As the bustling beer tents and merry atmosphere of Oktoberfest engulf Munich in a whirlwind of revelry, a serene respite beckons just beyond the city’s borders. While the intoxicating allure of the festival may have you dancing from tent to tent, taking a day trip to explore the captivating surroundings can provide a welcome escape. With picturesque mountains practically on Munich’s doorstep, these day trips offer not only a chance to catch your breath but also an opportunity to recover from the fest’s exuberant excesses. Here are four excursions that will make your Oktoberfest experience even more memorable – all reachable within 1 hour via train from Munich.
Recharge your spirits with a short but invigorating hike
For those eager to burn off the beer and hearty Oktoberfest fare, a quick yet revitalizing day trip to Schliersberg Alm presents an ideal opportunity. Nestled 45 minutes walk above the charming town of Schliersee south of Munich, this family-friendly oasis offers panoramic views even for hiking novices. At the end of the serpentine path, you can tuck in to a well-earned meal on the sunny terrace or take a ride on the Mini Alpine Coaster. They even have a pool!
Don’t feel up to a hike? The Schliersberg Alm Cable Car will bring you to the top in under 10 minutes and for less than €10.
Rise above the hangover on a ride with the Wallberg Cable Car
For a taste of the Bavarian Alps without breaking a sweat, a ride with the Wallbergbahn cable car at Lake Tegernsee is a must. The cable car journey itself is an adventure, gradually unveiling the stunning landscape of the lake and the Tegernsee Valley as you ascend through the treetops. Arriving at the top you’ll be greeted by panoramic views reaching all the way to the famous Zugspitze and into neighbouring Austria.
Those feeling a little worse for wear can refuel and soak up the views at the Panorama Restaurant located right at the mountain station. The more adventurous Oktoberfest visitors wont want to miss the Wallberg summit, just a 30 minute hike from the cable car.
Raise a glass to Bavarian beer culture at Tegernsee
For those who can’t resist another taste of Bavarian beer and traditional cuisine, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit Tegernsee, just one hours day trip south of Munich. Strolling along the boardwalks of the Tegernsee Lake Promenade you can take in the stunning views of the Mangfall mountains whilst recollecting on your Oktoberfest adventures. At the end of the promenade, the Tegernsee Bräustüberl awaits, serving freshly tapped beer from the lakeside brewery, which dates back to 1675.
No need to worry if you already blew your budget on steins, roasted chickens and giant pretzels back in Munich: Half a liter of the Tegersee Helles beer will set you back as little as €3.10!
Retreat to tranquility at Josefsthaler Waterfalls
Nestled below the hills just south of Schliersee lie the Josephstaler Waterfalls. This natural wonder provides a perfect opportunity to unwind and recharge, offering a refreshing change from the lively festivities and the crowds of the beer tents. Let the refreshing mist and the soothing melody of the rushing water wash away any lingering remnants of an Oktoberfest hangover before you head for home. And if you need one last beer on your day trip from the Fest, don’t miss La Stazione, hidden in the Fischhausen-Neuhaus station, for a true Italian-Bavarian experience.
Time to explore more of what the Bavrian countryside has to offer? Book yourself into one of the charming hotels in the region and extend your stay!