A guide to the Bavarian Alps

Discover the sublime beauty of the Bavarian Alps in winter.

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An impressive mountainous terrain, beautiful landscapes, scenic lakes and rivers, as well as picturesque villages and historic cities form a harmonious whole under the proverbially azure sky. Each location has its own distinctive qualities and attributes, making the Bavarian Alps an incredibly varied destination for travellers from across the globe. 

Bavarian Alps

A glance at the venerable peaks and valleys is awe-inspiring for tourists, but even locals are constantly enchanted by the peerless beauty of the Bavarian Alps. In the winter, snow transforms this range of mountains, crowned by the 2,962-metre Zugspitze, into a fairytale panorama.

The many skiing areas, including the Lake Tegernsee Valley, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Chiemgau Alps, are a wonderful playground for Alpine and cross-country skiers and snowboarders alike. Skiing on Germany’s only glacier on the Zugspitze is possible for a full seven months every year.

This natural beauty spot with its pristine air is wonderfully relaxing. But if you’re looking for something extra special, you might want to try a little deceleration and regeneration, following a day on the slopes, at one of the numerous wellness facilities here.

The scenic Rottach-Egern at Lake Tegernsee is, one could say, the cradle of wellness in Europe. A pioneer in the application of holistic medicinal approaches, Gertraud Gruber set up the continent’s first wellness farm here in 1955. In recognition of her remarkable achievements, the privately-operated 5-star superior Hotel Egerner Höfe – along with others – offers cosmetic treatments based on Gertraud Gruber’s insights. The hotel spa also provides a whole range of extra services and pampering.

Park Hotel Egerner Höfe is also exquisitely prepared to meet your culinary yearnings. Gourmets will be delighted with the Michelin-starred creations at the Dichterstub’n and popular regional delicacies are served, for example, at Restaurant Hubertusstüberl. The backdrop enhanced by the gorgeous Lake Tegernsee and its valley is yet another point in favour of this area.

About an hour’s drive to the West lies the peaceful town of Elmau. Its location at the foot of the imposing Wetterstein range makes it ideal as a starting-point for a wintry excursion into the heart of nature.


Below, Schloss Elmau

Luxury hotel Schloss Elmau is a great choice in this area. Its Schloss Elmau Winter Sports Experience package includes individual and group courses for various winter sports activities. All your sporting gear rental need are handled by the Sport Concierge Team. This outstanding hotel also has a unique spa with huge range and diversity of treatments. 

Neuschwanstein Castle is arguably Germany’s most famous building. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps the castle offers stunning views that were much loved by it's former resident, King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

The final stop takes us to Munich, King Ludwig II's place of birth. Famous the world over for its annual Oktoberfest, Munich is a chic and cosmopolitan city which is firmly tied to its traditional roots.

Bavaria has a reputation for skilfully combining modern culture, innovation and cutting-edge technology with tradition, individuality and a strong sense of belonging on the part of the local community. This is enticing combination that attracts millions of visitors, whatever their tastes, and it also ensures a high quality of life for the residents.

Kirche St. Coloman.

Kirche St. Coloman.