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Top Choice Bavarian in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Gasthof Fraundorfer

If you came to the Alps to experience yodelling, knee slapping and red-faced locals in lederhosen, you just arrived at the right address. Steins of frothing ale fuel the increasingly raucous atmosphere as the evenin…
Top Choice Castle in Füssen

Schloss Neuschwanstein

Appearing through the mountaintops like a mirage, Schloss Neuschwanstein was the model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. King Ludwig II planned this fairy-tale pile himself, with the help of a stage designer rath…
Museum in Berchtesgaden

Dokumentation Obersalzberg

In 1933 the quiet mountain village of Obersalzberg (3km from Berchtesgaden) became the second seat of Nazi power after Berlin, a dark period that’s given the full historical treatment at this excellent exhibit. It d…
Historic Site in Berchtesgaden


Once a major producer of ‘white gold’, Berchtesgaden has thrown open its salt mines for fun-filled 90-minute tours. Kids especially love donning miners’ garb and whooshing down a wooden slide into the depths of the …
Monastery in Andechs

Kloster Andechs

Founded in the 10th century, the gorgeous hilltop monastery of Andechs has long been a place of pilgrimage, though today more visitors come to slurp the Benedictines' fabled ales.
German in Garmisch-Partenkirchen


This quintessentially Bavarian tavern is the place to cosy up with some local nosh, served by Dirndl-trussed waitresses, while the enormous enamel coal-burning stove revives chilled extremities. Live music and theat…
Museum in Bad Tölz


The Stadtmuseum touches on practically all aspects of local culture and history, with a fine collection of painted armoires (the so-called Tölzer Kasten), a 2m-tall, single-stringed Nonnengeige (marine trumpet), …
Castle in Chiemsee

Schloss Herrenchiemsee

An island just 1.5km across the Chiemsee from Prien, Herreninsel is home to Ludwig II’s Versailles-inspired castle. Begun in 1878, it was never intended as a residence, but as a homage to absolutist monarchy, as epi…
Museum in Chiemsee


The AD 860 Carolingian Torhalle houses medieval objets d'art, sculpture and changing exhibitions of regional paintings from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
Museum in Füssen

Museum Füssen

Below the Hohes Schloss, and integrated into the former Abbey of St Mang, this museum highlights Füssen's heyday as a 16th-century violin-making centre. You can also view the abbey's festive baroque rooms, Romanesqu…