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.

Großer RachelGroßer Rachel, 94258 Frauenau, Germany
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Raising 1,452 m above sea level, it is the second highest summit in the Bavarian Forest after the Großer Arber. It has a rocky summit and in winter, the mountain can often only be climbed with touring skis or snowshoes because of the metre-high snow.

Herrenchiemsee New Palace83209 Herrenchiemsee, Germany
Parks
Islands
Palaces

A complex of royal buildings on Herreninsel, the largest island in the Chiemsee lake. The island, formerly the site of an Augustinian monastery, was purchased by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1873. The king converted the premises into a residence, known as the Old Palace (Altes Schloss). From 1878 onwards, he had the New Herrenchiemsee Palace (Neues Schloss) erected, based on the model of Palace of Versailles. It was the largest, but also the last of his building projects, and remained incomplete

Hohenschwangau CastleAlpseestraße 30, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
Palaces

The childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, built by his father King Maximilian II of Bavaria. It is located in the German village of Hohenschwangau. Hohenschwangau was the official summer and hunting residence of Maximilian, his wife Marie of Prussia, and their two sons Ludwig (the later King Ludwig II of Bavaria) and Otto (the later King Otto I of Bavaria).

Imperial Castle of NurembergBurg 17, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany
Forts
Notable Architectures

A group of medieval fortified buildings on a sandstone ridge dominating the historical center of Nuremberg. The castle, together with the city walls, is considered to be one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortifications. It represented the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire and the role of the Imperial City of Nuremberg.

Isar GateTal 50, 80331 München, Germany
Monuments
Museums

One of four main gates of the medieval city wall, served as a fortification for the defence. It houses a humorous museum which is dedicated to the comedian and actor Karl Valentin.

Legoland Deutschland ResortLegoland-Allee 3, 89312 Günzburg, Germany
Theme Parks

Opened in 2002, it is 43.5 hectares (107 acres) in area, and it is one of the four most popular theme parks in Germany. The Miniland- one of the attractions in the park contains Lego reproductions of various German cities and rural landscapes.

Linderhof PalaceLinderhof 12, 82488 Ettal, Germany
Parks
Palaces

Smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed. The gardens surrounding Linderhof Palace are considered one of the most beautiful creations of historicist garden design.

1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks
Sculptures

4,450 feet (1,360 m) high mountain peak in the Czech Republic–Germany border. The peak is popular for hiking in both summer and winter, with a separate winter trail which is usually cleared of snow.

Munich ResidenzResidenzstraße 1, 80333 München, Germany
Palaces
Museums

The former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. It is the largest city palace in Germany and is open to visitors for its architecture, room decorations, and displays from the former royal collections. The complex of buildings contains ten courtyards and displays 130 rooms.

Nazi Party Rally GroundsBayernstraße 110, 90478 Nürnberg, Germany
Museums
Memorials

Six Nazi party rallies were held there between 1933 and 1938 with up to 150,000 people attending the ralies. After 1945 the city of Nuremberg redesigned the area into a park. All buildings from the NS era were demolished. Only the half-round of the terraces of the main grandstand is recognizable.

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
Forts
Notable Architectures

19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria as a retreat and in honor of the German composer Richard Wagner. The castle was intended as a home for the king until he died in 1886. It was open to the public shortly after his death. The Castle consists of several individual structures that were erected over a length of 150 meters on top of a cliff ridge. The elongate building is furnished with

Nuremberg ZooAm Tiergarten 30, 90480 Nürnberg, Germany
Zoos

With 67 hectares (170 acres) and more than 300 animal species, it is one of the largest European zoos. The zoo is known for its large, natural enclosures, which are embedded in a landscape of forests and stone pits.

Nymphenburg PalaceSchloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München, Germany
Parks
Palaces
Museums

Combined with the adjacent Nymphenburg Palace Park, it constitutes one of the premier royal palaces of Europe. Its frontal width of 632 m (2,073 ft) (north-south axis) even surpasses Versailles Palace in France. It served as the main summer residence for the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach. Nymphenburg is open to the public but also continues to be a home and chancery for the head of the House of Wittelsbach.

Old Stone Bridge93059 Regensburg, Germany
Bridges
Monuments

A 12th-century bridge across the Danube linking the Old Town with Stadtamhof. For more than 800 years, until the 1930s, it was the city's only bridge across the river. The bridge has historically caused problems for traffic on the Danube. It causes strong currents which required upstream shipping with insufficient power to be towed past it until 1916.

OlympiaturmOlympiaturm, 80809 München, Germany
Viewing Decks
Museums

Located in the Olympic Park, Munich, it has an overall height of 291 m (955 ft) and a weight of 52,500 tons. At a height of 190 m (620 ft) there is an observation platform as well as a small rock and roll museum housing various memorabilia. At a height of 182 m (597 ft) there is a revolving restaurant, which seats 230 people.

Pinakothek der ModerneBarer Str. 40, 80333 München, Germany
Museums

A modern art museum, situated in central Munich's Kunstareal. It is one of the world's largest museums for modern and contemporary art. The Museum is divided into Art, Architecture, Design, and Works on Paper.

Salt Mine BerchtesgadenBergwerkstraße 83, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany
Caves
Museums

Oldest active salt mine in Germany. Visitors can checkout a portion of this mine, the track length of the visitor mine is about 1400 meters.

St Bartholomew's Church83471 Schönau am Königssee, Germany
Churches
1 Day Treks

A Roman Catholic pilgrimage church named after Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, patron of alpine farmers and dairymen. It can only be reached by ship or after a long hike across the surrounding mountains.

St. LorenzLorenzer Pl. 1, 90402 Nürnberg, Germany
Churches
Notable Architectures

A medieval church of the former free imperial city of Nuremberg, one of the most prominent churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. The building and furnishing of the church was cared of by the city council and by wealthy citizens. The west facade, dominated by the two towers is richly articulated, reflecting the wealth of the Nuremberg citizens.

St. Michael's ChurchNeuhauser Str. 6, 80333 München, Germany
Churches
Tombs

Consecrated in 1597, it is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. The style of the building had an enormous influence on Southern German early Baroque architecture. The crypt contains among others the tombs of many members of the Wittelsbach dynasty.

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