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Welcome to Bavaria

Bavaria is a mountainous land in the southeast of Germany rich in both history and culture, where Oktoberfest—an annual festival featuring beer, sausage, and lederhosen—draws in revelers in their droves. The festival is held in Munich, the Bavarian capital, which boasts some of the finest architecture in Europe. But Bavaria is a vast area with much to offer beyond Munich—from the walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber to King Ludwig II's unfinished island castle of Herrenchiemsee, you won't be short on things to do. With that in mind, tours that link several sights are often the best way to experience the region. Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle, can easily be combined with the villages of Oberammergau and Hohenschwangau on a day trip from Munich. Private tours take visitors into the Bavarian wilderness, from the high mountains to the deep lake of Berchtesgaden National Park, as well as the area's dense forests where a local guide is your best bet for exploring. For sports enthusiasts, the Bavarian Alps offer ski resorts that are cozier and less expensive than those in neighboring countries. Finally, many people choose to visit Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site on guided tours which provide insight into a dark chapter in German history.

Top 10 attractions in Bavaria

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

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With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau valley, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has—the German castle famously inspired Disney'sSleeping Beauty castle.More
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Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

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Just an hour’s drive outside of Salzburg lies the alpine town of Berchtesgaden and the historic Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop chalet and the former southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Perched atop Mt. Kehlstein, Eagle’s Nest offers a dark history and panoramic views of Germany’s Bavarian Alps.More
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Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

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A vast tract of untended land southeast of Nuremberg's medieval city center, the Nazi Party Rally Grounds were once the stage for some of Adolf Hitler's most infamous and dangerous speeches during the rise of the Third Reich. The nearby Documentation Center museum chronicles the terrors inflicted by the Nazi party during World War II.More
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Zugspitze

Zugspitze

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Located close to the Austrian border and soaring to a height of 9,718 feet (2,962 meters), the snow-crowned Zugspitze is Germany's highest mountain and one of its most popular ski resorts. The views from the top are spectacular, spanning the German and Austrian Alps.More
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Marienplatz

Marienplatz

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A public plaza in the center of Munich, Marienplatz is full of history—it’s been the city’s main square and central heart of Munich’s Old Town (Altstadt) since 1158. Marienplatz is a popular gathering spot and possibly the busiest location in all of Munich, with crowds of locals and tourists visiting its landmarks, shops, and restaurants on foot from early morning until late at night.More
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Imperial Castle of Nuremberg (Kaiserburg)

Imperial Castle of Nuremberg (Kaiserburg)

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Built in 1120, Imperial Castle of Nuremberg (Kaiserburg) was once a residence for kings of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite suffering damage over the years (especially during WWII), the castle has been carefully restored to showcase its original Gothic and Romanesque architecture.More
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Odeonsplatz

Odeonsplatz

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Hemmed in by Italianesque palaces, grand concert halls, and Baroque churches—Odeonsplatz is a testament to Munich’s storied past and the site of some of the city’s key historic events. At the northern end of Munich Old Town (Altstadt), the busy public square is the gateway to the Hofgarten gardens and the Munich Residenz.More
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Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle

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Inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France, Bavaria’s 19th-century Linderhof Castle is one of the country’s most magnificent structures. The smallest in a trio of elaborate royal palaces built by King Ludwig II (also known as the “Mad King”), Linderhof was the only one he saw completed.More
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Victuals Market (Viktualienmarkt)

Victuals Market (Viktualienmarkt)

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Munich's historic Victuals Market is the city’s main destination for gourmet Bavarian goods. Its stalls—many family-run for generations—overflow with exotic fruits, fresh vegetables, truffles, flowers, spices, sausages and hams, artisanal cheeses, honey, and much more. Snack as you go or gather items for a picnic at the nearby park.More
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Munich Residence (Residenz München)

Munich Residence (Residenz München)

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The former royal palace of the Bavarian monarch, the Munich Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany and is open to visitors to see its spectacularly adorned rooms and royal collections. The complex of buildings in the Munich Residenz contains 10 courtyards and the museum displays 130 rooms. The three main parts of the Residenz are the Königsbau, the Alte Residenz, and the Festsaalbau, which is also home to the Cuvillies Theatre.Get a feel for palace life in the Residenz museum which features the collections of porcelain, silver, paintings, and classical antiquities amassed by the Wittelsbach monarchs. The Antiquarium's Renaissance collections is especially breath-taking. Step outside the elaborately decorated rooms to the beautiful Court Garden or check out the Treasury (Schatzkammer) for a display of the royal jewels, gold objects, and ivory.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bavaria

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Kenneth_A, Oct 2018
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
This is my opinion and rating of my trip to see the castles in neushcwanstein, Bavaria.
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Hector_B, Mar 2019
Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
Great way to see the city while also getting some tastes of Bavarian culture.
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Really enjoyed the tour of the...
Mary Y, Jul 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
It was a great way to see the Bavarian countryside.
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Our tour was fantastic! Our guide...
Cynthia, Jul 2017
Munich Small-Group Bike Tour
This is the best way to see the city!
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Fantastic guide Dani who really...
Robert R, Oct 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
Really pleased we travelled by train , got to see all the beautiful countryside, and Dani gave us some real insights into Bavaria and its culture.
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Only way to see the castles. Our...
Francis_G, Sep 2016
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Only way to see the castles.
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Wonderful tour. The bus was...
Lorie_P, Oct 2016
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Overall I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see a bit of Bavaria at it's finest.
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MMM , This is great city to see wish...
Mark W, May 2016
Nuremberg Third Reich and Roman Empire Historical Day Trip
MMM , This is great city to see wish we had more time but you can only do so much.
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Salzburg is such a small city that...
Patrick S, Nov 2015
Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail
Our tour guide, Yolanda, had a great knowledge of the city and its secrets, and the best places to visit.
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This was a lovely trip through...
marilyn_S, Jun 2014
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
By the time we joined up with the hundreds ofother people jostling to see mad king Ludwigs excesses .
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Great tour. A fantastic way to see...
Rich J, Aug 2016
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
A fantastic way to see the Bavarian countryside and some amazing castles.
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Great tour - comfy coach and very...
Laura H, Jun 2016
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the castles and learn about the history of Bavaria and greater Germany.
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The bus ride was great. You get to...
Kevin V, Dec 2014
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
You get to see the countryside of Bavaria.
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Truly a beautiful picturesque trip...
Adele T, Sep 2012
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
The stops had a good amount of time and was able to see everything we wanted.
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Rothenburg is very lovely town...
Parida K, Jun 2013
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
Worth to visit if you go to Bavaria or Germany.
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We really enjoyed the small group...
Drew, Oct 2015
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Linderhof was a little disappointing because they have winterized and covered the gardens.
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Really good trip good coaches the...
Tim_H, Apr 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Really good trip good coaches the ride up the mountain was a bit fraught when the bus lost traction due to the unseasonable snow fall good guides every thing was taken care of .
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A wonderful experience!
Kristi_J, Sep 2020
MY*GUiDE EXCLUSiVE Neuschwanstein Castle Tour INCL. TiCKETS and ALPiNE COASTER from Munich
Stefan was an excellent guide and we were able to see so many of the must-see sites in just one day through this tour!
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Lee_H, Jul 2020
Munich Sightseeing Bike Tour
The English Gardens are very beautiful, and so many people were out enjoying the weather!
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Michele S, Oct 2019
Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
She covered the highlights of the city, much of the history, and had recommendations for more in-depth places to visit if you had additional time.
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