While I’m away I thought it would a good time to look back in the archives of European Travelista! I’m sure by now, you all know that Bavaria is a very special place to me and since I will be in Bavaria for a few days, I thought it was a perfect time to share with you a post that is an attempt at putting into words the reasons I love Bavaria! I hope you enjoy it and know that I will have a few more Bavarian tales to tell when I return.
My first trip to Bavaria was in 1981 and I have been passionate about this area ever since. I fell in love with Bavaria then and nothing has changed since. I get tingly looking at pictures of Bavaria and love telling people about this wondrous place. Pictures of Bavarian villages or mountains send a sense of peace, calm, joy and excitement coursing through me. For me, it is one of the most peaceful and fun places I have been.
A few years ago we took our 2 teenage children to Germany including Bavaria. During our stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen we spent time visiting the castles in the area – Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau and Linderhof. As I was sitting in a village nearby I remember looking around at the beautiful village, majestic Neuschwanstein Castle high up on the hill, the cows meandering in the field and I thought “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? Let me see if I can put it into words.
- The Lakes. Who can pass up Starnbergersee, Chiemsee, Tegernsee or Konigsee?
- The Castles. Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, Nymphenberg Palace, Herrenchiemsee, Trausntz or the Imperial Castle in Nuremburg.
- The Beer. Sitting at a Bavarian beer garden is one of the most enjoyable things to do and if there are mountains in view, even better!
- The History.
- The People.
- Those Cows!! If you’re lucky you’ll be in time to witness the annual cattle drive.
- Peace and Tranquility.
- The Mountains.
- The Window Boxes teeming with geraniums.
- The cities and villages. Make sure to visit Munich, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Coburg along with the smaller villages of Fussen, Inglostadt, Kempten and Rothenburg.
- The Food. Schnitzel, wursts and sauerkraut. Yum!!
- Tradition. Oompah bands, dancing and dirndls and lederhosen.
- The views!
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. . .Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Linderhof Palace pictures courtesy of Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH All other pictures are personal ones taken by me.