"Magic Bavaria: when God created paradise :-)" Top 5 Page for this destination Bavaria by Trekki

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Walchensee reflections on an autum day :-)

Bavaria – that is Oktoberfest and Neuschwanstein Castle for most of our foreign visitors. I find this exceptionally sad because it reduces this most marvellous part of Germany to beer and The castle. And this completely underrates Bavaria and does not at all do justice to this splendid region. Not that Neuschwanstein Castle isn't the most beautiful of all castles in the world :-)

This is why I intend to give you suggestions for sightseeing "the other, the real" Bavaria and hence I draw attention to the many charming places, the lesser known churches and the marvellous authentic and organic food from farms which stand so much for Bavaria in my opinion. Nevertheless, the “Bavaria” I am describing here is mainly Oberbayern/Upper Bavaria, the region in the south of the country, closest to the alps. It is here where I spend most of my time in Bavaria simply because I love the mountains and the colours there – blue skies, some white puffy clouds, blue lakes, turquoise lakes, green pastures, green forests - my peace colours.

On my page you don’t find Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber and definitely no Oktoberfest. But you will find charming churches, marvellous landscapes, breathtaking views, enchanting villages and more - food for your soul :-)
And ... Neuschwanstein Castle and hopefully soon more of King Ludwig II's castles.

Get inspired - and visit the region, feel the region, smell the region - and not just "tick off" some sights just to impress your friends at home.
Thank you :-)

Since VT's travel guides don’t have separations into the country regions, here are the destinations within Bavaria where I wrote separate pages about:
In Upper Bavaria:
Dießen am Ammersee
Glentleiten Open Air Museum

In Bavarian Swabia:
Neuschwanstein Castle

In Lower Franconia:

And the capital, Munich - München - or "Minga", as the locals call it:

More to come, because I am updating this page on a very regular base (as of August 2014 ff).

Enjoy and get inspired :-)

All pictures have been taken by me, if not marked otherwise.
Please do not use any of them without my permission.
The same applies for my writings here.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Magnificent mountains, landscapes, castles, beer gardens, lakes, tradition and culture - a region to get lost in dreams
  • Cons:Nothing :-)
  • In a nutshell:Paradise on earth :-)
  • Last visit to Bavaria: Oct 2014
  • Intro Updated Oct 15, 2014
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  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Almost done ... only restaurants left. A very interesting page with brilliant pictures and a wealth of information, especially on the Pfaffenwinkel (which I have not explored in depth yet.)

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Feb 23, 2016 at 4:41 AM

      Thank you Ingo for your time in virtual Bavaria :-)) In the meantime I have visited many other parts, but ... as usual, it is a question of time and priorities when I'll add new tips here.

    • german_eagle's Profile Photo
      Feb 24, 2016 at 1:49 AM

      Too many things to see (and write about) and too little time, as always. Done now with the restaurants also, and must say it was the wrong time of the day to do this. I'm super hungry now :-)

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2015 at 4:06 AM

    Ingrid --- I am enjoying this page so much. I will finish it tomorrow - getting late now - I fear I will dream of Bavarian churches and chocolate tonight !

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      Nov 18, 2015 at 3:49 AM

      Ingrid, I have now finished reading your Bavaria page and a most enjoyable read it was, thank you.

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Nov 18, 2015 at 4:03 AM

      Thank *you* dear Albert, for your time and for your nice comments :-))

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    Still not been to Walchensee. Was happy to make it to Chiemsee this past summer. Must check the train connections....

  • ashokSPB's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Zubin Mehta, Indian born, of Bavaria state Symphony conducted an musical evening here in India on 7th.. Is it the same Bavaria "when God created paradise" as you refer?

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Lots of fine updates here since last July!

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Sep 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Thank you dear Don for having followed "my" Bavaria :-))

  • Ann75's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Great page, Ingrid! So many helpful tips and such great information accompanied with fantastic photos! What a beautiful area with so many great churches and amazing scenery! My father in-law grew up in Bavaria and I can see why he still speaks so fondly of it.

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Aug 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Thank you dear Ann for having taken the time to read my Bavaria :-)) And for your sweet comments :-) The scenery is absolutely spectacular and ... I am curious if your father-in-law settled in BC because the the scenery might remind him of the place where I grew up. Where was this exactly? Oh and will he join you three next year?

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    Lots of helpful reviews on this page! I love all the beautiful rococo and baroque churches you found. Your photo's are lovely of the inside of these Churches.

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Aug 10, 2013 at 5:35 AM

      Thanks dear Dee for having walked through "my" Bavaria :-)) More to come, I just cannot stop to visit and write about the villages and the region.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Ingrid, you have updated nearly everything since I last looked at this page a year ago, and added lots of interesting new tips. And such fantastic photos!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    I saw on FB that you finished this page. How beautiful it is there, thanks for sharing :)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Hello, Ingrid! You are a travel connoisseur indeed...Thanks for your detailed page full of great advice and experience!)

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Jan 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Thank you Victor :-)) You should visit there too one day!!

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