Bavaria Germany
With Spectacular Views

Bavaria Germany is the country’s largest state located on the south bordering Austria and the Czech Republic. The state capital is Munich, known for its annual Oktoberfest Beer Festival.

There is a romantic scenic road that starts in Wurzburg, in the northwest and goes through medieval towns and pastoral villages reaching the foothills of the Alps on Germany’s southern border.




Beautiful Bavarian Alps

Beautiful Bavarian Alps


The Bavarian Alps

This region of the Alps extends south of Munich to the border with Austria and from Salzburg on the east to Lake Constance on the west. It features the larges mountain of the area, the Zugspitze with a height of 3,000 meters, with glacier valleys and many lakes. Here you may also find the Berchtesgaden National Park, the only such park in the German Alps. Do not miss the plateaus of Steinernes and Untersberg, ideal for hiking.




Satellite view of Lake Constance in Bavaria

Satellite view of Lake Constance in Bavaria Germany


Lindau and Lake Constance

This is the largest town on Lake Constance’s shore. It features an old town on an island on the lake. Its harbor, its picturesque full or orchids on the slopes of the mainland.

Enjoy the delights of Lake Constance, including the old lighthouse called Alter Leuchtturm and the new lighthouse called Neuer Leuchtturm; also the Bavarian Lion. Stroll through the town main street with its cafes, arcades and fountains.



Zugspitze

This is Germany’s tallest mountain, surrounded by steep valleys and famous for its great views. It is accessible by train and is very popular with hikers and plain walkers.

It is a very important site during winters, when many form all over Europe come to enjoy the winter sports.



The Bavarian Forest

This forest near the border with the Czech Republic is the largest protected area in Europe. It is crisscrossed by countless excellent walking trails, including some leading to the 1,455-meter-high Great Arber, which is the highest peak of the Bavarian-Bohemian mountain ridge.



 


The German Alpine Highway

The Deutsche Alpenstrasse, started in 19334 now runs for almost 500 km from Lake Constance through the Bavarian Alps. It is a very popular way to visit this area as you pass through many attractions such as Lindau, Allgäu and the the winter sports resort of Oberjoch and skirting the beautiful Grüntensee.


 

Bavaria Germany

Marienplatz Square in the lovely city of Munich

Marienplatz Square in the lovely city of Munich


Munich

Munich or München is the capital of Bavaria and one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, offering many museums and traditional German architecture reminiscence of Bavaria’s Royal past.

A good place to start is Marienplatz, the large central square of the city, featuring important churches such as Peterskirche, the Cathedral of our Lady and Michaelskirche.

Marienplatz also offers plenty of shopping places including department stores, boutiques and galleries. Munich is known for its many open including Englischer Garten, the world's largest urban public park.



Bamberg Cathedral

Locals call it Domberg and it lies high atop a hill overlooking one of Bavaria's most picturesque small cities. It is a 13th century masterpiece of ecclesiastical architecture.

Inside is the tomb of Henry II, who died in 1024, along with that of his wife Kunigunde. The cathedral's best known feature is the famous Bamberger Reiter, or the Bamberg Horseman.

 


Regensburg

This old Imperial city is located on the northernmost point of the Danube where you may navigate all the way to the Black Sea where the river empties.

Its medieval townscape is made up of numerous churches and aristocratic homes from the 13th and 14th centuries. Among other attractions is the 310-meter-long Stone Bridge, built over the Danube in the 12th century.



Mittenwald

This is one of the most charming towns on the Bavarian Alps, renowned for its old houses with unique exterior frescoes.

The Baroque Parish Church with its painted tower, built in 1745, is famous for its statue of Mathias Klotz, founder of the town's violin-making industry who died here in 1743. Do not miss the Violin Making Museum with its many fascinating displays.


The city of Munich full of lights for the Oktoberfest

The city of Munich full of lights for the Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest

Renowned worldwide this is by far the # 1 festival in Germany. Every year about 6 million visitors arrive in Munich to drink beer, eat sausages and join the crowd in songs.

I remember when we had out travel agency in San Juan, we use to make a group every year to the Oktoberfest Festival.

 


Passau

Located on the Austrian border at the junction of the Danube and the Inn river. It is known for its 17th century Italian architecture. The downtown is postcard perfect with the Oberhaus fortress, the Mariahilf church, and the charming stepped lanes leading down to the two rivers. The Cathedral of St. Stephen, Residenzplatz and the New Bishop's Palace.



Nuremberg

Bavaria’s second largest city, this 950-year old town is alive with history. See the Imperial Castle, the romantic Old Town, Albrecht Dürer’s home, fountains and sculptures and even the Nazi Rally Party Grounds.

During Christmas, the Old Town becomes a winter wonderland when Nuremberg celebrates its Christkindlmarkt, one of the country’s best Christmas markets.

 

Map of the State of Bavaria Germany

Map of the State of Bavaria Germany



For more information visit Bavaria Tourism Website


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alps by melancholia
constance by nasa
zugspitze by felix wolf
forest by gnu fdl
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marienplatz by marcia stubberman

bamberg by berthold wenrner
regensburg by hh58
mittenwald by gpdl
oktoverfest by softeis
passau by aconcagua
nuremberg by manfred braun

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