Bavaria travel guide

The Bavarian countryside

Bavaria is the largest federal-state in Germany taking up 20% if the country. It is also one of the oldest states in Europe. Due to this, there are plenty of sights to see. All this history makes it the most popular tourist destination in Germany.

Munich is the best place to start your tour of Bavaria. It is Bavaria’s capital and the gateway to the Alps. You can go to the many museums that display Bavaria’s long history. It was established as a duchy in the mid first millennium. If you plan your trip right, you can enjoy Oktoberfest. It runs for 16 to 18 days from mid-September to the beginning of October. It is a celebration of culture, history, and world famous beer.

Ten miles northeast of Munich, you can “follow the path of the prisoner” at Dachau Concentration Camp. It was one of the first concentration camps in Germany.

The second largest city in Bavaria is Nuremburg. This city is 950 years old so, take in the history. Visit the Imperial Castle, which was home to many of Germany’s Kaisers and kings.  The city turns into a winter wonderland for the Christkindmarkt. This market dates back to the 16th century and allows you to take in the traditional, unique atmosphere.

Another great site in Bavaria is Neuschwanstein Castle. It is the world’s most famous castle. Designed by King Ludwig II, you can visit his gaudy grotto, throne room, and don’t miss the lavish Minstrel’s Hall.

The Bavarian Alps are Bavaria’s and Germany’s premier holiday destination offering walking, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. Finally, the Eagle’s Nest was a gift from the Nazi Party to Hitler on his 50th birthday. It was constructed in 1939 and is an architectural phenomenon.

Photo by Werner Kunz on flickr


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