Take advantage of the time before and after the 25th IAVE World Volunteer conference to schedule some time to explore opne of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations: Bavaria!
Bavaria (“Bayern” in German) is one of the most popular – and most scenic – travel destinations in Germany. Here are our suggestions about interesting things to do in Bavaria, from city breaks, and nature spots, to castles, scenic drives, and historic sites. Remember that, whatever you choose to do in Bavaria, every occasion is infused with that untranslatable feel-good air of Gemütlichkeit (coziness) that makes exploring the region such an easygoing experience!
Munich (or München) is the capital of Bavaria and gateway to the Alps. It is an ideal base to explore the region’s countryside, as well as experience traditional Bavarian culture – especially beer, music and food. Still, there’s a lot more to uncover in this wealthy city, from bustling Marienplatz to the iconic towers of the Frauenkirche. Other highlights include the splendid grounds of the baroque and rococo Schloss Nymphenburg, automotive thrills at BMW World, high-end shops on Maximilianstrasse, modern art at the Neue Pinakothek, and the royal Residenz.
The world’s most famous castle, Neuschwanstein, is nestled in the Bavarian Alps and comes straight out of a fairy tale. This iconic castle is often cited as Walt Disney’s inspiration for the one that appeared in Sleeping Beauty and later the Disneyland castle itself.
It is one of the most historic places in Germany, with a recorded history stretching back to 1050. Nürnberg is famous as a former home for many German kings, artists such as Albrecht Dürer, and for being the site of Nazi rallies and the early formation of anti-Semitic laws during this time. Today it’s well known for its eye-catching buildings, atmospheric Christmas market and buzzy nightlife.
Running along the border between Germany and Austria, the Bavarian Alps are home to Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, where you can go glacier skiing until May. Known in German as the Bayerische Alpen, the mountains offer many recreational possibilities – from skiing and snowboarding in winter to hiking and paragliding in summer – as well as abundant spas and health retreats.
This winding 450 km (280-mile) route opened in 1933 and runs through the Bavarian Alps from Lindau on Lake Constance to Schönau on Lake Königssee. As well as looming mountains, the road passes through quaint historic towns, rolling pastures and past several magnificent castles and churches.
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