Whilst in Munich we discovered the Bayern Ticket, which allows all-day unlimited rides on regional trains around Bavaria. What better excuse to explore the region? German trains are fast, efficient, clean and go through some incredibly beautiful countryside.
We travelled all the way down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen hoping to go to the top of the Zugspitze mountain, but unfortunately the weather was not on our side. As consolation we lunched at an adorably kitschy restaurant (complete with waitress in dirndl), and of course had some beer. After lunch the weather cleared beautifully, but alas the last chairlift of the day had already finished.
We continued on to Mittenwald, almost on the Austrian border, a town known for its intricately painted houses and production of violins. A scramble up a hill earned us a view over the town and glimpses of the surrounding mountains before the clouds rolled in again.
Taking the scenic route back to Munich we saw the beauty of the Bavarian countryside out of the train window (sadly not conducive to taking photos, but stunning nonetheless). Many people tell me that they didn’t enjoy Munich as much as Berlin – I really loved both, but I think the countryside around Munich has a lot to offer and often gets overlooked. As fun as big cities are, I found these day trips out to smaller towns just as interesting.