The Bavarian Alps

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  • 1. Kloster Ettal

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The great monastery was founded in 1330 by Holy Roman Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian for a group of knights and a community of Benedictine monks...Read More

  • 2. Schloss Herrenchiemsee

    Castle/Palace

    Despite its distance from Munich, the beautiful Chiemsee drew Bavarian royalty to its shores. Its dreamlike, melancholy air caught the imagination...Read More

  • 3. Schloss Linderhof

    Castle/Palace

    Built between 1870 and 1879 on the spectacular grounds of his father's hunting lodge, the Linderhof Palace was the only one of Ludwig II's royal...Read More

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  • 4. Zugspitze

    Viewpoint

    The highest mountain (9,717 feet) in Germany, this is the number one attraction in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area. There are two ways up the...Read More

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  • 5. Alte Saline und Quellenhaus

    Factory

    In the early 19th century King Ludwig I built this elaborate saltworks and spa house, in vaulted, pseudomedieval style. The pump installations...Read More

  • 6. Amerang

    Town/Village

    This town northwest of Chiemsee is home to two lovely museums—the Bauernhausmuseum (farmhouse museum; €4; Mar.–Nov., Tues.–Sun. 9–6), which...Read More

  • 7. Benedictine monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the eastern shore of the lake, the laid-back town of Tegernsee is home to this large Benedictine monastery. Founded in the 8th century, this...Read More

  • 8. Berchtesgaden National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The deep, mysterious, and fabled Königssee is the most photographed panorama in Germany. Together with its much smaller sister, the Obersee...Read More

  • 9. Dokumentation Obersalzberg

    Museum/Gallery

    This center documents the notorious history of the Third Reich, with a special focus on Obersalzberg, and some surprisingly rare archive material...Read More

  • 10. Fraueninsel

    Island

    Boats going between Stock and Herrenchiemsee Island also call at this small retreat known as Ladies' Island. The Benedictine convent there...Read More

  • 11. Grosses Paraplui Hiking Path

    Viewpoint

    Maximilian showed off this corner of his kingdom to Czar Alexander I of Russia and Emperor Franz I of Austria during their journey to the Congress...Read More

  • 12. Haus der Berge

    Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 2015, this interactive museum brings the surrounding national park to life for children and adults alike with a rotating exhibition...Read More

  • 13. Heimatmuseum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum in the Schloss Adelsheim displays examples of wood carving and other local crafts. Wood carving in Berchtesgaden dates to long before...Read More

  • 14. Hitler's Bunkers

    Historic District/Site

    Beneath the Hotel zum Türken is a section of the labyrinth of tunnels built as a last retreat for Hitler and his cronies; the macabre, murky...Read More

  • 15. Königssee

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    One less strenuous way into the Berchtesgaden National Park is by boat. A fleet of 21 excursion boats, electrically driven to avoid pollution...Read More

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  • 16. Oberammergau Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Here you'll find historic examples of the wood craftsman's art and an outstanding collection of Christmas crèches, which date from the mid-18th...Read More

  • 17. Oberammergau Passionsspielhaus

    Arts/Performance Venue

    This immense theater is where the Passion Play is performed. Visitors are given a glimpse of the costumes, the sceneries, the stage, and even...Read More

  • 18. Obersalzberg

    Historic District/Site

    The site of Hitler's luxurious mountain retreat is part of the north slope of the Hoher Goll, high above the timber line overlooking Berchtesgaden...Read More

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  • 19. Pilatushaus

    Other Attraction

    You'll find many wood carvers at work in town, and shop windows are crammed with their creations. Here, a workshop is open to the public, and...Read More

  • 20. Predigtstuhl

    Mountain

    The pride and joy of the Reichenhallers is the steep, craggy mountain appropriately named the Preacher's Pulpit, which stands at 5,164 feet...Read More

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