Memorable holidays: Upper Bavaria
Scenic days in Altmühltal or Chiemsee, nature exploration at Zugspitze or Partnachklamm – Upper Bavaria boasts countless nature treasures, places of strength and vantage spots. The southern part is characterized by the mighty Wetterstein mountain massif while wide open meadows can be found in the picture-book Five Lakes District near Ammersee and Starnberger See. Walking and mountain biking amid the Karwendel mountains or swimming and sailing fun at lake Chiemsee, Upper Bavaria offers myriad sports and activities for all ages. The fairytale King's Castles of Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof rank among the region's architectural highlights. Varied traditional events and festivals are scheduled throughout the year. What's more, Upper Bavaria has many cozy accommodations, ranging from quaint farmhouses and family-run guesthouses to deluxe 4-star hotels.
Summer days on Alpine lakes and mighty summits
The imperial health resort of Bad Tölz, lovely Ingoldstadt, charming lake Tegernsee… a summer holiday in Upper Bavaria ensures great fun for all the family. Relaxation in abundance awaits you under the blue-white Bavarian sky. In the 19th century, the entire region was very popular among the Bavarian Kings who searched for peace and silence on the Upper Bavarian mountain huts. The landscapes are truly fascinating: wide open plains near Munich, gently rolling hills in the Alpine foothills, steep mountain flanks in the northern Limestone Alps and the mighty Ammergau Alps and Wetterstein massif. Cycling fans and culture vultures choose the hilly regions in the north of Munich while passionate mountaineers conquer the peaks in the southern part of Upper Bavaria.
Climbers and rock aficionados will find everything they could possibly desire, among them the popular Jubiläumsgrat via ferrata on Zugspitze mountain. The majestic Chiemgau Alps or Mangfall mountains attract paragliders and nature explorers alike. The whole region features myriad swimming lakes spread all over Upper Bavaria: sailing, wind surfing and stand-up paddling on lake Chiemsee, diving in the Alpine lakes of Walchensee and Starnberger See, swimming fun in picture-book Schliersee.
Snow galore in Bavaria
The Bavarian Alps make an unrivaled paradise for winter sport fans: several premium ski areas are located between Zugspitze and Watzmann, offering immaculate ski slopes and charming mountain huts. Germany's one and only glacier ski area on Zugspitze covers the Zugspitzplatt terrain stretching up to 2000 and 2700 meters above sea level. Loads of sunshine and natural snow await you! More Upper Bavarian top ski regions can be found at Sudelfeld and Brauneck.
A real insider's tip for unlimited winter holidays: the family-friendly ski slopes at Kranzberg/Mittenwald right at the heart of the Karwendel Alpine Park. Besides superb skiing and snowboarding, the regions is just perfect for winter walking and cross-country skiing amid picturesque landscapes. Snowboarders and free-riders head for the Dammkar ski area offering some seven kilometers of pristine powder snow slopes. Lovely Tölzer Land is renowned among Nordic skiers thanks to 260 kilometer of cross-country skiing tracks between the rivers Isar and Loisach with their marvelous side valleys in Upper Bavaria.