The Bavarian Alps

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  • 1. Berchtesgaden National Park

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

  • 2. Kloster Ettal

    This remarkable 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

  • 3. Obersalzberg and Kehlsteinhaus

    The site of Hitler's luxurious mountain retreat is part of the north slope of the Hoher Goll, high above Berchtesgaden. It was a remote mountain...Read More

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  • 4. Schloss Herrenchiemsee

    Despite its distance from Munich, the beautiful Chiemsee drew Bavarian royalty to its shores for its dreamlike, melancholy air. It was on one of the...Read More

  • 5. Schloss Linderhof

    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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  • 6. Zugspitze

    The highest mountain (9,718 feet) in Germany is also the number-one attraction in the area. You can't see this world famous peak from Garmisch-Partenkirchen until...Read More

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  • 7. Alte Saline und Quellenhaus

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

  • 8. Alte St. Martin Church

    Across the Loisach River stands the original St. Martin church (aka "Die Alte Kirche," or the Old Church), whose original foundation was laid in the...Read More

  • 9. Dokumentation Obersalzberg

    This center documents the notorious history of the Third Reich, with a special focus on Obersalzberg and its role in the Holocaust and planning for...Read More

  • 10. Fraueninsel

    Boats going between Stock and Herrenchiemsee Island also stop at this small retreat known as Ladies' Island. The Benedictine convent there, founded 1,200 years ago,...Read More

  • 11. Geigenbaumuseum Mittenwald

    This violin-building history museum describes in fascinating detail the history of violin making in Mittenwald. Ask the museum curator to direct you to the nearest...Read More

  • 12. Grosses Paraplui Hiking Path

    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...Read More

  • 13. Haus der Berge

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

  • 14. Herzogliches Schloss Tegernsee (Kloster Tegernsee)

    On the eastern shore of the lake, the laid-back town of Tegernsee is home to a large Benedictine monastery turned royal residence. Founded in the...Read More

  • 15. Königssee

    One less strenuous way into the Berchtesgaden National Park is via electric boat. Only the skipper of these excursion boats is allowed to shatter the...Read More

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  • 16. Oberammergau Museum

    This museum dedicated to local traditions displays historic examples of the wood craftsman's art and an outstanding collection of Christmas crèches dating from the mid-18th...Read More

  • 17. Oberammergau Passionsspielhaus

    This immense theater is where the world-famous Passion Play showing the crucifixion is performed every 10 years. In the off-season (for this ten-year period any...Read More

  • 18. Pilatushaus

    Wood carving is a centuries-old local tradition that carries on to this day. Here you can have a look at the local craftsmen in their...Read More

  • 19. Predigtstuhl

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

  • 20. Richard Strauss Institut

    On the eastern edge of Garmisch, at the end of Zöppritzstrasse, stands the home of composer Richard Strauss, who lived there until his death in...Read More

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