Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Palace
Inspiration for the Disney Castles, numerous fairy tales, and countless dreamers, the Castle of Neuschwanstein is probably the most famous castle in the world. Perched on a peak in the foothills of the Alps, its setting provides the perfect backdrop to the spiraling towers and turrets of the castle.
The castle was built by the shy, reclusive, and eccentric King Ludwig II as an escape from society and a way to pursue his favorite passions. Another one of his creations, the Linderhof Palace, is also nearby. There you can discover an elegant palace surrounded by a beautiful park.
Often referred to as the “Bavarian Sea”, Chiemsee is Bavaria’s largest lake, and home to three beautiful islands – Herreninsel, Fraueninsel and the uninhabited island of Krautinsel, all of which benefit from regular ferry connections to the mainland.
Among its many attractions, the grand palace; Herreninsel Schloss is a must visit. For those who wish to be a little more exploratory, you can easily rent an electric motorboat to venture out onto the lake or rent a bike and cycle around the entire lake for scenic views.
Garmisch and the Zugspitze Peak
Nestled in a magnificent setting at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the German capital of alpine skiing and summer hiking. Take a ride on the famous Zugspitzbahn railway and then a cable car to the peak of Germany's tallest mountain, the Zugspitze, for some truly breath-taking views.
Alternatively, you can get off the railway halfway up the mountain and go hiking amid some of the most stunning scenery in Germany around the Eibsee lake. Or, head straight up the Partnach Gorge from the Garmisch train station and immerse yourself in some more exquisite landscape. With enough energy and time you can potentially walk all the way up to one of 'Mad' King Ludwig II's more unusual building projects - Königshaus am Schachen.
Dachau Concentration Camp
One of humanity's darkest evils began in the inconspicuous small town of Dachau, when an abandoned munitions factory was converted into the first Nazi concentration camp in 1933.
The Dachau concentration camp would serve as a model for all of the Third Reich's future concentration camps, in which millions of innocent lives were extinguished. Visitors follow the “path of the prisoner”, passing through the iron gates proclaiming "Arbeit Macht Frei" and going through the processing points where inmates were stripped of their belongings and dignity and began a daunting struggle for survival.
Named after the Roman Emperor Augustus, Augsburg is one of Germany’s oldest cities. It is one of the main attractions along Bavaria’s famous Romantic Road, thanks to its impressive architecture resulting from its position as one of the wealthiest financial centers in Europe during the Middle Ages.
Take a day trip from Munich and enjoy strolling through the city’s ancient streets, discovering Augsburg’s superb fountains, grand guild houses and the onion domed towers of its city hall, which locals claim is the most significant secular Renaissance building north of the Alps.
Neuburg an der Donau
Despite its name, which means "new castle on the Danube", the delightful little town of Neuburg an der Donau, certainly isn't new, having come to prominence after the founding of the principality of Pfalz-Neuburg in 1505.
This delightful town nestled on the banks of the Danube River is a perfect day trip for those looking to get off the beaten tourist track. Visit the Renaissance castle sitting above the river, and explore the narrow streets of its historical old town, full of beautiful examples of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Notice the ornate facades of aristocratic mansions, the imposing churches and the Rococo provincial library, all but a few reminders of Neuburg’s rich heritage.