Our overview of the top sights in Bavaria
Magnificent Alpine scenery, fairytale rivers and lakes and dynamic cities all add up to making Bavaria Germany’s most popular holiday state.
Located right at the very heart of Europe Bavaria is the perfect all-year-round holiday destination for guests from all over the world. Just see for yourself the wealth of attractions and opportunities Bavaria has to offer your customers.
- Bavarian Forest
The Bavarian Forest is the oldest national park in Germany. Nature has been allowed a free rein in this unspoilt highland region, 95 per cent of which is covered by forest. Visitors are warmly welcomed to experience the fascinating process of an ever-evolving forest wilderness at close hand. A network of clearly marked footpaths, cycle routes and cross-country ski trails offers visitors plenty of opportunity to enjoy the beauties of the national park in summer and winter.
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- Berchtesgadener Land
Berchtesgadener Land, located at the southeastern tip of Germany, is considered one of the most beautiful and varied vacationing spots in Germany. Active vacationers will not only be impressed with the numerous sport possibilities, but also with the sights of this area: Be it the legendary Watzmann Mountain, salt mine, Obersalzberg Dokumentation historic exhibition, world-renowned Lake Königssee or the mythical Untersberg mountain where, according to legend, Charlemagne slumbers in the deep. There are hundreds of miles of idyllic hiking trails, for example in the Berchtesgaden National Park. Here one finds abundant wildlife, including golden eagles, chamois, deer and marmots, as well as a huge variety of alpine wildflowers.
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A climatic health resort and famous winter sports centre in a stunning setting with lots of attractions at the foot of the Zugspitze mountain, Garmisch Partenkirchen has breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and mountain streams. Excursions over the high plateau or climbing in the Wetterstein mountains provide a suitable challenge for mountain sports enthusiasts, but you don't have to be an extreme sports fan, there are plenty of well-maintained footpaths suitable for everyone, even those with pushchairs and wheelchair users. And when winter comes around the region reveals its special magic.
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- Füssen and King Ludwig's castles
The picturesque town of Füssen im Königswinkel on Lake Forggensee under the watchful eyes of King Ludwig's castles is known as the cradle of European lute and violin making. The varied landscape takes in mountain ranges, the hills of the Allgäu region and idyllic lakes and is a paradise for energetic holidaymakers. This enchanting region inspired King Ludwig to build his fairytale castles at the southern end of the Romantic Road.
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- Lake Chiemsee
Bavaria's "sea" covers 80 square kilometres and is the largest lake in Bavaria. Set against the Chiemgau Alps it is excellent for sailing and windsurfing as well as a popular swimming spot.
On its islands are one of "mad" King Ludwig's fairytale castles, Herrenchiemsee Castle, and the 1,200 year old Benedictine abbey Frauenwörth.
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- Starnberg Five Lakes region
Beer gardens, picturesque villages, houses with painted facades – Upper Bavaria’s towns and landscapes appear to come straight out of a fairy tale. Situated just a stone’s throw away from the majestic scenery of the Bavarian Alps, 16 miles south of Munich, is the Starnberg Five-Lakes-Region. A cultural attraction, next to the famous Andechs Monastery, is the "Buchheim Museum" at Bernried, located close to Lake Starnberg. Throughout history, royals and artists alike have appreciated the beauty of this magical landscape. Ludwig II spent his summers in Berg castle close to the lake. The commemorative chapel "Votivkapelle" and the memorial cross in the lake are reminders of the king's tragic death.
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- Munich and it’s surrounding
The City of Munich boasts glorious palaces. Nymphenburg, formerly the residence of the Bavarian Wittelsbach Dynasty, is at the top of the city’s sights year-round. What is remarkable about the palace grounds is its expansive park that includes canals, small lakes and hidden pavilions.
On the northern outskirts of Munich, the Baroque Schleissheim Palace represents an expression of light-hearted elegance and the playfulness of life at the court. The Bavarian princes’ summer residence was built in the 18th century. The Munich Royal Palace (Residenz) is located in the centre near the Opera. It was remodelled, expanded and built over the course of five centuries. The Royal Palace is a fascinating complex of buildings that ranks among Europe’s greatest palaces and boasts an impressive treasure chamber.
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- Romantic Road
This fantastic route between Würzburg and Füssen offers visitors the opportunity to see small historic towns with impressive buildings and places of historical interest that have lost nothing of their original charm. The route leads through the charming Tauber Valley, the Nördlinger Ries situated in the heart of a giant crater, the picturesque Lechfeld plain, Pfaffenwinkel (Parsons' Corner) - a land of farmers, artists and monks in the foothills of the Upper Bavarian Alps - before finally ending up at King Ludwig's famous fairytale castles.
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- Limes and Altmühl Nature Park
Around 2,000 years ago its forts, watchtowers, walls and palisades protected the mighty Roman Empire from independent Germania. It is the longest and one of the most impressive archaeological monuments in Europe, marking the frontier where the highly developed civilisation of ancient Rome met 'barbaric' Germania. Impressive Jura Mountains lime rocks, gentle river meanders or sunny valleys – the land of Altmühltal has several faces. The most beautiful and known are the Danube resurgence between Kelheim and Monastry Weltenburg, the group of rocks called „12 Apostle” in Esslingen near Solnhofen and the natural monument „Steinerne Rinne“ near Wolfsbronn.
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