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Welcome to Bavaria

Bavaria is a mountainous land in the southeast of Germany rich in both history and culture, where Oktoberfest—an annual festival featuring beer, sausage, and lederhosen—draws in revelers in their droves. The festival is held in Munich, the Bavarian capital, which boasts some of the finest architecture in Europe. But Bavaria is a vast area with much to offer beyond Munich—from the walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber to King Ludwig II's unfinished island castle of Herrenchiemsee, you won't be short on things to do. With that in mind, tours that link several sights are often the best way to experience the region. Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle, can easily be combined with the villages of Oberammergau and Hohenschwangau on a day trip from Munich. Private tours take visitors into the Bavarian wilderness, from the high mountains to the deep lake of Berchtesgaden National Park, as well as the area's dense forests where a local guide is your best bet for exploring. For sports enthusiasts, the Bavarian Alps offer ski resorts that are cozier and less expensive than those in neighboring countries. Finally, many people choose to visit Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site on guided tours which provide insight into a dark chapter in German history.

Top 10 attractions in Bavaria

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Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

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A vast tract of untended land southeast of Nuremberg's medieval city center, the Nazi Party Rally Grounds were once the stage for some of Adolf Hitler's most infamous and dangerous speeches during the rise of the Third Reich. The nearby Documentation Center museum chronicles the terrors inflicted by the Nazi party during World War II.More
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Imperial Castle of Nuremberg (Kaiserburg)

Imperial Castle of Nuremberg (Kaiserburg)

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Built in 1120, Imperial Castle of Nuremberg (Kaiserburg) was once a residence for kings of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite suffering damage over the years (especially during WWII), the castle has been carefully restored to showcase its original Gothic and Romanesque architecture.More
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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

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With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau valley, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has—the German castle famously inspired Disney'sSleeping Beauty castle.More
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Regensburg Cathedral (St Peter Cathedral)

Regensburg Cathedral (St Peter Cathedral)

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The Regensburg Cathedral is the most important church in the city and is dedicated to St. Peter. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Regensburg and its two tall spires can be seen from all around the city. It is one of the best examples of Gothic church architecture in Bavaria. Though a church was once at this location since the year 700, the one that you see today was completed in the early 1300s. Over the centuries the cathedral underwent several renovations including the addition of Baroque elements.On the north side of the cathedral you can visit the Bishop's Palace, which is now the Treasury Museum. The square to the west is called Domplatz. The west portal of the cathedral is decorated with arches, canopies, and several sculptures depicting scenes from the bible. Nearly 100 images of St. Peter can be found both outside and inside the cathedral. Visitors can also admire the large number of detailed stained glass windows that have managed to survive since the Middle Ages.More
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Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle

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Located on a hilltop over the Alpsee and Schwansee lakes, the Hohenschwangau Castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau) is a dramatic 19th-century fortress built by the king of Bavaria. Often overshadowed by its neighbor, the Neuschwanstein Castle, the Hohenschwangau is worth a visit for its dazzling interior decor and striking views of the Alpsee and surrounding mountains.More
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King's Lake (Konigssee)

King's Lake (Konigssee)

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With its glassy blue waters framed by jagged mountains and lush alpine meadows, King’s Lake (Königssee) is one of Bavaria’s most beautiful. The natural wonder lies within Berchtesgaden National Park, offering a majestic backdrop for hiking and cruises.More
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Old Stone Bridge

Old Stone Bridge

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The Old Stone Bridge in Regensburg, Germany is a medieval bridge that was constructed in a Romanesque style in the mid 1100s. It crosses the Danube River connecting the old town to the Stadtamhof, and for more than 800 years, it was the city's only bridge across the river. For several centuries, Regensburg was a major center of trade and government due to this bridge because it was the only crossing over the Danube between Ulm, Germany and Vienna, Austria.Visitors today can see 15 arches on the bridge, although there once was a 16th arch. Three towers were once connected to the bridge, but one was damaged by ice and torn down in the late 1700s and another was damaged during the war in 1810 and torn down. One tower remains, the Schuldturm, on the city side of the bridge, and it is now a museum. On this tower you can see two clocks and a painting depicting the 30 Year Battle. Although vehicles were once allowed on the bridge, it is now a pedestrian and bicycle bridge.More
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Oberammergau

