Bavaria

11 Jul Best Places To Visit in Bavaria

Beautiful Bavaria and Beyond

Bavaria is the perfect place to visit thanks to its natural beauty and rich heritage. From the vibrant hub of Munich to the charming setting of the Bavarian Forest, this iconic region offers an atmosphere much different to that seen across other parts of Germany.

This independent spirit emerges in all kinds of ways, from the local delicacies – the famous white sausage and wheat beer – to the three distinct dialects that are spoken in the state. Such a large and varied area also has a great deal for the traveller to enjoy, so we’ve got together with Hertz to bring you some of Bavaria’s highlights.

Fairytale Castles

Neuschwanstein_Castle_in_Tobu_World_Square

If you’ve ever wondered where Walt Disney found the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle, then head down the A7 motorway from Nuremberg to Füssen, then take the B16 to Neuschwanstein Castle. This medieval-style palace stands high above the surrounding countryside with high towers and turrets. It was built in the 19th century by the reclusive King Ludwig II as a retreat where he wouldn’t be disturbed, however he passed away shortly before its completion, so the palace was opened to the public in 1886.

You’ll find another of his grand palaces at Herrenchiemsee, near to the Bernau exit of the A8. Set on an island in Bavaria’s largest lake, Ludwig took inspiration from Versailles as he set about transforming this old monastery into a palace fit for a king.

Fantastic Lakes and Forests

Starnberger See

There are a multitude of beautiful lakes to explore in Bavaria, and you’ll find the most scenic of them at the Starnberger Fünf-Seen-Land (the land of five lakes) – 30 minutes from Munich along the A95 motorway.

The largest two are the Starnberger See and the Ammersee, with three smaller and more secluded lakes nearby. They all offer the opportunity for a refreshing dip in the cool waters, as well as water sports like sailing and windsurfing. If you prefer to stay on dry land, there’s a huge choice of walking and cycling trails to follow through the lakeside woodlands.

Magnificent Mountains

Zugspitze

Bavaria’s also home to the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze, whose peak is nearly 3,000 metres above sea level.

Drive for just under two hours down the A95 from Munich to reach base camp, then you can reach the summit by cable car or by catching a cogwheel railway from the traditional alpine town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Once there, you’ll be able to look out over the near-to 400 other spectacular peaks across Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, something that’s truly breath-taking.

Vibrant Cities

Nuremburg

Munich and Nuremberg are Bavaria’s two largest cities and are linked by the A9 motorway. The former is a combination of the traditional and the modern, featuring great art galleries and museums, while Nuremberg has grand architecture and for many centuries was a favoured destination for German kings.

Wherever you’re planning to visit, Bavaria offers the freedom to explore. And with excellent roads and scenic surroundings, the travelling will all be part of the adventure.

With thanks to Hertz,  for providing us with all the wonderful places you should not miss if visiting Bavaria.

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Mary-Lou Quinn
louisem@theaa.ie