For outings on an epic scale – and to ensure you don’t miss out on THE best view in Germany – you might just want to put Munich in your rear view mirror.
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Statue of Bavaria & Ruhmeshalle
Situated on the West side of Theresienwiese, the Bavaria Statue is a symbol of the state’s strength and glory and was designed by Ludwig Schwanthaler by order of King Ludwig I in 1837. The three-winged Ruhmeshalle (or Hall of Fame) was built shortly after as a testament to Bavaria’s acclaimed artists, politicians and scientists, a tradition which has continued since 1966.
Visitors can climb inside the Bronze statue and scale the 126 steps to reach the viewing platform, observing spectacular views of downtown Munich through the eyes of Bavaria herself.
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This Catholic church of pilgrimage is steeped in history dating back well into the 12th Century when count Berthold II ordered his subjects to make the journey to worship the relics in the chapel of St Nicholas.
These days, modern pilgrims are rewarded in the aptly named ‘Pilgrim’s Tavern’ with the monasteries own brewed beer of which the monks of Kloster Andechs have been brewing for over 1000 years. Designated drivers may be disappointed to know that visitors can choose between 7 different beers with the Doppelbock Dunkel being the supreme brew at over 7% with a powerful, robust body and lingering rich flavours of velvety chocolate.
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With the view from this peak being one of, if not the best view in Germany it would be seemingly discourteous to think about giving it a miss.
The best option up is the cogwheel train from the Zugspitze railway station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the idyllic lakeside destination of Eibsee, which, if you’re looking to climb or hike back down offers a money saving one way ticket up.
1 hour 45 minutes
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Famous for its striking Baroque architecture and most famous son, Mozart, Salzburg is the meeting point of Northern and Southern Europe; this city on the banks of the Salzach River has borne witness to the changing European landscape from the Holy Roman Empire to the Modern era.
The Museum of Modern Art is the perfect diversion for those looking to escape the cliché Sound of Music tours with the Monschberg building a must see architectural sore thumb built in 1998 to house contemporary exhibitions and their altering environments.
1 hour 35 minutes
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Roughly translating to ‘Kings Lake’ this huge fjord is famous for its strikingly clear water and alpine setting. Winter sports fans will recognise the name for its famed bobsleigh track nearby, being the first artificially refrigerated course in the world.
Königsee gives you an opportunity to unwind and escape the autobahns and hectic beer gardens for a truly spectacular picture at the foot of the Alps, firmly establishing the notion that Germany is so much more than its frenzied cities. We recommend checking out the St. Bartholomä church, located on a small peninsula on the western shore of the lake.
1 hour 50 minutes
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