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Even for Munich locals and loyalists, it’s what’s outside of town that captivates as much as the southern German metropolis itself. So when you’ve finished visiting Munich’s excellent array of attractions and things to do, take advantage of the city’s prime location and venture on a day trip.
The walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the quaintest, best preserved medieval city imaginable – and thanks to its thriving Christkindlmarket, the ideal winter getaway. With the Alps on the horizon, there are plenty of stunning mountain destinations and activities a short ride away too, from hiking and skiing in Garmisch-Patenkirchen to the vertiginous mix of Nazi history and pristine landscape at Berchtesgaden. The shattering legacy of the Third Reich continues at the Memorial Site of Dachau, Germany’s first concentration camp where 41,500 prisoners lost their lives.
With so many options, there’s only one thing for it – time to get out and explore. Head on one of these day trips from Munich and we guarantee that, one way or another, you’ll be profoundly moved.
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