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Sandra Müller wickelt Garn in einem Muster um den Holzrohling

Visit Bavaria!

Be it the Bavarian Forest, the Fichtel mountains and the Alps, Lake Chiemsee, Lake Constance or the Danube. Be it castles like Neuschwanstein and Linderhof or cool urban flair. Be it Munich or Nuremberg, Bamberg or Amberg. Oktoberfest and Bavarian folk music. Silvaner wine and wheat beer. Pretzel and Weißwurst sausages. Bavaria is more.

Bavaria is an attitude to life. Relaxed and cosmopolitan. Rooted in its homeland and innovatively free-spirited. We Bavarians love our traditions and therefore like to turn them upside down from time to time.

This website provides plenty of ideas and tips for your holiday in Bavaria.

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Hey, Merry One!

Enjoy the festive season in Bavaria. We make a beautiful Christmas tree with Berchtesgaden "Arschpfeiferl", take a look around the Christmas museum and reveal Bavaria's best recipes for Elisen gingerbread and vanilla crescents. We also take you out into the great outdoors. More Advent tips.

24 Christmas Markets

Bavaria's Christmas markets offer more than just bratwurst and mulled wine!

Glühwein-Genuss auf dem Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt

How about "drunken maidens"?

Twelve delicious gourmet tips for the run-up to Christmas

Käthe Wohlfahrt Weihnachtsdorf in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Peaceful? Quiet? Or cheerful?

At Käthe Wohlfahrt in Rothenburg, it's all about one thing all year round: Christmas

Aus Liebe zu Holz und Handwerk übernahm Alexander Hergenhan 2012 die Werkstatt seines Onkels in der Rhön

A thrilling ride

Alexander Hergenhan builds sturdy, traditional wooden sledges

Inspiration and Tips for Your Visit in Bavaria

Our reporters are out and about for you on foot, by bike, in a canoe, by train and on skis, collecting the best stories and travel inspirations from all regions of Bavaria. Click here for over 120 reports and 90 listicles

 

Sternekoch Felix Schneider im Sonnenblumenfeld bei Nürnberg

Radically sustainable

Felix Schneider's "Etz" in Nuremberg holds two Michelin stars. He relies on sustainably-sourced products and believes in "culinary mindfulness"

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Die Drachenkante meistert Kilian ohne Probleme

Rock Hopping in Franconia

Franconian Switzerland is a paradise for active families. Astrid Därr and her son have tested some of the best family climbing spots

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Herbst an der Donau bei Straubing

Enchanted

Danube fisherwoman Kathi Mayer showed us that her home, the Gäuboden, and the Danube oxbow lakes are mystically beautiful on foggy November days

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Loisach Marci mit dem Skateboard und Alphorn im Landkreis Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Alpine Techno

Marcel Engler combines alphorn with electro beats. No lederhosen techno, but music to dance to, inspired by his homeland and the Loisach river

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Sandra Müller, Trachtenschneiderin und Posamentenknopfmacherin

Buttoned down, sewn up!

Traditional costume tailor Sandra Müller from Waldstetten is reviving an almost forgotten Bavarian craft. She makes trimmed buttons

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Blick von der Unteren Marktstraße auf das Rathaus von Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz

Yin Yang in the Upper Palatinate

Here modern urban art, Maybach cars and veal sausage, there "serenity paths", meditation and yoga in the countryside

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Aussicht auf den Taubenbergturm

12 Tips for Remote Viewers

Look over here! You don't need high alpine peaks to see into the distance. Here are 12 great lookout towers in Bavaria for the best views

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Winterwanderung auf dem 1. Premium-Winterwanderweg Deutschlands

16 Winter Hiking Tours

Skis, boards and snowshoes aside! All senses are served during relaxed winter hiking. Here are 16 insider tips for tours in Bavaria

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Landshut: Aussicht von Burg Trausnitz

Worth seeing in Landshut

Medieval history festival, castle tour, city stroll, art exhibition. What to see and experience in Landshut. Here are 9 tips

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Gastronom Stefan Fuß aus Rohrbach in Bayerisch-Schwaben

Fine local dining

Chef Stefan Fuß focuses on regional-sustainable cuisine with local producers. For this, his restaurant in Rohrbach received the Green Michelin star

