Upper Bavaria

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Upper Bavaria

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Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern) is the heart of Bavaria. It's a magical place of deep forests, beautiful meadows, winding roads and jagged peaks. Oberbayern is full of festivities. Every few weeks there is another annual Fest or event. The best time to visit would be August and September when the weather is most predictable and the beer gardens are in full swing. The folks in this region have a good balance of hard work, socializing, playing and just relaxing. But don't expect to notice this all in a quick visit, you need to stay for a while to really understand.


  • Munich (München) — the capital of Bavaria, known for the annual Oktoberfest
  • Bad Reichenhall — a small spa town in the alps
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen — see the highest mountain in Germany (Zugspitze) at this ski resort south of Munich; it has also hosted the Olympic games
  • Ingolstadt — large city with gothic and baroque architecture styles
  • Oberammergau — famous for painted houses, wood-carved sculptures and the decennial passion play
  • Rosenheim — a small city in the southeast of Bavaria near the Alps
  • Starnberg — wealthiest town of Germany that has a very beautiful lake

Other destinations

  • Andechs — small village that is mostly known for the Andechs Abbey, a monastery that is famous for its beer
  • Berchtesgaden — ski and summer resort in the southeast near Salzburg
  • Dachau — site of the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany and a nice old town worth seeing
  • Erding — famous for "Erdinger Weissbier"
  • Mittenwald — famous for its nicely painted houses and violin shops
  • Prien am Chiemsee — gateway to the Chiemsee
  • Schongau — a village part of the so called Romantic Road
  • Tegernsee — very posh place in the Bavarian Alps



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