Bavaria has it all, from high culture to viticulture and beer to breathtaking scenery. This circular tour takes in the highlights. Allow two weeks at a leisured pace.
A rich and vibrant metropolis with a seductive lifestyle. No wonder Germans would rather live here than anywhere else.
2 Berchtesgadener Land
A country within a country, dazzling in its scenery and chilling in its reminders of a one-time holiday home for the Third Reich's elite.
3 The Bavarian Alps
Head west from Berchtesgaden along the northern flank of the Alps through idyllic mountain resorts like Reit im Winkl, Bayrischzell and Walchensee.
4 The Romantic Road
Dawdle along Germany's most famous tourist road, past Baroque churches, pastoral landscapes and lost-in-time walled towns.
A charming historic core and distinctive smoked beer make this compact but beautiful city a tempting spot to linger.
This pint-sized cultural hotspot is the product of two strong-willed individuals – Frederick the Great's sister Wilhelmine and the composer Richard Wagner.
The triumphs and tragedies of German history, from the monuments of the city's imperial zenith to the still-recognizable reminders of the Nazi era.
Hike, cycle or paddle through the Jurassic landscapes of one of Germany's biggest nature reserves.
Journey's end is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Central Europe.