What to do
The often under-rated city of Munich is packed full of Neo-Gothic buildings, such as the town hall, but it also has a vibrant food scene. Visit the Viktualienmarkt farmer’s market for a doughy seeded pretzel and don’t miss the contemporary art gallery Pinakothek der Morderne, which is free on Wednesdays and one of the largest modern and contemporary art museums in the world. After a couple of days in the city soaking up the culture, rent a car and drive two hours down to the Austrian border through quaint Bavarian towns to Neuschwanstein Castle.
Neuschwanstein Castle was Walt Disney’s inspiration for the setting of Sleeping Beauty and was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, known as the ‘fairy-tale king’
The brilliant white fortress impossibly teetering on the clifftop is straight out of a fairy-tale, with a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains and sparkling blue lake behind it. The castle was Walt Disney’s inspiration for the setting of Sleeping Beauty and was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, known as the ‘fairy-tale king’ for the many idyllic castles in Germany’s Black Forest region – also associated with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.