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Along the German Alpine Road

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Known colloquially in Germany as the Queralpenstraße, this holiday road is not only one of the most scenic routes in all of Germany but also the oldest of its kind. The route winds exclusively through the Bavarian Alps and passes by some of Germany's most famous natural and manmade landmarks. Below is a list of sights that are bound to lure you on a wondrous journey along this world-famous Alpine roadway.


Lindau

Lindau is an island-town located on Lake Constance. It is the capital of the Lindau constituency. Records have it that it was a monk from St. Gallen who gave the town its name. With its location, surrounded by waters of the Constance, it makes for a perfect location for adventure activities like sailing, hiking and even camping, bikes can be hired here as well.

Lindau, Germania
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Lake Constance

Lake Constance is perhaps one of the most famous lakes found in the German Alps. During the ice age, the Rhine Glacier melted, creating the lake that visitors can explore today. The lake's deep blue waters reach a depth of 252 meters (827 feet), while the length of the lake spans an impressive 63 kilometers (39 miles), making it one of the largest lakes in Europe. Steamboats can take visitors on a tour of the lake, passing islands, towns, and coves along the way.

Kreuzlingen, Svizzera
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Hohenschwangau Castle

Standing out amid the dense verdure of Bavaria, the imposing facade of the Hohenschwangau Castle looks nothing short of a castle from fairytale. Located on Alpseestraße, the Hohenschwangau Castle can be dated back to the 19th Century. Built by Maximilian II of Bavaria, the castle was home to King Ludwig II when he was a child. The architecture and interiors of the castle are simply spectacular. The castle is open to public visitation throughout the year and also offers guided tours in several languages. The castle is one of the prime tourist attractions in the city. The Schloss Hohenschwangau is also one of the few castles in the country that remained unscathed during both World War I and World War II.

Schwangau, Germania
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Linderhof Palace

The Linderhof Palace, nestled in the western corner of Ettal, is the smallest castle to have been constructed by King Ludwig II. The tour of the palace gives visitors a glimpse into the opulent life that King Ludwig II led. From various chambers, dining rooms, grottos and the King's favorite Hall of Mirrors, the ornate castle and its breathtaking expanse gives an up and close peek into the royal life. In winter when the castle is covered in snow, it resembles a spectacular, magical snowglobe. While the castle is the smallest in size among all three palaces commissioned by King Ludwig II, it is also one of the most beautiful and exquisite royal complexes.

Ettal, Germania
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Allgäuer Alpen

Oberstdorf, Germania
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Scheidegger Wasserfälle

Scheidegg, Germania
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Schloss Immenstadt

The Renaissance castle, today an administrative office, is beautifully situated in the heart of town.

Immenstadt im Allgäu, Germania
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Illertal

Tre fiumi confluiscono vicino a Oberstdorf: il Breitach, il Stillach e il Trettach. Al cosiddetto 'Illerursprung' (origine dell'Iller) i tre foci offrono insieme uno spettacolo naturale idilliaco, che può essere ammirato soltanto da pedoni e ciclisti. Il fiume Iller supera 147 km e 355 m di altezza, prima di sfociare vicino a Ulm nel Danubio. Lungo il corso del fiume la pista ciclabile 'Iller-Radweg' attraversa una regione graziosa.

Oberstdorf, Germania
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Weissensee

A cultural lake in the city of Carhnithia in the commune of Weissensee is the Weissensee Lake. This fresh water lake is very popular in the township for bathing and several activities that take place here during summer and winter months. Four boats and one speedboat are the only water vehicles that operate in the lake and the water body comes under the protected zone of Austria. Located within the Gailtal Alps, it is the largest bathing lake at this height in the entire city and is abundant in fish population of pike, trench, perch, carp and trout. During winters, the lake freezes completely and many ice skating and skiing tournaments are held at this site.

Neusach, Austria
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Hopfensee

Located between the small town of Hopfen and Füssen proper, Lake Hopfensee forms a busy attraction in the Schwaben region. Offering breathtaking, unrestricted views of the Alps that surround it, Hopfensee is quite popular with tourists as well as locals, thanks to the several business establishments, restaurants and taverns that are located in the area. The lake is 4.6 meters (15 feet) deep and is a result of the Lechtal Glacier. The eastern part of the lakeshore also has camping facilities where friends and family can spend quality time while admiring the natural beauty that this region is blessed with. Come winter, the snow covers the lake's environs while the frozen lake looks enchanting and transforms into a natural ice rink for visitors.

Füssen, Germania
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Forggensee

The glorious azure lake of Forggensee is located a little North of the city center of Füssen. The lakeshore stretches to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) in length and 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) in breadth and offers some of the best views Bavaria. One of the largest lakes in the state, Lake Forggensee is a thriving tourist attraction which also offers water sports and activities such as boating and cruises, while the terrestrial periphery of the lake is often used for activities such as hiking and biking.

Füssen, Germania
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Füssen

Located in Bavaria, Füssen is one of the last towns at the end of the Romantic Road, before the Germanic-Austrian border begins. The town is set in charming, romantic locales, with the Alps forming striking views in the backdrop, while the River Lech flows through the town's midst. Known to be famous for its violin-making industry, Füssen lies in close proximity to iconic historical castles in Southern Germany, such as the Neuschwanstein Castle and the Hohenswangau Castle.

Füssen, Germania
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