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Gutsalm Harlachberg from $68Bavaria
Chic wooden chalets deep in the Bavarian forest. Pine clad throughout the rooms feel contemporary yet traditional, with minimal furniture, modern bathrooms and sink-into beds. Enjoy hearty regional cuisine in the restaurant, perfect after a day in the great outdoors. A tranquil hideaway.Hideaway - A real escape location, with private chalets in a secluded forest location on Harlachberg mountain.Full of characterOutstanding locationRemote - Off the beaten track.
Hotel Laimer Hof 23 rooms from $68Munich
Warm and personal service at this cosy 19th-century villa B&B. A hideaway from the bustle with bright, fresh rooms - white washed walls, wooden furniture, brass bedsteads. A great choice for families and those on a budget.FamiliesValue chicCity StyleGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Frommers
Brauereigasthof Schaeffler 18 rooms from $84Bavaria
A cheery 3 star hotel has spacious, functional rooms decorated in a contemporary Alpine style. Be sure to try their beer brewed on site whilst enjoying a meal in the restaurant. Plenty of local cycling and hiking during the summer with skiing on offer in the winter. A good value stay.Foodies - They have a great restaurant serving local dishes and even brew their own beer!Value chic - A great value stay, especially for a ski holidayFamilies - Family-run and family-friendlyGreat walks - Numerous local trails
Schloss Eggersberg 15 rooms from $84Riedenburg, Bavaria
A wonderfully historic schloss nestled in the tiny Bavarian village of Eggersberg. The individually decorated rooms exude charm and heritage with antique furnishings, ornate beds and classical furniture. Ideal for those who want a unique stay at a traditional German schloss.Romantic Break - A unique and historic hotel in the scenic Altmühltal valley offering Renaissance-style dinners and romantic gardens.Great walks - Great walking routes in the Altmühltal valley and through the property grounds.Sights nearby - Visit the UNESCO World Heritage old town of Regensburg.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel Gotisches Haus 11 rooms from $102Rothenburg ob der Tauber
A romantic hotel in the heart of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Atmospheric rooms are decorated with warm hues, antique furniture and chintz prints. Indulgent breakfasts are served in the library featuring exposed stone and timber clad walls. Walking distance to many of the town's sights. Charming.Romantic Break - A historic and wonderously romantic hotel. Ideal for a weekend away for two.Local exploring - Step out of the front door and start roaming Rothenburg ob der Tauber.Sights nearby - Wander through the quaint streets and make sure to stop at St. Jakob’s Church.Local markets - During December be sure not to miss the excellent Christmas market.
Brauereigasthof Hotel Aying 48 rooms from $104Munich (Aying)
This stunning 600-year-old Bavarian hotel has spacious rooms furnished in an elegant and traditional manner. With many hiking and cycling paths nearby it's great for a spot of country exploring during the day before a relaxing meal at the superb restaurant in the evening. Be sure to visit the spa!Local exploring - Explore the picturesque village of Aying and further afield beautiful BavariaTotal relaxation - Make the most out of the spa or take a wander around the tranquil villageSkiing - Plenty of cross-country trailsGreat walks - Plenty of nearby trails
Schloss Blumenthal 40 rooms from $109Aichach, Bavaria
A beautiful 19th century castle surrounded by rolling gardens and woodland. Individually decorated rooms are spacious and comfortable with fine parkland views. Its big focus on weddings makes it a lovely place to get married.Country Escape - A romantic country escape in a castle in Aichach surrounded by lovely woods and landscaped gardens.Great walks - Great walking routes from the hotel through the surrounding Bavarian countryside.Sights nearby - Take a day trip to Augsburg Botanical Garden or Augsburg Zoo.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Hotel Zum Hechten 35 rooms from $111Füssen im Allgäu, Bavaria
A charming property set in the pretty town of Fussen. Contemporary rooms are light and airy with parquet flooring and simple sleek furniture. Bavarian specialities served up in the restaurant. Plenty of outdoor activities to suit everyone. Well priced and laid backed. Ideal for families.Local exploring - Located in the Old Town of Füssen and with a multitude of sights to explore nearby.Active Holiday - The surrounding countryside makes for wonderful hikes or cycles.Sights nearby - Visit the fairytale style Neuschwanstein Castle.
