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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the capitals of the Holy Roman Empire, and unofficial seat of German Kings, but much of the medieval architecture has been replaced by Nazi built designs.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.

Best places to stay in Bavaria

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:

Boutique Bavaria

  • 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.

Still undecided? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Bavaria, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively take a look at our recommendations in Munich.

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  • Hotel Laimer Hof


    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.

    23 rooms from $73
    Value chic
    City Style
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hotel Zum Hechten

    Füssen 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.

    35 rooms from $119
    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

    Beilngries, 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.

    22 rooms from $150
    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 character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Hotel Gruner Baum


    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.

    24 rooms from $140
    Local exploring  -  Great location: five minutes away from the city centre
    City Style  -  Comfortable rooms with modern amenities
    Local markets  -  Several restaurants and wineries located close by
    Sights nearby  -  A visit to Castle Marienberg cannot be missed
  • Lindner's Hotel

    Bad 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.

    35 rooms from $162
    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.
  • Chalet Hotel am Kiental

    Herrsching 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.

    9 rooms from $168
    Local exploring  -  Upper Bavaria's Lake District
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of Bavaria's Five Lakes District with lots of pretty villages and lovely scenery
    Great walks  -  Along the shores of Lake Ammersee
  • Hotel Bachmair Weissach

    Weißach (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.

    146 rooms from $178
    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 permits
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
  • Cortiina Hotel


    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.

    75 rooms from $178
    Lively  -  The bar is one of Munich's hotspots.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Hotel Munchen Palace


    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.

    74 rooms from $182
    Local exploring  -  An excellent base for exploring the city. Perfect for a luxury city break
    Luxury  -  A classic luxury hotel with contemporary elements.
    Roof terrace
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Prinzregenten Theater and the Munich Philharmonic.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Hotel Berchtesgaden


    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.

    138 rooms from $197
    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
  • Louis Hotel


    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.

    72 rooms from $208
    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


    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.

    131 rooms from $213
    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


    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.

    17 rooms from $234
    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.
  • Bergkristall Natur & Spa


    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.

    49 rooms from $287
    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


    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.

    298 rooms from $314
    Spa breaks
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
  • Anna Hotel


    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.

    75 rooms from $343
    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.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Charles Hotel


    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.

    160 rooms from $454
    Foodies  -  Excellent Italian restaurant.
    City Style
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Short walk or metro ride from all the major attractions
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Mandarin Oriental Munich


    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.

    73 rooms from $589
    City Style
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Spa  -  Turkish bath
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
  • Schloss Elmau

    Elmau, 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.

    140 rooms from $673
    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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