Four Places to Visit Near Munich, Germany

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Munich is one of my favorite cities in Europe, and the fact that there is always good beer within a short walk definitely helps that fact. Even though I love the city, on a recent trip I wanted to get out into the countryside to get a more laid-back feel of Germany. There are a lot of places to visit near Munich, but in two short days outside the city it was important to select just a few to make sure we really had time to enjoy the sites. The main focus ended up being castles and churches, and even both of those are plentiful!

Linderhof Palace

Located just over an hour from Munich, Linderhof was our first stop. Linderhof is the smallest of three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria – and it was the only one in which he lived to see completed.

Linderhof Palace

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle was also commissioned to be built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle is perhaps most well known for being the inspiration behind Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Neuschwanstein Castle is located approximately two hours from Munich.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Pilgrimage Church of Wies

The Pilgrimage Church of Wies was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and is about 90 minutes from Munich. It gained its UNESCO Status because of the Scourged Savior – tears were reportedly seen on the wooden figure’s face. This has attracted quite a few pilgrims over the years, first to the small chapel that was initially built and even today to the much larger Church of Wies.

Pilgrimage Church of Wies

Rottenbuch Abbey

Rottenbuch Abbey was a last minute addition to the trip outside of Munich when we were told by a local that it was even more stunning than the Pilgrimage Church of Wies. Rottenbuch Abbey was constructed between 1085 and 1125 in the Romanesque style and was part of the pilgrimage route to Italy. Rottenbuch is just over an hour from Munich.

Rottenbuch Abbey

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. We hope to visit Munich for the first time next summer during our trip to Europe. Hope you share how to get to these locations from Munich in a later post 🙂 we are also hoping to visit Hitler’s Eagles Nest, have you ever been there?

    1. We were traveling with a group so renting a car was the best option for us — if you’re comfortable driving and rental car rates are reasonable I would definitely recommend going that route. I have not been to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest but hope that I can make it there on a future trip, too!

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