Discover Germany, Issue 39, June 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Best of Bavaria

the Karwendel or in the Berchtesgadener Land – the possibilities are endless. Water lovers can sail, surf, raft or swim on the many Bavarian lakes and rivers, such as the Franconian Lakes. Even in Upper Bavaria, one can find various swimming possibilities with the ‘Fünfseenland‘, the picturesque Königs Lake or the Chiemsee – the ‘Bavarian Ocean’. Avid cyclists also find many activities in Bavaria, including the Zoigl cycling path in Upper Palatinate that takes cyclists on a Zoigl beer discovery journey. Across 115 kilometres, the path connects former and active communal breweries which serve Zoigl beer and guarantee a convivial stop.

Main Photo: Neuschwanstein Castle. © Top right: Zoigl beer tavern. ©, Daniela Haug Middle right: The rococo pilgrimage church Wieskirche. ©, Jörg Lutz Bottom right: ©, Stefan Eisend

Cultural experiences in Bavaria In Bavaria’s cities, one can always discover something new, whether in charming, historic small towns or in vibrant, modern cities. Thus, important museums like the ‘Pinakotheken‘ (picture galleries) or the German Museum in Munich attract culture enthusiasts from all over the world. Bavaria’s castles also are internationally renowned: the buildings of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Castle and the Herrenchiemsee are architectural miracles. Additionally, the seven UNESCO world heritage sites count towards Bavaria’s endless cultural sights: the historic old towns from Bamberg and Regensburg, the rococo pilgrimage church Wieskirche in the Pfaffenwinkel, the baroque Wuerzburg Residence, Bayreuth’s margrave opera house, the Roman limes parts which run through Franconia and the prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps.

Being active in Bavarian nature Bavaria’s mountain panorama invites visitors to relax and enjoy the spectacular views, but the Bavarian mountains are also the perfect backdrop for sport activities. Hikers and climbers enjoy steep mountain tours or hilly hiking paths and winter sport enthusiasts find well-developed pistes, toboggan runs or cross-country skiing trails. Whether on Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, in the Allgaeu Alps,

The Bavarian character can be found in many cultural highlights, such as the Brass Wiesn Festival in Eching near Munich. Here, musicians and guests celebrate traditional Bavarian brass band music, which fuses with contemporary, international influences. This shows how the world-famous Bavarian cosiness and a creative spirit of innovation simply belong together. Issue 39 | June 2016 | 37