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15+ Best Day Trips from Grafenwoehr and Vilseck

Are you moving to Germany? Will you be stationed or TDY in Grafenwoehr or Vilseck? Then you will want to check out all the things to do in the surrounding area. Luckily we’ve made this comprehensive list!

While living in Germany, it’s a great time to really explore what’s nearby. Grafenwoehr, and Vilseck, are located in Northern Bavaria, which means they are very close to all kinds of fantastic things to do with your favorite people like your kids and family and sometimes even your dog.

Bavaria is such a cool place that a couple of cities we’ve listed here have made it onto our list of the Top 5 Cities To Visit in Germany!

The towns also border the Czech Republic, which is so close that you can easily do day trips into our neighboring country. Many people think about going to Prague, but there are a few smaller cities that are worth a quick trip as well.

One of the gates leading you into Vilseck.
Vilseck Gate

How Far is a “Day” Trip?

Everyone is a little different when it comes to how far you can drive and do in one day. I’m one of those that loves to wake up early to get where I’m going, but many of these places are close enough that you can even start after lunch.

Planning-wise, a little goes a long way. You’ll find that the little villages, as well as larger cities, have plenty to offer. You can wander, find a quirky little museum, eat in a new restaurant, or walk some of the many thousands of trails that Germany maintains. So keeping the agenda loose and adding in little things you find along the way will just make the experience that much richer.

It’s also important to be completely flexible as well. One time I was heading to a city just to sightsee and on the way saw a sign for a medieval festival with jousting. We pulled over right away because we just had to go. We had a fantastic time but never did make it to our original destination. No big deal; we went another time!

Here are some travel tips to take into consideration:

  • If you want to enter a building, like a museum or castle, call ahead to make sure they are open.
  • Take snacks and water with you, so you don’t have to rely on stores or restaurants. Remember, German restaurants often close in the afternoon for a few hours before dinner service.
Radius Map of Grafenwoehr - showing what 100 kms or about 1 hour driving time looks like.
Radius Map of Grafenwoehr – showing what 100 kms or about 1 hour driving time looks like.

What to Expect in This Article

What we’ve done is listed the places and things you can do that are within a couple hours drive from Graf. Some would say you can go further than we mention in this article, say to Munich. However, we think Munich is better as a weekend trip, so that’s where we have put it, so you can take your time and really enjoy yourselves.

The map shows a radius of 150 kilometers, but as we know that could take anywhere from an hour and a half to much longer, depending on “staus” (traffic jams) or how large the road is or current weather.

These are all places we’ve been, so we’ve put in what we think is important to do, plus a great place to eat lunch. You can always eat cheaper or eat ethnic foods, but since we’re traveling around Germany, we always like to try the local fare and that’s what we recommend you do as well, unless you are social distancing. In that case, a good old picnic works everytime.

The list also links to full articles on the subject, so if one of the places strikes your fancy, click on the “Read More” to start planning your day trip.

On our list we have included three things to do across the border in Czechia, because hey, Czech is so close.

Best Day Trips from Grafenwoehr and Vilseck


Traveling around Bavaria and Czechia is a blast. There are so many castles, animal parks, outdoor museums, and quaint dorfs and villages, that you can easily keep busy for the next three or more years! Enjoy.

Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.