ALPSEE, BAVARIA, GERMANY
"Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey."
_ Pat Conroy
Medieval Towns & Villages
(Bavaria & Baden-Wurttemberg)
Germany's two thousand years of historic past left a legacy of impressive architecture: castles, abbeys, churches and charming medieval towns. The country has 39 World Heritage Sites and 19 other sites planned for inclusion on the list.
Castles in Bavaria
The famous Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Bavaria's legendary King Ludwig II, is located in the village of Hohenschwangau. Nearby is also another castle, Hohenschwangau Castle, built by King Ludwig's father, King Maximillian II.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau
Hohenschwangau Castle, Schwangau
Food to eat when in Germany
Over 50 varieties of bratwurst can be found in Germany and each region has its own version - size, seasonings and texture. Many of the well-known varieties come from Bavaria.
Cathedrals & Churches in Bavaria
Bavaria is the oldest and largest state among the 16 states in Germany. The state makes up more than a quarter of the country. The land is beautifully blessed with mountains, foothills, lakes and rivers, fertile valleys and forests. In addition to that, it has a rich history and rich traditions dating back centuries. It borders the countries of Austria and the Czech Republic.
Bavaria has a long and predominant tradition of the Roman Catholic Faith. You will find evidence of the state's rich monastic past and religious faith. Some of the most incredibly grand and lavishly decorated churches can be found here. Some are very well known throughout Europe as pilgrimage churches since the 18th century.
Tiefenbach-Oberstdorf is a popular hiking destination in Germany. Oberstdorf, meaning "Uppermost Village" is the highest town in Germany and the southernmost. It is a major attraction for winter sports. Ski jumping is a big event here, and there are over 124 mile (200 km) trails for hiking as well as cycling. The nice part about hiking here is, you can shorten it by taking a cable car up. Also, you will find restaurants along the trail so you have an option of resting, have a beer or snack before continuing on.