Bavaria is Germany’s largest state, covers most of the country’s south east and shares borders with Austria and the Czech Republic.
But it’s also one of the easiest areas to visit from the UK and just about perfectly designed for family holidays.
Whether you want wild outdoor fun on lakes and mountains, historic medieval towns and villages, thrilling cities or magical castles, Bavaria does them beautifully and sincerely welcomes you to enjoy everything, effortlessly.
Direct, low-cost flights from London to Nuremberg and Munich all year round with less than two hours flying time.
The 421km long Romantic Road runs through Bavaria and includes fairy tale Schloss Neuschwanstein, the medieval walled town of Noerdlingen and magical, Alpine Fuessen.
Munich’s Oktoberfest (usually in September) is the world’s biggest beer festival and packed with fantastic events for families and kids.
From ancient Fasching (carnivals) in January to Christkindlmarkt in every city, town and village at Christmas, Bavaria is the land of legendary and spectacular festivals and events.
Contains both the Bavarian Forest and Berchtesgaden National Park and 11 nature parks.
All of Germany’s highest mountains, including mighty Zugspitze, are in Bavaria and the country’s best skiing is also here.
Bavaria has dozens of glacial lakes with stunning beaches and water sports. Chiemsee and Konigssee are enormous and have summer water temperatures of up to 30˚C.
From gorgeous five star city centre hotels in Munich and Nuremberg to restored medieval farmhouses along the Romantic Road, mountain spas, forest lodges and lakeside chalets, Bavaria has accommodation to fit every budget. Travelling around the area is an amazing experience and multi-centre adventures are effortless to organise. Plus, short flights from the UK all year round, make Munich or Nuremberg great bases for short breaks or even just a Christmas or New Year weekend.
Modern, traditional or a mix of both, the Bavarian capital is astonishing. Much admired for beer gardens, beautiful architecture, gardens, museums and quality of life, Munich’s also less than half-an-hour from lakes, mountains and forests, close to skiing in winter and a good base for touring the Romantic Road.
Nuremberg will always be associated with the Nuremberg Trials, but this ancient city was also home to Albrecht Dürer, has one of Germany’s most sensational Christmas markets, the country’s largest cultural museum and one of the loveliest medieval old towns in Europe.
The 410km Romantic Road runs from Würzburg in northern Bavaria to the most famous German castle of all, Schloss Neuschwanstein, on the Austrian border. Almost every delectable medieval town in the country is on-route and planning the entire journey yourself is quite simple or you could catch a bus and just see a bit, it’s all enchanting.
Unsurprisingly, the home to BMW and Audi is made for driving. Travelling the many tourist routes like the Romantic Road and the Crystal Road are good by car or you can catch one of the hop-on-hop-off coaches – excellent value.
Wild national parks and mountain regions all have superb road networks. And Bavaria is the land of walking and hiking, so getting about on foot in spring and summer (even with young kids) is a wonderful experience.