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10 Best Places To Visit In Bavaria In 2023

Last Updated on January 7, 2023 by Soumya

On my last 10-day trip to Germany, I began by exploring the largest German state – Bavaria or Bayern. It is also one of the prettiest states in Germany. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Bavaria that honestly, it was a task zeroing down on where to go!

We began in the capital city of Munich, went on several day trips nearby, and explored more on Bavaria’s Romantic Road. With so many places to see in Bayern, there was never a dearth of choices.

In Bavaria, we visited magical castles, checked out historic churches, got charmed by timbered dwellings, and glided through alpine lakes in the Alps. Even the towns in Bavaria are utterly beautiful and charming. Some of my favorite ones were Munich, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and Regensburg. I still have 10 more in my wish-list.

No doubt, there is an exhaustive list on the best places to visit in Bavaria. I could not do all of them in one go but here’s what I loved + what I would love to go back for – my Bavaria Bucket List – 10 Beautiful Places to see in Bavaria.

10 Best Places To Visit In Bavaria

Traveling to Bavaria Germany? Here are the most beautiful places to visit in Bavaria. Filled with historic churches, clear alpine lakes, and charming half-timbered homes, Bavaria is one of Europe's most picturesque travel destinations. #Germany #Bavaria

Bavaria is one of the most picturesque travel destinations in the whole of Europe and honestly, one of my favorite ones too. The map of Bavaria is dotted with beautiful places and pristine holiday destinations accompanied by great food and good beer. A sorted European vacation, right?

The best part is that all the beautiful towns in Bavaria can be easily accessed by railway. That means if you do not wish to rent a car like me, you can still see the beautiful Bavarian countryside and gape at fairytale castles nestled in the midst of snow-covered Alps.

I also discovered that I could take a train through Bavaria’s Romantic Road, one of the most attractive road trips in Europe. And with a little planning like purchasing a Bayern Ticket, I could save lots on travel and literally plan this Europe trip on a budget.

Find out how to do a 10-day Germany itinerary on train here.

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Two towers of Frauenkirche or Munich Cathedral

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, was one of my favorite places to visit in Bavaria during my 10 days in Germany. Filled with is resplendent palaces, historic churches, and world-class museums, Munich definitely makes for a beautiful European destination.

At the heart of Munich, lies Altstadt or Old Town which houses Marienplatz, an old town square that is nearly 1000 years old. Here, you will find an impressive New Town Hall, the Munich Cathedral which has a Footprint of the Devil, and St. Peter’s Church with its impressive Baroque interior. Right in front of the New Town Hall, you can enjoy the spectacle of Glockenspiel – one of the most popular things to do in Munich with kids.

Not very far away is Viktualienmarkt, the perfect place to shop for food and souvenirs, and Hofbrauhaus, a beer hall that is nearly 400 years old. Be sure take a tour of the Munich Residenz, the opulent urban palace of the Royal Wittelsbach Family. The Hall of Antiquities is spectacular.

Munich has some really good museums including the very famous Deutsches Museum – one of the largest science and technology displays in the world. There is also Alte Pinakothek – an art gallery with prominent Old Master paintings.

Do not miss the Englischer Garten, Munich’s largest public park that is even bigger than NYC’s Central Park. It is one of Munich’s best attractions as well as the perfect relaxing spot.

Also read: How to see the best of Munich in 2 days?

Nymphenburg Palace & Gardens

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich Bavaria

Located in the western fringes of Munich is the picturesque Baroque palace of Nymphenburg. It was built in the 17th century as a summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs and is one of the best places to see in Bayern.

The entire palace is an elaborate complex of tea houses, bathing places, hunting lodge, various museums, gardens, and a central palatial building.

It can take an entire day to walk through all the opulent hallways and spacious rooms that the palace has to offer. Primly manicured gardens and palace interiors that are worth drooling at make the entire complex one of the top sights in Bavaria.


Colorful timbered houses of Nuremberg Germany

Nuremberg is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is the second-largest city in the state after Munich and home to some of the prettiest Christmas markets in the holiday season.

The city is also Bavaria’s prominent center of art and culture and houses the famous National Germanic Museum, a lively Toy Museum, and the Nuremberg Transport Museum. The Nuremberg Castle and the old town walls are definitely worth a see.

In Nuremberg, you will also find the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, a powerful reminder of the most turbulent periods of world history. When in Bavaria you should plan to spend at least a day in Nuremberg.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Fairytale town of Rotherburg ob der Tauber

If you are looking for a quintessential Bavarian town, you have to visit the town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Located on the Romantic Road, Rothenburg odT is a medieval walled town replete with colorful, half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, and charming public squares.

One of Rothenburg’s unmissable attractions is the Plönlein or the Little Square (picture above) surrounded by colored homes with flower-laden balconies. In the backdrop is a medieval gate topped with a wall clock. The Little Square of Rothenburg is definitely one of Europe’ most photographed locations.

