I had been to Bavaria before, but mainly explored the western part of it, visiting gems such as Schloss Neuschwanstein, Füssen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Partnachklamm. I loved my previous visits, so I knew I had to see “the other side” of Bavaria as well. I was able to cram in as much activities as possible when we drove back from our skiing trip in Austria and these are my recommendations!
Where to stay
It all depends on your preferences of course, but we split our nights between Munich and Berchtesgaden, both were perfect for exploring the area. I would particularly recommend our hotel in Berchtesgaden: Hotel Schwabenwirt, which was very comfortable and modern. Another good option would be Bad Reichentall.
Highlights of our Bavaria trip
You should be able to do all activities below in three days, as this is what we did as well.
Berchtesgaden: A great hub for exploring the area, with a colorful old town surrounded by mountain peaks. We loved the Soleitungssteg hike overlooking the Altstadt. Read more about Berchtesgaden in my separate blogpost.
Königssee: This emerald green lake definitely is a stunner. You can do a hike or a boat trip, or both. The boat trip takes about one hour and provides you with beautiful views of the mountains. If you want to do a hike as well, you should have at least a half day of time. Read about the options at Königssee here.
Munich: Of course you cannot miss out on visiting Munich. It is a large city, but we were surprised at its small-town charm. One day is not enough to explore everything Munich has to offer, but you can at least get a taste of what it has to offer. I absolutely loved our visit to the Residenz, which I wrote about here.
Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden: Ramsau features the cutest little church, which is located next to a small stream and has the alps in the background. Such a stunning location that I had to stop here to take pictures, and videos, and pictures. The church its name is Parish Church of St. Sebastian, make sure to stop here if you are in the area.
Zauberwald: Why does nobody write about the Zauberwald? It is located next to the Hintersee and is a true fairytale. You can park your car in the carpark next to the forest for a few euros. Make sure to pay for your parking because they are strict in Germany and you are going to stay here longer than expected. We hiked the loop through the Zauberwald and back via the Hintersee, this is indicated in the park and takes about 45 minutes. We took much longer to really take in the beauty of this park, with its super clean waterfall. We only encountered four other tourists, it is a real gem!