If you ever travel to Bavaria, and want to experience more relaxed atmosphere and escape the busy life in Munich, and hour drive from Munich will take you deep into southern Bavaria. It is a timeless land of manicured fields, painted building, and characteristic onion- domed churches.
This region is a perfect playground for people enjoying the good life at the foothills of the Alps. It is a land of fairy tale castles. The most spectacular one is the caste of Martin Ludwig, the Hohenschwangau castle. Ludwig than built his dream castle – Neuschwanstein castle, just a 15 minutes hike away.
The castles here are hugely popular and they are tourable only by appointment with a guided tour.
Just over the border you can visit the Austrian district of Tyrol, this area offers great value and maximum charm. A hike up to the stark and brooding ruins of Ehrenburg castle provides a striking contrast to Ludwig’s fantasy castles. Through in the middle age, the architects had to find the perfect hilltop to built the castle.
Next up in the border of Germany, the Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain. A mighty cable car will zip you to the top in just ten minutes. While there are many higher mountains in the Alps this one Zugspitze is unique, standing alone with a view of over four hundred peaks in the four countries- Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
This mountain marks the border between the German state of Bavaria, or Bayern and the Austrian state of the Tyrol. And today, no passports are necessary this high altitude resort destination on what feels like the top of Europe.
The Zugspitze is named for a cold and ghostly wind which can really howl in the winter. Here you can visit the hiker’s hut that is one hundred years old. Make sure you dress well, because even on a sunny day it can be very cold.
Whether you are scaling summits, conquering castles, marveling at the treasures this region nestled here at the best of the Alps, is a joy. This region might be the reason that will keep you drawling back in Germany.