Like we previously stated in our last blog, there are some great day trips you can take from Munich to experience and learn more about some of Germany's most unique and historical landmarks. Two locations we would highly recommend are Dachau Concentration Camp & the Bavarian Alps -- more specifically, Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof.
Dachau was the first concentration camp in Germany and a great stop if you’re interested in learning more about the history of World War II. It’s a taxi drive away from Munich’s central hub and probably worth blocking off half a day to explore.
The gate's phrase below means: "Work Sets You Free" -- a common phrase found on entrances that led into concentration camps.
Be warned: Dachau is s a humbling and sobering experience to see first hand, and one that will most likely leave you weeping like a little girl. Still, I would highly recommend it. Read the stories, run your fingers across the memorials erected to remember those both lost and those that survived. Experience a part of history’s ugly past but be reminded of what we’ve learned from it, and the stories of those at Dachau that will push us towards a better tomorrow.
Located above the village of Hohenschwanga and nestled in the Bavarian Alps lies probably one of the most iconic and photographed castles in the world: Neuschwanstein Castle. Regardless if you've seen it in person or not, it probably sets off a spark of familiarity within you, and for a good reason! Disney's castle in Sleeping Beauty is based off of this landmark, making it both an ideal fictional and real-life fairytale castle.
The castle was built by King Ludwig II who might have been deemed by today's standards, a "little" crazy. Our boy Ludwig wasn't as concerned about running a country as he was about building a fairytale castle. He was obsessed, and his obsession led to one of the most impressive and majestic places you'll ever see.
Side note: If you're wanting an incredible view of the castle, I would highly recommend walking across Mary's Bridge. The view is jaw-dropping beautiful. You'll thank us, trust me.
Linderhof was another castle created by the "Mad" King Ludwig. Although it was the smallest of the three he created, it is still quite breathtaking and enchanting. Surrounding the castle are beautiful gardens fashioned after the baroque style. I wish we could have taken pictures of the inside, because the interior decorations are by FAR more outrageous then the exterior architecture and surroundings. Sadly, Linderhof was the only castle that Ludwig saw completed before his death. Although his story was something from a soap opera, his obsession has resulted in some of the most iconic landmarks of Germany today.
Regardless if you're into castles, a trip to to see the Bavarian Alps is a must. When you're in the Alps, it truly feels like nothing else exists but you and the mountains. It's peaceful and just a small glimpse into what life once was like. I guarantee when you leave, you'll be promising yourself to return again one day because it's simply become one of our favorite places.
**If you want to spend a full day in the Bavarian Alps, we would highly recommend a tour through Viator. The one we took allowed us to explore Oberammergau, Hohenschwangau (a village at the bottom of the castle), Neuschwanstein and Linderhof."