Bavaria is every bit the storybook fantasy you’ve seen in movies and has a wealth of fabulous countryside outside of it's beloved Munich. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the model for Walt Disney’s "Magic Kingdom", or one of the many Medieval walled towns lining the Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest National Park) that influenced the infamous Brothers Grimm.
You can also drive through fields of wildflowers to one of Bavaria’s hip urban centers, home to a thriving arts and culture scene, or spend a day sampling wines in Würzburg or the Franconia wine region. If you’re traveling in winter, ski the Bavarian Alps and stop by a traditional hut to sample Schweinshaxe and Weißwurst (white sausage). No trip to Bavaria, however, would be complete without a visit to one of the area’s numerous beer gardens — just remember that beer garden season starts in mid April and runs through October.
When you think of Bavaria you may think of Lederhosn and Dirndl donned by a traditional folk band, but the area also birthed cutting-edge creatives, from Klaus Nomi and Bertolt Brecht to filmmakers Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog. So get ready to be inspired.
An epic mountain setting that could easily inspire a novel or two, this is a sleek Bavarian bolthole where the past cuddles up to organic modernity. Hand-finished in every detail, this is Alpine living with a fashionable edge, all authentically wrapped in natural woods, stitched linens and fluffy sheepskin throws.read more
Originally conceived as the village schoolhouse back in the 1930s, the traditional house, with alpine curb appeal of larch shingles, gabled rooftop and green shutters frame the lattice windows, is now a fabulous small design hotel surrounded by the Bavarian alps and pastures.read more