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Photos Inspire Visit Beautiful Bavaria Germany

Every time I post a photo of my home, the beautiful Bavaria in Germany, I am met with reactions of much surprise. “Those gorgeous mountains are near Munich?” Bavaria, which is a state in Germany, is seriously underrated and often overlooked as a popular travel destination. Most visitors only just pass through Munich on their way to another European city, or only think of Bavaria for Oktoberfest. But, Bavaria or Bayern, is so much more than the city of Munich, or a two week merry-making fest; it is a gateway to the pristine German Alps, adorable fairy tale villages with wood timber houses, gorgeous hiking trails, picture perfect castles, vineyards, old churches, monasteries and of course, it is also Oktoberfest. 😉 So, what are you waiting for? Book your next vacation to visit beautiful Bavaria, right now! If you need some motivation, these 34 photos to inspire you to visit Bavaria, (Bayern) should do the trick.

34 Photos to Inspire you to Visit Bavaria, Germany

Breathtaking Nature in Beautiful Bavaria

Zugspitze Germanys tallest peak Wandering Chocovo

View of the Alps from Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest peak. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Plan your trip to Zugspitze, here.

Josefsthaler wasserfälle waterfall brecherspitze hike Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Josefsthaler Waterfall on the Brecherspitze Hike. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Klettersteig near Königssee Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Klettersteig (a form of secure rock climbing) near Königssee, Germany. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Hiking Riederstein autumn Tegernsee Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Hiking Riederstein in autumn near Tegernsee. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Plan your Tegernsee trip here.

Bavarian Cows Wandering Chocobo

Brown Bavarian Alpine cows, meandering the hiking trails. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

German vineyard for German wine Wandering Chocobo

Vineyard of German wine grapes, near Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo


Isar River Munich Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

The Isar River running through Englischer Garten in Munich. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Hiking in Bavaria Alps Wandering Chocobo

Hiking in the Bavarian Alps between Oberau and Farchant. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Biking Munich Starnbergsee Wandering Chocobo

Crossing wheat fields, biking from Munich to Starnbergersee (Lake Starnberg) Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Plan your trip to Starnbergersee here.

Bavarian Thistles Wandering Chocobo

Bavarian thistles in the Alps. Photo Cred: Cat Kelly, sister of the Wandering Chocobo

Hiking in Tegernsee Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Hiking above Tegernsee in the Autumn. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Zugspitze glacier wandering chocobo

A stunning view of skiers enjoying the Zugspitze glacier. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Hiking Brecherspitze looking at Schliersee Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Hiking Brecherspitze looking at Schliersee. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Charming Towns and City Life in Beautiful Bavaria

Fairy tale town Germany Rothenburg ob der Tauber Bavaria Happy to Wander

The fairy tale town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Photo Cred: Christina of Happy to Wander

Check out more adventures of Happy to Wander here! **

Atlstadt or old city in Munich Bavaria Germany

Bird’s eye view of the old city in Munich. Photo Cred: Wandering Choocobo

Plan your trip to Munich here.

Passau Bavaria Germany Madelines Traveling

The charming cityscape of Passau. Photo Cred: Madeline of Madelines Traveling

See more of Madeline’s Travels here!

Würzburg Vineyards and Church Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Würzburg vineyards with the city as a backdrop. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo


Miltenberg Skyline travels of a bookpacker

The awe-inspiring Miltenberg cityscape. Photo Cred: Rohan of Travels of a Bookpacker

Explore Germany and the rest of the world with Travels of a Bookpacker, here!

Bavarian timber houses Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wandering Chocobo

Traditional timber houses of Bavaria in Rothenber ob der Tauber. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo


Oktoberfest and traditional Bavarian Trachten Wise Mommies

Beer kegs decorated for Oktoberfest and the traditional Trachten (clothing) worn in Bavaria. Photo Cred: Beth of Wise Mommies

Follow more of Beth’s family adventures over at Wise Mommies!

Feuerzangenbowle at Munichs Medieval Christmas Market Wandering Chocobo

Feuerzangenbowle (flaming mulled wine) at Munich’s medieval Christmas market. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany travels of a bookpacker

Miltenberg street parade Photo Cred: Travels of a Bookpacker

Siegestor Gate in Munich Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Siegestor gate in Munich. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Rothenburg ob der Tauber Bavaria Germany Fair tale Village

More charming streets of Rrothenburg ob der tauber. Photo Cred: Happy to Wander


Marienplatz Munich Christmas Market Wandering Chocobo

Munich Christmas tree at Marienplatz, Munihc. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Plan your trip to see Munich’s Christmas Markets, here!

