Thoughts of the Alps conjure up images of skiing, hot chocolate and lots and lots of snow! Not a place usually associated with summer, however the Bavarian Alps is an ideal summer destination that doesn’t just appeal to the adrenaline filled snow bunnies!
Here are the 10 best things you can do in the Bavarian Alps (no snow added).
1. Climb Zugspitze
The Zugspitze is is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as the highest mountain in Germany at 2,962 metres tall. You can climb up, but those that want to see the peak without the huff and puff can take one of the three cable cars to the summit. At the top you can take in the view of more than 400 peaks and beautiful scenery that will take your breath away.
2. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
If this picture doesn’t make you want to jump on a plane and play princess in Bavaria (ok ok guys you can play knight) then I dont know what will. It may be a bit OTT but this castle is jaw-droppingly stunning. The steep climb up to Schloss Neuschwanstein will give you a bit of a cardio workout, but the experience is well worth it. Originally commissioned for the residence of King Ludwig II it was opened to the public after his death in 1886.
3. Learn how to make cheese
Take the time to plan a trip to the Allgäu. Here the abundance of rich grass makes for very happy cows, which in turn makes for some very yummy cheese.
Apart from the fact that a good cheese making session is really good fun, you also learn a lot. And the best thing is that after all the hiking in suggestions 1 and 2 you won’t have to worry about the extra calories!
Bavaria hosts more than 170 golf courses in Bavaria varying from picturesque Alpine landscapes to grand parklands. With a bit of luck Germanys’ best-ever golfer Bernhard Langer will even bring the Ryder Cup to Bavaria in 2018. A helpful link detailing some of the courses can be found here…
5.The lady of the lakes: Lake Chiemsee
Located in Chiemgau, this lake was created during the ice-age and is referred to as the “Bavarian Sea ” due to its enormous size. The Chiemsee is Bavaria’s largest lake more than 80 kilometres wide and 90 meters deep.
At the west end of the lake is Prien. Visitors here can take the small steam railway to local destinations or board one of the 1920’s-style paddle-wheelers to visit other ports of call. The beautiful antique steam ships are the main method of transportation around Lake Chiemsee.
The pristine waters are warm early and are ready for swimmers to enjoy as early as May. Finally make sure you feast on the delicious ‘catch of the day’ served in one of the many restaurants around the lake.
6. Passion Play
No need to blush! The passion play is a dramatic recreation of the last days of Jesus, usually covering the crucifixion and resurrection. It has been performed in the town of Oberammergau since 1643. The people of the town vowed to act out a biblical tableaux every 10 years in gratitude for being spared the plague. Get out your diaries, next showing…..2020
7. Meet the Monks
Ettal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery with a community (as of 2005) of more than 50 monks. The Abbey is a major attraction for visitors to the region. They flock to see its enormous dome fresco (83 feet wide), painted by Jacob Zeiller circa 1751–52 .
Hmmm.. come to think of it, the liqueurs may be a crowd pleaser also. Made from a centuries-old recipe and distilled at the monastery. The monks make seven different liqueurs, some with more than 70 mountain herbs.
“Two monks know how it’s made, 2 million Germans know how it tastes.”
8. Schlenkeria Brewery and Tavern
While we are on the topic of booze, nothing is better on a hot sunny day then a crisp cold beer. Head to Bamberg and visit one of its best breweries. Get into the Bavarian spirit and have a one-of-a-kind smoke beer tapped directly from the wooden barrel.
Schlenkerla has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the grounds of exerting a major architectural influence over the country and being the centre of the Enlightenment in southern Germany. If that’s not a reason to pour another in celebration I don’t know what is. Prost!
9. BMW Museum
Munich, the capital of Bavaria and gateway to the Alps, in itself is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. But if cars get you revved up then visit the BMW Museum. Tours offer a fascinating presentation of the company, brand and product history of BMW. About 125 of the brand’s most valuable and attractive automobiles, motorcycles and engines are displayed on a surface area of 5000 m². Vroom Vroom!
10. Hit the spa!
Karma Bavaria, Schilersee is a resort and spa wonderfully situated amid the enchanting town of Schliersee and is just 50km from the historic city of Munich. The Karma Spa is an Asian inspired spa brand offering a blend of unique healing experiences. From Himalayan crystal journeys to Bavarian rituals, organic facials and massage curatives. All Karma Spa treatments are organic and results-orientated.
Stay at Karma Bavaria from just 135 Euros a night.