One hour from Munich: Take the plunge in Ludwig's lake

Break away from the beer halls and the home of BMW to discover the delights of beautiful Bavaria.

Break away from the beer halls and the home of BMW to discover the delights of beautiful Bavaria.

Lake Starnberg

Slap-bang in the middle of the stunning Five Lakes district, Starnberg attracts walkers and windsurfers. There are five castles to visit in the area, and if you like mucking about in boats, you can hire one from the booth by Starnberg Hauptbahnhof, at the northern end of the lake. The cross in the water at Berg marks the spot where King Ludwig II drowned mysteriously in 1886.

By car: take the A95 and follow signs; journey time approx 40 mins. By train: take the S-Bahn 6 from Munich Hauptbahnhof to Starnberg; journey time approx 30 mins.

Augsburg and the Romantic Road

Originally a trade route, the Romantic Road links a series of beautiful Bavarian cities and towns, including historic Augsburg. It was here in 1530 that the principles of the Lutheran church were set out in the Augsburg Confession.

By car: take the A8 towards Stuttgart and follow signs; journey time approx 45 mins. By train: hourly ICE service from Munich Hauptbahnhof; journey time approx 30 mins.

Prien and Lake Chiemsee

This lakeside town is the gateway to an area of outstanding natural beauty. On the island of Herreninsel, fans of Ludwig II pay homage at Schloss Herrenchiemsee, the fabulously over-the-top castle he built to put Versailles in the shade. You can also swim or try out watersports in the lake.

By car: take the A8 towards Salzburg and follow signs; journey time approx one hour plus. By train: frequent service from Munich Hauptbahnhof; journey time approx one hour.

Dachau

A visit to the former Nazi death camp is a disturbing but fascinating experience. Much of the camp has been reconstructed, and the main hall has an outstanding exhibition dedicated to the Holocaust. The guided tours in English are excellent.

By car: take the A8 east and follow signs; journey time approx 35 mins. By train: take the S-Bahn 2 from Munich Hauptbahnhof; journey time approx 20 mins.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Merged for the 1936 Winter Olympics, these two resort towns are the Bavarian Alps at their best. Climb some 3,000 metres to the top of Germany's highest mountain for a breathtaking view, or take the vertigo-inducing Eibsee cable car to the observation terrace.

By car: take the A95 and follow signs; journey time approx one hour plus. By train: hourly service from Munich Hauptbahnhof; journey time approx one hour plus.

Bad Tölz

This spa town on the Isar River offers aquatic and alpine thrills. Alpemare, Germany's leading water park, boasts the country's longest waterslide, while the nearby Blomberg mountain has a winter toboggan track and a summer alpine slide.

By car: take the A95 and follow signs; journey time approx 50 mins. By train: take the S-Bahn 7 to Wolfratshausen and change to main line service; journey time approx one hour.

Cresta Holidays (0870 161 0900; www.mytravel.co.uk/cresta) offers a three-night break at the four-star Forum Hotel in Munich from £263 per person, including return flights from Stansted. Europcar (0870 607 5000; www.europcar.com) offers weekend car hire in Munich from £93.73. For more details contact the German National Tourist Office (020-7317 0908; www.germany-tourism.de).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Product Advisor - Automotive

    £17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to the consistent growth of...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Automotive

    £18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity exists for an ex...

    Recruitment Genius: Renewals Sales Executive - Automotive

    £20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity exists for an ou...

    Recruitment Genius: Membership Sales Advisor

    £18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...

    Day In a Page

    Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

    Climate change key in Syrian conflict

    And it will trigger more war in future
    How I outwitted the Gestapo

    How I outwitted the Gestapo

    My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
    The nation's favourite animal revealed

    The nation's favourite animal revealed

    Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
    Is this the way to get young people to vote?

    Getting young people to vote

    From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
    Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

    Poldark star Heida Reed

    'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
    The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

    The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

    Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
    Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

    Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

    Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
    Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

    David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

    The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
    Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

    Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

    Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
    With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

    Money, corruption and drugs

    The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
    America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

    150 years after it was outlawed...

    ... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
    Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

    Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

    The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
    Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

    You won't believe your eyes

    Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
    Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

    Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

    The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
    War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

    The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

    Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn