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Located in southeastern Germany, Bavaria (Bayern) is the country’s largest state and second in population after North Rhine-Westphalia. By far the largest city in Bavaria is Munich (München), followed by Nuremberg (Nürnberg) and Augsburg. Bounded in the south by the Alps, Bavaria is famous as a hiker’s and skier’s paradise, and we feature vacation apartments in nearly all of its picturesque towns, including Berchtesgaden, Lenggries, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, to name just a few. Another popular way to explore Bavaria is by following the Romantic Road (Romantische Straße)—a north-south tourist route that begins in Würzburg and ends in Füssen, passing through numerous ancient and beautifully-preserved towns such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber. We currently offer a variety of vacation apartments in Bavaria to choose from, with more being added every day!

The state of Bavaria (Bayern) is located in southern Germany and its largest city is Munich. Close to the German Alps, Bavaria is an ideal destination for skiing trips in winter and hiking excursions in summer. Bavaria is justly famous for having one of the finest landscapes in Central Europe—not to mention its many picturesque castles, palaces, monasteries, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Live-Like-a-German Guide to Bavaria contains recommended locations and attractions, together with comprehensive and up-to-date guidance and information on all aspects of your Bavarian vacation, including vacation apartments, restaurants, shopping and entertainment opportunities—even current photos and reviews. All in all, Bavaria is a gorgeous vacation destination any time of the year!

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Popular Destinations - Bavaria

  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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    Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a lovely town in southern Bavaria and a great destination if you’re a hiker or skier, or just want to surround yourself with gorgeous Alpine scenery. Don’t miss the spectacular view from the Zugspitze: at 2,962 meters, it’s…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Berchtesgaden
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    Berchtesgaden

    Berchtesgaden is located in southern Bavaria and is easily accessible from Munich or Salzburg. Three miles to the South are picturesque Lake Königssee and Watzmann Mountain—a hiker's paradise! Close to Berchtesgaden itself is the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden,…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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    Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    Located on the “Romantic Road” in Middle Franconia (Bavaria), Rothenburg is famous for its well-preserved medieval buildings and fortifications. Stroll leisurely through cobblestone streets (much of the town is car-free) and enjoy this romantic town's…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Vilseck
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    Vilseck

    Vilseck is a town in the Oberpfalz region of northeastern Bavaria, Germany situated on the river Vils, a tributary of the Naab river. The town is geographically separate from a nearby large American military base known as the Rose Barracks but more commonly…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Mittenwald
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    Mittenwald

    The typical Bavarian, picturesque climatic spa town Mittenwald is located in the alpine world of the Karvendel Mountain range near the Austrian border. West of the town are the two mountain lakes Lautersee and Ferchensee and the Wettersteingebirge range.…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Oberammergau
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    Oberammergau

    Oberammergau is in the German state of Bavaria. It is famous for its Passion Play, held every 10 years since 1634 (in gratitude toward God for the town being spare the ravages of the Bubonic Plague), as well as the "Luftmalerei" (mural-type illustrations…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Füssen
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    Füssen

    Füssen is an enchanting town—at 808 meters the highest town in Bavaria—and offers numerous cultural and natural attractions. The world famous Neuschwanstein castle is nearby, and opportunities for hiking and skiing are everywhere. Besides touring…  [ + ] More Details

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    Munich

    Munich is the capital city of the Free State Of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the River Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, with approximately 1.35 million people living within the city limits and over…  [ + ] More Details

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    Nuremberg

    About 170 kilometers north of Munich, Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg), Bavaria, is located in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. Nuremberg is situated on the Pegnitz River and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, and is Franconia's largest city with…  [ + ] More Details

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    Schönau am Königssee

    Schönau am Königsee is a municipality in the district of Berchtesgadener Land in the German state of Bavaria. It is located at the northern end of the Königssee Lake. Due to its picturesque setting, Schönau largely depends on tourism. It is home…  [ + ] More Details

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Most Popular Destinations in Germany

Germany has numerous cities of interest to tourists; these are the top nine travel destinations:

Berlin - the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War - and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs, galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Bremen - one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town will be of interest to travelers who want a slice of history.

Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city. Cologne was founded by the Romans and is 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites. Cologne also well known for its carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the local beer, called "Kölsch".

Dresden - once called Florence on the Elbe, and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center which was destroyed during the war, the city offers more than what the average traveller can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known.

Dusseldorf - Germany's capital of fashion, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia offers a wide scale of fascinating new architecture. Right along the shores of river Rhine, the "Altstadt" and the "Medienhafen" are among the best places in Germany to enjoy a vibrant nightlife. Being one of the country's wealthiest cities, the atmosphere is very pleasant. Germans call it "the only metropolis ending with -dorf (German for village)".

Frankfurt - Germany's leading financial center, transportation hub, seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), international trade fair center (Book Fair, Motor Show), hub of multicultural activity (30% Immigrants), and site of numerous world-class museums and theaters. It is also Germany's only city with enough skyscrapers to have a skyline.

Hamburg - Germany's second-largest city, famous for its harbour as well as its liberal and tolerant culture. Don't miss the Reeperbahn with its night clubs and casinos. Hamburg is also popular for its many musicals.

Hannover - One of Germany's newer tourist cities, having hosted various international events in recent times.

Munich - Bavaria's beautiful capital city and Southern Germany's primate city. Third largest city in Germany, Munich is the site of the famous Oktoberfest and the gateway to the Alps.

Nuremberg - Second largest city in Bavaria, after WW2 over 90% of the old-town was destroyed. Today it has already been reconstructed, including the Gothic Kaiserburg Castle (Emperor's Castle of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation). You can also visit the Nazi party rally grounds, the Documentation Centre and Courtroom 600 - venue of the Nuremberg Trails.

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