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Rangerin Melanie Chisté hat Heuschrecken gefunden

The Grasshopper Whisperer

The biologist with a doctorate is a fan of little six-legged creatures. As a ranger, she brings them closer to young and old on her field trips

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Auftritt des mechanischen Drachen beim historischen Further Drachenstich in Furth im Wald

16 Historical Festivals in Bavaria

We show how Bavaria's history comes to life again in lovingly staged parades or historical spectacles

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Fürth: Michaelis Kirchweih

Nuremberg Region by Train & Bus

The range of trips around Nuremberg is huge. By bus or train to romantic towns, castles, lakes, gorges and museums. Here are 8 tips!

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Oberschönenfeld: Abtei mit Museum

Trips around Augsburg

Around Augsburg, castles, museums and plenty of nature await, and no destination is more than an hour away

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Genusswandern im Klausbachtal auf dem Salzalpensteig

Salzalpensteig Hike: O Sole mio

Scenic, varied, enlightening: the Salzalpensteig spices up every hiker's vita. The 9th stage is one of the most beautiful. Let's go!

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Pausen gehören zum Genusswandern. Ausblick vom Trekkingplatz Geusfeld

Steigerwald in Franconia

Pleasure Hiking: The Steigerwald Panorama Trail leads through low mountain landscapes rich in history and species. The next Franconian wine is not far

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Sommerhausen: Panorama

Würzburg Region with Public Transport

Lots of vineyards, nature and cultural highlights. All within easy reach of Würzburg by train and bus. Here are 8 great excursion tips!

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Josef

They're brewing something!

Zoigl is a bottom-fermented beer specialty produced in the so-called communal breweries. Beer enjoyment and hiking in the Upper Palatinate Forest!

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Dagmar Rosenbauer an ihrem Arbeitsplatz

Franconian Bling-Bling

Dagmar Rosenbauer makes Franconian tinsel crowns according to historical models. This is how the traditional costume expert keeps an old custom alive

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Neumarkt: Metzger Norbert mit Sohn und Fleischsommelier Tim

From Better to Wurst

Weisswurst lovers learn everything they need to know about veal sausages from Norbert Wittmann and his academy in Neumarkt

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Experience Bavaria With Our Insiders!

Our Bavaria insiders deal creatively, innovatively and against the grain with crafts, culture, tradition, and enjoyment in a Bavarian way. They produce pottery, distil spirits, make wine, brew beer, devote themselves to street art and Lüftl painting.

They protect nature and the alpine pastures, look after the health of our guests, blacksmith cowbells, design fashionable traditional costumes or tattoo Lederhosen. Get to know our insiders and their life in Bavaria here in their profiles

Veronika Wurm: Die Seifenmacherin mit ihrem Sohn

Soapmaker Veronika Wurm

Veronika Wurm knows and appreciates the moor around her home of Saulgrub. The spicy, fragrant soaps that she makes from this natural remedy are ...

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Stefan Stretz: „Wir sind eine Nachbarschaftskneipe, in der man sich einfach wohlfühlen soll“

Innkeeper Stefan Stretz

With his bar “Schanzenbräu”, Stefan Stretz has changed the face of the former Nuremberg district of Gostenhof, aka GoHo

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Muk Röhrl ist Gastronom in der elften Generation und führt das traditionelle Gasthaus

Landlord Muk Röhrl

The “Gasthaus Röhrl” has been in the hands of just one family since 1658. We met up with Muk Röhrl, who is the eleventh generation to run this inn

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Barbara Stadler: Boutique-Besitzerin und Wirtin aus Anzing

Barbara Stadler has a special taste

Barbara Stadler brings together what belongs together: Bavarian cuisine and modern traditional costume fashion in her inn boutique "Diese Elli"

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Michael Thalhammer bezieht das verwendete Leder aus der Region

Leather pants tattooist Michael Thalhammer

Michael Thalhammer uses tattoos to bring a whole new glamour to this Bavarian clothing classic. The Lederhosen rebel calls it “Bavarian Surfstyle”

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Andi Weigand: Jungwinzer aus Iphofen

Winemaker Andi Weigand from Franconia

This young wild one is breathing new life into the wine region. How? By combining old traditions with bold new ideas

