Short breaks in Bavaria

Outdoor activities and relaxation in Germany's mountainous south

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert


Bavarian mountainsThe name 'Bavaria' conjures up all sorts of connotations, even to those who have never been there. For beer lovers, the infamous Oktoberfest is probably the first thing that springs to mind. Sports fans will most likely associate it with its rich footballing heritage in the shape of Bayern Munich. Perhaps unwittingly, though, the archetypal view that most people have of Germany as a whole comes from this magnificent land in the south-east of the country. Whether you’re looking to spend a short break in the bright lights of the city, or hiking through mountainous terrain, Bavaria is nothing if not unique.

With so much to see and do, you may find yourself spoiled for choice when planning your short break in Bavaria; but our quick guide to the region should help you get a feel for the place. When you’re ready, check out the plentiful supply of rental properties on HomeAway to find your ideal base.


 

Top five places to visit on a short Bavaria holiday


   

Munich Munich short breaks

It’s universally affiliated with the madness of Oktoberfest, but the true essence of Munich is more conspicuous the other 11 months of the year. Beer culture still has a prominent place, but the likes of the elegant Englischer Garden or the Brandhorst Museum prove that the city has more in its armoury. Take a hike up the looming Blomberg Mountain for a bird’s eye view, rewarding your efforts after dark by sampling the effervescent nightlife of the Kunstpark district.

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Nuremburg Nuremburg short breaks

What Munich offers by ways of urban sensibilities, the smaller city of Nuremburg counters with a distinct bucolic charm. The ancient stronghold is dominated by its towering Imperial Castle, one time home of the Kaiser, but the Old Town is the place to be for a real taste of the traditional elements. With charismatic timber houses and the irresistible Christmas market that springs up over the holiday period, this is arguably the most authentic Bavarian experience.

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Neuschwanstein Castle Neuschwanstein Castle short breaks

You may not be familiar with the name, but if you’ve ever watched the first 30 seconds of - well, any Disney movie - you will certainly recognise the features of Neuschwanstein Castle. Dramatically rising from the forestry of the Bavarian Alps, the castle is the most photographed building in Germany and easily the most breathtaking. You can either embark on the tour, or simply admire its enchanting exterior as you explore the picturesque surroundings or the nearby town of Fussen. 

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Bavarian Forest Bavarian Forest short breaks

Overshadowed by its German counterpart the Black Forest, a great shame; this is an equally, if not more beautiful area to explore. Kissing the border of the Czech Republic, the forest is a sheer delight for the more active traveller in particular, with the Great Erber mountain one such favourite amongst hikers. The glacial lakes and rustic villages that populate the forest make for a wonderfully scenic retreat, as does the nearby UNESCO World Heritage city of Regensburg.

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Augsburg Augsburg short breaks

Not too far from Munich lies the historic centre of Augsburg, a compelling fusion of ancient tradition and the characteristic nuances of a student-friendly town. First and foremost, the town is a hub of architectural genius, with the 17th century town hall and Fugger Stadtpalast among the most notable examples. The university populous means that Augsburg also enjoys fantastic nightlife, with the Maximilianstraße district presenting the most densely concentrated selection of bars and clubs.

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