On a hilltop overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau, lies the iconic Neuschwanstein Palace. The majestic castle, which will probably seem familiar, was built in the 1800s, ordered and paid for by the then King Ludwig 2.
There are many indications that the dream of the castle has filled long and much for Ludwig 2. The first sketch for the castle dates from 1959, when the then Crown Prince outlined the castle in his diary. Construction of the Neuschwanstein Palace began in 1869, and Ludwig II pocketed it himself, rather than letting the public finance the castle.
The king himself lived in the castle until his death in 1886. Thereafter, Neuschwanstein Palace opened to the public. Since then, the castle has had more than 1.4 million visitors each year. This is probably mainly due to the fact that Walt Disney used Neuschwanstein Palace as inspiration for Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Castle.
Tegernsee Brewery is located on the famous Lake Tegernsee, south of Munich. Wandering stories tell that the brewery has roots all the way back to the year 1050. Documented, the history of the beautiful Tegernsee Brewery can only be traced back to the year 1675.
Principal Wenzel from nearby Holzkirchen is said to have moved the brewery of the monastery from Holzkirchen to Tegernsee back in the mid-18th century. Dehgang was the name of the brewery Tegernseer Klosterbrauerei. However, the name has been changed many times and today the brewery is officially called the Royal Brown Brewhouse of Tegernsee.
Tegernsee beer is sold all over Germany, but there are no more beautiful places to enjoy a cold Tegernsee than at the brewery itself. The views and Tegernsee lake are absolutely formidable and a perfect place to take a break on your hike.
Spitzingsee Lake is an idyllic mountain lake, located in the high-lying Alps. Southern Bavaria, where Lake Spitzingsee is located, is a hugely popular hiking area – and we understand that well. The area is one of Germany’s most beautiful natural areas.
The lake is surrounded by dense forest and green, lush mountains. By the lake shore is the small cozy town, with even the same name. Only 200 inhabitants live in Spitzingsee, and this can be seen in the unspoilt natural area.
Lake Spitzingsee flows into the Rote Valeep, which joins the Weißen Valepp at the town of Kaiserklause. From here the stream continues to Tyrol where it is known as Grundache. The next stretch of the stream is called the Brandenberger Ache and here it empties into the river Inn.
At the foot of Bavaria’s soaring Alps, you will find the famous Rococo church, the Wieskirche. The church, which forms an oval, dates from the late 1740s. Here it was the brothers JB and Dominikus Zimmermann who were behind the detailed and very unique design.
When you visit the Wieskirche on your trip to Germany, you can look forward to a unique piece of artwork. The church is not particularly distinctive on the outside, but if you step on the heavy tongue of the church, you will be greeted by an abundance of beautiful details.
Wieskirchen is not only ‘a beautiful’ church, but also a historic place. It is said that in 1738 there was a dilapidated wooden figure of the Sweaty Savior, and that this should have been seen shedding a tear. As the word spread, many began to travel on pilgrimage here. Many claim to have prayed to the figure, after which they felt miraculously healed from diseases of the world.
The German landscape is packed with lakes of all heights, sizes and shapes. One of these is the historic Starnberger Lake. If you travel to Bavaria in southern Germany, you will most likely cross the road past the 58 km2 lake.
Starnberger lake is especially known for being here, where King Louis II drowned. The then King of Bavaria was declared incurably insane on June 8, 1886, resulting in the incapacitation of Louis II.
Just five days later, Louis II was found on the shores of Starnberger Lake. At that time, the lake went by the name Würmsee. There are countless myths and wandering stories associated with this particular event. We will probably never find out what really happened.
Types of travel in Germany
Hiking in Germany
A trip to Germany is far more mountainous than you probably imagined. The German nature is unique. Here the rivers rush between towering Alps. Here is green and lush. It is a paradise to draw in, and the vast majority can join.
Train travel to Germany
When you travel to Germany, the trip is no longer than we just have to cross the Danish border. Therefore, you can easily and conveniently take a train journey through German. Roll with us to the Rhine through one cozy village after another.