Oberammergau

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Among the most scenic historic towns in the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau is known for its traditional wood carving and the colorful frescoes that adorn its centuries-old buildings. However, the town’s biggest claim to fame is the Passion Play—held every 10 years and dating to 1634, the performance tells the story of Jesus’ last days.More
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Zugspitze

Zugspitze

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Located close to the Austrian border and soaring to a height of 9,718 feet (2,962 meters), the snow-crowned Zugspitze is Germany's highest mountain and one of its most popular ski resorts. The views from the top are spectacular, spanning the German and Austrian Alps.More
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Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

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Just an hour’s drive outside of Salzburg lies the alpine town of Berchtesgaden and the historic Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop chalet and the former southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Perched atop Mt. Kehlstein, Eagle’s Nest offers a dark history and panoramic views of Germany’s Bavarian Alps.More

Top activities in Bavaria

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bavaria

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kennethallingham1, Oct 2018
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
This is my opinion and rating of my trip to see the castles in neushcwanstein, Bavaria.
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Best Tour Taken!
Venture14861886836, Mar 2019
Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
Great way to see the city while also getting some tastes of Bavarian culture.
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Really enjoyed the tour of the...
Mary Y, Jul 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
It was a great way to see the Bavarian countryside.
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Our tour was fantastic! Our guide...
Cynthia, Jul 2017
Munich Small-Group Bike Tour
This is the best way to see the city!
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Fantastic guide Dani who really...
Robert R, Oct 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
Really pleased we travelled by train , got to see all the beautiful countryside, and Dani gave us some real insights into Bavaria and its culture.
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Only way to see the castles. Our...
Skip, Sep 2016
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Only way to see the castles.
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Wonderful tour. The bus was...
pittley, Oct 2016
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Overall I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see a bit of Bavaria at it's finest.
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MMM , This is great city to see wish...
Mark W, May 2016
Nuremberg Third Reich and Roman Empire Historical Day Trip
MMM , This is great city to see wish we had more time but you can only do so much.
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Salzburg is such a small city that...
Patrick S, Nov 2015
Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail
Our tour guide, Yolanda, had a great knowledge of the city and its secrets, and the best places to visit.
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This was a lovely trip through...
Marilyn S, Jun 2014
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
By the time we joined up with the hundreds ofother people jostling to see mad king Ludwigs excesses .
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Great tour. A fantastic way to see...
Rich J, Aug 2016
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
A fantastic way to see the Bavarian countryside and some amazing castles.
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Great tour - comfy coach and very...
Laura H, Jun 2016
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the castles and learn about the history of Bavaria and greater Germany.
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The bus ride was great. You get to...
Kevin V, Dec 2014
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
You get to see the countryside of Bavaria.
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Truly a beautiful picturesque trip...
Adele T, Sep 2012
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
The stops had a good amount of time and was able to see everything we wanted.
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Rothenburg is very lovely town...
Parida K, Jun 2013
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
Worth to visit if you go to Bavaria or Germany.
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We really enjoyed the small group...
Drew, Oct 2015
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Linderhof was a little disappointing because they have winterized and covered the gardens.
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Really good trip good coaches the...
tim.hehir, Apr 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Really good trip good coaches the ride up the mountain was a bit fraught when the bus lost traction due to the unseasonable snow fall good guides every thing was taken care of .
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A wonderful experience!
Kristi, Sep 2020
MY*GUiDE EXCLUSiVE Neuschwanstein Castle Tour INCL. TiCKETS and ALPiNE COASTER from Munich
Stefan was an excellent guide and we were able to see so many of the must-see sites in just one day through this tour!
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Like a Day with an Old Friend
Lee_H, Jul 2020
Munich Sightseeing Bike Tour
The English Gardens are very beautiful, and so many people were out enjoying the weather!
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Whirlwind Munich
Michele S, Oct 2019
Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
She covered the highlights of the city, much of the history, and had recommendations for more in-depth places to visit if you had additional time.
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