Munich old Graveyard Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Munich’s old Graveyard (Altstadtfriedhof) in Winter. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Stork nest in Rothenburg ob der Tauber Wandering Chocobo

Stork nest in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Photo Cred: Myles Kelly, father of the Wandering Chocobo


Tegernsee town in Autumn

The adorable town of Bad Wiessen. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Picturesque Castles and Churches in Beautiful Bavaria

Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle Disney Bavaria, Germany Wandering Chocobo

Neuschwanstein Castle, the castle that inspired Disney. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Plan your trip to Neuschwanstein, here!

St. Stephens Cathedra Passau Bavaria Germany Madelines Traveling

St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau. Photo Cred: Madeline’s Travels

Alpine Church at Wendelstein Peak Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Alpine Church atop Wendelstein Peak in the German Alps. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Andechs Monastery Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Andechs Monastery near Munich. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Plan your trip to Andechs Monastery, here!

Shloss Hohenschwangau castle Bavaria Germany Wandering Chocobo

Hohenschwangau Castle, looked down from Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the Alps. Photo Cred: Wandering Chocobo

Feeling inspired, yet? I thought so, I’ll see you in Bavaria!

Freistaat Bayern at Austrian German border Wandering Chocobo

Freistaat Bayern sign at the border of the German and Austrian Alps.

** While both Rothenburg and Würzburg are technically part of Bavaria, it is noted that they often will refer to themselves as being from Franconia or Fränkish. This area was given to Bavaria by Napoleon in the early 1800s.


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    Mandy 2017-03-25 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Bavaria is one of the most charming areas in Europe! I love the pictures in the forests!
    I love that you featured your home. It’s easy to forget about the beauty of where we are from when we like to travel.Thanks for sharing and taking me down memory lane!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-03-26 at 7:31 am - Reply

      You’re welcome and thank you! I always love going out and exploring my home area, it’s so inspiration!

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    Megan Johnson 2017-03-25 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    I went to Germany in high school and we were in Bavaria and I loved it! Rothenburg and Garmish were my favorites, but I really loved it all. I would love to go back and see a lot more of it.

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-03-26 at 7:33 am - Reply

      I know, it’s hard to pick a favorite area, both Rothenberg and Garmisch are just so charming, they’re a great pick for favorite.

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    Karin 2017-03-25 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Ooooh, wonderful! Your (and the others too) photos are amazing! I would love to hike over there, those mountains are impressive. Can you freecamp in the Alps?

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-03-26 at 7:35 am - Reply

      Ugh, that is one thing I dislike about the area, I think the only Alps you can legally free camp in, is in Italy. They have huts that are common for hut to hut hiking. However, free wilderness hiking like I am used to back home in the U.S. is not so common here.

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    Jaimee 2017-03-25 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I honestly have never given Bavaria much thought, but I honestly would love to discover new German places because I’ve only been to Frankfurt and I am in love with it – and by these photos I am sure I’d love Bavaria too!
    Girl – you are a talented photographer!!! (Ps, what kind of camera and photo editing software do you use?)

    LOVE THIS. Just might be adding it to my bucket list 😉

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-03-26 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Thank you, Jaimee! I hope you make it down here sometime very soon 🙂 I have yet to make it to Framkfurt, but sounds like I need to go! I use an Olympus OM-DEM10 camera with a good travel outdoor lens. When it comes to editing I use photoshop or snapseed/google photos. Feel free to send me a message if you have any more detailed questions!

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    Bobbi 2017-03-25 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Oh good golly, those castles make me giddy!

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    Lindz @ I've Been Bit! 2017-03-26 at 2:02 am - Reply

    I haven’t spent nearly as much time in Bayern as I would like, but I always love my time while I’m there! I need to get away from Munich more. My drive through the Allgäu was definitely the highlight of my time in Bayern! Bookmarking so many of these places for future reference!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-03-26 at 7:41 am - Reply

      Thanks, Lindz! I hope you make it back over here to explore some of these new areas! Happy Travels!

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    Fiona Maclean 2017-03-26 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Lovely photos. It looks as if there is plenty to do whether you are interested in the outdoors or culture (or both). My kind of place

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    Rhonda Albom 2017-03-26 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Wow. Fantastic. You really took me back to Germany, although I was an exchange student in Westphalia, we did travel to Bavaria a few times. I love the mix of nature and architecture, of old and new.

