The Best Day Trips From Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Leopoldskron Castle, Salzburg City
Leopoldskron Castle, Salzburg City | © Österreich Werbung / Weinhaeupl W.
Anwesha Ray

To further enhance your holiday in the stunning Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria’s favorite ski town, you might consider branching out to one or more exciting places nearby. From a somber concentration camp to picture-postcard villages, the filming locations of The Sound of Music and the bustling city of Munich, and lots more, here is a comprehensive list of spots that are close enough for a day trip and awesome enough to make the trip worth it.

1. Salzburg

Architectural Landmark

Salzburgis another gem in Austria adored by tourists from all over the world. Along with its breathtaking beauty, it’s also Mozart’s birthplace and the shooting location of The Sound of Music, one of the most famous movies of all time. Spend the day seeing some of the main attractions of Salzburg, including the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mozart Museum, Mirabell Palace, Leopoldskron Palace, and Kapitelplatz. For incredible views of the city, take the cable car to Untersberg. And be sure find time to sample an apple strudel!

Distance from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Approximately 185 km (114.9 miles)

Ettal Monastery and Linderhof Palace

The Ettal Monastery, founded in 1330, looks more like a magnificent palace than a Benedictine abbey. Its grand interiors and grounds never fail to captivate visitors. Situated a few kilometers away from the abbey is Linderhof Palace, commissioned by the same eccentric King Ludwig II of Bavaria who built the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Though smaller than and somewhat overshadowed by its more glamorous cousin, Linderhof has earned its fair share of accolades with its jaw-dropping interiors and beautiful grounds and fountains.

Distance from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Ettal Monastery, approximately 14.8 km (11.9 miles); Linderhof Palace, approximately 25.7 km (15.9 miles)

Distance between Ettal Monastery and Linderhof Palace: 10.9 km (6.7 miles)

Ettal Monastery, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 1, 82488 Ettal, Germany, +49 08822 740

Linderhof Palace, Linderhof 12, 82488 Ettal, Germany, +49 08822 92030


Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Palace

Set on a rock cliff against the imposing backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle is among the most iconic sights in Europe. Views of this fairy-tale castle from the Marienbrücke can only be matched in magnificence by its unbelievably gorgeous interiors. Hohenschwangau Palace is the childhood home of King Ludwig II and boasts a magical setting in the midst of thick forests. From the Marienbrücke, you can opt to take a killer selfie with the Hohenschwangau in the background. Visitors are also welcome to take a guided tour of the palace and explore its various rooms, towers, ballroom, and salon.

Distance from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Neuschwanstein, approximately 64.8 km (40.2 miles); Hohenschwangau, approximately 64.5 km (40 miles)

Distance between Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau: 1.5 km (0.932 miles)

Neuschwanstein Palace, Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany, +49 08362 930830

Hohenschwangau Castle, Alpseestraße 30, 87645 Schwangau, Germany, +49 08362 930830

Hohenschwangau Castle

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