Let Bavaria take you to a breath-taking journey through their region!
Your journey begins in the Northern Bavarian region of Franconia, in Bayreuth, the beautiful city of music. Start at the Wagner Museum, which documents the career of composer Richard Wagner. Another fascinating place to stop at is the Steingraeber & Söhne Piano Manufactory and piano shop, which opened in Bayreuth in 1852 and is still family run. The shop exports pianos all over the world. Despite that, you will not want to miss St. Georgen, a remarkable suburb of Bayreuth. This town impresses with an authentic 18th century townscape situated alongside a cobblestone main street, and the magnificent Ordenskirche. While in St. Georgen, you should also explore its extensive system of cellars and tunnels, hundreds of years old and miles long. A memorable town, indeed!
Still in Franconia, continue on to Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second-largest city. The first suggestion is the Memorium of the Nuremberg Trials. The permanent exhibition is located in the Palace of Justice and focuses on both the background and the aftermath of the trials. After this, you might want to discover something lighter, so continue to the unique Altstadthof Brewery, where you can find local culinary specialties, along with traditional Nuremberg Red Beer. You will enjoy each sip, guaranteed!
From here, continue to the suburb of Fürth. No Bavarian city boasts more historic buildings in proportion to its inhabitants – more than 2,000 in a town of about 120,000 residents. You will enjoy this place like a local.
Next stop: Munich, Bavaria’s capital and Germany’s third largest city.
The MUCA (Museum of Urban Contemporary Art) is Munich’s “hot spot” for urban and contemporary art lovers. It offers a high-profile exhibitions program featuring “off the beaten path” art and unique artists.
A shopping hint - Kustermann. This is an amazing store offering an exceptional variety of cookware, dining accessories, and crystal; its inventory includes more than 70,000 items that will blow your mind. There is also a cooking school for Bavarian specialties.
A nearby suburb that is well worth a visit is Westend. Once an “up and coming” part of town, Westend has now arrived as a thriving and “cool” artist community with great bars and restaurants. If you’re looking for an unconventional place to eat breakfast, head to Parkstrasse 2 where you’ll find a shop-plus-café housed in a recently restored textile warehouse.
While in Munich, another great experience is the BMW Welt, an amazing architectural marvel. It is home to the individual BMW Group Brands – BMW, the sub-brands BMWM and BMW I, Mini, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and BMW Motorrad (Motorbikes). The exhibitions of both classic cars and new vehicles will dazzle you. However, it is recommended to go to the restaurant run by the famous chef Bobby Bräuer, The EssZimmer, located on the third floor of BMW Welt. It is one of Munich’s most fashionable gourmet addresses, and offers an experience that appeals to all of your senses. The atmosphere in the restaurant is as cozy as it is luxurious, with an open fire, fine timbers, dark leather and warm colors. Guests feel at home here the moment they walk through the door.
In Southern Bavaria, a must-see is Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a world-class Alpine resort town. Here, Bavaria suggests paying a visit to the Werdenfels Museum, one of the most impressive folk museums in Bavaria. Spread over five floors, the museum depicts the history of the Werdenfels region and its rich culture.
Feel like dressing like a local? Head to a shop for Bavarian folk attire: Trachten-und Modehaus Grasegger. This independent, traditional clothing house preserves the customary Bavarian way of shopping for clothing, and will allow you to dress to impress with Lederhosen and Dirndl. Check out the suburb of Wamberg. The picturesque mountain road to this tiny village (27 inhabitants) is truly idyllic. It literally will seem as if time stands still, as the view consists of nothing but original architecture and nature.
So now, off to Füssen, also in southern Bavaria. From Füssen, it is a short ride to Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most visited castles in the world. In town, we would suggest the museum of Füssen which offers a variety of exhibits documenting local culture, such as the history of lute and violin-making, and paintings such as the “Dance of Death,” which depicts the plague that swept overin the Middle Ages.
Another hint: There is a very special and unique souvenir gallery (Galerie 5), where you can buy art at a reasonable price from a local graffiti artist named Robert Wilhelm - it would make a truly unique souvenir.
If you are looking for scenic views, the town now has a new “treetop walk” on the banks of the River Lech. It is a quarter mile long, affording magnificent views. And, better still, while on the walk you will cross the border into neighboring Austria.
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