Bavaria Holidays, Germany (Part 1)

Bavaria is a fascinating land, visited by millions of tourists annually, and located in the south-east of Germany, being one of the most developed regions in the world, with tourism and extremely flourishing economy. Let us remember the famous brands BMW and Audi, which are made here, and the important offices of companies like Microsoft, being also the place where famous artists lived and created famous operas, such as Wagner, Liszt and Strauss.

In Bavaria you will find a diverse landscape, where nature with illustrious minds, have conceive which today attracts so many tourists from around the world. Medieval fortified cities, dense forests sprinkled with castles and tiny but extremely picturesque villages, green glacial lakes, the highest mountain of Germany, Zugspitze, Munich, the Bavarian capital, and typical Bavarian atmosphere and hospitality, invites you to an exclusive journey into the charming land of Germany. These diverse landscapes can be found on many popular tourist routes, such as the ‘Romantic Road’.

Hohenschwangau Castle is located in southern Germany, in Bavaria, Allgäu region, in the village of Schwangau, close enough to the border with Austria. Hohenschwangau Castle is close to Lake Alpsee and can be admired from above, from atop of the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Hohenschwangau Castle was built in the nineteenth century by King Maximilian II of Bavaria on the ruins of a medieval fortress. In the medieval period, this fort was built and maintained by a family of knights, whose symbol was a swan, so that is why in this region you will find often the swan, either a swan that watches Hohenschwangau Castle on the roof, in the paintings that decorate the rooms of castles, or in decoration or souvenir items.

Inside the Hohenschwangau Castle there is a piano to which has played the great German composer Richard Wagner, who had a privileged relationship with the royal family and especially with King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

In Bavaria there are in total over 100,000 architectural monuments, more than 1,200 museums and collections, 40 theatres and opera scenes. Known worldwide are Neuschwanstein Castle (King Ludwig II) and church Wieskirche (part of UNESCO World Heritage Site), Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg. They are supplemented by traditional cultural events such as Oktoberfest in Munich, Landshut Wedding, and Christmas Fair in Nuremberg.

Famous cities as Augsburg, Nuremberg and Regensburg, are having architectural treasures, historic buildings and churches worth visiting. Bavaria is famous for its beautiful castles, kept in excellent condition, like Burghausen, Hohenschwangau, Coburg, and Nuremberg Imperial Castle, Castle Neuburg and der Donau or Nymphenburg palace in Munich, Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof. The most famous is the castle Neuschwanstein, built by King Ludwig II in 1868 in Romanesque style.

A type of food typical of the region is ‘Weisswurst’ or the white sausage. Popular are also the Bavarian cheese., the favourite drink in the beer, and by far the most famous Bavarian festival is ‘Oktoberfest’, which is held annually in Munich, from late September until the end of the first week in October. It is the largest beer festival in the world and gather each year around 6 million visitors.

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