Hotel der Millipp 22 rooms from $143Beilngries, Bavaria
A charming traditional hotel run by the same family for generations. Cosy rooms with beamed ceilings, crisp white linen and classic wooden furniture. Award-winning regional cuisine and a beer garden to unwind in after a day outdoors. Within easy access of the Altmühltal Nature Park. A quaint spot.Local exploring - A historic building in the heart of Beilngries within easy access of the surrounding countryside. A true Bavarian experience.Great walks - Explore the scenic countryside of Altmühltal Nature Park.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Gruner Baum 24 rooms from $130Wurzburg
Location, location, location! Everything is within walking distance, easy to explore. Rooms are Franconian style with pine wood furniture, equipped with all necessities. A bottle of wine is usually complimentary with longer stays. Excellent buffet breakfast. Friendly, clean and comfortable.Local exploring - Great location: five minutes away from the city centreCity Style - Comfortable rooms with modern amenitiesLocal markets - Several restaurants and wineries located close bySights nearby - A visit to Castle Marienberg cannot be missed
Weingut Meintzinger 29 rooms from $130Frickenhausen am Main, Bavaria
A charming hotel and winery in the quaint Bavarian village of Frickenhausen. The rooms blend modern aesthetics with traditional furniture, making them both comfortable and characterful. Sample the hotel's wine in the atmospheric wine cellar. Perfect for a fun weekend in Bavaria.Local exploring - Explore the history and culture of this fascinating former monastery, in the village of Frickenhausen on the River Main.Sights nearby - Take a day trip to Würzburg and visit the Old University, Botanic Gardens and Cathedral.Great walks - Great walking opportunities around Meintzinger with lots of well-signposted hiking routes.
Burg Hotel 19 rooms from $130Rothenburg ob der Tauber
A perfect base to explore the historic town of Rothenburg with stunning views to be enjoyed over breakfast and features a range of spacious rooms, suites and villas. Enjoy its extensive spa facilities, relax in the monastery's garden or rent a bike and go explore the Tauber Valley. A rural idyll.Total relaxation - Enjoy the stunning countryside and the spaBack to Nature - Explore the Tauber ValleyLocal markets - Has a wonderful Christmas marketGreat walks - Plenty of local hiking trails
Hotel Goldene Traube 70 rooms from $135Coburg
A characterful property in the heart of Coburg. Brightly coloured, individually styled rooms, feature large windows, contemporary furnishings and wonderfully comfortable beds. A well stocked wine bar is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening drink and a Michelin starred restaurant. Very smart.Local exploring - A historic building well positioned within walking distance of many of Coburg's best sights.Foodies - Dine on creative cuisine in the Michelin starred restaurant Esszimmer.Sights nearby - Visit the stunning 13th century Veste Coburg castle.Full of character
Fuchsbrau 75 rooms from $142Beilngries, Bavaria
A family run 4-star hotel housed in a historic brewery. Well proportioned contemporary rooms with parquet flooring, simple furnishings, soft hues and crisp white linen. A cosy Bavarian restaurant complete with open fireplace and easy access to the picturesque surrounding countryside. Bavarian bliss.Local exploring - A historic building in the centre of Beilngries, with easy access to the town's sights and countryside pursuits.Great walks - Hike along the river paths by the Altmühl and through the surrounding meadows.Sailing - Take a boat out on the lake in Altmühl Natural Park.Romantic - Good for couples.
