Top Reasons to Go

Herrenchiemsee: Take the old steam-driven ferry to the island in Chiemsee to visit the last and most glorious castle of Bavaria's King Ludwig II.

Great nature: From the crystalline waters of the Königssee to the grandiose Karwendel Mountains and the powdery snow atop the Zugspitze, it’s everything a nature lover needs.

Meditating in Ettal monastery: Baroque ornamentation, a riot of frescoes, the fluid sound of the ancient organ that puts you in a deep, relaxing trance. A great brewery and distillery round out a deeply religious experience.

Rejuvenation in Reichenhall: A salt mine beneath the city feeds into the Rupertus Therme, a modern spa in Bad Reichenhall where you can soak in saltwater baths year-round.

Berchtesgaden: A national park attracts hikers and bikers; history buffs can explore the darkest chapter of German history at Obersalzberg, Hitler’s mountain retreat.

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