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While Munich is the land of beer, just outside of the city you can discover the land of castles and lovely scenery. In fact, it’s well worth leaving the city to visit some of Forbes Travel Guide’s five best day trips from Munich:
1. Neuschwanstein Castle. You’ll love exploring the bucolic area around King Ludwig II’s fairytale Romanesque Revival style castle, which is about two hours outside of Munich. If you have lots of energy, make the two-hour mountain climb up to the castle for some amazing views.
2. Hohenschwangau. The castle where Ludwig II grew up dates back to the 12th century and is just a few minutes from Neuschwanstein. Built on the remains of a fortress, the neo-Gothic castle is well worth a visit.
3. Dachau. This concentration camp, just 10 miles from Munich, imprisoned more than 200,000 people between 1933 and 1945. Today, you can take an emotional visit to the infamous camp, which is now a memorial site and museum.
4. Salzburg. Only a two-hour drive from Munich, this pretty Austrian town is best known as the setting for The Sound of Music, but it’s also worth seeing for the Alpine views.
5. Linderhof Palace. The smallest of Ludwig II’s palaces, Linderhof was based on the Palace of Versailles in France. You’ll find this German version about an hour south of Munich.