Bavaria lies in the southeastern corner of Germany. With its unique diversity of attractions, its scenic beauty and unspoilt nature, its romantic castles and medieval towns, its beer halls, traditional festivals and oompah bands, its excellent cuisine and hospitality, its pleasant climate and its cosmopolitan high-tech capital of Munich, Bavaria is undoubtedly the prime holiday destination in Germany, no matter at what time of the year you come for a visit. In Bavaria, you will find it all: exciting cities, exceptionally rich in history and traditions such as Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Augsburg or Bamberg, embedded in peaceful rural countryside with rolling green hills and extensive forest land, crystall-clear lakes and a beautiful frescoed village now and then. You will also find friendly little guest houses, top class resorts for hiking, skiing and watersports and cosy restaurants where you can expect sumptuous meals with steaks exceeding the size of the plate. All this at very affordable prices.
Some Major Attractions
Bavaria’s state capital is one of the most prosperous metropolises in Germany. Its Alpine character and Mediterranean verve, its world-class museums and art treasures, the Hofbräuhaus and famous Oktoberfest, traditional customs and high technology, beer gardens and haute cuisine, operas and boisterous nightlife, all make it so popular with visitors from all over the world.
The Romantic Road
This famous vacation route through Bavaria wends its way from Würzburg to Füssen. The Romantic Road is a 350 km journey from the River Main to the Alps. It offers the traveller what is simply one of the most beautiful and most engaging melange of scenery, cuisine and ambience Germany can offer. Visit the stunning Würzburg Residence Palace, the magical atmosphere of medieval Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, the Roman remains in Augsburg, the Bavarian King Ludwig II’s unforgettable dream-castle of Neuschwanstein. All the way along the Romantic Road, historic festivals will be encountered, featuring live theater and musical performances on open-air stages. Wherever travellers find themselves on the Romantic Road, exceptional cuisine, superb wines, glorious land- and city-scapes, castles, churches and fortresses inspire the appetite and the soul.
Surrounded by the Bavarian Alps lies the open-year-round resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Here, guests can find everything they require for a successful vacation, whether enjoying silence and relaxation or sports and activities. Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers everything from Alpine skiing and snowboarding to river rafting, mountain biking, hang gliding, tennis and golf. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also the gateway to Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze (2964 m). The summit can be reached by a cogwheel train. Views from the top are breathtaking. Oberammergau – north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen – is famous for its Passion Plays and wood carvings. The small village is also an attractive winter holiday resort and top region for cross-country skiers. On the King Ludwig Cross-Country Trail you can reach Ettal Monastery and Linderhof Palace – both in a fairy-tale winter landscape.
The Berchtesgadener Land in the Bavarian Alps near the town of Berchtesgaden is a true masterpiece of nature. It boasts some of the most stunning mountain panoramas in the German Alps with spectacular mountain gorges and the Watzmann – Germany’s second highest peak (2713 m) – which towers above emerald-green mountain lakes, Alpine meadows covered with flowers and quiet Alpine villages. Part of this paradise is protected as the Berchtesgaden National Park. including the fjord-like and pristine Lake Königssee, the highest lake in Germany (603 m).
Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest)
The Bavarian Forest in the south-eastern corner of Bavaria represents – together with the Bohemian Forest on the Czech side – central Europe’s largest continuous woodland area. A major part of this forest wilderness is protected and was declared a National Park in 1970. You will be enchanted by an unspoilt landscape of rolling hills and tree-covered mountains, with peaks just below 1500 m. A network comprising more than 300 kilometers of well-signposted hiking routes, 200 kilometers of bicycle routes and 100 kilometers of cross-country ski runs give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beauties of the national park’s characteristic nature, both, in summer and in winter.