Schloss Neuschwanstein - Neuschwanstein Castle (Swabia)

Schloss Neuschwanstein - Neuschwanstein Castle (Swabia)

Neuschwanstein Castle, role model for the fairytale castle itself, built for King Ludwig II between 1869 and 1886 on a rugged cliff against a scenic mountain backdrop, was intended to “embody the true spirit of the mediaeval German castle”, as the king wrote in a letter to Richard Wagner, the famous German composer. The topping-out ceremony for the palace was not until 1880, and the king moved in 1884. When Ludwig II died in 1886, the “New Castle” was still not complete.
Get more information www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/tourist/index.htm

Schloss Herrenchiemsee – Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee (Upper Bavaria)

Schloss Herrenchiemsee – Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee (Upper Bavaria)

Construction of this palace was started in 1878 by fairytale king Ludwig II, based on the model of Versailles palace. The impressive palace and gardens are located on the 230 hectare island of Herrenchiemsee, and can be reached by boat across the Chiemsee lake. Highlights of the palace are the magnificent staircase and the 75-metre hall of mirrors. As with Neuschwanstein palace, however, Herrenchiemsee palace had still not been completed when Ludwig died in 1886.
Further details about the Herrenchiemsee palace and useful information for visitors can be found here.

Königssee (Upper Bavaria)

Königssee (Upper Bavaria)

In the very heart of the Berchtesgaden Alps lies the emerald-green Königssee, near the town of Berchtesgaden. A boat trip across the Königssee gives visitors a chance to admire St Bartholomew’s Church on the west shore of the lake.

 

 

Passau: The city of three rivers (Lower Bavaria)

Passau: The city of three rivers (Lower Bavaria)

The rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz flow together to wash the shores of this ‘city of three rivers’. Its backdrop of high towers, picturesque squares, romantic promenades and crooked alleyways was created by Italian Baroque masters three centuries ago. Its hills offer views over the entire city and the surrounding area.

Würzburg Residence (Lower Franconia)

Würzburg Residence (Lower Franconia)

One of the most consistent and extraordinary Baroque palaces in Europe, the Würzburg Residence, with its magnificent court garden and square, was included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 1981. The Würzburg Residence, which consists of three wings with over 300 Baroque and Rococo halls, was built between 1720 and 1744. The palace was once the residence of powerful bishop princes. The extensive, beautifully laid out court garden of the Würzburg Residence offers a place where visitors can relax, take a stroll or simply cool off in the beergarden after all the sightseeing.

Historic city centre of Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Lower Franconia)

Historic city centre of Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Lower Franconia)

The very well preserved mediaeval historic city centre of Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most significant sights of Bavaria. The winding alleyways lined with historical buildings entice more than two million visitors every year.
Get more information http://www.tourismus.rothenburg.de/index.php?id=467

Almabtrieb im Allgäu (Swabia)

Almabtrieb im Allgäu (Swabia)

In mid-September the traditional Almabtrieb begins in the idyllic region of Allgäu. Around 53,000 young bulls and cows are brought down from the 1,400 Alpine pastures in Upper Bavaria and the Allgäu Alps into the valley, where they move into their winter accommodation – a popular tourist attraction year after year. The end of the mountain summer is traditionally celebrated in the Allgäu with large folk festivals in around 30 towns at the foot of the mountains.

Augsburg town hall

Augsburg town hall

All visitors will be impressed by the Renaissance landmark of the city of Augsburg. After renovation work was carried out in 1985 – to celebrate Augsburg’s 2,000 year jubilee – it is possible today to visit different exhibitions on historical topics. A trip to Augsburg cannot go without a visit to the ‘Golden Hall’ in Augsburg town hall.
Get more information http://www.augsburg.de/index.php?id=12307

