Planning Your Time
The Alps are spread along Germany's southern border, but are fairly compact and easy to explore. A central base like Garmisch-Partenkirchen or Berchtesgaden, the largest towns, will have the most convenient transportation connections.
Although the Alps are a popular tourist destination, the smaller communities like Mittenwald and Ettal are quieter and make for pleasant overnight stays. For an unforgettable experience, try spending the night in an Alpine hut, feasting on a simple but hearty meal and sleeping in the cool night air.