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Bavaria - Enchanting and Full of Wonders

Bavaria features breathtaking sights and landscapes in four historic regions: Upper Bavaria, Franconia, East Bavaria and Allgäu/Bavarian Swabia. It stands out as one of the most attractive cultural regions of Europe, in addition to offering exclusive sports facilities at any season and a large number of enticing wellness and health sites. You will be transported to a region where traditions have been kept alive for centuries, whilst treading new paths  Bavarians authentically bridge the gap. This may be precisely the secret behind Bavarian customs: Bavarians embrace their rich cultural history and look forward to sharing it with you.

Food and drink are an unparalleled experience in Bavaria. The local beer is a class by itself but there is so much more, including award-winning local wine and almost 50 Michelin-star rated restaurants.

Bavaria is a year-round destination, as every city, town and village offers unique scenery, from Altötting up to the Zugspitze. The cities of Nuremberg and Regensburg are very popular river cruise destinations providing a scenic and relaxing way to enjoy the region. Bavaria is perfect for singles, families, food, and sports lovers. With this E-zine, let us take you on a tour to familiarize you with our region.

We start with our vibrant cities, rich in history and culture:


Bustling Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is cosmopolitan and beautiful, rich with wonderful museums, great shopping and restaurants and, let us not forget, some of the world’s finest breweries. Our Tip: Munich's most popular market, "Victuals Market”, is a feast for the senses. Stalls offer not only the freshest fruits and vegetables, but also delicacies such as Bavarian Schweinshax'n and Speck (Pork and Sausage), seafood, Continental cheeses, herbs, honey-based products, and sushi. Furthermore, you can buy beautiful local crafts, such as handmade straw puppets.

BMW Welt Not Just an Auto Show

With BMW Welt celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, experience why the brand epitomizes “Style, Luxury and Perfection“. Including its pioneering architecture, BMW Welt exhibits the history of some of the most prestigious and world-recognized automotive brands. Not only are the exhibitions and the collections of new vehicles highlights for car lovers, visitors can enjoy a program of varied events covering culture as well as arts and entertainment in the magnificent performance space.


Nuremberg offers everything from medieval history to savory sausages. The city is a historical treasure and is perfect for pre and post stays for river cruise passengers.  Being home of the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Memorium Nuremberg Trials, this city is a site of significant war-time history. Our Tip: the world-renowned Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market) which takes place in December. Come and immerse yourself in the seasonal enchantment and festive atmosphere of the city!

Fairytale castles and amazing UNESCO sites.

We invite you to explore Bavaria’s rich history at one of the many cultural monuments, historic gardens and lakes managed by the Bavarian Palace Department and experience how awe-inspiring it is to see historical sites become filled with life:
    • The Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, which is to be reopened in April 2018, a World Heritage site, will take you back to the height of Baroque musical theatre.
    • Visit the birthplace of King Ludwig II (the fairytale King) in Nymphenburg Palace in Munich or lose yourself in his extravagant Linderhof Palace. 
    • Last, but not least, explore King Ludwig II’s greatest ambition, Neuschwanstein Castle. This spectacular marvel has inspired everything from Cinderella to Disney World.

Our picturesque historic towns


This town is located in the west of Munich, not far from Lake Chiemsee and Salzburg, Austria. For centuries, Altötting has been the spiritual center of Bavaria, and is until today the most significant place of pilgrimage in Germany in veneration of the Virgin Mary.  Make sure you pay a visit to the Octagon of the Chapel of Grace, situated in the middle of a baroque square where the statue of the “Black Madonna” can be marveled at. Be part of the moving Pentecost processions with numerous pilgrimages from all over the world.


Bamberg is a rounded work of art, conveying over a thousand years of history in a picture perfect town: it is blemish-free, fascinating and unique. Walking around this town is like traveling back in time as you discover architecture dating from the Middle Ages. You will also find that it is a lively town, with lots of shopping opportunities in historic houses, where you are sure to find the perfect souvenir, whether it be an antique or a local specialty. Don’t miss the cafés and pubs to accentuate your experience.


Not only is it a beautiful historical city, it is also home to the famous Margravial Opera House (reopening in April 2018) and the Richard Wagner Opera Festival. Stroll the medieval streets and experience a city where time has stood still. Our tip: Climb the castle to explore the Tower Room with Bayreuth´s Night Watchman. From there, you will have the best view of the beautiful city from high above. During the Christmas season, the city is decorated with a chain of lights of more than four miles. Need to indulge in some extended Holiday shopping? There are more than 400 places in the city center to satisfy your cravings.


