Munich | Andechs | Berchtesgaden
Munich - Once the EU opened back up to travel I booked a trip that I've been itching to do for years. I've been to Munich plenty of times but the start of this trip was to get to spots I've missed out on previously. Nymphenburg Palace was first on the list. A beautiful palace completed in 1675 that is backed by a large open garden where you'll find walkers, joggers, and people enjoying picnics all throughout. This trip was during what would have been Oktoberfest but it was of course canceled due to the pandemic. However local restaurants and biergartens were celebrating in smaller events at each spot. With the great weather, the Englischer Garten was packed full of sunbathers enjoying the last days of sunshine and warm temperatures.
Andechs - Next stop was Andechs, one of the oldest monasteries that still brews their own beer on site. It's located an hour south west of Munich. Take the S8 train to Herrsching then a short bus ride to the monastery. A nice 15 minute hike up the hill will get you ready for a nice cold lager and traditional Bavarian food served on site. The site is surrounded by forests and farmlands which you're free to explore. Make sure to check out the Benedictine cathedral with all of its ornate decorations.
Berchtesgaden - Located in the most south eastern corner of Germany and nestled up against Austria is Berchtesgaden. A valley surrounded by snow caped mountains and the beautiful Königssee with ties to WW2. Most famous to for being Hitler's vacation home and liberated by the 101st Airborne, it's history mixed with amazing mountain hiking. The city itself is nestled on a plateau that looks out onto the surrounding mountains. Small side streets with picturesque water fountains and building murals really make this town the consequential Bavarian town. Take the cable gondola up to the Jennerbahn, take the boat ride through the Königssee and ride the elevator up Hitler's Eagles Nest (Kehlsteinhaus).