Best Scenic Small Towns Near Munich: The Top 5

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Ankit Maratha,Munich: Munich is located in the heart of Bavaria, a region known for its breathtaking landscapes, Alpine views, and magnificent lakes. Providing easy access to nature and hosting Germany’s well-known Christmas markets in the winter, Bavaria’s enchanting little towns make for wonderful vacation spots all year long. Here are our top five picks for day trips from Munich that are fantastic small towns.



Just a short drive north of Munich, close to the city’s international airport, is Freising. One of Bavaria’s oldest villages is this lovely town. The Freising Cathedral, one of the town’s two primary hills perched above the Isar River, is renowned for its rococo interior. You can order a Weihenstephaner weissbier in the town, which is located on the other hill and is home to the oldest continuously running brewery in the world, which is situated in the Weihenstephan Abbey.

famous historic buildings at the old town of freising - bavaria



The breathtaking Lake Constance, the town of Lindau, and the island can all be reached by car in just two hours west of Munich. A great summer vacation spot, Lake Constance offers hiking, boat trips, and water sports. The Mangturm tower, which dates back to the 12th century, the famous Lindau Lighthouse at the town’s port entrance, and the turreted Diebsturm tower are just a few of the ancient structures in Lindau. Although Lindau is beautiful to meander through, we highly suggest stopping by the old town hall.



Another historical village from a fairytale, Mindelheim has several turrets and painted stucco homes. The entire town was surrounded by strong walls, and many of them are still standing today. The well-preserved Mindelburg Castle presently functions as a restaurant. From the town, there are some great routes for biking and hiking, and you frequently get gorgeous views of the Alps to the south. From Munich, take the A96 directly west for 60 miles to get to Mindelheim (97 kilometers).




One of the two magnificent lakes close to Munich is the Amersee, where Herrsching is located. With views of the Alps to the south as you look over the lake, the Amersee is a beautiful lake for swimming and watersports. This tiny lakeside community has a fantastic promenade, a wide selection of dining options, and frequent paddle wheel boat cruises across the lake during the summer. On the A96, Herrsching is about 45 kilometres (28 miles) southwest of Munich.


Munich’s excellent location makes it simple to travel in one day to this well-known German ski resort in the south. With the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, the Eibsee mountain lake, and Partnach Gorge nearby, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is home to a number of natural attractions. During ski season, the Zugspitze resort offers more than 30 kilometres of slopes and connects the Hausberg, Kreuzeck, and Alpspitze mountains. If skiing isn’t your thing, you can still get to the summit and glaciers by combining a cable car ride with a ride on a cogwheel train. The summit’s 360-degree views make the climb worthwhile.


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