Germany’s only Alpine National Park is situated in the Berchtesgadener Land. Between Lake Königssee at 603 metres and the 2,713 metre high Watzmann visitors can discover varied nature on numerous hiking paths. One of the most beautiful tours is the hike from the Jenner summit down to Lake Königssee.
The pictures on the facades of houses, often scenes from everyday farming or from the bible are well-spread throughout the whole of Upper Bavaria. But nowhere do they characterise the villages as much as in the Werdenfelser Land. Well-known examples are in Mittenwald and Oberammergau, where the most famous fresco painter Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792) also carried out his work.
Even though the pastel-coloured houses are beautiful, in summer life moves out of the buildings and onto the streets. The cafés put all their chairs out and the shady spaces under the chestnut trees on the banks of the River Lech are all taken. It’s also not far to go swimming: Lake Ammersee is only 20 kilometres east of here.
Bavaria’s legendary King Ludwig II is well-known worldwide for his obsessive building mania, also on the island Herreninsel on Lake Chiemsee. With the New Palace Herrenchiemsee he had the Bavarian version of Versailles was built. Even if the magnificent building wasn’t completely finished after his death: it’s worth visiting!
More than one million people visit the picturesque town on the Inn every year, especially because of her: the 65 centimetre high figure of the Black Madonna made out of lime wood in the chapel, the Gnadenkapelle, is supposed to have performed miracles now for more than 500 years.
The oldest parts of the castle date back to the Middle Ages, but it was the Wittelsbacher family who gave the castle in the late 15th century its present appearance. High above the town it thrones above the Salzach and Lake Wöhrsee and made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the longest castle in the world.
At 2,962 metres it’s Germany’s highest mountain. The Zugspitze just outside Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been developed for tourists with varying levels of fitness. In 1926 the first cable car was built up the mountain and then from 1938 more and more ski lifts were added.
Beauty has its price. The boutiques, hotels and restaurants which are surrounded by mountains around the lake are not really cheap. But you should still treat yourself to a day trip to one of the lidos. The lido in chic Rottach-Egern is perfectly situated.
This is a treasure on the green meadows: the rococo construction is a masterpiece by the Zimmermann brothers Dominikus and Johann Baptist from Pfaffenwinkel. The figure of the Scourged Saviour is an important pilgrim’s destination, where a farmer’s wife apparently discovered tears in his eyes after an intimately spoken, heartfelt prayer.
The centre of the museum is the large collection from the expressionist Lothar-Günther Buchheim. But the museum on the shores of the lake, the Starnberger See, shows not only his own works but the masks and sculptures which he collected during his lifetime as well.
Its location on the former important salt route made this small town rich: surrounded by the River Inn, Wasserburg became a trading centre. Some houses still have the bay windows from the Renaissance period. But the old town still seems to be young: in addition to students from lots of different countries there’s also an active artists scene which provides bountiful lust for life.
High-quality museums, bars, pubs, trendy neighbourhoods and impressive architecture especially at the Königsplatz: in the provincial capital you can spend days wandering through the city and especially in summer life is outdoors on the streets. No other city in Germany offers so much dolce vita.
The home of Bavarian beers between Ingolstadt and Landshut is green and hilly. Then it comes as no surprise that lots of people explore the world’s largest hops growing area on their bikes. And when you stop for a drink or bite to eat in the beer gardens or inns then the result of the harvest comes straight out of the barrel.
Nowadays the enormous Mariendom cathedral seems too big for the small town, where once it was appropriate. From the 8th century until 1821 when it was moved to Munich, Freising was the seat of the Bishop. The magnificent church ensemble still remains as well as an especially beautifully designed old town at the bottom of the cathedral hill, a remnant of the importance from the past.
In the idyllic landscape around Murnau on Lake Staffelsee the artists group “Der Blaue Reiter” Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter painted their expressionist art in the years before World War One. Münter’s house which was then converted to a museum offers you a lovely insight back to this period.
Source: MERIAN Oberbayern, April 2016.