Fuggerei

Fuggerei

The Fuggerei area was founded in 1521 by Jakob Fugger the Rich (Jakob Fugger dem Reichen) as a housing complex for needy Augsburg citizens. It is the oldest existing social housing project in the world. The annual (basic) rent for a flat in the Fuggerei is still to this day equal to the nominal value of one Rheinischer Gulden (currently 0.88 euros), as well as three daily prayers for the founder and his family. The Fuggerei is a “city within the city”, with a church, city walls and three towers, and is still inhabited today. Around 150 people currently live in the 140 flats of the 67 buildings.
Get more information http://www.fugger.de/en/1_geschichte.htm

Augsburg puppet theatre

Augsburg puppet theatre

In 1940, a soldier by the name of Walter Oehmichen was accommodated in a school near Calais and discovered a small puppet theatre. He used it to entertain his comrades and he started dreaming about having his own puppet theatre. After the war ended he started to plan a new puppet theatre in the former Hospice of the Holy Spirit in Augsburg. The Augsburg puppet theatre was opened in 1948 with the performance of the fairytale “Puss-in-boots”. Since then it has given over 20,000 performances, delighting more than 4 million spectators of all ages.
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Nuremberg and the Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt

Nuremberg and the Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt

Nuremberg is the second largest city of Bavaria and also the capital of Franconia. Nuremberg became famous beyond the Bavarian border mostly due to the Nuremberg trials. A visit to the mediaeval city centre at Christmas time is particularly worth a try, when 200 wooden stalls are set up for the world-famous ‘Christkindlmarkt’ or Christmas market, offering Christmas delicacies and gifts. 

Kaiserburg Nuremberg - Imperial Castle of Nuremberg

Kaiserburg Nuremberg - Imperial Castle of Nuremberg

With its museums, promenade and exclusive boutiques, mixed with modern and mediaeval buildings, the historic city centre of Nuremberg has a unique flair. The landmark of the city soars high above: the Kaiserburg. Built in the early 11th century, after being damaged in World War II, the fortification of Nuremberg was rebuilt to restore its historical contours and is open to visitors.
Get more information http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/deutsch/schloss/objekte/nbg_burg.htm

Die Nürnberger Prozesse – The Memorium Nuremberg Trials

Die Nürnberger Prozesse – The Memorium Nuremberg Trials

The trials of leading war criminals began in the courtrooms of the Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice on 20th November 1945. Twenty-one leading figures of the Nazi regime had to answer to an international court for their crimes against peace and humanity. From 1946 to 1949, a further 12 trials were held before an American military court. The importance of these trials in the development of international criminal law in modern times has made courtroom 600 famous the world over. This permanent exhibition, which opened in November 2010 in the original setting of the trials, documents the preparation, proceedings and repercussions of the trials. Historic audio tapes and films all convey a vivid and very realistic impression of the trials.

Bamberg New Residence and Rose Garden

Bamberg New Residence and Rose Garden

The New Residence of the Bamberg bishop princes was built starting 1613. In more than 40 magnificent rooms, sumptuous stucco ceilings, furniture and rugs from the 17th and 18th century can be admired.
The rose garden, a Baroque garden where around 4,500 rose bushes come into bloom during the summer months, is located at the rear of the New Residence.

Bamberg cathedral

Bamberg cathedral

With its four towers, the cathedral is probably the most impressive building in the historic city centre of Bamberg, which is a listed UNESCO world heritage site. The cathedral is part of this site and houses the only papal grave north of the Alps and the grave of King Henry II. It is also possible to visit this impressive building, measuring almost 100 m in length and 30 m in width, with towers standing 75 m high and a history spanning 1,000 years.

Walhalla

Walhalla

In the memorial site of Walhalla in Donaustauf (10 km east of Regensburg), the marble busts of famous personalities have been honoured since 1842, as commissioned by Ludwig I. It is still possible to see people who made particular achievements and were immortalised here forever: personalities from more modern times such as Albert Einstein, Konrad Adenauer and Sophie Scholl stand side-by-side with personalities from earlier periods, such as Henry I.

