Bavaria is filled with culture, history, nature, and a food scene waiting to be discovered. It is an idyllic setting for an adventure of a lifetime. Travelers can’t miss these action-packed and delectable journeys with the special opportunity to hear the local stories along the way!
In Bavaria, food and drink are closely related to conviviality and lively traditions. Visitors can travel from Munich to Rothenburg and try recipes of longstanding tradition combined with new ideas and guaranteed superb taste. They also can enjoy a good drink anywhere on this route that offers plenty of beer and fine wines.
First stop is Viktualienmarkt, located in the heart of Munich and the best place to experience true flavors. Ever since its beginning in 1807, the landmark has served as the city’s culinary center. Visitors can stop by the Caspar Plautz potato stall, where two young owners turn potatoes and vegetables into colorful and delicious dishes.
Franconian wine country (3 hours from Munich)
Next, travelers will enter the wine and beer heart of Bavaria, which beats in Franconia. Franconia’s famous “bocksbeutel” bottles and its high-quality wines are well known around the world. Many winegrowers in the region, like Andi Weigand, bring fresh ideas into this old tradition. Many vineyards offer tastings and vineyard-walking experiences for guests. With respect to beer, Franconia has the highest density of breweries in the world, with around 300 breweries. Brewery trails are recommended for beer lovers throughout Franconia.
Nuremberg (1 hour from Franconian wine country)
The charming city of Nuremberg is over 950 years old and is home to the famous Nuremberger Rostbratwurst and the delicious Nuremberg lebkuchen, a sweet treat enjoyed during the Christmas season. Here, travelers can experience first-hand how to make bratwurst and bake lebkuchen, pretzels, and many other local delicacies.
Bayreuth (1 hour from Nuremberg)
Bayreuth is home to more than 1,000 types of beers, brewed at 200-plus craft breweries. A special stop in Bayreuth is the Maisel Brewery and Cooperage Museum. The museum is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most extensive beer museum in the world and is a must-visit. The brewery’s restaurant, Liebesbier, offers 100-plus craft beers and dishes with an international flair.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber (2 hours from Bayreuth)
Last but not least, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is not only an enchanting medieval town with the perfect backdrops, but it also offers unforgettable foodie experiences. Guests can enjoy a chocolate figurine-making lesson with a local chocolatier and cocktail classes with a world-famous mix-master. They can even learn how to make Rothenburg’s famous “snowball” pastry, with origins tracing back all the way to the Middle Ages.
Historic and scenic adventures
Bavaria’s magnificent history dates back more than 2,000 years, and this journey takes visitors to places full of creativity, outstanding architecture, strong faith, and glamourous and splendid views, from the many historical and scenic points in Regensburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Regensburg (2 hours from Munich)
This journey begins in Regensburg, situated on the banks of the Danube. The entire old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, Regensburg is dubbed “Italy’s northernmost city.” The Stone Bridge dates back to the 12th century and is the oldest surviving stone bridge in Germany. Nearby, visitors can meet Muk Röhrl at his traditional guesthouse. He is the 11th generation to run the oldest inn in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Altötting (2 hours from Regensburg)
Heading south takes travelers to Altötting. For more than 1,250 years, the city has been the spiritual center of Bavaria, and for 500 years, it has been the most significant Madonna pilgrimage destination in Germany and part of the network “Shrines of Europe.” Altötting is known as the heart of Bavaria because since the 17th century, kings have had their hearts buried in decorated urns in the Chapel of Grace.
Lake Chiemsee, on the footsteps of the Bavarian Alps (1 hour from Altötting)
Heading south to Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria’s largest lake, known as the “Bavarian Sea,” visitors can take a ferry to Herreninsel to marvel at Herrenchiemsee New Palace. The palace was built by the “Fairytale King” and is the world’s only replica of the Palace of Versailles. For further captivating views of Lake Chiemsee and its islands from up top, visitors can take the cable car to the Kampenwand mountain peak.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2 hours from Lake Chiemsee)
The last stop is Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps, perfect for outdoor and scenic hikes of any level. Travelers can reach the astounding viewing platform on the Zugspitze, the tallest mountain in Germany, or venture to the Partnach Gorge to explore the vigorous mountain stream and stunning waterfalls along one of the most beautiful gorges of the Alps. Visitors can see the Olympic stadium and ski jump, the setting of the 1936 Winter Olympics.
Top photo: Herrenchiemsee New Palace
Photo by bayern.by/Peter von Felbert