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Welcome to Bavaria

Bavaria is a mountainous land in the southeast of Germany rich in both history and culture, where Oktoberfest—an annual festival featuring beer, sausage, and lederhosen—draws in revelers in their droves. The festival is held in Munich, the Bavarian capital, which boasts some of the finest architecture in Europe. But Bavaria is a vast area with much to offer beyond Munich—from the walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber to King Ludwig II's unfinished island castle of Herrenchiemsee, you won't be short on things to do. With that in mind, tours that link several sights are often the best way to experience the region. Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle, can easily be combined with the villages of Oberammergau and Hohenschwangau on a day trip from Munich. Private tours take visitors into the Bavarian wilderness, from the high mountains to the deep lake of Berchtesgaden National Park, as well as the area's dense forests where a local guide is your best bet for exploring. For sports enthusiasts, the Bavarian Alps offer ski resorts that are cozier and less expensive than those in neighboring countries. Finally, many people choose to visit Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site on guided tours which provide insight into a dark chapter in German history.

Top 10 attractions in Bavaria

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

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With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau valley, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has—the German castle famously inspired Disney'sSleeping Beauty castle.More
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Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

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Just an hour’s drive outside of Salzburg lies the alpine town of Berchtesgaden and the historic Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop chalet and the former southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Perched atop Mt. Kehlstein, Eagle’s Nest offers a dark history and panoramic views of Germany’s Bavarian Alps.More
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

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The Dachau Concentration Camp was opened by Adolf Hitler's Nazi government in 1933, and served as a model for later concentration camps. Today, the camp is a memorial to the more than 32,000 people who died and the more than 200,000 who were imprisoned during the Nazi regime. The memorial was established as a site of memory and education in 1965, 20 years after Dachau was liberated by American troops.More
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Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle

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Inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France, Bavaria’s 19th-century Linderhof Castle is one of the country’s most magnificent structures. The smallest in a trio of elaborate royal palaces built by King Ludwig II (also known as the “Mad King”), Linderhof was the only one he saw completed.More
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BMW Museum

BMW Museum

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Housed in a futuristic mirrored building, the BMW Museum is located at company headquarters near Munich’s Olympic Park. Inside you can find motorcycles and cars ranging from vintage Rolls-Royces to classic MINIs, with a series of interactive exhibits detailing 90 years of automobile design.More
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Olympiapark

Olympiapark

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Home to the Summer Olympic Games in 1972, Munich's vast Olympiapark is now an international events center, sports venue, and recreational park. In addition to the facilities used for the games, Olympiapark was updated in 2003 to included the Olympic Walk of Stars, modeled after the Hollywood version. A popular concert venue, the park also hosts the Super-Cross Cup, Holiday on Ice, and other seasonal events and festivals.Outdoor adventurists will love climbing the roof of the Olympic stadium, abseiling on a zipline from the tent roof of the stadium to the lawn 40 meters (130 feet) below, and the newest adrenaline rush: the Flying Fox. The Olympic Tower is also the highest rock museum in the world, with tmons of meorabilia. The Sea Life aquarium gives visitors an educational and entertaining experience about water cycle and sea creatures.More
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St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

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The oldest church in Munich, St. Peter's Church, or Peterskirche, is a Roman Catholic establishment built in the 12th century in the Bavarian Romanesque style. The interior of the church features the magnificent Mariahilf-Altar, Gothic paintings & sculptures, and a ceiling fresco. But even these beautiful works of art can't top the bizarre gem-studded skeleton of St. Mundita, who stares at visitors with false eyes and jeweled teeth.From the spire of "Old Peter", as the church is known to the locals, are spectacular views of the oldest part of Munich. Remember to check the colored rings at the bottom, a white ring means the Alps are visible, making the hike to the top even more worthwhile. Although the spire was almost completely destroyed duringWorld War II, it was fully restored with the traditional architechture.More
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Allianz Arena

Allianz Arena

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Home turf of Munich’s FC Bayern and TSV 1860 football (American soccer) teams, Allianz Arena is one of Germany’s largest sports stadiums. Built in 2005, it’s renowned both for its award-winning architecture—by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron—and sports legacy as host to major events, such as a World Cup and UEFA Champions League Final.More
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Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

