Magnificent and stunning Alps with fairytale towns, emerald lakes, snow-clad peaks, lovely rivers makes Bavaria a very world famous holiday destination. Bavaria is located in heart of Europe in the South-eastern part of Germany bordering with Austria, Czech Republic, and Liechtenstein. So let’s explore Top Sights in Bavaria Germany that too during winters with full of snow. Believe me, this tour would be like a fairy-tale tour or riding through wonderland.
Munich is the capital of Bavaria and which is well known for annual Oktoberfest beer festival, art museums and Nymphenburg Palace. In this post, I am talking about Top sights in Bavaria state apart from Munich. For Munich, I would be writing another post.
In this post, I will be talking about snowy parts of Germany in winters, but read this to know more about Europe in summers.
Top Sights in Bavaria Germany –
The most famous town in Bavaria with stunning mountain views, splendid nature, the unparalleled beauty of the countryside, lovely painted houses reconnects 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 which makes this places 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 drive.
Famous Castles Tour in Bavaria
The most famous Neuschwanstein Castle is a gem of Bavaria. It is also called fairy-tale castle in Fussen town of Bavaria. This castle is designed by King Ludwig II as a dream castle with help of theater set designer. Walt Disney logo is derived from this castle which can be seen in their movies and their theme park’s (Disneyland) entrance. The castle shown in Sleeping – Beauty movie has been adapted from this castle.
This castle is located in Fussen – a small and romantic, south-west 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 castle. 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 either by hiking through mountains or by horse carts. Even for horse carts, there are huge Q’s. Better to go during weekdays and start early in the morning because sometimes it takes hours and hours to get into horse cart.
There is another famous castle Hohenschwangau castle while going towards this Neuschwanstein castle. Hohenschwangau castle is located at a 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 is lying towards the south of Garmisch and bordering with Austria over the western summit. Can be reached to 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 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. Professional skiers come to this place for many tournaments and other events. While skiing always keep yourself safe by keeping some of the best ski walkie talkie as to maintain connectivity while skiing is highly essential and recommended too. There is also 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 also known as Land of Lakes. Lake Constance, Eibsee, or Starnberg are most famous and scenic lakes of this region. One can feel the full serenity of this place. Rafting, Kayaking, Boating, and swimming are major activities done here. Also, we can explore some hidden lakes during hike/trek for enjoying total peaceful and pristine surroundings. Schliersee Lake is beautiful and worth visiting. You can also stay beautiful Bavarian town 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, Fussen are some famous scenic towns of Bavaria where you can enjoy typical German style stay. These half-timbered houses 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 display of flora and fauna are found in forests or mountains of Bavarian Alps. Hike through the wilderness of Alps to discover unspoiled nature, vast landscapes, and spectacular views. These national parks can be visited all year round whether it is summer or winters.
Tips for Top Sights in Bavaria Germany –
Main Staying options in the countryside of Bavarian Alps –
Garmisch – 90 km from Munich
Mittenwald – 105 km from Munich
Fussen – 127 km from Munich
These Top sights in Bavaria Germany are well connected through rail and road network. Euro-rail passes through all these towns and even small villages with proper stopping time. Rent-a-car is also another feasible option to through Bavarian towns. Inter-city buses are also reasonable and a worthy option. We opted to stay in a family stay kind of accommodation in Garmisch and explored these places within days and 2 nights.
Bavarian Alps can also be reached through the Austrian side via Innsbruck.
So let’s explore fir-clad snowy Alpine mountains, rocky snowy peaks, quaint towns, snow-covered emerald lakes and re-discover yourself while immersing into pure nature.
So this winters go for snowy holidays around Top sights in Bavaria Germany.
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