Bavaria: Take a free tour of Southern Germany

I was born on a Germany military base, but lived most of my life in the States. I’d got to travel to Berlin, a couple years back, and although it was wonderful and full of exhilarating things like Street Art, it didn’t fulfill me the way I expected Deutschland to.

The next time I was back in Europe, I made sure to put SOUTHERN Germany on my list. I booked a $33 flight via RyanAir from London to Baden-Baden, and hitchhiked my way over to Stuttgart. On my 29th Birthday, I returned to Augsburg, where I got to explore my city of birth. It showed me the German fairytale images that I’d always imagined. I got to experience the markets that my mother used to take me to as a baby, and eat authentic cuisine, like spaetzle and weisswurst.

We continued traveling through the Southern Bavarian region of Germany and were taken back by the vibrant cities and small medieval villages. The picture-perfect countryside boasted crystal clear lakes, and unspoiled natural surroundings. Eye candy was plentiful here. Although the temperature was perfect in late-September, I kept wondering how enchanting this place would look during Christmas time.

Of course one of the highlights of Southern Germany is the Neuschwanstein castle, located in the village of Schwangau near Fussen. Many people know it as the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castle. The palace was commissioned by ‘mad’ King Ludwig II of Bavaria, in 1868. The castle is the embodiment of 19th century romanticism with the tower and spires soaring to fantastical heights. This destination should be on any travelers list if they visit the region, winter or summer.

Here is some photography from our travels in beautiful Bavaria:

castle view germany
Schwangau, Germany

 

Spaetzle with pork and gravy - Bavaria
Spaetzle with pork and gravy – Bavaria

 

Country roads bavaria
Country roads of Bavaria


Stuttgart city center
Old Church in the center of Stuttgart, Germany

 

Pork shank and dunkle heffewiezen
Lunch: Pork Shank and dunkle Heffewiezen

 

dinner Oalhof
A side-road biergarten and restaurant with delicious Bavarian Food.

 

Entrance to Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany
Entrance to Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany



Breakfast - Hefeweizen with banana Puree :)
Breakfast – Hefeweizen with banana Puree :)

 

Horns are regular choice of decor in this region
Horns are regular choice of decor in the Bavarian region

 

Traditional German House in the Bavarian Region
Traditional German House in the Bavarian Region

 

Gingerbread Cookie hearts, an Oktoberfest tradition
Gingerbread Cookie hearts, an Oktoberfest tradition

 

The Streets of Augsburg, Germany
The Streets of Augsburg, Germany

 

The Streets of Augsburg, Germany - Bavaria
The Streets of Augsburg, Germany – Bavaria

 

Yours truely, finding the perfect Oktoberfest outfit :)
Yours truely, finding the perfect Oktoberfest outfit :)

 

More Bavarian Decor, Cuckoo Clock and horns
More Bavarian Decor, Cuckoo Clock and horns

 

Laugenbrezel, traditional german pretzels
Laugenbrezel, traditional german pretzels



Jagerhause in Southern Bavaria
Jagerhause in Southern Bavaria

 

Stuttgart Schlossplatz
Stuttgart Schlossplatz

 

A Waterfall we found while hiking in Southern Germany
A Waterfall we found while hiking in Southern Germany

 

Neuschwanstein Castle. This is where I had my first tastes of ice cream as a baby
Neuschwanstein Castle. This is where I had my first tastes of ice cream as a baby

 

A view from the Mountains of Schwangau - Neuschwanstein Castle
A view from the Mountains of Schwangau – Neuschwanstein Castle

 

Neuschwanstein Castle towering above - Schwangau, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle towering above – Schwangau, Germany

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