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Billed as the world’s largest technology museum, the Deutsches Museum is so vast that it takes over an entire island in the center of Munich. Six floors of exhibitions are devoted to topics like aviation, energy, and natural science, with hands-on displays and activities that make it fun and educational for all ages.More
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Oberammergau

Oberammergau

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Among the most scenic historic towns in the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau is known for its traditional wood carving and the colorful frescoes that adorn its centuries-old buildings. However, the town’s biggest claim to fame is the Passion Play—held every 10 years and dating to 1634, the performance tells the story of Jesus’ last days.More

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Nuremberg Day Trip from Munich

Nuremberg Day Trip from Munich

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Wonderful visit, guide, and tour
Jordan_S, Dec 2021
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
The two castles, Linderhof and Neuschwanstein, are absolute must-see attractions in Bavaria and this is a very easy and good way to do exactly that.
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The best tour you’ll find.
Carl_W, Dec 2021
Open Group Munich City Immersion Tour
It was the first winter tour and the weather was uncooperative.
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Greatly enjoyed the...
David_B, Oct 2021
MY*GUiDE EXCLUSiVE Neuschwanstein Tour INCL. TICKETS from GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN
Our tour guide, Stefan, was so informative and spoke great English.
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Magical Christmas in a fairy tale Castle
Raymond_W, Dec 2021
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
Stevo is very knowledgeable and also gave us good tips of what to do and where to go in Munich.
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Great trip
Gerard_M, Oct 2021
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
He was really approachable and knowledgeable about the history of Bavaria and even gave me and my husband a few recommendations of places to visit for his 40th birthday whilst in Munich whilst on the train ride down to the castle.
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Best Tour Taken!
Hector_B, Mar 2019
Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
Great way to see the city while also getting some tastes of Bavarian culture.
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Kenneth_A, Oct 2018
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
This is my opinion and rating of my trip to see the castles in neushcwanstein, Bavaria.
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Absolutely breathtaking! You really get...
Melissa B, Sep 2013
Herrenchiemsee Palace Rail Trip from Munich
You really get to see how beautiful Bavaria is when you do this day trip!
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Our tour was fantastic! Our guide...
Cynthia, Jul 2017
Munich Small-Group Bike Tour
This is the best way to see the city!
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Only way to see the castles. Our...
Francis_G, Sep 2016
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Only way to see the castles.
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Wonderful tour. The bus was...
Lorie_P, Oct 2016
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Overall I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see a bit of Bavaria at it's finest.
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Great experience at Neuschswanstein Castle
Kathryn_S, Sep 2021
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
He was funny, had so many interesting stories, and even gave us recommendations for other things to do in Munich (which we did and they were all great, too!
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Salzburg is such a small city that...
Patrick S, Nov 2015
Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail
Our tour guide, Yolanda, had a great knowledge of the city and its secrets, and the best places to visit.
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The bus ride was great. You get to...
Kevin V, Dec 2014
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
You get to see the countryside of Bavaria.
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Really enjoyed the tour of the...
Mary Y, Jul 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
It was a great way to see the Bavarian countryside.
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Truly a beautiful picturesque trip...
Adele T, Sep 2012
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
The stops had a good amount of time and was able to see everything we wanted.
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Fantastic guide Dani who really...
Robert R, Oct 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
Really pleased we travelled by train , got to see all the beautiful countryside, and Dani gave us some real insights into Bavaria and its culture.
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Rothenburg is very lovely town...
Parida K, Jun 2013
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
Worth to visit if you go to Bavaria or Germany.
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Great tour. A fantastic way to see...
Rich J, Aug 2016
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
A fantastic way to see the Bavarian countryside and some amazing castles.
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A wonderful experience!
Kristi_J, Sep 2020
MY*GUiDE EXCLUSiVE Neuschwanstein Castle Tour INCL. TiCKETS and ALPiNE COASTER from Munich
Stefan was an excellent guide and we were able to see so many of the must-see sites in just one day through this tour!
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