52 attractions you should visit in Bavaria - With photos & details

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Top 52 attractions to explore in Bavaria

Bavaria has a unique culture, largely because of the state's former Catholic majority and conservative traditions. Bavarians have traditionally been proud of their culture, which includes a language, cuisine, architecture, and festivals. The state also has the second-largest economy among the German states by GDP.

Albrecht Dürer's HouseAlbrecht-Dürer-Straße 39, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany
Monuments
Museums

Home of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer from 1509 to his death in 1528. It is now a museum dedicated to Dürer's life and work. The house was built around 1420. It has five stories; the bottom two have sandstone walls, while the upper stories are timber-framed; the entire structure is topped by a half-hip roof.

Alte PinakothekBarer Str. 27, 80333 München, Germany
Museums
Art Galleries

An art museum located in the Kunstareal area in Munich. It is one of the oldest galleries in the world and houses a significant collection of Old Master paintings. The name Alte (Old) Pinakothek refers to the time period covered by the collection—from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.

AmmerseeAmmersee, 86911, Germany
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Boating Spots

The sixth-largest lake in Germany, with a maximum depth of 81 meters (266 ft). Developed as a result of the ice age glaciers melting, Ammersee is fed by the River Ammer, which flows as the River Amper out of the lake. It is a popular spot for watersports.

AsamkircheSendlinger Str. 32, 80331 München, Germany
Churches
Monuments
Notable Architectures

Built from 1733 to 1746 by the brothers, sculptor Egid Quirin Asam, and painter Cosmas Damian Asam as their private church. It is considered to be one of the most important buildings of the southern German Late Baroque. The church was built without an order, as a private chapel for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of the builders.

Bamberg CathedralDomplatz, 96049 Bamberg, Germany
Churches
Tombs
Notable Architectures

Founded in 1002 by Emperor Heinrich II and consecrated in 1012. After the first two cathedrals burned down in the 11th and 12th centuries, the current structure with four large towers, was built in the 13th century. The church contains many works of art, including the marble tomb of the founder and his wife, the Empress Kunigunde.

Bavarian National MuseumPrinzregentenstraße 3, 80538 München, Germany
Museums
Art Galleries

One of the most important museums of decorative arts in Europe and one of the largest art museums in Germany. Founded by King Maximilian II of Bavaria in 1855. It houses a large collection of European artifacts from the late antiquity until the early 20th century with particular strengths in the medieval through early modern periods. The collection has been divided into two main groups: the art historical collection and the folklore collection.

BMW MuseumAm Olympiapark 2, 80809 München, Germany
Museums
Notable Architectures
Skyscrapers

The museum contains engines and turbines, aircraft, motorcycles, and vehicles in a plethora of possible variations. In addition to actual models, there are futuristic-looking, even conceptual studies from the past 20 years displayed here.

Church of Our LadyHauptmarkt 14, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany
Churches
Notable Architectures

An example of brick Gothic architecture, it was built on the initiative of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor between 1352 and 1362. Numerous works of art from the Middle Ages are kept in the church.

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial SiteAlte Römerstraße 75, 85221 Dachau, Germany
Monuments
Museums

First of the Nazi concentration camps opened in 1933, intended to hold political prisoners. After its opening by Heinrich Himmler, its purpose was enlarged to include forced labor, and, eventually, the imprisonment of Jews, German and Austrian criminals, and foreign nationals from countries that Germany occupied or invaded. There were 32,000 documented deaths at the camp and thousands that are undocumented.

Deutsches Museum VerkehrszentrumAm Bavariapark 5, 80339 München, Germany
Museums

Museum featuring historical and present-day transport and mobility in the three exhibition halls.

Dokumentationszentrum ObersalzbergSalzbergstraße 41, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany
Museums

A museum in the Obersalzberg resort, providing historical information on the use of the mountainside retreat by Nazi leaders, especially Hitler who regularly vacationed in this area beginning in 1928.

English GardenMunich, Germany
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Parks

A large public park at the center of Munich. It is one of the largest urban public parks in the world.

Ettal AbbeyKaiser-Ludwig-Platz 1, 82488 Ettal, Germany
Churches

A Benedictine monastery in the village of Ettal. The Abbey is one of the largest Benedictine houses and is a major attraction. The monastery runs a brewery, a distillery, a bookstore, an art publishing house, a hotel, a cheese factory joint venture, and several smaller companies.

Fortress MarienbergMarienberg, 97012 Würzburg, Germany
Forts
Museums
Notable Architectures

A prominent landmark on the left bank of the Main river in Würzburg. The mighty Fortress is a symbol of Würzburg and served as a home of the local prince-bishops for nearly five centuries. The fortress is located on a prominent spur of the 266-metre-high (873 ft) Marienberg which rises about 100 metres over the Main river on the opposite side of the city of Würzburg. Vineyards cover the slopes around the fortress.

FrauenkircheFrauenplatz 12, 80331 München, Germany
Churches
Viewing Decks
Notable Architectures

Because of local height limits, the church towers of Frauenkirche are widely visible in Munich. City administration prohibits buildings with a height exceeding 99 m in the city, and as a result, no buildings may be built in the city over the aforementioned height. The south tower, which is normally open to those wishing to climb the stairs, will offer a unique view of Munich and the nearby Alps after its current renovation is completed. Both the towers are approximately 99 meters in height.

FuggereiJakoberstraße 26, 86152 Augsburg, Germany
Museums

World's oldest social housing complex still in use. Founded in 1516 by Jakob Fugger the Younger(a merchant, mining entrepreneur, and banker) as a place where the needy citizens of Augsburg could be housed. The rent was and is still one Rhenish guilder per year (equivalent to 0.88 euros), as well as three daily prayers for the current owners of the Fuggerei.

Germanisches NationalmuseumKartäusergasse 1, 90402 Nürnberg, Germany
Monuments
Museums

Germany's largest museum of cultural history, it houses a large collection of items relating to German culture and art extending from prehistoric times through to the present day. Out of its total holding of some 1.3 million objects, approximately 25,000 are exhibited.

GlyptothekKönigsplatz 3, 80333 München, Germany
Museums

Commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I to house his collection of Greek and Roman sculptures. It is Munich's oldest public museum and contains sculptures dating from the archaic age (c. 650 BC) to the Roman era (c. 550 AD).

Großer ArberGroßer Arber, 94252 Bayerisch Eisenstein, Germany
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks
Cable Car Stations

Highest peak of the Bavarian Forest mountain range with an elevation of 1,455.5 metres (4,775 ft). It is known in the Lower Bavarian county of Regen and the Upper Palatine county of Cham as the "King of the Bavarian Forest". Its summit region consists of paragneiss- a type of metamorphic rock. Two buildings owned by the German Air Force together with their radomes are situated on the summit.

Großer FalkensteinGroßer Falkenstein, 94227 Lindberg, Germany
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

A 1,315 metres (4,314 ft) high mountain in the Bavarian Forest. The hike takes you through an area of rocky terrain with a gorge and stream that has several waterfalls and numerous runnels descending to the Höllbachschwelle, a small lake.

Map of attractions in Bavaria