Bavaria & the Alps

World famous and full of surprises. Bavaria – traditionally different

Bavaria itself excels as one of the culturally most attractive regions throughout Europe, on top offering exclusive sports facilities at any season and a large number of enticing wellness and health sites. Bavaria's food and hospitality industry, with a vast array of establishments ranging from the inexpensive to the luxurious, is another outstanding feature.

Customs are brought to life and traditions maintained: Bavarians are proud of their way of life, which has been developed over centuries. They tread new paths but, at the same time, authentically bridge the gap between then and now; between old and new. And this may be precisely the secret behind Bavarian customs: Each generation interprets them slightly differently, without losing sight of their origins and wants to share it with visitors. Bavaria Tourism collected different stories and testimonials, which show Bavaria in a familiar yet modern light under the heading "Bavaria – traditionally different".

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Bavaria
 © Füssen Tourismus und Marketing / Jörg Lutz

Upper Bavaria

Castles, lakes, mountains, forests – when traveling through Upper Bavaria you might think you are turning a huge storybook!

  • The essence of bavaria

    Oberbayern
     © Tourismus Oberbayern München e.V., Simon Koy

    Maypoles and beer mugs, Lederhosen and King Ludwig II. These impressions of Upper Bavaria shape the world's image of Germany. Upper Bavaria is all of this – and more. Here tradition merges with modern life, rustic village inns coexist with experimental gourmet cuisine, old customs are met with new events. Traditional breweries flourish beside craft beer makers. The works of old masters inspire young artists. Upper Bavaria is framed by the majestic Alps in the south and the blue band of the Danube River in the north. Here you can enjoy scenic hikes or ride your bike along the many rivers and lakes, on old salt roads and through hop gardens. Go on a shopping spree or experience art and culture in the city of Munich and the gems surrounding it. Moreover, Upper Bavaria's alpine world and its homely winter sport resorts serve as a cradle for top athletes and as a Mecca for recreational sport enthusiasts. Experience special highlights in Upper Bavaria, such as the Chiemsee, Bavaria's largest lake or the imposing Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Or visit the Hallertau, the biggest connected hop-growing region in the world and the source for Bavarian beer enjoyment.

    www.oberbayern.de

  • Bertechtesgadener Land

    Bechtesgadener Land
     © Bechtesgadener Land Tourismus

    The Berchtesgadener Land spells majestic Alpine peaks, idyllic lakes and woods, world-class cultural attractions and events, as well as sports activities, world-famous sightseeing attractions and saltwater spa facilities. It is located only a stone's throw from Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg in Austria. Whether one chooses five-star accommodations or a cozy regional guesthouse, there is plenty on offer year-round in the Berchtesgadener Land, such as concerts of the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra, traditional festivities and sightseeing attractions such as Lake Königssee, the Eagle's Nest or the Salt Mines.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 175 kilometers, approx. 2 h

    info@berchtesgadener-land.com, www.berchtesgadener-land.com

  • Königsee

    Königsee
     © Bechtesgadener Land Tourismus

    Surrounded by towering rock cliffs, the lake – emerald green and silent – is set in one of the most impressive landscapes in Germany. Leave the noise and hectic pace on land behind you and glide across the smooth surface. Magical, romantic, relaxing, interesting and even educational – the fleet of electronic boats on Lake Königssee invites you to experience an unforgettable excursion.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 190 kilometers, approx. 2h 30 minutes

    zentrale@seenschifffahrt.de, www.seenschifffahrt.de

  • The Eagle´s Nest

    Bechtesgadner Land
     © Bechtesgadener Land Tourismus

    A historic observation point high above the Berchtesgaden area: panoramic views of up to 200 km can be enjoyed by visitors to the Eagle's Nest. The so-called Eagle's Nest teahouse used to be in private possession. Today, the Eagle's Nest is open to the public and can be seen in its original form. The road, from Obersalzberg leading up to the Eagle's Nest upper bus parking area is a unique feat of engineering seen nowhere else in the world.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 200 kilometers, approx. 2h 15 minutes

    info@eagles-nest-historical-tours.com, www.eagles-nest-tours.com

  • Salt Mine Journey

    Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden
     © Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden l SWS AG

