Discover the Best of Bavaria

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For more information, visit Bavaria Tourism’s website.

Hello Bavaria – Hello Adventure

Photo by Bernhard Huber

Bavaria is the most popular German destination for American travelers. It’s easy to see why: A dazzling array of experiences await guests, from world-famous cities to breathtaking nature and countless cultural and culinary treasures – an enticing blend of timeless traditions and modernity.

Have you heard of the German Alpine Road? This exhilarating alpine route stretches over 300 miles eastward, from Lindau am Bodensee to Schönau am Königssee. Few routes offer such a variety of landscapes, culture, and history. Here are our top recommendations.

Lindau is ideal to start or end the trip. The idyllic, historic city center sits on an island in Lake Constance, delighting visitors with its narrow streets and striking array of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings. Lindau’s harbor, one of its most famous sights, boasts Germany’s southernmost lighthouse and an imposing statue of the Bavarian lion. The jagged peaks of the Swiss and Austrian Alps provide a picture-perfect backdrop.

The alluring town of Füssen at the foot of the Tegelberg is renowned for its storied center and medieval city walls. The museum in the former Monastery of St. Mang is particularly recommended, as is a boat trip on the Forggensee (June – mid-October) or a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, whose fairy-tale turrets attract countless visitors.

The journey continues east, passing Linderhof Palace, nestled in an enviable position at the foot of the Alps, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

A short distance away, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the ideal spot to immerse yourself in the best of Bavaria’s nature. Surrounded by Germany’s highest mountains, it hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics. You can still visit the old ski jump today, take a stroll through the Partnach Gorge with its wild waterfalls and peaceful pools, or take a trip to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain – an unforgettable experience for any visitor.

There are plenty more attractions along the German Alpine Road, including the historic town of Bad Tölz, the Chiemgau and the famous Chiemsee, and the picturesque Königssee in Berchtesgaden National Park.

And, of course, Munich is the perfect gateway to the route. The Bavarian capital offers a wealth of experiences to suit every taste: the city center with its famous Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt, the English Garden where you can watch surfers tackle the waves on the Eisbach, BMW World in the Olympic Park, and cultural destinations such as the Residenz and the Kunstareal. With so much to discover, Munich is the ultimate year-round destination.

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For more information, visit Bavaria Tourism’s website.