Many travellers are drawn to the southern parts of Germany during the winter. The main attraction then is unquestionably skiing or snowboarding. With great slopes and beautiful mountain views that is no wonder. In fact, Bavaria is a really nice destination also in the summer. The green hills create a dramatic and stunning scenery.
Car hire in Munich
At Munich Airport it is easy to pick up your car hire. Plan your route and start with a visit in the relaxing but yet big city of Munich. Follow the tourist streams to the famous Hofbrauhaus. Here you can enjoy Bavarian food and listen to traditional brass live music. The first time you visit this beer hall from 1598 you will be surprised how big and load it is – even during mid-day!
Leave the buzz and take a cup of coffea at Marienplatz. This is the heart of Munich and from your spot you can study the Town hall (Neues Rathaus) which is built between 1867-1908 in Gothic Revival architecture style. At the other side of the square you will find the Viktualienmarkt. This town market is open Mon – Sat and here you can find a big variety of fresh fruit, fish, meat, bread and many other delicacys.
A stroll along the river of Isar is also recommended. Cross one of the many bridges and stop for a bite in a nice local restaurant. The city of Munich offers over 40 000 hotel beds, so finding somewhere to get a good night’s sleep isn’t hard.
Königsee in the south of Germany
Drive your rental car from Munich. On the modern motorways the drive is fast and in under one hour you can reach the alps. If you follow the A8 south and turn right just before you reach Salzburg you will find yourself driving on the road 20, which will lead to to the stunning alp lake called Königsee. The little town is called Schönau am Königsee but the main attraction is undoubtedly the lake. Since the lake is quite narrow and stretches 7.7 km you can’t really see much of it from land. No motor engine driven boats are allowed in the lake but to take a tour there are electric driven passenger boats trafficing the lake. It is almost a magical feeling drifting with the silent boat and be surrounded by mountains and steep green forest. Bring your camera – this is something to eternilize.
Stunning castle of Neuschwanstein
Another must in Bavaria is the farytale looking castle called Neuschwanstein. It is located near the Austrian border between Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the east and Kempten in the west. The closest village is called Füssen, which is situated by the lake of Illasbergsee. The castle itself was build in Romanesque Revival style, with constructions starting in 1869. It was meant for Ludwig II of Bavaria but it i said he only lived here a couple of months before he died in 1886. The castle has been open for the public ever since his death and in peak season as many as 6000 people visit the castle a day. There are busses going up the hill but if you wish to go by foot you must dare to cross the suspension bridge (Marienbrucke). But if you do, this is indeed the best spot to take photos of this magical Bavarian castle.
Rent a car in Munich and explore the Bavarian surroundings!