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While visiting the neighboring town of Fussen and Neuschwanstein Castle, make a small detour to see the Wieskirche or The Pilgrimage Church of Wies. This stunning building is a true expression of the baroque style and the interiors throw a brilliant light on the craftsmanship and artistic expression of this period. Listed on the UNESCO heritage list, Wieskirche is a must-visit. The beautiful frescos painted by the Zimmerman brothers, ornate windows and the fine stucco work elaborate on the theological theme and bring it to life. The church is, to this day a popular pilgrimage destination.
Oberammergau is known for its woodcarving artisan culture as well as the incredible Passion Play which about 2,000 residents take part in yearly. Visitors travel from all over to view this incredible spectacle which lasts for hours. It is also known for its famous NATO Training School, adding a militaristic element to the beautiful town.
Among the largest of its kind, Ettal Abbey is an active Benedictine abbey. Though it was established by Emperor Ludwig in 1330, it is the Baroque designs of the architect Enrico Zuccalli in 1744 that laid the foundation for the beautiful structure that stands today. Visitors can visit the bookstore, cheese factory, art production house and the distillery that produces the famous Ettaler Kloster Liqueur.
Located in Upper Bavaria, the Werdenfelser Land cradles a rich assemblage of natural and historical treasures. Named after the Werdenfels Castle, the region's prosperity during the Middle Ages has earned it the moniker of "Golden Land'. Stretching from Mittenwald to southern Farchant, certain parts of the mighty Bavarian Alps are a part of this picturesque region. Blessed with verdant valleys and castle ruins, the region is made up of several quaint Bavarian towns like Krun, Ettal and Murnau, to name a few.
Zugspitze is the highest mountain range in Germany and a famous ski resort. The mountain stands at an impressive 2,962 meters (9717 feet) above sea level. The area has a variety of activities and attractions to offer both skiers and non-skiers. While the ski enthusiasts might take to the snow-covered slopes of the white mountain, for the non-skiers, there is a tranquil igloo village and Germany's highest church to visit. Cable cars run up and down the mountain, making the peak accessible to skiers and non-skiers alike.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a spa and ski town in the Oberbayern region of Germany. The town was originally made up of two separate towns, Garmisch and Partenkirchen, but have been brought together and have been functioning as one since 1935, when they were merged for the 1936 Olympics. A premier destination for winter sports, this little town has a lot to offer visitors. Ski resorts and spas abound in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Germany's highest mountain Zugspitze is accessible from here. There are plenty of opportunities to explore nature, go hiking or just relax at a world-class spa while taking in the stunning scenery.
The shallow lagoons of a primordial ocean formed the basis for the Alps. The Karwendel chain arose through tectonic displacements of the marine limestone deposits 200 million years ago. Since then wind, sun and water have weathered the stone. This has resulted in craggy peaks, steep rock faces and formations, such as the Vomperloch tributary valley which is popularly called the 'Grand Canyon' of the Karwendel Alpine Park. Hikers and mountain climbers will be rewarded with extraordinary views and wild unspoiled natural settings, but must also take rather difficult tours upon themselves.
Located in the municipality of Kochel, Walchensee is one of Germany's largest and deepest lakes. Endowed with spectacular natural beauty, it is rich in terms of varieties of flora and fauna in the region. Fans of surfing and sailing will relish a trip to this scenic lake. Hiking and swimming are some other activities which can be undertaken here.
Lake Kochel lies at the periphery of the Bavarian Alps, in the municipality of Kochel am See as well as the Schlehdorf town. Its name comes from the Latin for cone, cocula, and it was created by the Loisach-Isar glacier. The glacial lake lies on the river Loisach and is surrounded in part by forests and in part by a bog-land. A spectacular natural formation, the scenic environs of the lake are ideal for hikers and outdoor lovers.
With roots dating as far back as the 8th Century, Benediktbeuern Abbey is among the most revered religious edifices in the region. Spanning centuries of history, the monastery, which was consecrated to Saint Benedict and Saint James, serves as a residence for the Salesians of Don Bosco. A cultural symbol, various events, community services, festivals, and concerts are held here. The abbey comes to life during the Christmas and Easter celebrations, when locals and tourists alike flock to the grounds in large numbers.
Located south-east of Munich, Lake Tegernsee has been a magnet for tourists for many years as visitors can indulge in endless leisure pursuits like swimming, cycling, walking and sailing. The lake nestles at the bottom of a range of mountains which rise up from the water's edge, among them Wallberg and Risserkogel. Hikers will be well and truly in their element here, while those looking to relax will enjoy the lovely route to Schliersee. Because of the lake's popularity, there are plenty of hotels, guest houses, pubs and cafés located on its shores. The easiest way of getting here from Munich is to take the S-Bahn (S2) to Holzkirchen and then the train to Tegernsee.
Located about 10km east of Lake Tegernsee, Lake Schliersee is smaller, more romantic and just as popular with day-trippers. In the summer, tourists flock to the villages dotted around the lake for swimming, walking, cycling, boat-trips and health spas, as well as for skiing in the winter. Despite all that, the lake has remained relaxed, because of heavy restrictions on construction at the water's edge, so that the walk around the lake is still relatively unspoilt. The lake is surrounded by high, forested mountains, which are perfect for hiking. At the end of an energetic day, several restaurants and pubs tempt visitors in to sample their delicious (fish) suppers. The easiest way of reaching Lake Schliersee is by train and information is available at the main railway station.