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Day Trips and Excursions from Munich
Dachau: About 10 miles from Munich. Trains leave from central station every 20 minutes and a bus, marked Dachau Ost, goes to the camp. It is a shocking reminder of the Nazi treatment of Jews in WW2, and a very emotional experience. You can also get to Dachau by S Bahn (Train S 2) to Dachau Station and then take Bus L-3 to the camp.

Oberammergau: Known the world over for its Passion Play, given every 10 yrs. A charming village for a visit.

Schloss Linderhof: One of Ludwig's most fanciful castles. In front is an artificial pond. The castle is Rococo with a number of ornate suites. Both Oberammergau and Schloss Linderhof can be visited by tour from Munich, or rent an auto.

Fussen: It is a nice day-trip from Munich. It's rather difficult to reach by train because of connections plus a bus ride. Therefore it's best to take an all-day conducted tour from Munich, which stops by Linderhof Castle on the way. The next best way is to rent a car and drive there yourself. The charming town of Fussen is nestled at the foot of the castle rock in Bavaria's Royal Corner... surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Alps and the wooded foothills. About 3 miles southeast of Fussen are two of the most magnificent castles in Germany... Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Both of them were built by the "mad" Ludwig. Newuscwanstein, in particular with its' thrusting, fantastically shaped towers and turrets, pinnacles and gables, occupies a solitary perch in the midst of the mountains. It is a picture from a fairy tale, and is the most photographed castle in the world.

Lake Chiemsee, Prien: Lake Chiemsee is Bavaria's largest lake. Its two main attractions are on two of its islands... the Island of Herrenchiemsee and the Island of Frauenchiemsee. It is easy to reach Prien by train from Munich. To see the main attractions, get off the train at Prien and simply "follow the crowds".

Frauenchiemsee Island is the smaller of the two islands and is the home of a Benedictine nunnery. This convent is known for Kloster Likor, which means "cloister liqueur". It's supposed to be an elixir for the stomach.

Herrenchiemsee Island is the most popular tourist attraction on the lake because of the fantastic castle Neues Schloss, begun by Ludwig II in 1878. It was never completed because of the king's death, but it was to have been a replica of Versailles. It's been said that "...the palace, a monument to uncreative megalomania and as superfluous as the artificial castle ruins of the 19th century, is an imposing postlude of feudal architecture grandeur nonetheless". One of the architects here was also involved in the building of Neuschwanstein. When work was halted in 1885, only the center had been completed. Still, with its' setting and formal gardens it is one of Ludwig's more fascinating adventures. The entrance is lit by a huge skylight over a decorated staircase surrounded by frescoes and Greek/Roman statues in niches. The State Bedroom is brilliant to the point of gaudiness, with practically every inch covered with gilt. The Great Hall of Mirrors is the most splendid hall in the palace and is a rather successful replica of Versailles. The 17 door panels contain enormous mirrors, which reflect the 33 crystal chandeliers and the 44 gilded candelabra. More than 4000 candles are used to illuminate this hall. The Dining Room is popular because of the table "...that lays itself". The Royal Bedroom is the only room in the palace to make use of rich solid colors.
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