Munich area and Bavaria have a lot to offer from a touristic perspective.
As for many large cities, you can find a variety of museums, as well as historical monuments to visit. For a overview of Sights and sightseeing in Munich please also have a look here: https://www.muenchen.de/int/en/sights.html
If you consider staying a couple of days in Munich in connection to the CASE conference, we would recommend the two following touristic activities:
1) Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle is, internationally, probably the most famous castle in Germany. It is visited every year by more than 1,3 million tourists. King Ludwig II of Bavaria had it built in the 19th century. It is also well-known due to the fact that it served as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Neuschwanstein Castle is located near Füssen, a bit less than 2 hours driving from Munich and Garching. Neuschwanstein Castle is also accessible by public transport (take the train from Munich central Station [Hauptbahnhof] to Füssen, then the bus to Neuschwanstein).
Due to the large amount of visitors, it is strongly recommend to visit the castle in the morning. That way, you will also have time to enjoy a small walk in the surroundings, or take the car and visit the beautiful green countryside of Bavaria.
Alternatively, packages including guided tours and transport can be booked via different tour companies (e.g. Radius tours)
Note: Reaching the entrance of Neuschwanstein Castle requires walking uphill for approximately 1,4 kilometer; thus comfortable shoes are recommended. Otherwise, one can take a horse-drawn carriage.
- Official Neuschwanstein Castle website: http://www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/tourist/index.htm
- Train tickets: https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml
- Local bus (only in German): http://www.rvo-bus.de/oberbayernbus/view/tarif/tickets-ueb.shtml
- Local tour company (located near Munich central station [Hauptbahnhof]): Radius tours http://www.radiustours.com/en/english-tours/neuschwanstein-castle.html
2) Munich guided tour and Brewery tour
Given the history of Munich, the city has a lot to offer at walking distance.
Several tours can be found online. The two following ones are recommended:
- Radius tours; cost 15€ per person: http://www.radiustours.com/en/english-tours/discover-munich.html
- FREETOUR.com, Munich; free but one is expected to tip the local guide: https://www.freetour.com/munich/free-tour-of-munich
Finally, what would be Munich without its beer culture!
Several “beer tours” and “brewery tours” can be found online. Note that these tours are not pub crawl, but aim at either discovering the fascinating story of German brewing (which led to the beer Purity Law [Reinheitsgebot] in 1516, and until now).
Here are some alternatives:
- Radius tours, in Munich, visit from 18:00, cost: 36€ including dinner: http://www.radiustours.com/en/english-tours/bavarian-beer.html
- Franziskaner, Spaten, Löwenbräu brewery, visit on Saturday: https://www.franziskaner-weissbier.de/ext/visitorcenters/en/index
- Weihenstephaner brewery, in Freising (north of Munich, reachable by public transport), visit on Monday at 10:00: https://www.weihenstephaner.de/en/our-brewery/brewery-tour/Visit our brewery:
- Hofbräu brewery, no visit on Friday nor on the weekend, cost 15€ including lunch: https://www.hofbraeu-muenchen.de/en/brewery/brewery-tour