Being close to Munich, another good destination to travel to is Salzburg, Austria although it’s probably better to fly there (if coming from another location) or better yet, take the train from Munich to Salzburg. You almost don’t recognize the difference when crossing country borders as both countries speak the same language, German, and their cultures are almost identical particularly when comparing Bavarian and Austrian since both are associated with inland hilly/mountainous terrain life… and of course, beer. The city is most well-known for being the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and for being the setting of the Sound of Music movie.
Tip: You can do the so-called Sound of Music tours in Salzburg, but I’m not really that much of a fan even though I like the movie. They’ll even take you to the spot where Maria (played by Julie Andrews) was singing during the beginning part of the movie. Of course, the tour will take tourists to other locations that are real or were based upon in the movie…. but I’ll pass and you might too when you find out that the movie had some historical inaccuracies. You can find out if you wish to do so. But as a friend always said, “Ignorance is bliss while the truth sets you free even at the cost of happiness.”
Tip: Try to visit the city outside of the high tourist season (mid-May to end of August). The city is big but it is not that big for the masses of tourists who invade the city causing the residents to get choked out every summer. It’s best to avoid it because you’ll never get to see some of the better known locations of Salzburg due to the banshee tourist hordes.
Austria boasts that it produces some of the best beer for its price. So there’s another reason to go wheeeeee on the beer out there.