"It's summer again". That means cooling off in the river Isar, catching some rays in the beer garden and enjoying an iced coffee in Schwabing. Munich is a special place when the sun is shining and is always worth a visit. All of our ideas for summer day trips are easy to reach by train.

306 Steps up St. Peter

Munich comes to life in the summer, as the Frauenkirche, city hall and TV tower gleam in the sunshine and you can even see the Alps on a clear day. At the church of St Peter, visitors climb the 306 steps to the top of the tower. Measuring 56 metres in height, it is the oldest parish church in the city. If you need to cool off after climbing back down, take a look inside the church and see the baroque frescoes.

Espresso at the University

Another wonderful view can be found from the sun terrace of the "Café im Vorhölzer Forum". Located on the roof terrace of Munich's famous Technical University, visitors can enjoy good food and drink while taking in the views over the roofs of the city and the stunning alpine backdrop.    

Residence and Royal Gardnes

Next stop is the largest city palace in Germany, the Munich Residenz. The 700-year-old walls of this building are steeped in European history, not least in the antiquariam, one of the largest renaissance halls north of Italy. The treasury of the Residenz is home to the Wittelsbacher jewels. This is the place to come if you want to catch a glimpse of the royal crown of Bavaria or the chalice of emperor Heinrich. The neighbouring court garden, with its lush patches and the picturesque temple of Diana at its centre, invites visitors to relax in the sunshine. On warm summer evenings, visitors can also dance in the pavilion.

Blutenburg Castle

If you are looking for medieval flair in an idyllic atmosphere, Blutenburg castle is just a few minute's walk from the station at Munich-Pasing. Here, visitors are given an insight into Munich's last surviving medieval castle. The wide-open green spaces of the neighbouring park not only offer beautiful sculptures, but also an ideal area to have a picnic and soak up some rays. 

Beer Garden at Obermenzing Castle

The best way to end a summer's day in Munich is of course at a beer garden. The main beer gardens along the river Isar are always worth a visit. But there are plenty of places away from the crowds where you can enjoy a beer and a bite to eat. Why not head out to the garden at the Jagdschloss Obermenzing. Located just a few minutes' walk from the station at Munich-Pasing, you'll find a traditional beer garden with large wooden decorations under chestnut trees. Bring your own picnic or enjoy the best that the kitchen has to offer as you soak up the last rays of the evening sunshine over a relaxed game of cards.    

Let’s go! 306 steps up the Alter Peter church

Climbing up the steps is worth it: you can see all the way to the Alps from the Petersturm tower of the Church of St. Peter in Munich.

Destination: Alter Peter

Nearest train station: München Hbf (Munich main station)

The Vorhölzer Forum café in Munich – an espresso on the roof terrace of the Technical University of Munich

Destination: Technical University of Munich roof terrace

Nearest train station: München Hbf (Munich main station)

Tracing the history of Bavaria's kings at the Munich Residence and neighbouring Hofgarten

Renaissance halls and Neoclassical rooms: Munich's palace is a monument to the artistic tastes and regal standing of the Wittelsbach dynasty

Destination: Residenz Munich

Nearest train station: München Hbf (Munich main station)

Blutenburg castle

A medieval fort, late Gothic beauty and a literary repository: Munich's lesser-known castle in the Obermenzing neighbourhood is lovely.

Destination: Blutenburg Castle

Nearest train station: München-Pasing

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