The German province of Bavaria transports you into a fairytale, exhibiting beauty, history and imagination. Visiting Germany is like reading a romantic book – transporting you towns made for kissing. Find your favorite hidden spot, listen to the sounds of the harmonica and share authentic German food with your special someone. Trust me, the BEST brats and beer you’ve ever had, and even if you don’t think you would like German food, I recommend giving it a try. Germany is about experiencing new adventures and feeling like you are completely transported to a fairytale. Yes, please. Take me back to Bavaria.
Do you ever wonder what it is like being inside a picture perfect town? Go to Bavaria. I can’t promise you’ll find your handsome prince like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, but you will find a magical destination in Bavaria for sure!
Bavaria is very safe. If you’re traveling as a female alone, or backpacking the countryside, you’ll feel very safe to roam and explore the area, even if you speak very little German. English is widely understood throughout Germany, so you shouldn’t face language barriers at local pubs and eateries.
During my trip, one of the coolest things I experienced that costs absolutely no money, was going for evening walks around the town of Garmisch, and exploring the country side. In Garmisch Partenkirchen you can explore farm lands, lined beneath majestic mountains, and then cross the street and you are in a cute German town with cafes, shopping, and German mountain bar huts!
Romantic Road- Neuschwanstein Castle
In the heart of Bavaria is the Romantic Road which links storybook castles, mesmerizing landscapes, and historical landmarks. The Romantic Road is the most popular tourist driving route in Germany that is stretched across 350 km of pure beauty. Although there are many favorite castles to see along the route, one of the most popular attractions you’ll come across on the Romantic Road is the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle.
If you grew up watching Disney movies and dreaming of castles and royalty then you can’t miss the Neuschwanstein Castle. This castle is the inspiration behind the castle in the original movie, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but is much more enchanting in person! Guided tours are available to view the interior of the castle. When you arrive to the castle, you will get a return time for your group. The wait is not a big deal, but if hopefully you’ve packed some layers to stay warm while waiting! There’s a gift shop near the castle as well to burn time.
Once you arrive to the town, the option is available to walk up to the castle for the tour (not recommended for people with disabilities or mobility issues) or take a horse drawn carriage ride for a small fee. Biergartens and shops adorn the streets below the castle, giving visitors something to do while waiting for your return tour time.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg (on the Tauber river) is a very popular, picturesque, medieval town. Walk along the cobblestone streets, and find a special bakery with deliciously made fresh baked bread, and pastries. Must see’s in the town, are the Town Hall Tower, the old church, and joining the The Nights Watchman Tour. When I visited the town in the fall, very few people filled the streets. The summer months are much more crowded, so plan your drive and day accordingly.
Head for the hills to Innsbruck! If you’re touring the Romantic Road then you can visit the river side town of Innsbruck, with cobblestone streets and old Austrian buildings inside a city. Innsbruck is a city in Austria which lies south of the Romantic Road, and while driving you will go though the beautiful hills of Austria, through pastures, alpine farmlands, and churches with steeples!
Munich is famous for it’s Oktoberfest, the world’s largest Volksfest, where you can try different kinds of beers, wines and enjoy the travel fairs. The beers are the main attraction here, which bring tourists every year to Munich. Oktoberfest typically lasts for 16 to 18 days, starting from mid or late September, and extending all the way to the first weekend in October. If you don’t make it during Oktoberfest, but directly before or after like we did, the beer halls are still there to visit, and will not disappoint. There’s even giant root beer mugs for the kids to enjoy. It’s a family friendly affair, so grab a long table, order some German food, and enjoy the festive German atmosphere.
The beer in Germany is fantastic! Even if you’re not a beer drinker, I promise you will enjoy the atmosphere, and maybe just come back a beer drinker! I hope you consider Germany’s Bavaria on your next to trip to Europe!