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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Munich

Chiemsee

This warm lake, nicknamed the "Bavarian Sea," boasts clean water perfect for summer swimming or wind surfing, nice beaches, a spa (Prienavera; www.prienavera.de), and several quaint towns. Ludwig II's last great castle can be visited on the island Herrenchiemsee (www.herren-chiemsee.de).

Chiemsee Tourismus KG, Felden 10; 65 miles east of Munich, 011-49-80-519-655-50, www.chiemsee.de
Tags: historic | water sports | culture | day trip

Füssen

The 700-plus-year-old town of Füssen is a must for Neuschwanstein, one of the great castles built by "Mad" King Ludwig II, a riot of little towers standing atop a rock. If you have a day extra, drop by Ludwig's second castle, Linderhof (www.linderhof.de).

Neuschwanstein/Linderhof, 83 miles southwest of Munich; Neuschwansteinstr. 20, 011-49-83-629-398-80, www.neuschwanstein.de
Tags: family | culture | architecture | day trip

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The '72 Winter Olympics were held here and the town never lets you forget it. Nor will you forget the Alpine Zugspitze, Germany's tallest mountain at 9,470-plus feet. It's the place for hikers, swimmers, whitewater rafters, and, above all, snow sports enthusiasts.

55 miles south of Munich, www.garmisch-partenkirchen.de
Tags: family | skiing | outdoors | day trip

Regensburg

The medieval town has been very well preserved. Spend a day walking the old streets, dropping into the old Town Hall, the Cathedral Treasury Museum and the Parish Church, crossing the 12th-century Stone Bridge, and enjoying a sweet dumpling at Dampfnudel Uli (011-49-94-153-297).

79 miles northeast of Munich, www.regensburg.de
Tags: family | historic | culture | day trip

Salzburg

Take your passport and go to Austria for a day. The Old Town of Salzburg is a Baroque marvel. Visit the Cathedral, walk down historic Getreidegasse street, visit Mozart's birthplace, and make time for the great fortress overlooking town!

100 miles east of Munich, www.salzburg.info
Tags: family | historic | culture | day trip

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