Luis & Hezelhof 34 rooms from $143Dinkelsbuhl (Segringer Str. 7)
A beautifully renovated 17th century patrician's house, in the heart of the medieval Altstadt, with lots to explore out the front door. Comfortable rooms with contemporary interiors, spacious living areas and balconies. The courtyard terrace and restaurant are fun places to hang out.Local exploring - Located in the heart of the historic centre with easy access to all tourist spots.Local markets - Wander out of the front door and check out the various shopping oppotunities in the area.Sights nearby - The Gothic Minster of St. George and the House of History cannot be missed.Views - Great views from hotel
Alpenhotel Krone 32 rooms from $146Pfronten (Tiroler Str. 29)
A 4 star luxury hotel in an 18th century building offers chic rooms within the original structure with exposed wooden beams and typical Bavarian fresco paintings. Interiors are modern with lovely design elements and full comfort. The in house restaurant serves local and international cuisine.Total relaxation - The relax and wind down zone features a spa, massage centre, steam and sauna focusing on complete relaxation of mind and body.Local exploring - In a very central location, easy to explore the surrounding castles and cities.Local markets - Explore the cosmopolitan city of Munich for its art, culture and modern lifestyle.Fishing - Keen fishermen should take this chance to fish the waters of Füssen.
Lindner's Hotel 35 rooms from $150Bad Aibling, Bavaria
An elegant property in the heart of Bad Aibling. Simply styled light and airy rooms with luxury bathrooms. Hearty, organic, Bavarian cuisine and a traditional bar. Numerous outdoor activities in the surrounding area. A charming property.Active Holiday - With easy access to the Alps and the many outdoor pursuits they offer.Sights nearby - Visit the fairytale styled Herrenchiemsee castle.Romantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Zehntkeller 59 rooms from $152Iphofen, Bavaria
A charming traditional property and winery in the medieval town of Iphofen. Elegant rooms boast antique furniture, traditional paintings and chintz wallpaper. Sample fabulous Franconian cuisine paired with the hotel's own wines. A delightful spot to unwind and explore the surrounding area.Local exploring - With easy access to city sights as well as the surrounding vineyards there's plenty to keep one entertained.Great walks - Start your day with a brisk walk through this stunning landscape.Romantic - Good for couples.
Chalet Hotel am Kiental 9 rooms from $157Herrsching am Ammersee, Bavaria
Chalet hotel in the centre of a town on the shores Lake Ammersee in Bavaria's Lake District. Spacious comfortable rooms and an award winning gourmet restaurant with a great wine list. A stylish hotel which is ideally placed for exploring the area and a good stop over close to Munich.Local exploring - Upper Bavaria's Lake DistrictSights nearby - Situated in the heart of Bavaria's Five Lakes District with lots of pretty villages and lovely sceneryGreat walks - Along the shores of Lake Ammersee
Herrmann's Romantik Posthotel 40 rooms from $158Wirsberg, Bavaria
A chic, family run former coaching inn, located in the beautiful Frankenwald area. The hotel welcomes guests with a warm and charming atmosphere. Rooms are traditional-style with leather furnishings and wooden floorings, some with hot tubs. A Michelin star restaurant and a special Spa Suite.Foodies - The Alexander Herrmann Restaurant has been awarded a 1 Michelin star for its creative award winning gourmet cuisine.Local exploring - In a good location, within walking distance of most major sights in the town.Cooking classes - Take part in Gourmet Workshops by Alexander Hermann, well worth checking out.Sights nearby - Both the Plassenburg and the Hermitage castle are well worth a visit.
