One of Germany’s most recognizable structures is Neuschwanstein Castle, commissioned by King Ludwig II. Construction began in 1869, but it unfortunately wasn’t even completed by the time he died in 1886. We’ll tour the castle with its exquisitely decorated rooms, adorned with intricate paintings and artistic details. Its stunning location in the Bavarian Alps continues to enchant tourists and inspire artists and dreamers around the world. Fun fact: Neuschwanstein Castle served as a model for the Cinderella Castle at Disneyland, and other Disney theme park castles.
We’ll also enjoy the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg, dating back to the 11th century. It has gone through a series of expansions and renovations over the centuries so that it now features an interesting mix of architectural styles. Although it was heavily damaged during WWII, thankfully many of the most important original sections were spared, and other sections were rebuilt to its previous state.
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Munich’s city hall was built in the 19th century, however its iconic Glockenspiel was added in 1908. We’ll witness the Glockenspiel’s performance at 11:00 during our city tour, when its 43 bells and 32 life-size figurines display scenes from Munich’s history, including a wedding, a jousting tournament, and dancing.
We’ll spend time in the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, known for its charming, traditional Bavarian houses and chalet-style buildings inspired by Swiss alpine architecture. Some buildings feature hand-painted murals on exterior walls depicting local history, folklore, or religious themes, and others are rustic, timber framed structures with wooden balconies and decorative wooden shutters. Garmisch-Partenkirchen has several beautiful churches with architectural styles from Gothic to Baroque. There will be time to stroll the town’s cobblestone streets and perhaps do some shopping.
Bavaria boasts many natural wonders and beautiful landscapes, including the Danube Gorge, a section of the Danube River. The river has carved its way through limestone creating 262 feet cliffs and a scenic canyon which we will enjoy by boat ending at the Weltenburg Abbey, which dates to 700 AD.
The Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak at 9,718 feet, allows for breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views, and on a clear day, it’s possible to see Austria, Switzerland, and Italy! Our trip to the summit by cogwheel train and cable car will be topped off with lunch at the top!
Speaking of food, throughout the trip we’ll enjoy traditional German delicacies, with opportunities to try different styles of beer and varieties of wine. We’ll visit an alpine dairy and sample cheese made following old traditions with milk from happy cows which graze all summer in the Alps. There will certainly be an opportunity to taste authentic gingerbread in Nuremberg, as well!
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