Majestic mountains, green meadows and blue skies: these are just a few of the words that come to mind when it comes to describing the authentic essence of the Bavarian Alps. However, there’s a lot more to this incredible place, so if you plan to visit it and want to make the most of your time here, below we’re going to tell you more about the top destinations you should certainly visit when coming to the Bavarian Alps.
The Neuschwanstein Castle
The Neuschwanstein Castle is over the top, kitsch and simply amazing and that is why you need to certainly visit it. Even walking up to it is an incredible experience and when you’re finally going to arrive at the top, you’re going to be greeted by a castle that looks like it’s been transported from hundreds or thousands of years ago into the present. The castle was actually designed for King Ludwig the second and while it was initially intended to be used as his private retreat, it was eventually opened to the public following the king’s death. On a yearly basis, there are more than one million people that come to visit this amazing, fairytale-like castle that’s simply breathtaking to behold in person.
Covering a total of about thirty square miles and featuring 2 inhabited islands (Men’s Island and Women’s Island), this lake is an incredible tourist spot that you should not miss. Men’s Island is also the home to the largest castle in Bavaria which was built by King Ludwig the Second to imitate the castle of Versailles. From this place, you can get some pretty amazing views through parkland to the fountains of the castle and the castle itself.
Meet the Monks
Dating back to thirteen thirty, the Ettal Abbey is probably the most important Benedictine abbey you’re going to find in the Bavarian Alps. Being in this breathtaking place, you’ll feel immediately pulled back in time. In fact, once you step through the gate, you’re going to be welcomed by the amazing facade of an authentic Gothic church, after which you’re going to visit the Monks, their working quarters and spend some time here in order to take all of these things in. This abbey is not only popular for its schnapps, but also for the delicious and unique beer that’s brewed here.
If you’re the type who loves hiking, then exploring the Alps by taking one of the dozens of hiking trails here is certainly recommended. It’s also important to note that the trails come in various levels of difficulty, so no matter if you’re a novice hiker or you’ve been doing it for years, it’s going to be easy for you to have a great time.
For instance, the Mount Zugspitz region features 745 miles of hiking trails, while in the W. part of the Alps, the Allgau features an amazing 4349 miles of hiking trails. It’s also good to know that the trails have been divided based on their altitude level, including summit hikes, mid altitude trails and valley walks.