Regensburg

Regensburg

The historic city centre of Regensburg has been named a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city centre is the prime example of a European mediaeval trade centre. The urban structures reflect 2,000 years of architectural continuity and include Roman, Romanic and Gothic elements. Buildings dating back to the 11th to 13th century still define the cityscape, which is made up of dark, narrow alleyways, a strong fortification, towers plus a large number of churches and monasteries, as well as a 12th century stone bridge.

Trausnitz castle

Trausnitz castle

This castle, built in the early 13th century, stands high above Landshut and can be seen from far and wide. It was initially a dukes’ residence and was finally used as a prison for noble prisoners. In the mid-18th century it housed a wool and silk factory. Visitors today can take a tour through the mediaeval halls and the famous fools’ staircase adorned with paintings of scenes from the Italian Commedia dell’arte. The finale of the tour is the view over the city.
Get more information http://www.burg-trausnitz.de/englisch/castle/index.htm

Landshuter Hochzeit (Landshut Wedding)

Landshuter Hochzeit (Landshut Wedding)

A town returns to the Middle Ages for one of the largest historical events in Europe. The festival evokes the wedding of the Duke of Wittelsbach, George der Reiche from Landshut in Bavaria, with the Polish king’s daughter Hedwig. Dressed in costumes true to the original, during the three weeks of the festival, around 2,000 citizens bring the most sumptuous chapter in their town’s history back to life: the “Landshut wedding of 1475”. Before the original backdrop of the historic city centre and Trausnitz castle, this includes the wedding procession, festival and dance performances, mediaeval music and the “Ride across the planks”, and the jousting tournament. Every year the performance is watched by half a million visitors.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

The world’s largest folk festival, which is open just two and a half weeks during which it receives around 6-7 million visitors, is something you have to see to believe.

 

 

BMW Welt

BMW Welt

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Marienplatz

Marienplatz

An absolute must for any city break to Munich is the Marienplatz in the pedestrian zone. The Glockenspiel with its 43 chimes offers a spectacle for tourists from around the world every day at 11 o’clock and noon, and at 5 o’clock during the summer months. It is housed in the façade of the new town hall. At Christmas time you can visit the Christmas market here.

Schloss Nymphenburg – Nymphenburg Palace

Schloss Nymphenburg – Nymphenburg Palace

The baroque Nymphenburg Palace, built in 1664, lies west of Munich. With its extensive, impressive park, this palace has been home to the ‘gallery of beauty’ since 1827. King Ludwig I had ladies from the most varied social classes pose for their portrait, including the famous dancer Lola Montez, whose relationship with King Ludwig I triggered a revolution.
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International Jazz Week Burghausen

International Jazz Week Burghausen

For over 40 years, the International Jazz week has turned Burghausen into a Mecca for both traditional and modern jazz music. Any name of importance in the international jazz scene has been here: Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Michel Petrucciani, Albert Mangelsdorff, Chet Baker and many more.

Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle

With a length of over 1,000 metres and almost all of its medieval fortifications still intact, Burghausen is one of the most impressive and largest castle complexes in all of Europe.
From 1255, it was the second residence of the dukes of Lower Bavaria and the court of their consorts. There is a magnificent view of the surroundings from the viewing platform on the roof.

Zugspitze mountain

Zugspitze mountain

With 500,000 visitors every year, this ranks as the third most significant sight in Bavaria. The Zugspitze is 2,962 metres, making it Germany’s highest mountain. Visitors can choose from three cable cars to reach the peak quickly and comfortably and enjoy the view.

Partnachklamm

Partnachklamm

The Partnachklamm is a gorge carved by a mountain stream, the Partnach, almost 700 metres in length and 80 metres deep at times, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Thanks to tunnels and passageways blasted in the rock, it is accessible in winter when the bizarre ice formations add particular charm to this site of natural beauty. The gorge is crossed by an iron bridge which stands 68 metres above the river, built in 1914. The Partnachklamm is visited by over 200,000 people every year.