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Capital of the Lindau constituency, Lindau is an scenic town located on the Obersee section of Lake Constance. 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 majestic lake, it makes for a perfect location for adventure activities like sailing, hiking and even camping. The town is also peppered with a number of historic attractions of which the lighthouse Mangturm, Peterskirche Lindau and the old town hall are noteworthy.
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.
Standing out amid the dense verdure of Bavaria, the imposing facade of the Hohenschwangau Castle looks nothing short of a castle from a fairytale. Dating back to the 19th Century and credited to 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.
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 snow globe. 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.
With an elevation of 8,714 feet (2,656 meters), Allgäuer Alpen is a mountain range that is known for its rich and diverse landscape. Regarded as a prominent hiking spot, one of the range's defining features is the Grasberge (Grass Mountain), whereby a peak is covered with lush green vegetation.
Classified as a geotope, the Scheidegger waterfalls make for a fascinating attraction owing to its scenic location between Lake Constance and towering mountains. Located along the iconic German Alpine Road, these waterfalls nudge the Germany-Austria border, and are a popular pitstop for roadtrippers along this route. The waterfall flows over several craggy rocks and steps, turning into a beautiful cascade that cannot be missed. There are viewing platforms to take in the panoramic sight. Â
Weissensee is a freshwater lake that 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 houses fish species such as pike, tench, perch, carp and trout. During winters, the lake freezes completely and many ice skating and skiing tournaments are held at this site.
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.
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 of 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.
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. Famous for its violin-making industry, Füssen is also home to the Hohes Schloss, a stately landmark and former summer residence of the Prince-Bishops of Augsburg that preserves several Renaissance and late Gothic artworks.
Located on a mountainside overlooking the Hohenschwangau valley, the Neuschwanstein Castle is a dream-like structure in an idyllic setting. Construction of the castle began in 1869 but was not completed until 1892. King Ludwig II commissioned its construction so that he could stay in a beautiful castle when he wanted to escape the royal courts. However, the king did not live to see the castle's completion. Visitors can explore the castle's Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic-inspired interior, including the third and fourth floors, which were supposed to have been the king’s residences. These floors house opulent murals and spectacular wood carvings. Tours of the castle are available throughout the day. Visitors must visit the nearby Mary's Bridge, from where the view of the castle and its surroundings is stunning.
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 and rococo styles, and the interiors throw a brilliant light on the craftsmanship and artistic expression of this period. Listed on the UNESCO World 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.