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Maibaumsteigen Rottenstuben: Der Maibaum ist ein Symbol von Fruchtbarkeit und Kraft

Traditional climbing of the maypole

The traditional climbing of the maypole in the Upper Bavarian town of Rottenstuben is a mixture of competition and maypole acrobatics

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Winzerin Katharina Geißendörfer bei der Arbeit im Weinberg

Winemaker Katharina Geißendörfer

Winemaker Katharina Geißendörfer gives new life to her family’s Franconian winery. We accompanied her to the vineyard

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Weingut Schenk: Der Jungwinzer in seinen Weinbergen

Winemaker Thomas Schenk

Thomas Schenk does not just produce seriously good wine. He also does it in a way that is as responsible and sustainable as possible

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Die Äbtissin führt Schulkinder durch den Naturerlebnisgarten der Abtei Waldsassen

Abbess Laetitia Fech

Close to decay until the early 1990s, Waldsassen Abbey has been gleaming anew since 2010 thanks to Abbess Laetitia Fech

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The Latest Lists: "Things to Do and See in Bavaria"

Hundreds of inspirational tips, ideas and rankings from all over Bavaria. Cultural monuments, monastery breweries, castles and palaces, hiking and cycling trails, river adventures, swimming in the wild, must-sees in over towns and cities, fun for kids, Kneipp holidays and truly crazy museums. Over 90 "Let's go" Listicles provide all this at a glance.

Herzogstand-Wanderung mit Blick auf den Walchensee

7 Mountain Tours With Stunning Views

Higher, farther, better! Nothing beats a breathtaking view from a peak. Here are seven tips for mountains with a special view

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Jugendherberge

11 x Cool youth hostels

Over 40 youth hostels await you in Bavaria's cities, at bathing lakes, in the great outdoors or near the Alps. Here are 11 particularly cool hostels

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Sommerhausen: Panorama

Würzburg Region with Public Transport

Lots of vineyards, nature and cultural highlights. All within easy reach of Würzburg by train and bus. Here are 8 great excursion tips!

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Blick auf die Nördlinger Altstadt vom Turm Daniel der St. Georgs-Kirche

8 Nördlingen Tips

Daniel, city wall, Ries Crater Museum and five other sights and experiences you shouldn't miss when visiting Nördlingen

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Auf dem Ammer-Amper-Radweg bei Zolling im Landkreis Freising

10 x Experiences in Upper Bavaria

Raft rides, gorge hikes, river bike trails, moorland nature trails and beer pilgrimages: these 10 experiences in Upper Bavaria are not to be missed

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Glühwein-Genuss auf dem Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt

Fancy some boozy maidens?

Today, the days before the holidays also invite you to enjoy certain delicacies. 12 delicacies from Kletzenbrot to Christmas beer

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8 x Eastern Bavaria for gourmets

From country wine to star cuisine, here are 8 culinary experiences you shouldn't miss on a holiday in Eastern Bavaria

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Wandern am Richard-Wagner-Kopf am Großen Arber

10 x Nature Experiences in Eastern Bavaria

Hiking on the Arber, in the Upper Palatinate Lake District or in the Bavarian Forest National Park and seven other nature activities in the region of

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Bamberg: Blick auf die ehemalige Fischersiedlung an der Regnitz

9 Bamberg tips

Between art, the cathedral, Little Venice and the River Regnitz. Don't miss this during your visit to Bamberg

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Nürnberger Rostbratwürste

7 x Specialities from Franconia

Smoked beer, bratwurst, Franconian wine and delicious carp: 7 pleasures you should never miss in Franconia

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OZULTS BUDDLASBAA

Bavarian for beginners

This wonderful term can be heard in Franconia. It means as much as "gnawed-off chicken leg". The chicken itself is called Giegerla.

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Find the best holiday and travel stories interactively. And the best hotel near your holiday destination? Interested in where our Bavaria-insiders have their workshops, shops and restaurants and guide you through nature? Want to find out what reports there are on the Bavarian regions and cities? Our Bavaria map shows it all.

Bavaria in 100 Seconds

A 100-second declaration of love to the beauty and uniqueness of Bavaria as a travel destination in the usual traditionally different way: Bavarian Comedian Harry G, who is known for his Bavarian grant, embarks on a criss-cross journey through Bavaria.

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