    Discover and experience the world underground

    The Salt Mine Berchtesgaden is one of Germany's best-known tourist attractions. In 2017 the Salt Mine looks back on a 500 year tradition of continuous mining the white gold from deep within the Alps.
    Celebrate with us the special anniversary and closely experience the tradition of the mining in Berchtesgaden. Begin your journey on the mining railway which takes you 650 meters deep into the mountain. The following tour, guided by an experienced miner, leads you in the exciting and fascinating world underground. People of all ages will be amazed by popular highlights such as the two wooden slides or the journey across the underground lake.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 195 kilometers, approx. 2h

    info@salzbergwerk.de, www.salzbergwerk.de

  • The Chiemsee region

    Chiemsee
     © Prien Marketing GmbH, Tanja Ghirardini

    Ideally located between Munich and Salzburg, the Chiemsee region, often also referred to as the »Bavarian Sea«, is one of the most favorite vacation destinations in Bavaria. The breathtaking landscape of the Chiemgau and the Upper Bavarian Alps offer a wide variety of sporting, leisure and cultural activities. Prien am Chiemsee is in the heart of this beautiful region and famous for its Bavarian traditions and cultural events in exciting venues like the Palace's Courtyard of Honor or the Island Frauenchiemsee with its annual Christmas market. From these wonderful surroundings, you have a fantastic view of the famous palace of Herrenchiemsee built by Bavaria's »Fairy-tale King«, Ludwig II.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 130 kilometers, approx. 1h 20 minutes

    info@tourismus.prien.de, www.tourismus.prien.de

  • Garmisch-Patenkirchen

    Garmisch-Patenkirchen
     © Markt Garmisch-Patenkirchen, Marc Hohenleitner

    The Perfect Alpine Holiday. "Discover Your True Nature" — 365 Days a Year

    Culture and the great outdoors, sports and relaxation – Garmisch-Partenkirchen surprises with its diversity. Superlatives aptly describe almost everything about this Alpine jewel. Its location is unique, nestled in a valley surrounded by magnificent mountains and the rocky peaks of the Zugspitze massif (2,962 meters). Thanks to its climate and Germany's premier winter sports area, it is one of the principal health spas in the Bavarian Alps. It was the host town of the 1936 Winter Olympics and the FIS Alpine Ski World Championship 2011. Whether you prefer Alpine skiing, or instead you would rather go cross-country skiing, hiking, white water rafting or paragliding, there is something for everyone at any season of the year in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 130 kilometers, approx. 1h 30 minutes

    tourist-info@gapa.de, www.gapa.de

  • Zugspitze – Top of Germany

    Bayerische Zugspitzbahn
     © Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG ll Matthias Fend

    An outdoor arena with a grand view: with 2,962 meters the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. Visitors from all over the world enjoy the breathtaking view expanding some 200 km. Almost 400 summits in Austria, Italy, Germany and Switzerland are visible from afar. Near at hand, there are many opportunities for sports and fun up here and on the surrounding mountains Alpspitze, Kreuzeck, Hausberg and Wank. With the well-developed network of cable cars and ski lifts of the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG, vantage points, summits, places to rest, hiking trails and ski slopes can be reached comfortably – in summer and in winter.

    zugspitzbahn@zugspitze.de, http://zugspitze.de

  • Tegernsee Holiday Region

    Tegernseer Tal
     © Tegernseer Tal Tourismus GmbH

    The holiday region welcomes its visitors throughout the year to experience the wonderful variety of handed down traditions and modern achievements whether during theme and adventure hikes or during festivals. For active vacationers, the area between the turquoise green lake, lush pastures and proud mountain peaks is simply paradise. Experience the elements in and on the water, on dry land or in the air! Well-organized packages for all seasons make your dreams come true any time of the year and entice you to a stay in Upper Bavaria.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 90 kilometers, approx. 1h 10 minutes

    info@tegernsee.com, http://en.tegernsee.com, http://zugspitze.de/en

  • Andechs Monastry

    Klosterbrauerei Andechs
     © Klosterbrauerei Andechs, Foto Hans Joachim Arndt

    This monastery is famous for its Baroque church, which has been a destination for pilgrims since 1128. Here you can also taste the eight beer specialties of the world famous monastery brewery.