Only a couple of minutes away from the Plönlein, is the unique Medieval Crime Museum that chronicles several crimes and punishments associated with them in medieval Europe. Rothenburg also has a permanent Christmas village where you can check out a white Christmas tree, appreciate an snow-covered German homes, and buy Christmas goodies throughout the year.


Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden Germany

If you are looking for a charming Alpine town in the German mountains, then Berchtesgaden is just the place for you. This picturesque village is often ignored/skipped for the more famous city of Salzburg nearby.

But Berchtesgaden can offer a lot to the usual tourist including amazing panoramic views, wonderful boat rides, easy and difficult hikes, and a good bit of history.

The top attraction here is Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest which provides breath-taking views of the valley and a peek into the power of Nazi regime. A boat tour on the Alpine Lake Konigsee, Bavaria’s deepest lake, is highly recommended in spring and summer. Here you will visit the quaint, little church of St. Bartholomew (picture below) and the view against a backdrop of steep, tall mountains is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Also read: 12 Best things to do in Berchtesgaden – The magical mountain town of Germany


Romantic city of Bamberg in Bavaria Germany

The historic town of Bamberg is one of the oldest and culturally richest towns in Germany. It was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status back in 1993 for its strong cultural influence in the Enlightenment of Southern Germany in the 18th century.

The well-preserved old town has three different sections- the episcopal town, the island town, and the market gardener’s town. Bamberg is especially famous for its beer which is unique, unusual, and popular at the same time. It is called the Smoked Beer because of its unique smokey flavor which is the result of a different brewing process.


Old Town of Regensburg
UNESCO World Heritage Site – Regensburg

The Old Town of Regensburg is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of Bavaria. The town has an iconic Old Stone Bridge from the 12th century that is a major attraction for tourists around the world.

Apart from that, Regensburg has a number of impressive buildings in Roman, Romanesque, and Gothic architectural styles. Regensburg also houses the World’s Oldest Sausage Kitchen which has been serving fried sausages to customers for the past 900 years!

Also read: 12 Best things to do in the medieval town of Regensburg


Wurzburg, located on one end of the picturesque Romantic Road, is one of Bavaria’s most beautiful places. It is often called the Baroque city because of its opulent Baroque and Rococo architecture.

One of Wurzburg’s most iconic landmarks is the Wurzburg Residence, a magnificent Baroque palace. Together with the Court Gardens and Residence Square, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Palace highlights include the Imperial Chambers with a Mirror Cabinet and the Hofkirche Church elaborately furnished by frescoes. Do not miss the Tiepolo ceiling fresco that greets you as you walk up the staircase.

Other fascinating monuments include the Marienburg Fortress, St. Kilian’s Cathedral, and St. Mary’s Chapel. Be sure to take a stroll along Wurzburg’s Old Main Bridge that is flanked by several Baroque statues of saints.

Bavarian Alps

Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany
Best Places To Visit In Bavaria – Bavarian Alps

Bavarian Alps are one of the best holiday destinations in Bavaria and a favorite both among locals and tourists. The mountains are filled with idyllic villages, lush green meadows, and shiny lakes.

Some really picturesque castles also dot these ranges. Bavarian Alps have been befittingly termed as the most scenic place in Central Europe. Skiing and snowboarding are popular sports.

If you are looking for the perfect place to ski, then Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the place for you. Here you will also find Zugspitze, the highest mountain peak in Germany. I know hiking is on your mind already! Well, then go for it.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

And last but not least is the best thing that Bavaria, Germany can offer. The Neuschwanstein Castle!

Often dubbed as the Fairytale Castle, Neuschwanstein is a 19th-century Romanesque palace located in southwest Bavaria. The beauty of the palace lies not only in its medieval architecture but also in the fact that it is located on the top of a hill in the Bavarian Alps.

All this makes it one of the most magical castles in Germany and a very popular tourist destination in Europe. Neuschwanstein is believed to have inspired the creation of Cinderella’s Castle in Disneyworld. Replete with cylindrical turrets and pointed rooftops, the castle is every Disney lover’s dream-come-true. For details on logistics, history, and tours of Neuschwanstein Castle, click here.

So, here’s my pick on the best places to visit in Bavaria. Have you been to one or many of them? Which is your favorite? Or, did I miss your favorite? Drop me a line below and we can get the conversation going.

Also read: 18 Fairytale castles that you need to visit in Germany

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Soumya is an acclaimed travel writer who has traveled to 30+ countries and lived in 8 while pursuing her passion for history and culture. Her writings have been published in BBC Travel, Architectural Digest, National Herald, and many more. She loves exploring world heritage sites and has a deep affinity for everything ancient, especially the lost civilizations of Mesoamerica!

55 thoughts on “10 Best Places To Visit In Bavaria In 2023

  1. I have Germanic roots so this post definitely struck a sentimental chord within me! Each of these Bavarian towns is so quaint and offers an authentic representation of the daily lives they live. I would love to rent a little cottage in Berchtesgaden on the banks of the river and just people watch for a week. It seems so peaceful! I also love the architecture in this region, very distinct for other styles represented throughout Europe.

