February 18, 2018

Bavaria, Bavaria, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . .

My first trip to Bavaria was in 1982 and I have been passionate about this area ever since.  I mean really passionate.  I get excited about Bavaria just by looking at pictures and I love telling people about this wondrous place.  When I see a picture of a village or scene that looks Bavarian I am over come by a sense of peace, calm and joy.  For me, it is one of the most peaceful and fun places I have been.

Hohenschwangau Bavarian Castle

View from Hohenschwangau

A few years ago we took our 2 teenage children to Munich and south.  During this trip we stayed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and spent time visiting Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles.  One day, after our tours we spent some time on a nearby luge.    I can still remember riding the luge up the hill to begin the downward ride.  Looking to my right, I saw majestic Neuschwanstein Castle high upon a hill and those wonderful cows meandering in the meadow next door.  The first thought in my mind was

View Neuschwanstein Castle Bavaria Germany

View from the luge!

“What could be better than this?”  To this day, I haven’t been able to come up with an answer. Why do I love this area?  I will try to put the reasons into words.  So here goes:

  1. The Lakes.  Who can pass up Starnbergersee, Chiemsee, Tegernsee or Konigsee?
  2. The Castles.  Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, Nymphenberg Palace, Herrenchiemsee, Trausntz or the Imperial Castle in Nuremburg.
  3. The Beer.  Sitting at a Bavarian beer garden is one of the most enjoyable things to do!
  4. The History.
  5. The People.
  6. Those Cows!!  If you’re lucky you’ll be in time to witness the annual cattle drive.
  7. Peace and Tranquility.
  8. The Mountains.
  9. The Window Boxes teeming with geraniums.
  10. The cities.  Make sure to visits Munich, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Coburg along with the smaller villages of Fussen, Inglostadt, Kempten and Rothenburg.
  11. The Food.  Schnitzel, wursts and sauerkraut.  Yum!!
  12. Tradition.  Oompah bands, dancing and dirndls and lederhosen.
  13. The views!
Rothenburg Bavaria Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Take all these together and I think this must be the definition of “Gemutlichkeit”!

While I love Bavaria, I know you must have a country, region, city that evokes much the same for you.  Tell me about it. . .

Linderhof Palace Bavaria Germany

Linderhof Palace

Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Linderhof Palace pictures courtesy of Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH

All other pictures are personal ones taken by me.

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  1. Christopher says:

    Like this very much. I live in Bavaria, so I’d add Schweinshax’n, Krustenbraten, Butterbrez’n, Krautsalat and Kaiserschmarn to the Bavarian favorites. Schnitzel is more Austrian than Bavarian, and Wurst can be found anywhere in Germany.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Oh yes I did leave some off the list. Especially Schweinshax’n and krautsalat both of which I enjoy very much. I think Schweinshax’n is my husband’s favorite. The others you mentioned I have not had but will add them to my list to try during my next visit!

      Where are you in Bavaria?

      Thanks for stopping by!


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