    For fans of classical music: The famous Bavarian composer Carl Orff is buried here.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 75 kilometers, approx. 1h

    info@andechs.de, http://andechs.de

  • The Wies Church

    The Wies Church, located in Steingaden in Upper Bavaria, is one of the loveliest Rococo buildings worldwide. On June 14, 1738, a farmer's wife, Maria Loy, saw tears on a dilapidated wooden figure of the scourged savior. This miracle led to a pilgrim rush to see the sculpture. In 1740, a chapel was built to the statue. Nowadays, the Wies Church is a famous place for pilgrims and belongs to the UNESCO World Culture Heritage.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 140 kilometers, approx. 1h 40 minutes

    www.wieskirche.de

  • Oberammergau in the Ammergau Alps

    Oberammergau
     © Ammergauer Alpen GmbH, Ute Oberhauser

    The Passion Play has made Oberammergau famous throughout the world. The roots date back to a vow made by the citizens of Oberammergau in 1633. The next Passion Play, which has been performing at 10-year intervals since 1634, will be in 2020. Besides this, Oberammergau is also known for its beautiful »Lüftl« fresco paintings and its world-renowned wood carvers. Ettal, with its world-famous Benedictine abbey, the abbey brewery and the monastical distillery a further attraction. Just 7 miles from Ettal are the singularly beautiful gardens of Linderhof Castle, which is said to have been the favorite palace of the fairytale King Ludwig II.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 130 kilometers, approx. 1h 30 minutes

    info@ammergauer-alpen.de, www.ammergauer-alpen.de

Franconia

The self-confident Franconians represent an entirely different side of the Bavarian soul. Here people enjoy drinking world-class wine instead of beer.

  • Franconia – a land of wine and beauty!

    Franken
     © Franken Tourismus, FWL, Hub

    World-famous, historical buildings, dreamy landscapes, magnificent art
    treasures and a centuries-old tradition of wine cultivation – Franconia's beauty has many different aspects. There is much to explore on a trip to romantic wine towns and friendly locals. You will enjoy a vacation that caters to all your senses. Wine has been cultivated in Franconia for over 1,200 years. Many well-known, historical figures have sampled the precious wines and have immortalized their experience in their own words. For example, the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote: »Too bad that you can't pet this wine.« You have every reason to look forward to sampling Franconian wine as well as experiencing Franconia's other treasures: the medieval towns and hamlets, as well as friendly people who are committed to preserving the unique treasures of their home.

    info@frankentourismus.de, www.frankentourismus.de, www.die-fraenkischen-staedte.de, www.franken-weinland.de

  • Nuremberg

    Kaiserburg Nürnberg
     © Uwe Niklas

    Modern Metropolis with a Medieval Flair

    Nuremberg, the second largest city in Bavaria, is more than 950 years old and not a bit tired. It is very popular with tourists seeking culture and enjoyment. Along with the exhibition grounds, Nuremberg has a good-sized Old Town where you can find anything your heart desires: interesting shops, cozy taverns, lovely beer gardens and charming squares with historical homes. The world-famous Christmas Market and the artist Albrecht Dürer are only two of the many "hallmarks" of the city – not to mention, of course, the International Toy Fair. The Imperial Castle, the Craftsmen's Courtyard and at least some of the 30 interesting museums and sights in the city are a must-see for visitors as well as the Documentation Centre on the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Memorium Nuremberg Trials Museum.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 160 kilometers, approx. 1h 30 minutes

    tourismus@nuernberg.de, www.tourismus.nuernberg.de

  • Rothenburg – a fascinating medieval milestone

     © Rothenburg Tourismus Service

    With its splendid location and truly medieval atmosphere, hardly any other town is able to captivate its visitors in quite the same way as Rothenburg ob der Tauber. A walk through this small town is an unforgettable encounter with bygone centuries. The imposing building of the Town Hall, stately towers, massive fortifications, churches and patrician houses are witnesses to a mighty imperial past.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 250 kilometers, approx. 2h 20 minutes

    info@rothenburg.de, www.tourismus.rothenburg.de

  • Rothenburg: Top Sightseeing Highlights

    Rothenburg
     © Rothenburg Tourismus Service, Plönlein
    • Medieval architecture in the historic Old Town, including 42 towers and the city wall, which is easily accessible over almost the entire length of about 1.5 miles
    • St James' Church with the Holy Blood Altar by Tilman Riemenschneider
    • Medieval Crime and Justice Museum, Germany´s most important collection of legal history (www.kriminalmuseum.eu)
    • Käthe Wohlfahrt´s "Christmas village" with more than 30,000 different items. Experience the fascinating atmosphere of a Franconian village with snow covered roofs all year round (www.wohlfahrt.com)
    • The Imperial City Museum with the monastery kitchen from the 13th century (www.reichsstadtmuseum.rothenburg.de)
    • Town Hall Tower, the highest lookout in town
  • Weingut am Stein

