The Free State is not stingy with sights. In this ranking, which has no guarantee of completeness, you will find classics – but also a few insider tips.
1 / 12Two classics to start with: the Zugspitze at the top, Neuschwanstein Castle at the bottom. Both are among the most famous sights in Bavaria and are of course not an insider tip - but they should not be missing in a ranking. The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany - and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bavarian landscape in good weather. Neuschwanstein Castle is a pure postcard idyll and not world-famous for nothing. A real fairytale castle. © imagebroker / Action Pictures / IMAGO2 / 12The Schrecksee in the Allgäu Alps is one of the most beautiful lakes in Bavaria - but is quite lonely because of the rather difficult hike there. This combination qualifies the Schrecksee as an insider tip that is really worth it. Because it is embedded in a valley of green meadows, surrounded by steep mountains - a great panorama. © imagebroker / IMAGO3 / 12The Danube gorge "Weltenburger Enge" is one of the most exciting landscapes in Bavaria. This is a bottleneck in the Danube valley in the Lower Bavarian district of Kelheim. It is recognized as a nature reserve as well as a geotope. The passage even reminds a bit of the "Pillars of Kings" from the "Lord of the Rings" universe. At the end of the first film, "The Fellowship of the Ring", the protagonists ride boats past the majestic statues of kings. It is also advisable to admire the spectacle from the water when the Danube breaks through – for example on a boat or canoe tour. © Manfred Segerer / IMAGO4 / 12The village of Tuchsfeld is located in Franconian Switzerland, near Pottenstein. The special feature: Impressive rock formations tower above the medieval-inspired houses. A sight worth seeing, which could also originate from a fairy tale or fantasy novel. © R. Wittek / IMAGO5 / 12The Pottenstein Devil's Cave is a spectacular stalactite cave and, with a total length of three kilometers, the longest in all of Bavaria. Among other things, you can marvel at the impressive reconstruction of a bear skeleton and other bone remains. If you are looking for a rather creepy sight in Bavaria, you will get your money's worth here. © imagebroker / IMAGO6 / 12It's also exciting in the Höllentalklamm. A hike through this breathtaking natural spectacle belongs on every bucket list. The path leads through deep gorges, along the foaming Hammerbach stream and over bridges that stretch from boulder to boulder. Between May and October, the Höllentalklamm in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is open – and definitely worth a visit. © Panthermedia / IMAGO7 / 12It is not for nothing that the Würzburg Residence is often compared to the Palace of Versailles near Paris. The breathtaking castle could have sprung from a fairy tale book, and the extensive castle park is freely accessible. Unsurprisingly, the Würzburg Residence is also a World Heritage Site. Inside the baroque palace, there are detailed ceiling frescoes, a large hall of mirrors and polished chandeliers to marvel at. © imagebroker / IMAGO 8 / 12The Röthbach Falls near Königssee in the Berchtesgadener Land is the largest waterfall in Germany. It is 470 meters high and embedded in a beautiful valley. The special feature: The natural wonder is surprisingly hardly known and anything but a tourist magnet. Only the hike to the Röthbach Falls is not the easiest. A boat trip across the Königssee is followed by a three-kilometre hike. © Westend61 / IMAGO
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My area9 / 12They should not be missing from a ranking of Bavaria's sights – the cities. Here is the example of the state capital Munich (top left), the imperial city of Nuremberg (top right), the World Heritage City of Regensburg (bottom left) and the medieval wonder of Rothenburg ob der Tauber (bottom right). Of course, there are many other cities worth seeing in Bavaria – but you really should have seen these four. © blickwinkel / Zoonar / blickwinkel / Panthermedia / IMAGO10 / 12The Hohenbogen is a mountain range near Cham in the Bavarian Forest. It offers several sights: In addition to the breathtaking view from the mountain range, there is also a chairlift with which you can explore the mountain landscape. A special highlight are also the old NATO towers, which stand at the highest point of the ridge - the Schwarzriegel. Stairs have been added to the listed main tower, which allows you to climb it and have a stunning view of the surroundings. © Panthermedia / IMAGO11 / 12Near Regensburg lies Walhalla – one of the most important national monuments of the 19th century. Built in 1842 by King Ludwig I, there are busts of generals, rulers, scientists and artists. From the temple you also have a breathtaking view over the Upper Palatinate landscape. © Panthermedia / IMAGO12 / 12The treetop walk in the Bavarian Forest offers the opportunity to take a spectacular walk. As the name suggests, people here can explore the Bavarian Forest at eye level with the treetops. The observation tower is designed to be barrier-free and also invites wheelchair users and parents with strollers to explore. © imagebroker / IMAGO