February 18, 2018

Bavaria, Bavaria How do I Love Thee?

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.

Hohenschwangau Bavarian Castle

View from Hohenschwangau

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.

  1. The Lakes. Who can pass up Starnbergersee, Chiemsee, Tegernsee or Konigsee?

    Bavarian Scenery Germany

    Beautiful Bavarian Scenery

  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 and if there are mountains in view, even better!
  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 and villages.  Make sure to visit Munich, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Coburg along with the smaller villages of Fussen, Inglostadt, Kempten and Rothenburg.

    Linderhof Palace Bavaria Germany

    Linderhof Palace

  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. . .

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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  4. Diana says:

    I’ve never been to Germany but I’d really like to visit some day. It’s on my to-do travel list actually but I never knew where I could begin exploring. Thanks to your lovely pictures and suggestions, now I have an inkling as to where to go!
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  5. Bavaria and Neuschwanstein have been on my bucket list since college and now you have convinced me to bump this destination up on my list to 2nd from the top. Thanks for the wonderful review.
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  6. So happy that I now live in a country full of so many beautiful things! Can understand why you love it so much.

    I’m just starting to get to know Northern Germany (I live in Berlin) but hope to explore Bavaria more over the coming months. 🙂
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  7. Grace says:

    Great list Debbie. You are so passionate about Bavaria and I love it!
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  8. Oh, I have not been to that area of Germany, maybe some day. Glad you are enjoying your trip and having a great time
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  9. We’re trying to figure out where to head next, and after reading this I’m definitely going to look into Bavaria! Never would have thought to consider it otherwise, so thank you. 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I definitely think you should! It is beautiful and you won’t be disappointed. Will look forward to reading your posts from Bavaria 🙂

  10. I can understand why you love this area. I haven’t really explored this part of Germany much, but it seems like an area I would really enjoy.
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  11. It must be cool to visit the same location so often and watch how it changes.
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  12. robin says:

    I love Bavaria too!

    In answer to your wquestion about a place that is special for me I might have to say Andalucia, where i live, or if not that then the Sahara in Western Egypt. Something about deserts…
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  13. Ayngelina says:

    How cruel I am reading this right now from Munich, I just landed but I am off again in 2 0 minutes. I am missing so much!
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  14. I can understand why you feel so passionately about Bavaria based on your post highlights and photos. I didn’t get to that region of Germany on my last trip — hope to next time. Enjoy your travels!
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  15. Katherina says:

    For me, there’s not only one place like that gives me this feeling, but a few of them!
    Switzerland in general, the lakes, its vineyards, castles, mountains, glaciers… But on a different way, its also Tenerife, its black sand beaches, the mountains, forests, gorges, underwater life…
    Can one choose more yhan one? 🙂
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