    Weingut
     © Weingut am Stein

    Nestled among the vines on the famous Würzburger Stein lays the estate winery Weingut am Stein, Ludwig Knoll. Founded in 1890 and now in the fifth generation of winegrowers, it is run by Sandra and Ludwig Knoll. The modern architecture invites you in, to experience wine tastings, hold seminars and presentations or spend the night in their on-site guest house. Numerous events are offered to inspire, enthrall and educate. During the wine tasting, you will learn where the vineyards are situated, how the wines are made and what makes them distinct including a bit of insight on bio-dynamic sustainability and the philosophy adopted by the Knoll family.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 270 kilometers, approx. 2h 30 minutes

    mail@weingut-am-stein.de, http://weingut-am-stein.com

Route Proposal: Jewels of Romantic Europe

Day 1: Munich
Arrival at Munich Airport and transfer to the city center of Munich. You will spend the night in Munich.

Day 2: Munich – Garmisch Partenkirchen–Zugspitze
Transfer to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, followed by a city tour and excursion to the Zugspitze Mountain. Stay overnight in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Day 3: Hohenschwangau –Neuschwanstein Castle
Transfer to Hohenschwangau (1 hour) where you will visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle. Stay overnight at Schlosshotel Lisl and Jagerhaus Hotel.

Day 4: Hohenschwangau – Wattens –Innsbruck
Transfer to Wattens (2 hours and 20 minutes) in order to experience Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Afterwards, transfer to Innsbruck (20 minutes) where you will discover this beautiful place on a City Tour. Stay overnight in Innsbruck

Day 5: Innsbruck – Berchtesgaden-Koenigssee
In the morning, transfer to Berchtesgaden (4 hours) will be provided where you will visit the Salt Mines and Lake Koenigssee. You will spend the night in Berchtesgaden.

Day 6: Berchtesgaden – Salzburg
Transfer to Salzburg (30 minutes), followed by a tour through the city center. Stay overnight in Salzburg

Day 7: Salzburg – Lake Chiemsee
Transfer to Prien at Lake Chiemsee (1 hour and 5 minutes). Enjoy a stunning alpine panorama while cruising on Lake Chiemsee. On the Island of »Herrenchiemsee« you will visit the Castle and Museum. Stay overnight in Prien at Lake Chiemsee

Day 8: Prien at Lake Chiemsee – Munich
The transfer to Munich will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. After a City Tour of the historic city center you will have enough time for shopping and leisure.

Book this tour through the following operators: romantic-jewels.com

The East

Medieval cities, monasteries and historic sites and in between magnificent landscapes and forests – Eastern Bavaria is rich in history and culture!
www.ostbayern-tourismus.de

  • Passau

    Stadt Passau
     © Stadt Passau

    The city on three rivers Passau, located right on the Austrian border, is better known as the »Dreiflüssestadt« (Three-River-City). With its Baroque buildings by Italian artists, it is one of the most attractive German cities. In the heart of Passau, at the Old Town's highest point, rises St. Steven's Cathedral, home of the world's largest cathedral organ. Sitting high above the rivers, the majestic fortress »Veste Oberhaus« on the Danube's side and the Pilgrimage Church »Mariahilf« on the Inn's side frame the city's outstanding beauty. Passau with its unique charm and atmosphere is one of the most beautiful and spectacular German cities on the Danube.

