Bavaria. The Land of Gingerbads and Sky-high Mountains
Bavaria is famous for its beautiful landscapes, castles, old towns and villages, delicious cuisine and excellent conditions for ski mountaineering.
Munich, capital of Bavaria region, is a place of great contrasts. Here the past and the present coalesce to form an intricate pattern of modern and classical architectural elements and designs. One should definitely start exploring the city’s architectural wonders with a visit to the New Town Hall and the Old Town Hall of Munich, located at the very center of the city; then continue exploration with the search of the “Devil’s footprint” in the city’s main cathedral, Frauenkirche. Climb up to the observation deck of St. Peterskirche and enjoy the panoramic view of the city, revealed in all its shining beauty. And don’t miss the chance to visit the famous Englischer Garten! If it is contemporary art that ignites your soul, then pay a visit to the Olympiapark—an Olympic Park which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics. This architectural complex stands out due to its unusual design, reminding of the cities of the future. As for the museums… Well, the BMW Museum is, no doubt, the most popular place of visit in Munich. No matter what your gender or age is, you’ll definitely find something of interest there.
Oh, look at the clock! It’s dinnertime! Let’s pay a visit to one of the numerous Munich pubs. The most popular among them is the Hofbräuhaus. The very of this pub as well as its interior design seem to increase your appetite even further. Augustiner am Dom is the oldest pub in the city. Its namesake beer is considered one of the best. If you don’t want to waste even a minute of your time on the search of the above-mentioned pubs, then enter the nearest one, order a pork knuckle and a glass of beer, and I’m sure, the delicious tastes will leave you begging for more.
Now, let’s continue our journey. The cities of Nuremberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber are located in the northern part of the region. It is far easier to reach the first than the second. However, those who opt for a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, will never regret their choice. The city seems to appear straight out of Grimms Fairy Tales. In truth, both cities look like illustrations to a book of tales or theatrical decorations of exceptional beauty. It’s useless to describe the wonders of the cities, since both Nuremberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber are open-air museums. Just take a walk down their streets and be prepared to delve into the world of fairytales gone real.
Don’t miss the chance to try the famous gingerbreads of Nuremberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber! If you are lucky enough to visit the country in December, then you’ll be able to buy gingerbread Christmas tree decorations. By the way, every year, Germany's most famous Christmas Market in Nuremberg opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world, right in the middle of the city. Don’t know where to spend your Christmas holidays? Choose Bavaria. You won’t regret it.
Going down the slopes in Bavaria's skiing regions is definitely the best thing to do in winter. The most popular ski resort is Garmisch-Partenkirchen that hosted the 1936 Olympic Winter Games. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a city with a well-developed sports infrastructure and an extremely impressive architecture. The walls of the houses are painted with scenes from day-to-day life of the citizens. By the way, Zugspitze, a 9,718 ft / 2,962 m mountain peak in the Wetterstein Range of the Bavarian alps, is located not far from the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is the highest mountain peak in Germany.