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Bavaria - Germany's top holiday region

Aerial view of Hohenschwangau Castle surrounded by forest
Introducing the Free State of Bavaria in southern Germany with Munich, its regional capital, and its picture-perfect countryside. Unspoiled natural surroundings, healthy air, a wealth of culture and the proverbially laid-back Bavarian attitude to life are its hallmarks. Bavaria is a stunning region of Germany boasting many sparkling lakes, national parks and countless nature conservation areas, making it heaven on earth for holidaymakers and sports enthusiasts alike. Bavaria's medieval castles and small towns, magnificent palaces and baroque churches, not to mention its urban centers, provide the perfect setting for everything from traditional festivals to high opera. Bavaria, Germany is a harmonious blend of traditional and modern.
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Bavaria's regions contain countless highlights and endless beauty. Monarchs, abbots, priests, townspeople and renowned architects from bygone centuries have left a legacy of amazing architectural monuments and picturesque villages, all complemented by stunning natural scenery.
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Bavaria's towns boast spacious pedestrian zones, shopping streets and cutting-edge economic, cultural and social life. Every town has a historical centre and has retained its individual charm through its own history.
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Highlights in brief

  • Bavarian Forest National Park

  • Berchtesgaden Alpine National Park
  • Munich
    State capital, airport, Bavaria film studios, Viktualienmarkt market, Olympic Park, German Museum, Pinakothek art galleries, beer gardens, English Garden park
  • Berchtesgaden
    Lake Königssee, St. Bartholomä chapel, salt mine, Obersalzberg Dokumentation historic exhibition
  • Kehlheim
    Weltenburg Abbey
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    Health resort, Zugspitze mountain, winter sports centre
  • Mittenwald
    Violin making
  • Nuremberg
    Trade fair venue, museums, Museum of Criminology, Christmas market
  • Neuenmarkt
    Germany's largest butterfly park
  • Füssen
    King Ludwig's castles