World City With A Heart: A Guide to Munich, Germany

From its modest founding in the 12th century to its current status as a world metropolis, Munich is overall one of the world’s best cities. It is located north of the Bavarian alps, on the banks of the Isar River, and in the German state of Bavaria. Known for its Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, and Hofbräuhaus, Munich is also known for being home to the record setting Bayern Munich. The city has recently been dubbed with the nickname “World City With A Heart”, because despite its recent rocky history, Munich is now a very welcoming and safe place for all. Throughout this post, I’ll be guiding you through Munich, including info and recommendations on how to get around, where to stay, and what to see in Bavaria’s capital.

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Best Munich Day Trips

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is a German metropolis set in the middle of southern Germany. From its centuries old Marienplatz to its traditionally Bavarian Hofbräuhaus, it is a dream city for many travellers. Munich is also a great home base for travellers wanting to explore its surroundings, as there are many great places to visit on day trips from Munich. In this post, I’ll be sharing three of the best places (in my opinion) to visit on day trips from Munich. These places include a fairytale castle, a former concentration camp, and enchanting Austrian city.

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Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II in the 19th century, is a romanesque revival palace positioned upon the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Known for being the inspiration for Disney’s castle, Neuschwanstein is Germany’s most visited castle and one of the most visited castles in Europe. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and enchanting places in the world, making it a very popular attraction to tourists visiting Bavaria. I recently checked visiting the castle off my bucket list back in December, and visiting it was one of my favourite travel experiences ever. This post is a guide to Neuschwanstein, including info on tickets, how to get to the castle, where to get the best views of the castle, and my experience visiting it.

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Dachau Concentration Camp

This post is dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. Never again.

Dachau Concentration Camp, located about 15 kilometres outside of Munich, was the first of the tens of thousands of horrifying concentration camps that the Nazis created during their reign. Being the first camp ever created, Dachau is often considered the prototype of Nazi concentration camps. An estimated number of nearly 200,000 prisoners passed through Dachau, and at least 30,000 of them died during their time there. People imprisoned in this inhumane camp included Jews, Roma, Sinti, homosexuals, communists, and many more people who were considered “unfit for society” by the Nazis. The camp was in use for 12 years, from 1933 to 1945, until it was liberated by US troops in April 1945. My family and I came to Dachau on a day trip from Munich, and visiting it was probably one of the most impacting experiences I’ve ever had. In honour of today being International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this post is a guide to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, which is what the former camp is now home to.

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