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Top 6 Attractions in Bavaria

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    Neuschwanstein Castle exterior in Bavaria, Germany.

    The Neuschwanstein Castle, located in Germany's Bavarian region, is the ultimate when you are thinking of fantasy castles. It is the quintessential 19th-century romantic palace. 

    Commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and homage to Richard Wagner, Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the world’s most photographed royal residences. It was built using his personal funds (and through extensive borrowing) and opened to the public shortly after his death in 1886. It is believed to have inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle with its over-the-top Romanesque Revival architecture ...

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    Germany's largest Mountain, the Zugspitze forms part of the Wetterstein Alpine mountain range that straddles the border with Austria. It lies just south of the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with its summit soaring to 2,962 meters and renowned for its gilded cross and magnificent views. On a clear day, Zugspitze boasts panoramas across four different countries and as far as the Eastern Alps, with the peaks ranging in height from 2,000-4,000 meters. To the south of the mountain stretches the high karst plateau of Zugspitzplatt that is riddled with caves, while immense glaciers carve along its flanks ...

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  • Sprawling along the border between Germany and the Czech Republic, the Bavarian Forest is an extensive area of woodland that once covered much of southern Germany. During Roman times it was known as the Hercynian Forest and today extends across the same mountain range as the Bohemian Forest in the Czech Republic. It includes the walking trails of the Bavarian Forest National Park (the first of its kind in Germany), the Bavarian Forest Nature Park and the Eastern Bavarian Forest Nature Park, as well as the ski slopes of the Great Arber.

    The forest covers hills composed of granite and gneiss and is divided into two sections by the Pfahl, a sharp quartz ridge that runs along the Regen Valley ...

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  • One of the most popular resort towns in the Bavarian Alps is Berchtesgaden, which lies at one end of the German Alpine Highway. Soaring mountains surround the town on all sides and have long drawn hikers and sightseers, including Adolf Hitler who built his Eagle’s Nest retreat here.

    Follow the 6.5-kilometer-long Kehlsteinstrasse (a private road built for Adolf Hitler) to the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle’s Nest), which now features a restaurant boasting panoramic views of the region. Underground hallways and tunnels used by the Nazis can still be explored, while the Hotel Türken that once housed the SS has just reopened to guests ...

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    Oktoberfest beers in Munich.
    One of the World's Greatest FestivalMunich, or Munchen as its German name knows it, is the capital of Germany's Bavaria region and a great place to visit any time of the year. The city is renowned for its friendly and lively atmosphere – locals jokingly refer to their city as a small village - and has excellent shopping, museums, and historical sights.However, Munchen is also famous for being known as the world's beer capital, boasting several major breweries and around 100 beer gardens. More beer is consumed in the city than any other part of Germany - and much of this beer is drunk in the space of just two weeks in September ...

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