The UNESCO World Heritage city of Regensburg takes you on a journey through time. Founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, it is considered Germany’s best-preserved medieval city and was home to the Imperial Assembly for 140 years (1663 – 1803). Situated on the Danube River, this ancient city also offers a modern, vibrant lifestyle as well as unique shopping opportunities, Bavarian hospitality and numerous festivals all year.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg is a beautiful town overlooking the Tauber River. Take the opportunity to walk the cobblestone streets, see the half-timbered houses and be sure not to miss the town wall that is studded with 42 towers and gates. Visit the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum, one of Europe’s most elaborate museums, dedicated to medieval methods of pursuing justice. The town is full of events throughout the year, including the Wine Festival, “The Master Draught,” and the Christmas Market. Our tip: the year-round Christmas Village by Käthe Wohlfahrt.

Beyond the cities, Bavaria offers spectacular natural wonders and cultural activities

Ammergauer Alps

Situated in the German Alps, just one hour south of Munich, the Ammergauer Alps abound with sights and activities. Visit the world-famous Passion Play Theatre in Oberammergau (of which the next performance is in 2020) or the ancient Benedictine monastery Ettal, where, even today, monks create the finest liqueurs and beer. Also, Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, is so close that it can fit into even the shortest itinerary!


Fussen, only a stone's throw away from famous Neuschwanstein Castle, is steeped in over 700 years of history, from its roots as a Roman trading fort to its present-day status as a nearly secret Alpine holiday escape. The medieval town center is framed by the majestic Alps, towering above the banks of the river Lech and surrounding Lake Region.  Here you will discover late-gothic castles, baroque cathedrals and the oldest preserved fresco in Bavaria.  Our tip: On December 30th the “Füssener Rutschparty“(New Years’-Party) with open-air live music and cozy atmosphere.  


Garmisch-Partenkirchen exudes natural wonder and Alpine delight. An international winter sports resort at the base of the 9,718-feet-high Zugspitze mountain adds to this region’s appeal. Enjoy culture, regional culinary specialties, and local shops. Are you rather a wellbeing kind of person?  No problem – this is also the perfect place for a spa vacation. Our tip: Discover the unique, traditional custom of the “Lüftlmalerei” mural paintings on the buildings, which recount the stories of the residents and town.

StarnbergAmmersee Region

A short trip from Munich, this pristine lake region offers a variety of watersports, distinct culture and world-class restaurants. Starnberg is situated between Munich and the Bavarian Alps and offers spectacular views. Our tip: the Rose Island in Lake Starnberg is where Empress Sissi of Austria met the eccentric King Ludwig II. Or how about visiting the historical Andechs Monastery, which houses sacred relics? Furthermore, it offers traditional Bavarian dishes, and, in its own brewery, serves eight kinds of beer.

Käthe Wohlfahrt

This premier brand is renowned for its year-round Christmas specialty stores, which offer an extensive selection of traditional German Christmas decorations such as nutcrackers, Christmas pyramids, and incense smokers. The main store, Christmas Village, located in Rothenburg, is bursting with colorful Christmas decorations. Now a popular tourist destination, its upper floor houses the “German Christmas Museum,” which presents a variety of Christmas decorations from Germany through the ages.

Christmas Markets

Starting in end-November of each year, there is the chance to explore one of many of Bavaria’s fabled Weihnachtsmarkte, or Christmas Markets, a yuletide tradition dating back centuries. These delight visitors with live music as well as traditional German holiday fare, alongside stalls festooned with sparkling lights and traditional Christmas decorations. Christmas Markets charm visitors of all ages, and are accentuated by the myriad of cobbled streets, seductive shops, vibrant markets and squares, all of which come alive with festive cheer.

An experience not to be missed: The Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Originating in 1634, this is a solidified tradition by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau that attracts visitors from across the globe. The play is a staging of the Passion of Jesus Christ and takes place on open air stages in the village, over the course of five months, every ten years, with the next scheduled for 2020. The production involves over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians, as well as most of the residents of the village. Tickets for 2020 are already on sale.

We look forward to having you as our guest so that we can share with you our breathtaking region.


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