Hotel Bachmair Weissach 146 rooms from $166Weißach (Rottach-Egern), Bavaria
A gorgeous Bavarian hotel next to Lake Tegernsee and at the foot of the Alps. Traditional Bavarian style with muted modern elegance throughout creamy rooms and suites. Gourmet gastro-pub serves local delicacies, top of the range spa, and plenty of outdoor pursuits in the surrounds.Foodies - Gourmet gastro pub serves Bavarian delicacies.Views - Beautiful lake and mountain views.Skiing - In the winter.Fishing - Fly fishing nearby; hotel can advise on permitsRecommended by - Kiwi Collection
Cortiina Hotel 75 rooms from $166Munich
A chic boutique hotel with a sophisticated tone. Parquet floors, killim rugs, solid elegant furniture and faux fireplaces in elegant rooms and suites. The bar and restaurant are lively hot spots. Lovely terrace and a gym. Understated cool.Lively - The bar is one of Munich's hotspots.City StyleSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel Munchen Palace 74 rooms from $169Munich
A beautiful hotel in classical style with contemporary elements. Sumptuous rooms and suites have creamy furnishings, subtle lighting and private balconies. Lovely roof top terrace deck, good restaurant, and a lively bar, plus fitness suite and spa. For those who like subtle luxury.Local exploring - An excellent base for exploring the city. Perfect for a luxury city breakLuxury - A classic luxury hotel with contemporary elements.Roof terraceSights nearby - Close to Prinzregenten Theater and the Munich Philharmonic.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel Hirsch 52 rooms from $175Fussen
Romantic hotel housed behind a quaint pastel pink facade, in the old town of Füssen. Charming rooms are themed on the region, with antiques and wooden floors, opulent fabrics and plenty of character. Beer garden and Bavarian menu in the good restaurant. A memorable, good value stay.Romantic Break - Bavarian antiques fill the opulent rooms - visit Royal Crystal Spa in Schwangau or enjoy spectacular views from the cable carSights nearby - Hotel is close to royal castles Hohenschwangau and NeuschwansteinGreat walks - Up to Forggensee Lake, just 1.5 km awayFull of character
Villa Ludwig Suite Hotel 18 rooms from $176Fussen
An excellent hotel set in the small Bavarian town of Hohenschwangau. The comfortable rooms are spacious and light with many affording views of Neuschwanstein Castle. Relax at the on site spa, and enjoy afternoon tea on the in the gardens. Historians will love the surrounding castle country.Local exploring - Perfectly placed for exploring this stunning countryside, and visiting the incredible Neuschwanstein Castle.Total relaxation - An enchanting mountainside retreat with Finnish sauna, massage treatments, and a hot tub with castle views.Sights nearby - Castle Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle are both less than twenty minutes walk from the hotel.Great walks - There are lovely walks and trails on the nearby Romantic Road.
Relais-chalet Wilhelmy 24 rooms from $176Bad Weissee
A family-run property in stunning surrounds. Simple cosy rooms with large sash windows and sink-into beds. A gorgeous garden for outdoor breakfasts during the summer. A hearty regional fare is served up in the restaurant. A multitude of outdoor activities in the surrounding area. Totally idyllic.Active Holiday - The perfect landscape for outdoor activities with lake Tegernsee, miles of hiking trials and ski resorts all in the vicinity.Great walks - 180 km of hiking trials to be explored through the surrounding countryside.Romantic - Good for couples.SpaRecommended by - Frommers
Hotel Orphee 25 rooms from $177Regensburg
A grandiose hotel, in a lovely Baroque building in the heart of Regensburg's old town. Ornate decoration is the order of the day with four poster beds, crystal chandeliers and intricate plaster work. The popular bistro serves French cuisine paired with excellent wines.Local exploring - Right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Redensburg's old town, minutes from the cathedral and Steinerne Brücke bridge.Local markets - Winter guests must be sure to explore the Regensburg festive markets.Great walks - Head out on foot to explore this fascinating city centre.Sights nearby - Only a five minute walk from the Dom St Peter.
