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How to Spend 3 Days in Munich

How to Spend 3 Days in Munich

Three days in Munich gives you time to discover the city’s beer, food, art, nightlife, architecture, and palaces; marvel at the fairy-tale castle that inspired Disney; and even squeeze in a day trip. And if you’re visiting over Oktoberfest or the Christmas period, that’s even better. Read on to find out more.

Day 1: City Sights and Bavarian Brews

Start your first day with a thorough orientation of the Bavarian capital. Soak up sights such as the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche), the Munich Residence palace, and Marienplatz, fortifying yourself with coffee and cake en route. If the weather’s friendly, enjoy lunch in the English Garden park. Next, discover the city’s world-class art scene. See old masters at the Old Pinakothek, 19th-century and impressionist stars at the New Pinakothek, and modern works at the Modern Pinakothek. Wrap up the day with the city’s signature experience, a night in a historic beer hall with dirndls, an oompah band, gallons of beer, and hearty Bavarian fare such as pork knuckle.

Day 2: Castles and Cocktails

Start your second day, perhaps, with Bavaria’s signature breakfast: weisswurst, the white sausage that’s only eaten before noon. Then head out to Mad King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle for a tour of its magical turrets, chambers, and halls. Then return to Munich and explore its signature regal sights: the extravagant Munich Residence, where Bavaria’s rulers sat in state for centuries, and Nymphenburg Palace with its opulent gardens. Alternatively, continue your countryside adventure with a trip to majestic Hohenschwangau Castle, where Ludwig grew up, or Linderhof Palace, Ludwig’s answer to Versailles. Come evening, discover wealthy Munich’s more sophisticated side over cocktails and light bites in a high-end bar.

Day 3: Day Trip or Dachau

Your third day in Munich is a great opportunity to discover the city’s dark past. Start with a walking tour of the city’s many Nazi-era landmarks, learning about key points on Hitler’s rise to power. Then catch the train a little way out of the city to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, where the first of the Third Reich concentration camps opened in 1933. Alternatively, if World War II history is too dark for you, feast on beauty with a day trip to Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze; the beautiful Austrian city of Salzburg; or along south Germany’s dazzling Romantic Road. For your last evening, delve deeper into Munich’s international present. Feast at one of the city’s excellent Afghan restaurants, then don your glad rags and party till dawn at your pick of its high-class, high-energy clubs.

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Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich

Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich

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Add a bit of legend and enchantment to your German vacation with a full-day trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from Munich. Relax for the scenic coach ride through the Bavarian Alps, then spend hours exploring the former royal residences, sources of inspiration for modern fairy tales like Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty. In your small group, tour the castle’s opulent halls, unique spaces and the incredible kitchens. Conclude with free time in the charming village of Oberammergau.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

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Travel from Munich to Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle on this day trip that includes round-trip transportation by train. Often known as Germany’s "Cinderella castle," Neuschwanstein was actually the inspiration for a different Disney story, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle at Disneyland. Take a guided tour of the castle, and hear stories about the "Mad" King Ludwig II, who commissioned it. The entrance fee is not included, but skip-the-line access is, so you won’t wait in the main admission queue.
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  • 9 hours
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Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail

Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail

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Discover elegant Salzburg—historic birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—on a day trip from Munich. Relax on the comfortable train ride to Salzburg, take a guided tour of city attractions like Domkirche Cathedral and the Festung Hohensalzburg fortress, then enjoy hours of independent time to explore. Soak up Austrian history, sample local delicacies, and snap photos of the city set against the striking backdrop of the Alps.
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Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
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Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich

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Admire the countryside, castles, and villages of Germany’s Romantic Road on a day trip from Munich. Enjoy a coach drive along the iconic Road, a famously picturesque route through Bavaria’s mountains and forests. Stop at 11th-century Harburg Castle, one of Germany’s oldest fortifications, and continue to Rothenburg, a beautifully preserved medieval town of cobbled lanes, squares, and half-timbered houses. See top attractions such as the Renaissance-era Town Hall, enjoy free time to wander, have lunch (own expense), and more.
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  • 11 hours
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Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich

Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich

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Get a dose of Bavaria's iconic beer culture with this food and beer tour in Munich. Home of Oktoberfest and a collection of famous beer halls and beer gardens, Bavaria's beautiful capital invites visitors from around the globe with its promise of fun and camaraderie. Partner with a savvy guide for an insider look at this tradition of imbibing. You’ll hit local haunts and enjoy Bavarian nibbles in the company of fellow beer aficionados.
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Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Get acquainted with Munich the easy way on a fun, flexible hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Choose a 24-hour Express Tour to check out Munich’s main highlights or a 24-hour or 48-hour Grand Tour ticket to widen your sightseeing net. Either way, settle aboard an open-top double-decker bus, listen to the enlightening onboard commentary, and enjoy panoramic views of sites such as the Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, Viktualienmarkt and more. Hop off at the stops that interest you, explore on foot and then re-board the bus at any stop you wish.
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Shared Arrival Transfer: Munich Airport to Munich Central Station

Shared Arrival Transfer: Munich Airport to Munich Central Station

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Begin your stay in Munich with ease with this stress-free, one-way shared transfer service from Munich International Airport to Munich Central Station. After landing, cross the Munich airport arrivals hall and head outside to board the shared, air-conditioned shuttle bus. Then, enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey to the station, with the option to hop out at Schwabing North on route. If you need a return transfer to the airport at the end of your time in Munich, upgrade to a round-trip transfer service when you book.
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Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich

Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich

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Visit the famous Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, on this guided, full-day trip with road transfers from Munich. Take a cable car to the summit of Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain at 2,962 meters (9,718 feet) above sea level, for breathtaking views of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy, then ride the cogwheel train back down.
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Berchtesgaden and Eagle's Nest Day Tour from Munich

Berchtesgaden and Eagle's Nest Day Tour from Munich

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Visit the Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden, Adolf Hitler’s famous mountaintop retreat, on this day trip from Munich. Travel by air-conditioned coach through Bavaria’s lush mountainscapes, and ride a bus and elevator to the lodge, 6,148 feet (1,834 meters) up Mt. Kehlstein. See where Hitler entertained dignitaries, view the hall where weddings and conferences were staged, and explore the terrace to admire the spectacular Alpine views—vistas that Hitler, ironically, found challenging due to his vertigo. Enjoy time for lunch (own expense) and the option to visit the Nazi Documentation Center Museum.
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Munich Christmas Markets Tour

Munich Christmas Markets Tour

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Soak up the holiday spirit with a 2-hour tour of the Munich Christmas markets. With more than 20 holiday markets across the city, follow a guide through Munich's Old Town to explore the city's festive offerings, including Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz. Shop for handmade Bavarian gifts, sip on glühwein (mulled wine), and try lebkuchen, the gingerbread cookie that has been a local Christmas staple since the 14th century.
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