Bavaria: The multifaceted holiday paradise
Each year, the largest German state attracts millions of visitors with its beautiful landscape and its diverse cultural offerings. Whether one seeks adventure, relaxation or a tour of discovery, Bavaria offers experiences to suit every taste.
The diversity of Bavaria’s nature is unparalleled: the lush green of the vast meadows, fields and forests, glistening lakes and rivers and the towering mountains create a breathtaking scenery.
PHOTO © WWW.BAYERN.BY, STEFAN EISEND
Being active in Bavarian nature
Bavaria’s mountain panorama invites visitors to relax and enjoy the spectacular views, but the Bavarian mountains are also the perfect backdrop for sport activities. Hikers and climbers enjoy steep mountain tours or hilly hiking paths and winter sport enthusiasts find well-developed pistes, toboggan runs or cross-country skiing trails. Whether on Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, in the Allgaeu Alps, the Karwendel or in the Berchtesgadener Land – the possibilities are endless.
Water lovers can sail, surf, raft or swim on the many Bavarian lakes and rivers, such as the Franconian Lakes. Even in Upper Bavaria, one can find various swimming possibilities with the ‘Fünfseenland‘, the picturesque Königs Lake or the Chiemsee – the ‘Bavarian Ocean’. Avid cyclists also find many activities in Bavaria, including the Zoigl cycling path in Upper Palatinate that takes cyclists on a Zoigl beer discovery journey. Across 115 kilometres, the path connects former and active communal breweries which serve Zoigl beer and guarantee a convivial stop.
ZOIGL BEER TAVERN. © WWW.BAYERN.BY, DANIELA HAUG
Cultural experiences in Bavaria
In Bavaria’s cities, one can always discover something new, whether in charming, historic small towns or in vibrant, modern cities. Thus, important museums like the ‘Pinakotheken‘ (picture galleries) or the German Museum in Munich attract culture enthusiasts from all over the world. Bavaria’s castles also are internationally renowned: the buildings of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Castle and the Herrenchiemsee are architectural miracles.
Additionally, the seven UNESCO world heritage sites count towards Bavaria’s endless cultural sights: the historic old towns from Bamberg and Regensburg, the rococo pilgrimage church Wieskirche in the Pfaffenwinkel, the baroque Wuerzburg Residence, Bayreuth’s margrave opera house, the Roman limes parts which run through Franconia and the prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps.
The Bavarian character can be found in many cultural highlights, such as the Brass Wiesn Festival in Eching near Munich. Here, musicians and guests celebrate traditional Bavarian brass band music, which fuses with contemporary, international influences. This shows how the world-famous Bavarian cosiness and a creative spirit of innovation simply belong together.
Find out more about Bavaria’s hidden gems at discovergermany.com
TEXT: BAYERN TOURISMUS MARKETING GMBH, TRANSLATION: NANE STEINHOFF
THE ROCOCO PILGRIMAGE CHURCH WIESKIRCHE. PHOTO © WWW.BAYERN.BY, JÖRGEN LUTZ
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