Romantic castles & charming villages amongst the mountains

Bavaria evokes images of fairytale castles and breathtaking Alpine scenery, traditional villages and centuries-old crafts. This idyllic region is the perfect place to discover opulent palaces, cosy mountain villages, stylish ski towns and verdant, forested landscapes. Also home to Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, Bavaria offers delightful vistas at every turn and a fascinating culture with its roots in a medieval past.


Turrets and towers in the Alpine air

From £1,249 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

May, June, July, August, September, October

Suggested Hotel

Hotel Edelweiss, Lermoos

  • Lovely 4-star hotel in the Austrian village of Lermoos
  • Tucked in the beautiful Alpine landscape, perfect for reaching Bavaria
  • Spacious rooms
  • Great group areas, including a mountain view terrace
  • Excellent leisure facilities, including an indoor pool & sauna


Neuschwanstein Castle

Spiralling out of the Alpine foothills like a castle from a fairytale, Schloss Neuschwanstein is surely one of the most romantic castles in Europe. This idealistic Romanesque revival castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Germany in the 19th century, and was inspired by his love of Wagner’s operas. Picturesque and theatrical, its turrets rise from the rugged, forested hills of beautiful Bavaria whilst inside, operatic frescoes adorn opulent rooms which provide a stage for presenting German mythology.


Schloss Hohenschwangau is a neo-Gothic creation, and was the summer residence of King Maximilian II. Built upon the 12th century ruins of a fortress of the Knights of Schwangau, its buttery yellow façade sits warmly against the forested surroundings. This royal residence embodies an idealisation of the Middle Ages, and today tells the story of the Bavarian Kings.

Ettal Abbey

Beautifully baroque, this Benedictine monastery is known for its amazing frescoes and stunning rococo vestry. The pretty domes of Ettal Abbey are home to monks who produce beer, liqueur, and cheese on site, and also run a bookstore.

Linderhof Palace

This rococo royal villa takes inspiration from the Palace of Versailles, and is where King Ludwig II spent most of his time. Smaller than his other castles, the residence is no less magnificent inside: opulent and ostentatious rooms are packed with treasures, jewels and quirky inventions. Outside, the beautiful gardens are staged with equal care, and take inspiration from the Orient and from Wagner’s operas.


The quaint Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau sits prettily along the Ammer River, dotted with traditional houses and woodcarving workshops. Situated amongst the forested slopes of the Ammer Mountains, it is most well-known for its once-a-decade Passion Play. In a tradition that has held since the 1630s, some 2,000 citizens of Oberammergau put on an awe-inspiring open-air play depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ


The pretty town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen sits in an ideal Alpine location, with spectacular mountain vistas for miles around. Formerly the home of composer Richard Strauss, this winter sports paradise has a lovely old fashioned charm, and is situated at the base of Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze.

Zugspitze Rack Railway

Ascend Germany’s highest peak on the Zugspitze Railway. One of only four cog railways in Germany, this steep grade journey departs from the station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and delivers you to the top of Zugspitze, straddling the border between Germany & Austria. From here, you can take in the incredible panoramas of the stunning mountain landscapes, and spot peaks from four countries.


Herrenchiemsee Castle

Known as the ‘Bavarian Versailles’, this opulent palace sits on the island of Herreninsel on Lake Chiemsee, and is reached by boat. Another of King Ludwig II’s romantic and extravagant creations, the palace’s interior is ostentatiously decorated and magnificently furnished. Outside, the large gardens emulate Versailles with their elaborate fountains.

Make this tour your own

As an alternative, your group could stay in Munich. Why not add a visit to the Münter-Haus, former home of Wassily Kandinsky?

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