    River cruises
    For ages, the »city on three rivers« offers river cruising on the Danube. Back then, mostly freighters docked in Passau, however nowadays there is an increasing number of cruise ships and passenger ships which use Passau as their destination. For passenger cruises, there are 17 landing places with 29 moorages available at the docks in Passau-Old Town and Passau-Lindau.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 160 kilometers, approx. 1h 30 minutes

    tourist-info@passau.de, http://tourism.passau.de

  • Regensburg- UNESCO World Heritage

    Regensburg
     © Regensburg Tourismus GmbH

    In July 2006, Regensburg was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its unique old town ensemble. Almost one thousand historical structures and buildings stand within a relatively small area. No other city of this size can boast as much authentic, historical architecture spanning two thousand years from the city's foundation in Roman times to the vivid present with lots of young students, prosperous economy, Bavarian hospitality and cultural life.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 115 kilometers, approx. 1h 10 minutes

    tourismus@regensburg.de, https://tourismus.regensburg.de

  • Regensburger Dom

    Regensburger Dom
     © Domkapitel Regensburg, Florian Monheim

    St. Peter's Cathedral is indisputably Regensburg's spiritual center. When you look up towards the towers of this imposing Gothic building, you will see kings on horseback, foolish virgins, and gargoyles with animal and human faces. St. Peter's is also the home of the famous boys' choir »Cathedral Sparrows«.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 115 kilometers, approx. 1h 10 minutes

    info@domplatz-5.de, www.domplatz-5.de

  • Historische Wurskuchl

    If you were to ask locals what symbolizes Regensburg best they will most likely name the so-called »Historische Wurstkuchl«, the oldest sausage kitchen in the world. The restaurant serves typical Regensburg sausages with homemade sauerkraut and sweet mustard. It is located next to the famous Stone Bridge.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 115 kilometers, approx. 1h 15 minutes

    info@wurstkuchl.de, www.wurstkuchl.de

  • Regensburg - River cruises

    Schifffahrt Klinger
     © Schifffahrt Klinger

    Unique and exclusive is the world-famous »Strudelrundfahrt« (Swirl Tour), which leads through the Stony Bridge when the water level allows. There are also excursions to Walhalla in Donaustauf or to Riedenburg as well as various theme tours. Highlights among these theme tours are the theater performances and musical events, but also culinary highlights. The offer ranges from brunch buffets to wine tastings. An insider tip is the ship "Siebnerin". It is the only German reproduction of an old wooden ship which transported salt on the Danube a few hundred years ago. We invite you to experience history with us.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 115 kilometers, approx. 1h 10 minutes

    info@schifffahrtklinger.de, www.schifffahrtklinger.de

  • The world’s longest castle – Burghausen

    Burghausen
     © Burghauser Touristik GmbH

    Burghausen Castle - The seemingly endless walls, battlements, towers and chapels of the longest castle in the world (1,051 m) stretch over a narrow mountain crest nestled between the romantic Lake Wöhrsee and the glittering Salzach, the alpine river forming the border between Austria and Germany.
    The special significance of the castle derives from its historical importance as a sovereign castle belonging to the Bavarian Wittelsbachs and its architectural standing as one of the most magnificent examples of late medieval fortifications.
    We recommend a public castle tour where you can take a stroll through the six courtyards and hear the amazing, tragic and humorous stories from the thousand-year history of Burghausen castle. Another spot to see is the new town museum in the main castle, an amazing museum of local history.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 100 kilometers, approx. 1h 30 minutes

    touristinfo@burghausen.de, visit.burghausen.de

Allgäu and Swabia

Ludwig II, the romantic king of Bavaria, loved this region and commemorated it with a
historic monument, the Neuschwanstein Castle.
www.bayerisch-schwaben.de

  • Augsburg - busy center of Bavarian Swabia

    Augsburg
     © Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbH, Reinhard Paland

    Augsburg, the oldest city in Bavaria, was founded by Roman troops over 2,000 years ago. Since its economic heyday in the 15th and 16th century, the city has become an important gateway for trade and travel to Southern Europe. The wealthy Augsburg merchants not only imported the spirit of the Italian Renaissance, but also brought Italy's architecture to the Lech River. The Renaissance city hall and the splendid fountains, the Fuggerei and the Maximilianstraße are still impressive reminders of Augsburg's golden era of the Renaissance.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 90 kilometers, approx. 55 minutes

    tourismus@regio-augsburg.de, www.augsburg-tourismus.de

  • Füssen in the Allgäu

    Füssen
     © Füssen Tourismus und Marketing, Dario Maglica

    Füssen is the most southern end of the Romantic Road and is an internationally renowned vacation and spa resort at the Bavarian Alpine foothills. Its location in the heart of one of Bavaria's most charming hill and lake districts, makes it the ideal starting point for a visit to Neuschwanstein, the fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II, as well as Hohenschwangau at only 6.4 km distance. The Dream King's second castle, Linderhof, as well as the Wies church (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site) are only 45 minutes away by car. Füssen' s medieval town center rises high above the banks of the Lech River and offers a unique setting for leisurely shopping strolls or explorations into past centuries. Visit the romantic soul of Bavaria!