Hotel Berchtesgaden 138 rooms from $184BERCHTESGADEN, Bavaria
Luxury resort and spa set in a stunning location in the pretty ski town of Berchtesgaden. Minimalist contemporary design meets traditional regional style. Glass fronted rooms lend spectacular views. A Michelin-Starred restaurant for pure indulgence. A glorious and extensive spa. Mountain perfection.Foodies - The hotel houses Michelin-starred Le Ciel as well as an excellent and hearty Bavarian restaurant (best enjoyed with a beer).Active Holiday - The Bavarian Alps are an adventure playground with everything from Germany's highest golf course to paragliding and skiing.Spa breaks - An extensive spa includes a colour therapy and meditation lounge with floating water beds plus seasonal massages.Great walks - Miles of trials to be explored starting right from the hotel door.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
Meier Landgasthof 4 rooms from $185Hilzhofen, Bavaria
A family-run property exuding Bavarian charm. Contemporary suites and rooms sit in chic opposition to the quintessentially styled restaurant. Think clean lines, white on white and luxury bathrooms. The regional cuisine is exemplary. Find numerous outdoor pursuits in the surrounding area. Superb.Foodies - Sample Bavarian cuisine with an innovative twist in the restaurant that uses produce often taken from the kitchen garden.Hideaway - Unwind in the picturesque countryside and feast on excellent cuisine and regional liquers.Sights nearby - Make a trip to Nuemarkt to visit the medieval fortifications and former Pfalzgraf Castle.Great walks - Embark on the "Schwarze-Laber-Bikeweg" route along the river Laber.
Louis Hotel 72 rooms from $193Munich
A homely boutique hotel with a fantastic Japanese restaurant. Pine floor bedrooms have killim rugs, private balconies and natural fabrics in earthy tones. A family friendly choice with excellent food and a warm atmosphere.Foodies - Fantastic Japanese restaurant.Local markets - Right next to the Viktualienmarkt, one of Europe's best.Sights nearby - Right in the centre of town.Recommended by - Tablet
Das Kranzbach Hotel & Wellness Retreat 131 rooms from $198Krun
A stunning country house at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. Top notch spa dedicated to complete rejuvenation, gourmet restaurant serving outstanding local produce, large wine cellar, and eclectic modern Bavarian interior design throughout luxurious rooms. Ideal for spa breaks and foodies.Spa - Five pools, half a dozen saunas and steam baths, and special spa treatments.Foodies - Fabulous cuisine, complex menus, and the freshest of local produce.Hills & mountains - On the edge of the Bavarian Alps, just an hour outside Munich.Spa breaks - The hotel is dedicated to wellness and fresh mountain air.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel Schrenkhof 17 rooms from $218Munich
Traditional Bavarian charm away from the bustle. A modern Alpine chalet with quintessential decoration - wooden panelled bedrooms with handsomely carved wooden beds. The breakfast room carries on the same theme, plus a pretty a Renaissance tiled stove. A really cosy spot.Local exploring - A traditional styled property just 15 minutes from Munich city centre.Sights nearby - Visit the impressive 18th-century Nymphenburg Palace.Local markets - Visit the enormous farmer's market, Viktualienmarkt.
Neumuhle 29 rooms from $219Wartmannsroth
Excellent rural German hotel that blends the old with the new, combining traditional and modern interiors. Neumuhle is home to comfortable and spacious rooms with countryside views. The extensive spa is great place to return to after a day's exploring. A great launchpad for exploring rural Bavaria.Country Escape - Close to Bayrische Rhön Nature Park and on the banks of the Franconian SaaleSpa breaks - Extensive spa with a wide range of treatmentsGreat walks - Great walks through the nearby Bayrische Rhön Nature Park.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool
Hotel Egerner Hofe 98 rooms from $237Rottach Egern
An elegant hotel, designed for relaxation and boasting stunning views. Contemporary rooms feature plenty of natural materials; the best have a mezzanine. An indulgent spa is ideal for relieving stress. A choice of four restaurants showcase the regions' cuisine. A heavenly spot to completely unwind.Total relaxation - Breathe in the fresh air and unwind in the pool, sauna or over a massage.Sights nearby - Munich and Salzburg are both within an hours drive.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Das Freiberg 27 rooms from $242Oberstdorf
A charming mountain retreat, in the picturesque Allgäu Alps. Elegant and suave suites, with private balconies overlooking the valley. The Michelin starred in house restaurant, Maximilian, serves creative cuisine in a relaxed setting. The perfect mix of contemporary style and homely vibes.Foodies - The hotel's restaurant has been awarded a Michelin-star for its innovative regional and international cuisine.Active Holiday - From skiing to biking, hiking and golfing there is something for everyone.Great walks - This area is famed for its hiking trials, take a guided tour or head off on your own steam.Views - Great views from hotel
