Weilheim, Germany: A Bavarian Day Trip
It can be a mission to find a place to visit that is outside the main tourist hub, without being totally detached from all things exciting or interesting. Is that small town outside of the city a sweet local goldmine, or is it simply a small random town? Well, here I introduce Weilheim. Weilheim is a small German town just south of Munich that is your perfect day trip destination. Traditional houses, cobblestone marketplace, those paintings on the sides of colourful houses that epitomise European country life – Weilheim has it all.
Welheim Day Trip: Transport from Munich
To get to Weilheim you’re going to want to take the train. A return train ticket will cost you around €24 per person for a single traveller. However, if you are travelling with anyone else you’re better off to grab the ‘Regio-Werdenfels’ ticket. This ticket costs €24 for one person and €7 for everyone after with a maximum of 4 add-on travellers. This ticket lets you travel on unlimited ‘Regio-bahn’ trains south of Munich and all S-bahn within Munich for that day. It’s valid from 12am the date you bought it for (you can purchase it in advance) until 3am the following day. Important: You have to write on the ticket the name of each person who is travelling on the ticket for it to be valid!
You can purchase your train tickets at the automatic machines, on the DB Navigator app or at the ticket counters in the train station. If you want any extra information or to be sure you’re buying the right ticket I’d recommend going to the counter and asking for the Regio-Werdenfels ticket and specify how many people for!
On arrival in Weilheim it is only a short distance walk to the main square from the train station. Once you arrive, find a place to sit in the square by the fountain and enjoy a coffee while looking up at the colourful house fronts and church tower. You’ll find two main cafes in the square, Quadriga and Carlesi. Both places also serve a massive range of ice cream dishes – and I mean dishes! For example, you can order ice cream spaghetti where they make vanilla ice cream look like spaghetti noodles and put raspberry sauce on top to look like pasta sauce. As well as other dishes you can also order a range of alcoholic ice cream drinks. One thing worth noting is you’re expected to tip here in Germany, so when it comes to paying try add about 10% on, or simply round up to the nearest 50c/euro.
The church is free to enter and has beautiful ornate gold statues and paintings throughout. Have a wander through the streets around the main square and look out for the old town wall which remains in parts around the edge of the centre of town.
If you’re looking for a traditional lunch, definitely hit up Allgaüer Hof. They serve everything Bayern from beer (of course), traditional roast pork with potato dumplings, schnitzel and potato salad… delicious! A generous lunch and a beer will set you back around €10-12 depending on what you order of course. Definitely a top recommendation if you’re looking for a traditional southern German meal experience.
Otherwise if you’re after a cheaper option, read on to my suggestion of a picnic at Dietlhofer See!
If you’re the type who loves to get on a bike, hiring one for the day will be the best way to get around the town and see the most of Weilheim. You can rent a bike from the bike shop Zweirad Schweiger for between €20-50 per day (depending on if you rent an E-bike or a normal one).
Biking around Weilheim is easy, just keep an eye out for the signs with pedestrians where you aren’t allowed to ride your bike. One of these bike free zones is the town square. Also don’t forget to stick to the right hand side of the road and always signal when turning!
Farmlands and small villages surround Weilheim, each with multiple bike paths leading through the fields and forests. Polling is 4km away from Weilheim and is an easy distance to comfortably ride to and only takes about 15 minutes. If you’re looking to go a bit further, Peißenberg is about 9km away. On arrival, find your nearest beer garden and order a half mass (or full if you’re up to it) of Erdinger Weißbier and a pretzel. For a half mass (half litre) and a pretzel as big as your face you’ll pay around €6. Most beer gardens also serve a radler, which is similar to that of a sherry in the UK. Fun fact, radler in German means ‘cyclist’. The drink ‘radler‘ was created half beer/half lemonade so that the cyclists who still had to bike home wouldn’t get too drunk!
Weilheim Day Trip: Dietlhofer See
Dietlhofer See is the local lake of Weilheim. Here you will find trees over grassy lakeside areas to lay down and enjoy the sunshine. The lake is big enough that in the height of summer the water isn’t crowded, and any competent swimmer will be able to swim the width of it. There’s a platform in the middle of the lake which you can swim to. Climb the small ladder onto the platform and lay in the sun, or simply paddle around and cool off. A beer garden sits beside the lake that sells food, beer (of course) and ice creams. However, I recommend stopping by a supermarket e.g. Aldi or Real, and picking up a spread to make your own picnic lakeside.
Getting to the lake is easiest by bike. Make your way to Narbonner Ring (street) and then follow the path called Dietlhofer Seeweg into the fields toward Dietlhofer See. It’s less than a kilometre away from the turn off from Narbonner Ring so is also within easy walking distance too. The lake is free and so is anywhere you’d like to lay down your towel.
Every Friday from around 9am until 1pm there is a market inside the main square. Here you can find a variety of stalls selling all types of food. You want fresh cheese from the swiss alps? You got it. A range of Greek antipasti olives, feta and spreads? This is the place. Or perhaps you’re after fresh organic fruits, berries and vegetables? Look no further. If you have the chance to make your day trip to Weilheim a Friday, you should.
I personally recommend going to a specific Greek stall and trying their marinated garlic. There are two main Greek stalls at the markets, but this one is usually with its back towards the tree in the centre of the square. If you’re apprehensive about it being too garlicky or leaving you with horrific garlic breath, don’t worry. There is something magical about this garlic. You get all the flavour of the olive oil, the spices and the crunchy garlic piece without any of the harshness usually associated with garlic! Absolutely delicious!
Weilheim is a hidden gem in the southern state of Bayern, Germany that can be a lovely day trip from the city of Munich. It’s hard to describe the feeling of Weilheim in English, but it’s perfectly summed up by the German word gemütlich. It’s one of those words that doesn’t really translate properly to English, but once you visit the sweet town of Weilheim, you’ll know exactly what it means!
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