With soaring mountain peaks, vast lakes and forested slopes punctuated by enchanting castles and traditional alpine villages, the Bavarian Alps offer some of Germany’s most spectacular scenery. Stretching along the Austrian border, the Alps dominate the landscape of Southern Germany and a trip into the mountains is simply inevitable for anyone exploring Bavaria.
Highlights of the Bavarian Alps include Füssen, a lively town at the start of the famous Romantic Road tourist trail; the historic village of Oberammergau, where the world-renowned Passion Play is held each decade; the German Alpine Road, a scenic tourist trail running from Lake Constance to Berchtesgaden; and many of Ludwig II’s most celebrated castles, including the fairytale-inspired Neuschwanstein.
Whether you have a day or a week to explore, there are plenty of things to do in the mountains. Take the train or cable car to the top of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain at 2,962 meters (9,718 feet), for the most impressive panoramas in Bavaria; get your fill of the white stuff at the hugely popular Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany’s highest ski resort; learn the traditional art of cheese making in the Allgäu region; or tackle one of the Alps’ many hiking trails, ranging from leisurely valley walks to hair-raising scrambles up snow-covered peaks.