  2. Germany is an amazing place. I want to visit Bavaria in September during the october fest, I will see all the street in a party vest!

  3. Bavaria is a place for many things. History, architecture, beer, food and I went to many good parties. Miss my time there.

  4. Wow, a 900 year old sausage kitchen! Just a visit to the place would be a great experience, and I can imagine how would one feel while eating there! Being a foodie, that particular fact caught my attention! 🙂 You have quite truly said that Bavaria is wonderful and I am simply loving the photographs of the place also. The castle looks just so fairytale like.

    1. Amazing, isn’t it? Eating in 900-year-old sausage kitchen would just seem out of the world. Absolute paradise for foodies like us.

  5. Sounds, it’s a great list of places to see in Bavarian region. I have only heard of these till date, I have never visited them yet. This winter I am heading to Saxony region in the east of Germany. I would surely bookmark this post when I plan to visit Bavarian region, and that would be soon. I can’t get over the pictures of Bavarian Alps and the magnificent castles.

  6. I met a couple of ladies from Bavaria when I was in Turkey earlier this year, and they kept telling me about how beautiful the area is – now I can see what they mean! I will have to go over and visit them, and use this list as a basis for my touristy tour of the place 🙂 x

  7. I was in Munich last winter and it was always my dream to visit Neuchwanstein castle so I finally made it – its a fairy tale castle and the prettiest one I’ve seen so far. However, I was slightly disappointed by the fact that it was Christmas Day and the castle was shut and also because of the snow, the lovely hiking trail that promised gorgeous captures of the casle, was closed. I couldn’t really get the kind of pictures that I would’ve wanted but the castle looked pretty stunning anyway!

  8. I remember going to Germany when I was 18… a long time ago. I think I need to go back so I can bring my husband and visit Neuschwanstein castle, some of the beautiful historical cities and eat some delicious Bavarian food!

  9. I knew about a few of these places, but I learned of a couple of new ones now, these are definitely going on my to visit list soon.

  10. I was just in Munich for Oktoberfest! I LOVE Germany, and the Bavaria region is so lovely. I’d love to check out a lot of these places, especially the world’s oldest sausage kitchen! Definitely need to make a trip back to Germany and tour around Bavaria more.

  11. Bavarian region is my favorite and even I like more than Swiss Alps. I have visited Munich, and stayed in the mountains of Bavaria for 3 days. I loved those fairytale towns with colorful houses, vast castles on hilltops. Thanks for sharing beautiful guide on this Bavarian region. I missed Regensburg and Nuremberg, and hopefully I will visit them some time in future.

    1. Wow! You must have had a great time in those mountains. And like you said I also liked the Bavarian Alps much better than the Swiss.

  12. Gosh I definitely ooh’d and ahh’d a whole bunch. I always see Neuschwanstein Castle on Instagram and I can definitely see why it’d be the most visited one in Germany. You’re getting me excited to visit someday!

  13. Baveria is indeed a great part of of Europe and one I have visited in the past but not all of these places you mentioned. The most popular one is Munich I guess as most promoted and commercial. My absolute bucket list would be to visit the Fairytale Castle of Neuschwanstein. There are some beautiful churches as well and I am a fan of these. Thanks for sharing a very interesting post about equally interesting places in Bavaria.

    1. Thanks for the appreciation Amar. Bavaria is indeed very beautiful and I second your choice of Neuschwanstein. What a beautiful place to be!

  14. Bavaria has so much to offer a tourist. My boyfriend loves Smokey flavored beer and I didn’t realize it came from this area. And who wouldn’t want to go see the castle that Disney used for inspiration? You’ve covered so many different sites and a lot of UNESCO Heritage Sites – a new fascination of mine.

    1. I love Unesco heritage sites too. Very intriguing and beautiful. You guys should definitely go over for some authentic smokey beer. ?

  15. Thank you for putting this together, I really appreciate this in planning my trip! I can’t wait to keep researching and to choose where to go. Munich is calling, and I must go!

  16. I absolutely love this post! My good friend lives in Munich, and I keep meaning to go. However, it’s clear I need to extend my stay and explore the rest of Bavaria. Bamberg and seeing the fairytale castle are probably the top of my list. They’re both so beautiful, and very Bavarian too.

    1. Yeah Bavaria has so much to offer. And you are right Bamberg and Neuschwanstein are the definitely the best of all.

  17. Hi Soumya, I love this comprehensive article Germany’s cities to visit, all in one page. You’ve picked all the fascinating places that I would love to visit –
    – The castle is out this world, truly like a fairytale
    – Bavarian Alps compete with the Swiss ones any time.
    – Smoked Beer ??
    – Oldest sausage kitchen
    – Nazi concentration camps the such stark reminders of what extreme nationalistic tendencies can do.

    Thanks for picking such a diverse variety of cities. All I need to do is keep this post handy for when we go to Germany.

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