Bavaria: Heaven on Earth in southern Germany (Part 2)

  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria

    Land of Enchantment in Southern Germany

    The majestic Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace perched on a rugged hill in Southwest Bavaria, is especially magical in winter when covered with snow.  Bavaria is known for its rich history (dating from Roman times), its art and culture, lovely old cities and towns, spectacular scenery, and a warm and friendly people. Read more travel tips about Bavaria, Germany, Part I.

    Photo courtesy of Bavaria Tourism

  • Spa Brueckenau, Bavaria, Germany

    Spa Therapy is a Favorite Activity for All

    Spa therapy is a popular and affordable part of Bavarian life.  Many of these spas are situated on top of underground thermal mineral springs which feed the communal pools. Steam and dry saunas, massage therapy, and indoor/outdoor swimming and wave pools are all part of the amenities of these spas, which attract couples and families alike. They are open all-year round and are very reasonably priced, thus accessible to all.

    Photo courtesy of Bavaria Tourism

  • Herrenchiemsee Palace, Bavaria, Germany

    Bavarian King Ludwig's Castles Remain Awe-Inspiring to this Day

    Constructed by the same Bavarian King Ludwig who created the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, the Herrenchiemsee Palace, modeled after Versailles, was built between 1863 and 1886. Construction stopped after Ludwig’s death and the palace remains incomplete to this day. It is located on an island in the middle of the Chiemsee, Bavaria’s largest lake, and is only accessible by boat.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Biking near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, view on Mt. Waxenstein, Bavaria, Germany

    Biking Along Alpine Paths is an Unforgettable Experience

    Biking is another favorite Bavarian activity. Expansive bike paths wend their way through picturesque towns and through spectacular Alpine scenery.

    Photo courtesy of Bavaria Tourism

  • Bad Reichenhall Town Hall, Bavaria ,Germany

    View Exquisite Paintings on Exterior Buildings and Homes

    Colorful paintings can be admired on the exteriors of many Bavarian buildings, and on homes and farmhouses in the countryside.  This painting on the town hall in Bad Reichenhall depicts Bavarian historical figures.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Bavarian Traditional Costumes

    Traditional Costumes are a Part of the Bavarian Way of Life

    Dirndl dresses and Lederhosen are not only worn at festivals, but at local celebrations, such as weddings, family events and church holidays, throughout the year. You will even see these lovely costumes worn for day-to-day activities. The word for these traditional outfits is “Trachten,” and there are many shops in Bavaria that specialize in this style of clothing. Many towns have their own indigenous Trachten design that identifies the region. 

    Photo courtesy of Bavaria Tourism

  • Christmas Market, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany

    Christmas Markets Bring the Magic of the Season to German Towns

    Christmas markets are an old German tradition, held the Thursday before the first weekend of Advent and ending December 23. One of the most beautiful Christmas markets can be found in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Regensburg, Bavaria. Visitors can enjoy shopping for hand-made decorations while sipping hot mulled wine and tasting a variety of holiday foods such as gingerbread, candied almonds, and grilled sausages. 

    Photo courtesy of Bavaria Tourism

  • Emperor's Hall, Bamberg, Bavaria Germany

    The Art and Culture of Bavaria Will Fascinate the History Buff

    Cultural tourists will find a wealth of museums, palaces, and other historical sites to visit while in Bavaria.  From the well preserved Roman ruins in Augsburg, to picturesque medieval towns such as Bamberg and Rothenburg, to the world-famous Rococo church in Wiesbaden, the history, art and culture of Bavaria can be admired in cities and towns across the region.

    Photo courtesy of Bavaria Tourism

  • Winter Sports, Oberstaufen Bavaria Germany

    Winter in Bavaria Means Fun in the Snow

    Winter in Bavaria offers the opportunity to enjoy all sorts of winter sport activities. There's always plenty of snow for skiing, sledding, snowboarding, skating, and other winter sports.

    Photo courtesy of Bavaria Tourism

  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria Germany

    Step Back into the Middle Ages on the Streets of Rothenburg

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the best preserved medieval town in Germany. In winter, it takes on a magical glow. Take a walk along the top of the the old city wall that encircles the town for a spectacular view of the city and surrounding landscape. Read more travel tips about Bavaria, Germany, Part I.

    Photo courtesy of Bavaria Tourism