    Distance from Munich Airport: 160 kilometers, approx. 1h 50 minutes

    tourismus@fuessen.de, www.fuessen.de

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  • Neuschwanstein

    Schloss Neuschwanstein
     © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, Peter Samer

    Neuschwanstein Castle is among the most popular sites in Europe and not a copy of a medieval castle but a typical Historicist creation. The world famous »fairy-tale Castle», inspired by Richard Wagner's operas, has amazed millions of visitors. Its setting beneath the mountains of the Alps could not be more idyllic. King Ludwig II had built it in 1886 so he could withdraw from public life. Only seven weeks after his death, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. Now, vast numbers of people flock to view his spectacular private refuge.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 160 kilometers, approx. 1h 50 minutes

    svneuschwanstein@bsv.bayern.de, www.neuschwanstein.de

  • Harburg Castle

    Burg Harburg
     © Burg Harburg

    The Harburg Castle on the Romantic Road is one of the oldest, largest and best preserved castles in Southern Germany. The Castle was first mentioned in 1150. At that time, Harburg was an important base for the imperial politics of the Staufer royalty. Since the 13th century it has been in the possession of the counts and later princes of Oettingen. On a tour through the castle you will experience almost 900 years of history. Enter the world of the Middle Ages at St. Michael's Church, with its wall walk, embrasures, gates and towers with prisons and dungeons – Historical festivals, medieval games and events take the visitors back into the past.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 140 kilometers, approx. 1h 20 minutes

    info@burg-harburg.de, www.burg-harburg.de

Austria: ​Tirol

The small region with huge tradition lies in the very heart of the Alps.
www.tirol.at

  • Innsbruck– Capital of the Alps

    Innsbruck
     © Innsbruck Tourismus, Christof Lackner

    Imperial Palaces or shopping malls? Hiking boots or high heels? No need to struggle to make the right decision – in Innsbruck and its holiday villages you get the best of both worlds, the city AND the mountains. Where else can you take a designer cable car from a medieval city center that whisks you up to 2,300 meters for afternoon tea? Only in Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 205 kilometers, approx. 2h 10 minutes

    office@innsbruck.info, www.innsbruck.info

  • Swarovski Kristallwelten

    Swarovski Kristallwelten
     © Swarovski Kristallwelten

    Situated in Wattens, some 15 km from the Tirolean capital Innsbruck, the Crystal Worlds is one of the most visited sightseeing attractions in the Alps and includes the world's largest Swarovski Shop with a unique selection of Swarovski products, the largest ever cut crystal and the most recent trends in fashion, jewelry and accessories.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 190 kilometers, approx. 1h 55 minutes

    kristallwelten.swarovski.com

  • Wilder Kaiser holiday region

    Wilder Kaiser
     © TVB Wilder Kaiser, Felbert Reiter

    The crown of the Alps
    The Wilder Kaiser region with its villages Söll, Ellmau, Scheffau and Going in the Austrian Tyrol is the purest mountain experience in the Alps. In summer, there are 15 guided hikes, a quality proofed children's program and the KaiserJet hiking bus – all free of charge with the Wilder Kaiser Guest Card! In winter, Wilder Kaiser is part of SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental with 284 kilometers of slopes and 90 cable cars one of Austria's biggest ski areas.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 155 kilometers, approx. 1h 55 minutes

    office@wilderkaiser.info, www.wilderkaiser.info

  • Zillertal

    Zillertal
     © Zillertal Tourismus GmbH, Marco Rossi

    In the heart of the Tirolean Alps, a true vacationer's paradise is waiting to be discovered! From the idyllic, wide valley floor to the everlasting snow on the Hintertux Glacier, the Zillertal boasts an endless array of Alpine highlights. Crystal clear springs and bubbling brooks so pure you can drink from them, lush Alpine pastures and unrivalled panoramas of numerous 3,000-meter peaks promise to provide unforgettable spectacles of nature, day after day.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 180 kilometers, approx. 1h 50 minutes