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    Drew 2017-03-27 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I have yet to spend any quality time in Bavaria, which is a shame. The natural beauty alone is worth the trip. I love hiking too, so I would head straight to exploring the woods and mountainsides! Really great photos too, by the way!

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    Tami 2017-03-27 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Oh, I didn’t really need any more motivation, but your photos are absolutely spectacular! I have been to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and I would love to return there as well as all the other areas of Bavaria you have shown us. I had only great experiences traveling in Germany, and I highly recommend traveling there!

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    Elaine J Masters 2017-03-27 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    I had no idea of the variety of landscapes in Bavaria! Love too that there are vineyards so close to town. Smart vintners!

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    Natalie 2017-03-28 at 12:28 am - Reply

    We went to Germany just over a year ago for the first time and LOVED it! Although we traveled all over the country during our road trip, Bavaria was one of our favorite parts. My daughter still talks about visiting King Ludwig’s castles (we did 3 of them)! We didn’t get a chance to go to Zugspitze, but it’s on the agenda for a return trip!

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    Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers 2017-03-28 at 4:37 am - Reply

    What a gorgeous spot. The hiking looks incredible especially autumn in Tegernsee. Seems like the perfect place for anyone like us who loves the outdoors.

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    Erin 2017-03-28 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Looks gorgeous year round! I definitely have been wanting to see more of Germany and this post just fuels the flame! Thanks for sharing your home and I’ll have to meet up with you if I make it there 😉

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    Mel Jones 2017-03-28 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    OMG your photos are incredible Susanna! The nature in Bavaria looks out of this world, I mean those mountains! Munich reminds me a lot of Prague with the terracotta roofed house and cobbled streets. Beautiful place. I’ll definitely be adding it to my list. What do you think, better in summer or winter?

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    Sara Broers 2017-03-29 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I’ve hiked a lot of trails, but have never hiked a trail and crossed paths with cows. Your photos are amazing! It looks to be a nature enthusiast’s dream come true.

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    Penny Sadler 2017-03-29 at 1:30 am - Reply

    I dated a buy from Bavaria for a while and your photos perfectly match his descriptions. It’s so romantic. One day!

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    Anne 2017-03-29 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    This part of Germany really reminds me of Alsace, a part of France I fell in love with when I lived there. From there I visited Bavaria and loved it but I do think it is under rated. I’ve flown into Munich a number of times and drivers straight into Austria to ski when it seems I probably could have got my fix much closer to the airport.

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    Jessica 2017-03-29 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    The pictures are stunning! So many places in Europe that I still need to discover…well Bavaria is now rising on my list! The town looks amazing and the nature is so rich in the region…not to forget the “Disney” castle… waw!

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    Ro 2017-03-29 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    wow – this looks straight out of a fairytale. i honestly had very little knowledge about this city. Since I don’t drink beer that much, Oktoberfest was never much interest but ….Germany is one country I have yet to visit and has been on the list for a while, now i know what to include on the itinerary! Thanks

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    Cassy 2017-03-29 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Those waterfalls are absolutely fabulous. I’m a sucker for the relaxing sound of the falls.

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    Suzanne 2017-03-30 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Simply stunning. I didn’t know Bavaria and Bayern were the same place. The nature is breathtaking. I think I could spend a couple of months exploring the landscape here, including the churches and castles. You live in a beautiful place on earth.

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    Rachel Godzin 2017-03-30 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Wow, these pics definitely are inspirational! I love visiting places where the landscapes are really diverse. Currently in New Zealand right now, which is exactly like that. I didn’t have Bulgaria on my list of places to go, but I do now. Thanks for sharing!

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    Megan Jerrard 2017-03-30 at 4:48 am - Reply

    Incredible photos – I was one of those travelers who only passed through Munich on route to another European destination – but I was pleasantly surprised with the two days I had there. Neuschwanstein Castle in particular was a highlight – I visited during winter and the whole region was stunning. Can’t wait to get back and explore Bavaria as a trip on it’s own this time 🙂

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    Christina Pfeiffer 2017-03-30 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Wow, fabulous photos! Bavaria looks even more stunning than I remember. I particularly like the photo of Rothenburg. It sure does look like a fairytale place. Everyone loves castles and Bavaria has some of the best in the world!

