Garmisch – Exploring Bavaria’s sights
Zugspitze and Surroundings
This tour takes you around the entire Zugspitze. On the way, you will have the most fabulous views on Wetterstein, Otztal Alps, Karwendel and the Mieming mountains. The trip continues via Seefeld, Mösern, and Telfs and back over the ‘Fernpass’ with its three beautiful mountain lakes.
The Open Air museum Glentleiten is situated beautifully in the alpine foothills between Murnau and Lake Kochelsee. The varied tour around the museum premises with its forest, pastures and historic garden takes you to 40 buildings – farmhouses, mills, mountain lodges and lots more – which were rebuilt here in their original shape. In combination with their complete interiors they draw an authentic picture of rural life in Bavaria as it used to be centuries ago.
Eng – Alm – Ahornboden
We recommend a trip through the Isar valley to Lake Sylvenstein and via Vorderriß and Hinterriß into the high mountains and the alpine world of the mountain pasture farmers. The large Ahornboden with its 500 years old maple trees is one of Europe’s most popular nature resorts.
The city of the Habsburgs is surrounded by mountains and crossed by the river Inn. It has lots of sights worthwhile visiting. Don’t miss the “Goldenes Dachl” (Golden Roof). In the afternoon you can pay a visit to the famous Swarowski crystal world at the parent house in Wattens. In the underground treasury you can admire both the smallest and the largest gemstone in the world.
In the famous Wieskirche, lovingly called “die Wies” by locals, you can admire the most refined Rococo art. Not surprisingly, this jewel of Rococo-architecture was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The health resort Mittenwald is one of the most picturesque places in the Bavarian Alps. With its colourful farmers gardens, artistic mural and historic buildings this is Upper Bavaria at its best. Mittenwald is also famous for its century old luthier-tradition. It has a fascinating Violinmaking-museum, which has been recently remodelled and displays precious exhibits.
With its more than 200 metres deep waters, lake Walchensee is the deepest lake in the area. Surfers and sailor love it because of its reliable wind conditions. Its turquoise waters and its location are spectacular. The water temperature is low also during summer, which is why this lake is not overcrowded with tourists and visitors.
• Old Pinakothek • New Pinakothek • Pinakothek der Moderne • Botanical Gardens • Castle Nymphenburg • Theresienhöhe with Bavaria • Bavaria Filmtour • Olympiapark • BMW Museum • Deutsches Museum • English Garden • City • Glyptothek • Maximilianeum • Residenz • New Castle Schleißheim • Zoo Hellabrunn • Airport Munich II
The picturesque small town Füssen is situated at the foot of the Lechtaler Alps. Right next to it you find the small village Schwangau, which is famous for its two castles. One is King Maximilian’s castle Hohenschwangau, in which his son the famous King Ludwig II grew up to be the ‘Märchenkönig’ (‘fairytale king’). From there it is only a short walk to the much more famous castle Neuschwanstein, the most beautiful castle built by Ludwig II, who made his fantastic dream world come true here.
Bad Wiessee – Bad Tölz
The neat health resort Bad Wiessee is situated right by lake Tegernsee and is always worthwhile visiting. In the afternoon you can continue to Bad Tölz, which also can look back on a long tradition as spa. The pretty town doesn’t have a lake next to it, but the river Isar adds a special atmosphere to it.
The abbey of Andechs at Lake Ammersee
The famous Benedictine Abbey on the sacred mountain Andechs is sometimes nicknamed the “Bavarian Monte Casino”. It gained fame also because of the open-minded monk padre Anselm Bilgri, who among others works as company consultant. Meanwhile he has left the monastery. A nice scenic route via Murnau through the foothills of the Alps takes you to lake Ammersee.
• The Castle (by foot or with the rack railway) • Getreidegasse • Mozart’s Birthplace • Haus der Natur • Water Fountains Hellbrunn • Open Air Theatre • Salzburg Festspiele • Christmas Market in December • Theatre (Ask for program information)
Linderhof Castle– Ettal– Oberammergau
Linderhof Castle is an enchanting garden castle, which used to be King Ludwig’s II most favourite dwelling. The fairytale king used Linderhof not so much for representation purposes, but rather as an extravagant recluse, in which the monarch could live his nostalgic dreams.
The Abbey of Ettal Ettal, almost 900 meters above sea level, is located in a narrow mountain valley of the Bavarian Alpine foothills. The date of the endowment and foundation of Ettal is the 28th of April 1330. Today, the abbey runs a boarding school and a number of undertakings such as a brewery, a distillery, a bakery a bookshop and a publishing house and others. Oberammergau is world famous for its traditional Passionsfestspiele (Christ’s passion festival), in which only Oberammergau locals participate as amateur actors. The large event takes place every ten years and attracts a lot of spectators and media attention. But this place is also famous for its most beautiful carving-works, which are abundant especially in the wonderful old part of town.
Don’t miss the enchanting tour around the picturesque lake! Via Bad Tölz and Waakirchen you drive to Gmund, Tegernsee, Rottach-Egern, Bad Wiessee.
Berchtesgaden – Königssee
Drive via Bad Tölz – Inzell – Bad Reichenhall to Berchtesgaden and then to lake Königssee, where you can take the boat from Königssee to St. Bartholomä. In good weather conditions you will be able to experience the impressive echo.