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Make Your Own Fairytale in Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, the world-famous "fairytale castle" of the Bavarian King Ludwig II was built between 1869 and 1886 in neo-Romanesque style and in imitation of a medieval German knight's castle. The interior rooms are ornately decorated with scenes depicting the medieval world of saga and legend.

The landscape of Bavaria unfolds as fairytales do, over towering mountains and emerald green lakes; through twisting paths under heavily treed forests; within medieval castles where horse-drawn carriages carried kings and queens and the echo of hooves resonates still. Amidst the camaraderie of family and friends, the story continues, over a hearty meal and a stein of beer, 'round well-worn tables at much loved beer halls and beer gardens.

Listen to a soaring Wagner opera or the rousing oom-pa-pa of a local band; sample white sausage (eaten only before noon) or linger over afternoon kaffee und kuchen; breathe clean alpine air and the welcoming scent of freshly baked bread, and you'll begin to experience the magic of Bavaria.

Start your journey in Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, before traveling south to the mountains. Whether dressed in the traditional lederhosen and dirndl or contemporary fashions, locals wear a welcoming smile, and will be happy to tell of the region's storied past and share their love for all things Bavarian.

If you do nothing else in Munich, walk the streets of the old city, some of it actually rather new but built to look as it did before WWII. It was by a narrow majority vote that the damaged parts of the city were rebuilt with a nod to the past rather than as a modern metropolis. One walk through the Marienplatz with its musical Glockenspiel and you'll be glad the city is as it once was. Stroll down Maximilianstrasse past the windows of exclusive shops, and through a gracefully landscaped Englischer Garten.

The Castle Garden of Nymphenburg Palace was greatly enlarged in the eighteenth century and was laid out in the French style (using Versailles as a model) by from 1715 onward. In the nineteenth century, the garden was remodeled according to the tenets of English landscaping while retaining the main elements of the Baroque garden.

Nymphenburg Palace also has its garden, and tells of one monarchy that lasted through most of Bavaria's history. Of the 32 Bavarian palaces and royal residences and 13 castles and fortresses, several belong to the illustrious King Ludwig II who was born at this palace in 1845.

Another walk through the bustling Viktualienmarkt and your senses will be embraced by the city. Fuel up on regional edible treats, or simply soak up the local flavor. Of course, you can burn off all indulgences on countless places to walk and bike in Munich. Just a short drive or train ride from the Alps, Munich is home to many outdoor enthusiasts. You're not likely to find many Bavarians inside on warm, sunny days.

Alternatives to the outdoors include museums such as the impressive Deutsches Museum (of science and technology) and the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum), or a performance by the world-famous Bavarian State Opera, among countless other music and theater options. Once you've covered Munich, several gems nestled within the Alps await your arrival. All are an easy drive from Munich, or are a quick train ride from Munich's Hauptbahnhof Station.


Visit what many consider the most famous of the Bavarian castles - Neuschwanstein Castle - built under the impetus of King Ludwig II, the "dreamer king" who had many castles built but only one ever finished. Then stop by Hohenschwangau Castle, where Ludwig II grew up, within view of the location of his future masterpiece castle. The Kind Ludwig Musical on Furggensee Lake tells the sad tale of this king who appreciated all things beautiful.


The Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the oldest protected areas in the Alps.

Outside this town is one of two national parks in Bavaria; the stunning landscape a nature lover's dream and a playground for sports enthusiasts. Take a smooth and silent electric-powered boat ride across Königssee lake or hike along park trails, paraglide from soaring alpine peaks, or raft a churning river.


Art enthusiasts will love the picturesque streets of Murnau perhaps finding from the surrounding landscape as much inspiration as the famous painters who lived here. View the works of Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky at the Schloss Museum and the visit the Münter Haus where they lived and painted much of their work. Browse through several local galleries, and purchase one of the unique paintings on glass from a local painter.


At the peak of the Zugspitze, you'll find Germany's highest restaurant, the "Gipfelstube." Bavarian specialities are served, such as fresh pretzels with Weißwurst sausage or Leberkäse (baked meat loaf made with minced meat, eggs and spices).

These two towns make up one of the top alpine resort areas - a great base from which to explore the surrounding mountains, including the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze. Travel by cog railway or cable car up to the panoramic viewing area and a restaurant where you can dine with an inspiring view.

For more information on Bavaria and on these and other destinations in the Alps, contact the German National Tourist Board at 212-661-7200 or visit their websites at or