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    Reshma Narasing 2017-03-30 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I can’t help but this is the same surprising reaction about Bavaria – Is it so gorgeous? Are there so many wonderful places? So much to explore for a nature addict like me, apart from the Oktoberfest of course 😉

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    Melbtravel 2017-03-30 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures of Germany, your pictures make me want to book a trip there now. I really want to go skiing on the Zugspitze glacier, it looks stunning and my type of place to go too. Alos that fairy tale town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber it looks like a dream. I know I will be adding a few more of these to my bucklist.

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    Ha Truong 2017-03-30 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    I love your pictures! Those are so beautiful, especially the Crossing wheat fields 🙂 I’ve never been to Germany at all, but will visit Berlin first next week. Hope I can visit Bavaria one day! This place is totally underrated.

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    Natasha 2017-03-30 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Wow, wow, wow — these are some impressive photos. What a gorgeous place! It looks like I need to add Bavaria to my must-see list! 🙂 I especially love the gorgeous nature views and the castles. Thanks for sharing!

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    Annette Richmond 2017-03-30 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I feel like one of those people you mentioned because I had NO idea all the beauty was near Munich. I visited Munich a few years ago but should’ve made a stop in Bavaria! Thanks for sharing these stunning photos!

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    Izzy 2017-03-31 at 2:26 am - Reply

    I absolutely share your love for Bavaria! I think its my favorite German state! The little town of Rothenburg ob der Taube looks like it came out of Beauty and the Beast or something! Adding it to my to-do list next time I’m in country!

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    Raksha nagaraj 2017-03-31 at 2:36 am - Reply

    First of all, the photos are spectacular. Bavaria looks so beautiful and picturesque. I am definitely inspired by your article and will definitely make it part of my bucket list. Thank you so much for sharing this post and I will sure let you know when I visit the place.

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    Paige Wunder 2017-03-31 at 2:39 am - Reply

    These are definitely gorgeous photos! I loved my travels in Bavaria and I’d love to go back. My husband and I are both of German (mostly) descent and we’d love to trace some family history there. Rothenburg was the highlight of my trip to Bavaria. Love seeing it included.

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-04-02 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      That sounds like a great reason to head to back to Germany. I would love to do the same, as I am mostly German as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Jo 2017-03-31 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Jeee there are some stunning photos here. Def make me wanna go to Bavaria. Germany was never on my radar but now it is 🙂 I simply love the shot of Josefsthaler Waterfall, maybe coz I love chasing waterfalls. Would love to go there on my next Euro trip.

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    Tea 2017-03-31 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Your blog post couldn’t come in a better time for me 🙂
    I’m going to Bavaria (Garmisch Partenkirchen) for five days during the Easter weekend. Neuschwanstein Castle is already on the list, but would definitely include some of the places you’ve recommended here as well. Anything really special we shouldn’t miss?
    And, yes, your photos are beautiful!!! 🙂

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-04-02 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Woo! You’re going to LOVE it! If you go to the section on my site for Munich, I have a whole series of day trips. The one about Zugspitze might be good for you, since you’re staying in Garmisch and you definitely need to go to the top of the mountain. I have another one about heading to Tegernsee which is another fun place with some good easy hiking, views and charming town. Make sure you swing though Munich for a day as well.

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    Danie 2017-05-10 at 12:16 am - Reply

    This literally looks like a fairy tale! Would it be too hot to visit in the summer? I have some free time late July early August … and am very open to suggestions!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-05-10 at 6:55 am - Reply

      Definitely not too hot! It’s a mild climate, so we have nice weather up to the 80s on nice weeks, but it averages around 65-70. It’s perfect for a day of hiking without overheating or walking around the city. Things do tend to get a bit crowded, so if you want to do some of the major touristy things, like Neuschwanstein castle, plan ahead. I have a whole section on days trips to help you plan for that as well. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    Elizabeth 2017-08-20 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I spent 4 years in Bavaria, back in the 80’s. I lived along the Romantic Road and spent many weekend driving to Rothenberg, etc. Thanks for the chance to reminisce.

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    Karl Johann 2018-04-28 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Diese Bilder sind herzliche und Ich Freu mich sehr darüber.

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    Medha Verma 2018-05-06 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Bavaria is beautiful, there’s no doubt about that. I visited Rothenburg last Christmas, after seeing all these amazing pictures of the little charming town and I was totally in awe of it. Also, Neuchwanstein Castle was out of the world. I was supposed to make it to Zugspitze glacier but couldn’t, and I can see that I missed out on a beautiful place. Also, autumn in Bavaria is lovely, I’ve heard!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2018-06-16 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      It really is lovely all times of the year. It sounds like you had a great introduction to Bavaria and I hope you come back to visit soon.

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