Bavaria is located in the southeast of Germany. From a touristic point of view, Bavaria is devided into four major regions: Allgäu/Bavarian Swabia, the Bavarian Forest/Upper Palatinate, Franconia and Upper Bavaria. Choose your favorite region!
Farm holidays have been popular from the summer retreat in the 19th century onwards. Bavarian farms count more than 12 million overnight stays every year. More than 1300 Bavarian farmers have organized themselves in our non-profit association for farm holidays in Bavaria, The Blue Rooster. The State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry funds our official website.
Bavaria is the most southern province of Germany and it is the largest, in terms of area. The climate is mild and the mountains are high. The view on the snow-covered mountains of the Alps is one of the most impressive scenic views Germany has to offer. Bavaria is the home of famous towns, such as Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald, Ruhpolding and Rosenheim. The alpine mountain range with Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze (2962 m) is located in Upper Bavaria. It is snow guaranteed in the winter and a hiker’s paradise in summer. But Bavaria has more to offer: The State capital of Munich, also located in Upper Bavaria, comes up with cultural highlights and traditional festivities. The famous Oktoberfest, the Tollwood, the Midsummer Night's Dream in the Olympic park, the English Garden, the Viktualienmarkt, the Allianz Arena (home of the football team FC Bayern), the Bavaria Filmstadt, the BMW museum and a thousand things more.
The Allgäu also adjoins the alpine mountain range. It is internationally renowned for its cheese and its famous castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Worth seeing is the annual Viehscheid in autumn. That is the traditional cattle splitting after their return from the mountains. The beautifully flower-adorned cows are returned to their owners on the market places of the villages with lots of music, food and drinks.
The old towns of Franconian cities are fabulously historic, e.g. the old town of Bamberg, that has even become an UNESCO world heritage due to its medieval beauty. Or the picturesque Rothenburg ob der Tauber, that is even known throughout Japan. The Bayreuth Festival attracts thousands of visitors every year. Vineyards alongside the river Main, timber frame houses, Schäufele (roasted pork) and other Franconian culinary specialties are just as well part of Bavaria.
The Bavarian Forest, located in the East of Bavaria, next to the Czech Republic, is mostly known for its Nature Park, home of lynxes, wolves and bears. The Großer Arber mountain is a fine skiing resort. Fine is also the long tradition of glassblower’s art. Works of art can be purchased in one of the many glass kilns.
That is why Bavaria is the most beautiful region to spend your holidays!