional train from Munich to Fussen and then take bus 73 or 78 directly to the castle ticket office. Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular places to visit so I would recommend buying tickets beforehand. For the best views, be sure walk up to Mary's Bridge. Füssen is a nice town to walk around in as well.
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Make sure you take to time to go up to Mary's bridge for the best views.

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber Rothenburg is one of the better Medieval towns to visit in all of Germany. It is on the "Romantic Road" and is easy to get to by train. However, if you were to have a car for one day, this would be it so that you could drive on the "Romantic Road" and visit one of the other towns on the way. I enjoyed Nordlingen which is also a walled city but less touristy. If you decide to take a train, it is an easy ride, but it will take at least one transfer. Rothenburg is incredibly touristy, but is worth it. If you were saving one day to do your souvenir shopping, this would be the place. Make sure you walk outside of the main gates to get a view of the walled city. In both Nordlingen and Rothenburg, I enjoyed taking a walk on top of the wall.
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Rothenburg while very touristy is worth a vist.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Zugspitze Garmisch is a winter sports mecca and has hosted the winter Olympics. Visiting the ski jump arena is a neat experience. If you are a skier or hiker there is much to do in Garmisch, but what I enjoy is going to the top of the Zugspitze. Zugspitze is the tallest mountain in Germany and is an amazing experience reaching the top with an even more amazing view. Coming from Munich, you take the train to Garmisch and right at the train station you change to a much smaller train that takes you to the foot of the Zugspitze. From there, you take a cable car all the way to the top. There are hikes up there and people are still skiing even in the late spring. The restaurant up there has a very good lunch.
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Easy transfer to the top of the Zugspitze from Garmisch

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Going to the top of the Zugspitze is a top day trip destination from Munich.

There are many other day trips you can take from Munich, but these are my favorite.    
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