Bergkristall Natur & Spa 49 rooms from $267Bavaria
A tranquil resort with stunning Alpine views. Light and airy contemporary rooms with wooden features, crisp white linen and soft hues. An extensive spa for all kinds of relaxation. gourmet cuisine and an excellent wine list. Numerous outdoor pursuits. The ideal spot to come and completely unwind.Spa breaks - A glorious spa with indoor pool, hammam, extensive treatment list, yoga, meditation and excellent wellness packages.Romantic Break - Relax and unwind together in this peaceful property.Sights nearby - Cross-country and Alpine skiing is possible during the winter months.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski 298 rooms from $292Munich
Seriously opulent Five Star hotel, only for the luxury traveller. Behind a traditional facade are elegant rooms and suites, restaurants, a bar, and a fabulous spa. All accompanied by private butlers, personal shoppers, and limousines, if you wish.Spa breaks5* Luxury - Very high service standards.FoodiesCity Style
Althoff Seehotel Uberfahrt 176 rooms from $296Bavaria
A glorious lakeside property with elegant contemporary interiors. Light and airy rooms feature fabulous views - the best have private balconies. Two pools, a spoiling grown-up spa plus excellent gourmet cuisine and numerous outdoor activities. The ideal property to revel in complete tranquility.Hideaway - A luxury lakeside hotel complete with a gorgeous spa.Sailing - Excellent wind conditions for sailing enthusiasts.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
Anna Hotel 75 rooms from $319Munich
Reasonable rates at a colourful, boutique-esque hotel with sophisticated designer edges. Modern paintings, sculptures and jazzy coloured lights create sleek interior spaces. Fantastic views of the city from the top suites, to be enjoyed from two private balconies. Trendy restaurant and bar too.City Style - A contemporary boutique hotel in Karlstor, with chic teak flooring, black granite details and design furnishings.Great walks - Take a stroll down to the nearby Hellabrunn zoo, great for kids.Sights nearby - Walking distance from the imposing Frauenkirche church.SpaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Hotel Exquisit 52 rooms from $365Oberstdorf
A chic luxury hotel boasting gorgeous mountain views. Contemporary rooms feature floor to ceiling windows and large private terrace. A well-equipped wellness centre is completely spoiling. The cosy restaurant serves up exquisite modern regional cuisine. A smart hotel for a rejuvenating stay.Active Holiday - The mountains provide a plethora of activities to keep everyone from ramblers to adreneline junkies occupied.Skiing - Take advantage of the 77 mile-long network of trails at the Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal ski resort.Total relaxation - Rejuvinate in the mountain air or with a massage in the glorious spa.Swimming Pool - Indoor Pool.
Charles Hotel 160 rooms from $423Munich
Contemporary Five Star Forte hotel. Crisp, elegant rooms and suites with parquet floors, cream furniture and private balconies. Fantastic Italian restaurant, extensive spa, and lovely terraces. Luxurious, but grounded.Foodies - Excellent Italian restaurant.City Style5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Sights nearby - Short walk or metro ride from all the major attractionsRecommended by - Tablet
Mandarin Oriental Munich 73 rooms from $548Munich
Five stars for luxury, service, location and food at this stunning city hotel. Outstandingly situated next to a hive of cultural activities. Immaculate contemporary, but subtle, decoration with Asian influences. Unrivalled views from the rooftop pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Magnificent.City StyleSwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolSpa - Turkish bathSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Schloss Elmau 140 rooms from $626Elmau, Bavaria
An impressive resort and spa run with all the slick precision of a luxury hotel. Set in a valley below the Bavarian Alps. Contemporary, well-appointed rooms with glorious views. Numerous spas separated into family and adult only. Three restaurants including Michelin Starred Luce D’Oro. Perfection.Spa breaks - Adult and family spas, a hammam, outdoor pool, sauna and steam room - to name a few.Romantic Break - A glorious, tranquil, getaway to unwind and spend some time together.Families - An award winning kids club to keep little ones occupied.Great walks - Miles of tracks to explore through the surrounding mountains and forests.Recommended by - Tablet
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Big, beautiful and wealthy, Bavaria's alpine landscape is a backdrop for some of Germany's most magnificent architecture and an economy bigger than Sweden's. It is Germany's largest state and covers almost one fifth of the country. Our selection of the best places to stay in Bavaria offers something for everyone from budget B&B to uber luxury.
