Let’s read about the best places to visit in Bavaria from Munich, Germany. This article is about the list of top things to do in Bavaria this weekend with magnificent and stunning Alps, fairytale towns, emerald lakes, snow-clad peaks, and lovely rivers. Bavaria is a world-famous holiday destination for families, adventure seekers, and nature lovers.
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Bavaria is located in the heart of Europe in the Southeastern part of Germany, bordering Austria, the Czech Republic, and Liechtenstein.
So let’s explore the Top things to do in Bavaria, Germany, during winters full of snow. Believe me, this tour would be like a fairy-tale tour or riding through a wonderland.
Munich is the capital of Bavaria and is well known for the annual Oktoberfest beer festival, art museums, and Nymphenburg Palace. In this post, I am talking about the best places to visit in Bavaria – a perfect day trip from Munich.
In this post, I will be talking about snowy parts of Germany in winter, but read this to know more about Europe in summers.
Best Places to Visit in Bavaria, Germany –
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Top things to do in Bavaria
The most famous town in Bavaria with stunning mountain views, splendid nature, the unparalleled beauty of the countryside, and lovely painted houses reconnect us with beautiful pristine nature.
Garmisch is also a ski resort town famous for skiing, ice skating, hiking, and snowboarding. Garmisch hosted 1936’s winter OLYMPICS GAMES, making this place famous for winter sports lovers. Garmisch is a destination for both adventure lovers and nature lovers. Garmisch is located to the south of Munich at an hour’s drive.
Therefore it is one of the best places to visit in Bavaria – a perfect trip from Munich.
Famous Castles Tour in Bavaria
The most famous Neuschwanstein Castle is a gem of Bavaria. It is also called a fairy-tale castle in the Fussen town of Bavaria. This castle is designed by King Ludwig II as a dream castle with the help of a theater set designer. A castle tour from Munich is one of the top things to do in Bavaria, Germany.
If you are not staying in Garmisch, then book a full-day tour to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich.
Walt Disney logo is derived from this castle which can be seen in their movies and theme park’s (Disneyland) entrance. The castle shown in the Sleeping – Beauty movie has been adapted from this castle.
This castle is located in Fussen – a small, romantic, southwest Bavarian town. It was built in the 19th century, and this castle is one of the most visited castles in the world. Scenic views of Hohenschwangau valley can be enjoyed from the top of the court. Purchase tickets online as there is always a huge rush/crowd on ticket counters. Read more details and tips on Neuschwanstein castle.
How to reach this castle
There are two ways to reach this castle: hiking through mountains or horse carts. Even for horse carts, there are huge Queue. Better to go on weekdays and start early in the morning because sometimes it takes hours and hours to get on the horse cart.
There is another famous castle, Hohenschwangau castle, while going towards this Neuschwanstein castle. Hohenschwangau castle is located at the site of Neuschwanstein castle and was also built in the 19th century. It was built on the ruined castle in Gothic style. This castle was Ludwig’s favorite summer stay option.
Located at 2962 m above sea level is the highest mountain in Germany. It lies towards the south of Garmisch and borders Austria over the western summit. It can be reached at the top of the mountain through hiking or by cable cars. Cable cars are the easiest access method to the top of Zugspitze peak. These superfast cable cars take 10 minutes to climb 1725 m and can carry up to 100 passengers in one go.
From the top stunning views can be enjoyed, and this place is always full of snow, even in summers too. Zugspitze is famous for skiing, glacier walking, snowboarding, and other winter sports/adventure fun. Zugspitze tour is one of the top things to do in Bavaria in winter.
Professional skiers come to this place for many tournaments and other events. While skiing, always keeps yourself safe by keeping some of the best ski walkie talkie to maintain connectivity while skiing is highly essential and recommended too. There is also a well-heated restaurant with 360 degrees panoramic views of Zugspitze for getting up fueled or charging up.
Enjoy Bavarian Lakes and Riverside
Bavaria has an abundant treasure of turquoise lakes and picturesque Alpine rivers with emerald waters. The Upper Palatinate Forest has more than 4700 lakes and is known as the Land of Lakes. Lake Constance, Eibsee, and Starnberg are this region’s most famous and scenic lakes. Now you know the top things to do in Bavaria this weekend.
One can feel the total serenity of this place. Rafting, Kayaking, Boating, and swimming are significant activities done here. Also, you can explore some hidden lakes during the hike/trek to enjoy peaceful and pristine surroundings. Schliersee Lake is a beautiful and worth visiting place in the Bavarian region. These water activities are top things to do in Bavaria in summer and hence very popular among nature lovers.
You can also stay beautiful Bavarian town of Schliersee and know why to stay in Schliersee.
The scenic route from Wurzburg and Fussen passes along lush green patches surrounded by the snow-capped Alps, old town centers, beautiful vineyards, emerald waters and rugged hills till you reach to the top of Neuschwanstein Castle. This romantic road is used to be an ancient trade route since the Middle Ages, which is based on ancient Roman Road.
STAY IN GERMAN STYLED HOUSES AT MOUNTAINOUS Bavarian TOWNS
Garmisch, Mittenwald, Klais, and Fussen are some famous scenic towns of Bavaria where you can enjoy a typical German-style stay. These half-timbered houses are located on cobbled streets, surrounded by snow-clad rolling hills. Enjoy fresh mountain air, Alpine Meadows, beautiful panoramic views, and German hospitality.
VISIT NATIONAL PARKS
Diverse displays of flora and fauna are found in forests or mountains of the Bavarian Alps. Hike through the Alps wilderness to discover unspoiled nature, vast landscapes, and spectacular views. These national parks can be visited all year round, whether it is summer or winter.
List of National Parks – Top Things to do in Bavaria, Germany
- Nationalparkzentrum – Haus der Berge
- Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald
- Tierfreigelaende im Nationalparkzentrum Lusen
- Nationalparkzentrum Falkenstein
Tips for Best Places to Visit In Bavaria, Germany –
- Main Staying options in the countryside of the Bavarian Alps –
- Garmisch – 90 km from Munich
- Mittenwald – 105 km from Munich
- Fussen – 127 km from Munich
These top things to do in Bavaria, Germany, are well connected through rail and road networks. Euro-rail passes through all these towns and even small villages with proper stopping times. Rent-a-car is also another feasible option in the bavarian cities. Inter-city buses are also reasonable and a worthy alternative. We opted to stay in a family accommodation in Garmisch and explored these places within days and 2 nights.
Bavarian Alps can also be reached through the Austrian side via Innsbruck.
Day trips from Garmisch – Top things to do in Bavaria.
- Dachau Concentration Camp
- Ettal Monastery and Linderhof Palace
- So let’s explore fir-clad snowy Alpine mountains, rocky, snowy peaks, quaint towns, and snow-covered emerald lakes, and re-discover yourself while immersing in pure nature.
So these winters go for snowy holidays with the best places to visit in Bavaria a perfect day trip from Munich, Germany.
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