Rolling valleys, romantic castles, biergartens and the capital city of Munich, all in the region of Bavaria.
With rolling valleys, timbered villages, romantic castles, cobblestone streets and brightly painted buildings, Bavaria looks like something out of a storybook. Bavarians are fiercely proud of their culture and identity, which they consider separate from the rest of Germany. The region never consented to becoming part of the Federal Republic of Germany when Ludwig II abolished the monarchy following World War I, so Bavaria’s official name is the Free State of Bavaria.
Bavaria is the largest region in Germany and our specialists have seen it all. Whether you want to explore the castle that inspired Disney’s distinguished castle logo, drink away an afternoon at a biergarten or visit a walled medieval city, they can guide you in the right direction and help you plan a trip around your interests.
You can explore the well-preserved medieval castle of Harburg and take in the German countryside as you ride the Romantic Road. You might head to the Bavarian capital of Munich, a former Nazi stronghold, and take a World War II walking tour. Observe the architecture of Nuremberg, a mix of buildings ranging from medieval and modern. Or, if you enjoy hiking, the Bavarian Alps provide plenty of paths for you to explore.
Places to visit in Bavaria
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Bavaria, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Bavaria
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Bavaria, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Bavaria
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Bavaria
- Munich Bavaria
- Neuschwanstein Bavaria
- Nuremberg Bavaria
- Rothenburg Bavaria
- Heidelberg 138 miles away
- The Black Forest 156 miles away
- Baden-Baden 157 miles away
- Frankfurt 164 miles away
- Titisee 167 miles away
- Freiburg 177 miles away
- Dresden 185 miles away
- Oberwesel 194 miles away
- The Rhine Valley 207 miles away
- Cologne 257 miles away
- Berlin 267 miles away
Photos of Bavaria
Accommodation choices for Bavaria
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Bavaria. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Melter Hotel is a chic, modern hotel providing spacious apartment rooms in the heart of Nuremberg. Just steps from everything in the pedestrian-only shopping district, it’s also walking distance to the city’s main sights.
On the doorstep of Viktualienmarkt and minutes from Marienplatz, the Louis Hotel offers comfortable rooms in the heart of Munich. Enjoy dinner from the steakhouse on the rooftop terrace, visit the Finnish sauna or people watch from your French balcony.
Centrally located in Munich, and with classic, elegant Bavarian decor, the Excelsior by Geisel offers a convenient and comfortable base from which to explore the city. The train station is a five-minute walk, giving you easy access to all Munich has to offer.
The Charles Hotel offers a luxe experience in the heart of Munich. Its Michelin-starred restaurant, generously sized rooms and extensive spa services are all within easy walking distance of Munich’s old town and train station.
This palatial 19th-century hotel offers exceptional service, opulent amenities such as a three-Michelin-star restaurant and four-floor spa, spacious rooms and central location close to all that Munich’s old city has to offer.