Munich for Oktoberfest…
Capital, and heart, of the region, Munich embraces both old and new with zeal. This is where you'll see people happily donning traditional dress for one festivity or another, but getting into their brand new BMW to take them there. And of course there's the beer...
Nuremberg for the Christmas Market…
Lively year round, Nuremberg really comes alive at Christmas time. This city grew wealthy as one of the capitals of the Holy Roman Empire, and unofficial seat of German Kings, but much of the medieval architecture has been replaced by Nazi built designs.
Famous for its very dark beer, nightlife, wealth in art and its role in WWII, Nuremberg is one of Bavaria's biggest draws.
Bayreuth for the Wagner Festival…
Wagner started this festival himself, even designing the theatre, the Festspielhaus, and its still introduced annually by one of his descendants.
Wurzburg for the Residenz…
Built for the Prince Bishops of Wurzburg in 1720, Napoleon called it 'the nicest parsonage in Europe'. The best French and Austrian architects and designers of the day ensured it was elegant and beautiful, full of detail but not overdone.
Passau for the Danube...
Close to the Austrian border, this is picturesque town sits on the convergence of three great rivers. So it's no surprise it was a very powerful trading position. The Holy Roman Empire built much of this pretty city, and it shows in the Italianate style.
Bamberg for the beauty of Bamburg…
Bamberg's entire old town has been Heritage Listed by UNESCO. And it's generally considered to be Germany's most beautiful town.
As well as architecture it turns out Bamberg's inhabitants also do a great smoked beer. There are still ten local breweries in town.
Regensburg for the Medieval beauty of Regensburg, and the Danube...
Regensburg has been an important trading centre on the Danube for millennia, and its architecture is testament to the town's wealth and importance. Most of the really exceptional buildings went up between the 11th and 13th Centuries.
And the Bavarian Alps and Schloss Neuschwanstein for the fairytale wonder of what can be achieved by one boy with a romantic imagination!
If you like what you see you could consider walking King Ludwig's Way, a journey through some of Bavaria's most charming countryside from Lake Starnberg, past pretty villages, pale chalets, Orthodox churches, monasteries, cathedrals, two dramatic gorges and into the alps and Schloss Neuschwanstein. Signposted with 'K's, this route will take about five days, assuming you walk between 15 and 20 kilometres a day.
On a budget
There are plenty of small towns and villages where you can find very reasonably priced accommodation, but if you want to stay in Munich our pick of the best places to stay in Bavaria would be:
- The Hotel Laimer Hof, a charming 19th Century villa turned family run B&B;
- or the Hotel Schrenkhof, a modern alpine chalet just out of town.
- If you're looking for something a bit funky, but still sophisticated you'll want Munich's Cortiina Hotel. It's got everything you need but with more style, and the bar is one of Munich's hotspots.
- Boutique, definitely, but the Louis Hotel has a home from home feel to it too, and is one of the best places to stay in Bavaria for families.
For a Special Occasion
- For a five star Bavarian experience try the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, who'll supply you with a private butler, and send you off shopping in their hotel limousine accompanied by one of their personal shoppers, if you so wish.
- The Charles Hotel is a more grounded five stars, more elegant than opulent, but still topped off with an extensive spa menu and fantastic Italian restaurant.
- Or go the whole hog and book into the Mandarin Oriental Munich for an immaculate, Michelin starred, hotel experience with unrivalled views from the rooftop pool.