    holiday@zillertal.at, www.zillertal.at

  • Kitzbühel

    Kitzbühel
     © Michael Werlberger l Kitzbühel Tourismus

    With its vast variety of attractions, Kitzbühel is the ideal all-year-round destination. The most legendary city of sports in the Alps perfectly combines traditional Alpine charm and a sophisticated, urban flair. Hence, alongside the wide range of sports activities and international events, there are manifold reasons to visit Kitzbühel throughout the year, whether it is the picturesque scenery, the sports legacy, the numerous designer boutiques, the culinary delights or the narrow streets of the 700-year-old historic city center - Kitzbühel provides entertainment, pleasure and relaxation 365 days a year.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 170 kilometers, approx. 1h 55 minutes

    info@kitzbuehel.com, www.kitzbuehel.com

Austria: Salzburger Land

This is a region with a splendid past offering top-notch cultural events and – at the same time – a region with an eye towards the future. www.salzburgerland.com

  • Salzburg

    Salzburg
     © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

    Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, winning international acclaim in 1997 with its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic city center with its variety of structural styles is a rare architectural treasure. With a city so rich in visual attractions, guests are encouraged to plan enough time for a visit to Salzburg to capture some of the unique atmosphere and join in the lovely urban bustle. Whether you are coming to enjoy the culture, go shopping, stop at a café or a trendy restaurant, or simply spend a day in town, Salzburg has many charming facets like:

    • Hohensalzburg fortress, the chief landmark of the city and largest, fully preserved fortress in central Europe
    • Getreidegasse, a network of narrow alleys in the heart of Salzburg's historic old town and one of the most beautiful shopping areas in Austria.
    • The Cathedral, which is the most monumental early Baroque building in the Alps
    • Birthplace and Residence of famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


    Distance from Munich Airport: 190 kilometers, approx. 2h

    tourist@salzburg.info, www.salzburg.info

  • The Sound of Music

    Sound of Music
     © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

    Sound of Music fans simply must take this opportunity to visit the famous film locations on a trip to Salzburg and its surrounding area with the »Sound of Music Tour«. The movie has become a cult film overseas and many fans have always dreamed of seeing where Maria once lived. Besides the film locations, authentic sites connected to the real Von Trapp family can be visited nowadays.

    SalzburgCard
    The best way to visit Salzburg is with the popular Salzburg Card, which includes:

    • Free, single admission to all of the city's attractions
    • Free use of public transport of various bus lines as well as the Walsie Bustaxi and the Lokalbahn


    The card is available for 24, 48 and 72 hours and costs approximately between € 22 and € 36 for adults; children half price.

    The Salzburg Card is available online or at Salzburg hotels reception desks, at all tourist information offices in and around the city and at ticket offices. For more information contact cards@salzburg.info or call +43662 88987-0.

  • Advent and Christmas in Salzburg

    Salzburg
     © Hellbrunn, Foto Sulzer

    Ringing out the old year in style – there is no better place than in the baroque city of Salzburg. The city is at its most romantic when its streets and squares are decorated with garlands and the scent of Christmas treats is in the air. The Salzburg Christmas Market in the historic city center is one of the most beautiful markets in the world. Additionally, the famous Christmas Carol "Silent Night – Holy Night" was composed in the SalzburgerLand and invites to set out on the trail of that piece of musical history.

    Mozart & Salzburg
    Although Mozart's music has captured the hearts of music lovers around the world, his hometown Salzburg is the city most closely associated with the great composer.

    His memory is preserved in Salzburg with great love and expertise. Visitors from all over will find traces of Mozart in Mozart's birthplace in the Getreidegasse, his later residence, the Mozart Statue and of course in his music, which you can hear in several different locations!

  • Ice cave Werfen

    Eisriesenwelt
     © Eisriesenwelt GmbH

    Welcome to the world's largest ice cave. In 1879, Anton Posselt, a natural scientist from Salzburg, pushed 200 meters into the darkness of the caves and officially »discovered« the Eisriesenwelt. In 1920 the old cabin was built and the first climbing routes were established. This cave has several halls, decorated with all kinds of ice formations, gigantic columns, ice waterfalls and glaciers.

    Distance from Munich Airport: 220 kilometers, approx. 2h 15 minutes

    info@eisriesenwelt.at, www.eisriesenwelt.at