Looking for a beautiful place to enjoy nature, a crisp chill in the air, and the feeling of going back to Europe’s obscure ancient beginnings? The aspiring traveler to Germany will find that the country has many tourist attractions, both man-made and natural. Each region has its own charm, its own history, and its own distinct architecture. Most of us have dreamed about spending a trip to Germany in the Black Forest; this is located in Germany’s fairy tale regions known as “Bayern,” or, in English, Bavaria. Bavaria brings to mind thatched cottages, idyllic farm life, the towering Alps, and the beautiful, romantic Black Forest. Here are some great places to stop in Bavaria. They will create a wonderful itinerary for your travel through Germany and are prime examples of the natural beauty that Germany is famous for. It’s impossible to see all of Bavaria in a week, a month, or even an entire lifetime, so it’s imperative that on your journey to Germany you make an itinerary and plan which Bavarian attractions you deem most important to see. This will help you get the most out of your vacation experience.
As far as the eye can see: Special sights in the Black Forest
Besides Munich, Bavaria hosts the amazingly idyllic Black Forest, the stuff of legends. Stop by places like the Black Forest Open Air Museum to appreciate the beauty and ambiance of the region. Want to know a great city that is entwined in the Black Forest and has some amazing sites? The close proximity to the forest makes it well worth the visit, but you’ll fall in love with the charm of this city as well. Come and enjoy the beauty of Bavaria in Freiburg. Here’s what to see:
(1) The Historical Merchant House. This place was constructed in the 1500s and is one of Freiburg’s most striking structures. Its Gothic design sets it apart, as does its long and interesting history. Fans of music might be interested to know that the Merchant House’s “Kaiser Room” often hosts such events. Don’t miss the courtyard – perhaps the house’s loveliest attribute.
(2) The Cathedral of Our Beloved Lady. This famous cathedral was built in the 1200s but an older church originally stood on the same spot. The church sports gothic towers that have received much attention from architectural enthusiasts. The Cathedral of Our Beloved Lady as it looks today (after all repairs and reconstructions were finished) came about in the 1500s. Find out if entrance is permitted; if so, you can explore the interior design.
(3) A little known Freiburg gem is the 19th century Colombi Mansion, constructed for royal residents. Now it is a museum that showcases the timeline of ancient history. The exterior view of the Colombi Mansion makes it a gem in Germany, a structure built of outside European influences whose garden still reflects the beauty of the flora and fauna of Bavaria.
Bavaria at its best: Towns and cities you shouldn’t miss
One of the most well-known cities in Bavaria is, of course, Munich (German: München). Germany has much of her fame wrapped up in Munich, the place of Oktoberfest, carnivals, and merriment. If you choose to spend some of your Bavarian vacation in Munich, here are the top attractions to consider:
(1) Asam’s Church. This church was constructed in the 18th century as thanks for an answered prayer. Unlike many churches in Germany that were named after saints, Asam refers to the surname of the brothers who built the church. One of the many amazing churches of Bavaria.
(2) St. Peter’s Church. This church is not only beautiful but it is also the gateway to terrific views! Like many religious structures in Germany, it has a view of the city and of the beauty of Bavaria that will take your breath away – quite a welcome distraction from the hustle and bustle of your itinerary. Can’t make the climb? The church is still a wonderful tourist stop and a place of spiritual beauty.
(3) Church of Our Lady. Also known as Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady was constructed in the late Middle Ages and is another of Munich’s famous architectural icons.
(1) The Residenz. This amazingly beautiful place is a testament to the architecture of Germany – and the European architectural styles that were used as a starting point. Like many historical places in Germany the palace was destroyed in the 1940s, but thankfully it has regained its former glory.
(2) Nymphenburg Palace. This is truly the place to go if your itinerary for Bavaria includes culture, beauty, elegance, and class. This amazing residential structure was built in the 17th and 18th centuries and draws from other European influences.
Open-air spaces and Oktoberfest spirit
(1) Marienplatz. This is a wonderful place to stand outside and soak in the feeling of Munich; it’s the city’s “town square” in many ways. Don’t forget to take some photos of City Hall and to linger around Marienplatz to “people watch” if that’s your pleasure.
(2) Viktualienmarkt. Like bazaars and open-air markets? Viktualienmarkt is like a big outdoor shopping center without the fancy items and the unbelievable prices. Make sure to look for items native to Germany. You can find just about anything here!
(3) Hofbrauhaus. Hofbrauhaus is one of the most famous buildings in Munich, and indeed one of the most famous in Germany. Originally founded centuries ago, it has kept much of its look over the years. Anyone who enjoys the traditional food and refreshment of Germany will definitely want to take the time to visit Hofbrauhaus.
Enjoy your vacation to Bavaria and don’t stop searching for those perfect vacation spots.