The Bavarian Alps are the landscape of fantastical fairy tales. Captivating castles with skyward spires, dramatic spiked mountain ranges, quaint and quintessential villages and glistening bodies of water decorate the rugged landscape, that permeates a sense of magical mystery. The combination of cultural heritage and natural phenomenon is an alluring one, and the beautiful and enthralling Bavarian Alps promise not to disappoint.
Beautiful Berchtesgaden: The Angel’s Dumping Ground
According to local legend, during the creation of the world, God instructed his angels to evenly distribute a selection of wonders across the globe. Having taken too long, the angels were told to hurry and therefore dropped all of the wonders in Berchtesgaden. The most alluring attraction here is undoubtedly Lake Konigsee, an exquisite emerald expanse of water that sparkles in the sunshine. One of Germany’s highest mountains, The Watzmann, was also disposed of here and towers over the quaint villages at an awe inspiring 2713 metres. Dive into the subterranean depths of the land to explore the shimmering Salzbergwerz, an intriguing salt mine into which insight is given after an entertaining 90 minute tour.
As well as myth and legends, the area is steeped in history, some delightful and some dark and disturbing. The nearby village of Obersalzberg was the secondary Nazi headquarters during the Second World, and the modern day exhibition expertly presents every element of this turbulent and terrible time; peruse the underground bunker network, observe the construction of the compound and delve deeper into the horrifying history of the Nazi regime.
One of the region’s most alluring attractions is undoubtedly the Neuschwanstein Castle, an ethereal image that conjures fairytale queens and magical mythology. Created by a stage designer rather than an architect, the romantic and remarkable castle is also shrouded in intriguing history and heritage, which a grand tour will reveal.