Bavaria is probably one of the most beautiful regions in all of central Europe.
Many people come here each year for their ski holidays but outside of the ski season this place is booming with things to do as well. With the alps as its backdrop you can expect some magnificent scenery here. We visited during the winter months so we were not able to do everything on this list but we are definitely planning a summer trip in the future.
During the summer, it is the perfect place to go camping and hiking. There are many beautiful hiking routes but you won’t be able to do them all on one holiday. There are just to many. I will talk about two of them in this article that you should definitely check out.
Wether you visit during summer, winter, autumn or spring, there are many things to do in Bavaria. From all these things I listed the 8 best things to do in Bavaria that you must see or do during your holiday.
Right next to the border of Austria you can find this beautiful lake with multiple little islands. You can go for a walk around the lake which is definitely worth it. You’ll get a beautiful view over the lake wandering through the woods. It’s situated at the base of the Zugspitze which is Germany’s highest mountain.
When we visited, the lake was frozen and we could walk right up to the little islands. Definitely an experience to remember.
At the edge of the lake you will find Eibsee hotel. It looks straight over the lake and the alps providing you with a wonderful view. One night at this hotel will cost you around €230.
If you are traveling in the summer then camping might be a great way to stay on budget.
You will find camping resort Zugspitze on a short drive from Eibsee. The camping site offers beautiful views over the Zugspitze and the facilities are great. You will pay around 30 euro for a spot for 2 persons, tent and car.
Most people will know this area for its snowboard and ski slopes called Garmisch classic. It definitely makes for a perfect winter sports destination. It’s possible to buy an expension ticket for you skipas that allows you to ski on the Zugspitze and the region around the Zugspitze arena as well.
During the summer you can find some beautiful hikes around this region which you can check out on outdooractive.
3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most visited places in Germany. It is a picturesque town situated at the “romantic road” which is a 350km road between Würzburg and Füssen that links a number of picturesque towns and castles.
The historic center has been built in the Middle Ages. It’s the only part that has not been destroyed in world war II.
Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain that sits on the border between Germany and Austria. To visit Zugspitze properly you will need around a half day or longer.
There are 3 ways to get to the top. You can get there by cable car from Austria or Germany or you can take the Zugspitze Railway in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and take the cable car from the Zugspitzplatt that is 300 meters below Zugspitze. At the top you will have a panoramic view over 4 countries (Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy).
This is the cable car in Ehrwald, Austria. It gets you to the top in approximately 10 minutes. A ticket will cost you around €46. Visit their website for updated prices.
You can find this cable car at lake Eibsee. It is a new cable car that replaced the old one since April 2017. It gets you to the top in 10 minutes. A return ticket will cost you around €58. Visit the website for updated prices.
In Garmisch-Partenkirchen you can take The Bavarian Zugspitze Railway.
It runs from Garmisch in the centre of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the Zugspitzplatt, approximately 300 metres below Zugspitze. Visit their website for more information and prices.
Obersee can be easily visited as part of a boat trip on Konigsee Lake. Normally the standard stop is at St. Bartholomä but for an extra 3 euro you can get off at Salet Station. This takes another 15 minutes after the St. Bartholomä boat stop. Once you arrived at Salet station you need to walk for around 20 minutes to Obersee Lake. The surroundings are not to be missed!
You can opt to hike from Obersee around the Fischunkelalm to a beautiful little farmhouse where you can enjoy a nice cold beer. This hike takes around 30 minutes. This can be combined with Röthbach Waterfall that I will discuss in our next thing to do.
TIP: Arrive early at Konigsee to beat the crowds because the boat can get crowded.
6. Röthbach Waterfall
This is Germany’s highest waterfall, with a vertical drop of around 470 meter.
The waterfall can be reached most comfortably from the boat stop in Salet. This is the same stop mentioned earlier. It is about an hour walk to the waterfall. Keep in mind that during the drier months the waterflow may not be that high. The hike is definitely worth it as well but what else did you expect from the alps?
On a rugged hill – with the alps as backdrop – you will find this fairylike castle. It is probably the most beautiful and well-known castle in all of Germany (And there a lot of castles in Germany!). It can be found in the village of Schwangau right before crossing the border of Austria.
The interior of the castle is indulged with gold wherever possible. If you have the time for it you should definitely take a tour. The entrance fee is 13 euros and for people under 18 it’s free. You can also buy a “King’s ticket” which enables you to visit both Neuschwanstein castle and Hohenschwangau Castle that’s located right next to it. It is definitely worth a visit as well. This ticket will cost you 23 euros.
This bridge is located right in front of Neuschwanstein castle and gives you a beautiful view over the castle. Sadly, when we were there the bridge was closed because it was too slippery because of the snow.
8. Hell Valley
If you love to hike and your condition is not too bad you have to do this hike through the gorge. It is a 2-3 hour hike where you will have to go through tunnels and walk over bridges. During the whole hike you can enjoy the roaring water and beautiful scenery. At the end of the hike you will find a hut where you can relax and grab something to drink. This hike can be compared to the Partnachklamm hike but this one is definitely more beautiful. There is an entrance fee of €3.
TIP: Do not forget a raincoat because water drips from the crevices and there are a lot of small waterfalls as well.
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