Things to do in Upper Bavaria, Bavaria: The Best Sights & Landmarks

January 18, 2022 Deane Carmody

Discover the best top things to do in Upper Bavaria, Germany including St. Maria de Victoria Kirche, Marienplatz, Schloss Linderhof, Oberammergau Church, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schloss Berchtesgaden, Nymphenburg Palace, Berchtesgaden Salt Mines, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Olympiapark.

1. St. Maria de Victoria Kirche

Neubaustrasse 11/2, 85049 Ingolstadt, Bavaria Germany +49 841 17518 http://www.ingolstadt.de/stadtmuseum/scheuerer/ing
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St. Maria de Victoria Kirche

Reviewed By Asta365 - Kent, United States

The church of Maria de Victoria, also known as the Asam Kirche, is a stunning baroque church. Expecting a church more like the Asam Kirche in Munich which focuses more on these artisans' Baroque plasterwork, I was surprised to find a study in perspective in this medium size church. Confronted with a set of design challenges in what is basically a rectangular church, the brothers worked out a set of multiple perspective points that makes a celestial vision absolutely pop out at the viewer. This is coupled with clever plasterwork along the edges of the ceiling which integrate it with the walls to smoothly transition their work into the plain walls. The altar is a nice baroque composition, but the "professors" seating along the walls of this Jesuit church are extremely well crafted. In the the small treasury in the back of the church there is a magnificent monstrance made in Augsburg that commemorates the Battle of Leponto. While such a warlike scene that is somewhat jarring when seen on such a religious article, I guess it's understandable after such a significant turning point in the then-ongoing war against Islamic expansion. In a somewhat similar vein, the warrior-leader Tilly's crucifix in silver and ivory is also kept in the treasury. Admission is €3. I was allowed to use the English language guidebook to guide my visit. There really is no parking close to the church, but it is a short walk from the large public parking lots. The docents at the church were friendly.

2. Marienplatz

Marienplatz 1, 80331 Munich, Bavaria Germany http://marienplatz.de/
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Marienplatz

This prominent public square, the largest in Munich, still stands as the center of social activity in the city, much as it has throughout history.

Reviewed By tatianam22 - Charlotte, United States

We were lucky to visit Marienplatz during Christmas, so we could experience the magical part of the decorated tree, the Christmas market with all its colorful displays of baked goods, toys, gluhwein. It's a busy place in the heart of Bavaria, reflecting new and past, mixing old architecture and modern shopping malls. Bustling atmosphere, a sea of tourists and locals create a unique vibe of hospitality and generosity of Bavaria.

3. Schloss Linderhof

Linderhof 12, 82488 Ettal, Bavaria Germany +49 8822 92030 [email protected] http://www.schlosslinderhof.de
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Schloss Linderhof

A bizarre, yet glamorous, castle built by King Ludwig II.

Reviewed By David190343 - Wetherby, United Kingdom

Ludwig II's admiration of Louis XIV was played out here in a spectacular fashion. Sumptuous furnishings and decor with gold leaf everywhere in a series of splendid rooms all within a jewel of a building and a lovely setting. Must be seen.

4. Oberammergau Church

Oberammergau, Bavaria Germany +49 8822 92290 http://www.pfarrverband-oberammergau.de/index.php
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Oberammergau Church

This massive church is frequented visited by Catholic pilgrims.

Reviewed By gfrisch - San Antonio, United States

I visited this church on a rainy day in June.After passing through a grave yard a very old handcrafted door opens into the church.This is a Catholic Church,beautiful Wal paintings with a cupola painted and a Chrystal chandelier hanging down on a long chain.The seats are made of pine and you can tell they have been used for centuries.The altar is decorated in gold and silver and you can tell this is a very rich church.A very nice organ oversees the church and it powerful sound is nice to listen too.It is well worth it to take some time to visit this gem.

5. Schloss Neuschwanstein

Neuschwansteinstrasse 20, 87645 Schwangau, Bavaria Germany +49 8362 939880 [email protected] http://www.neuschwanstein.de/
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Schloss Neuschwanstein

Yet another of the eccentric King Ludwig II's magnificently odd architectural creations.

Reviewed By 430chuckd

You will be greeted at the entry to the little tourist shopping area where you will pay about 7 euros to park. From there you will walk to the nearby ticket office and purchase tickets for reserved tour times for one or both castles. This must be done on the day of your visit, and it's a good idea to get there early, since the time slots fill up rapidly and the number of people per slot is limited. Allow two hours between the starts of the tours if you plan to take the bus up to Neuschwanstein rather than walk, three hours if you walk. From the ticket office you will take a short walk uphill through a small shopping area with restaurants, hotel, a bank, gift shops, etc., following the signs to Schloss Hohenschwangau. It's best to see this castle first since it's the closest and the easiest stairway climb up the hillside. After this tour, which is about 40 minutes, walk back down to the nearby bus stop (you won't have trouble finding it) and purchase tickets at 2-1/2 euros each for the ride up the mountain stopping near Schloss Neuschwanstein, about a 10-minute drive and the buses run at 10-minute intervals. Or, you can use the walking trail if you’re in good shape, but it’s rather steep and long (about 40 minutes) and keep in mind that there are a LOT of stairs on the castle tour. The bus will let you off at a point with a very short hike to Mary’s Bridge (highly recommended if you’re not afraid of heights or rickety-feeling bridges), where you will get the best view photo view of the castle. From there walk back down to the bus stop and follow the signs mostly downhill to the castle, about a 10-minute walk. Taking the hiking path down from there after the 40-minute tour is easier than walking back uphill to the bus, since it’s all downhill. If you’re a serious German history buff and want to learn everything (and I mean Everything) about the history of the region, you can buy the museum tickets at the door. Don't miss the Linderhof Palace for jaw-dropping opulence while you're in the area. It's not as big as the castles, but the interior is truly impressive.

6. Schloss Berchtesgaden

Schlossplatz 2, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria Germany +49 8652 2085 http://www.schloss-berchtesgaden.de/de
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Schloss Berchtesgaden

Reviewed By Chooks64 - Gloucester, United Kingdom

We have just had a tour with Francisca. We arrived for the 3 o'clock tour and were greeted by a friendly cashier who spoke English and gave us an English script for the tour. We turned out to be the only 2 on it and our lovely guide spoke English for us explaining everything in detail and with good humour. There is so much to see and lots of rooms to visit- more than we saw at Hohenschwangau castle. I think we talked for longer than our allotted time but we're not rushed on our tour. A must see if you are in Berchtesgaden.

7. Nymphenburg Palace

Schloss Nymphenburg 1, 80638 Munich, Bavaria Germany +49 89 179080 [email protected] http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/palace/objects/ny_schl.htm
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Nymphenburg Palace

Reviewed By tk3232 - Sugar Land, United States

The palace is three miles from city and you can take the tram #17 (direction Amalienburgstrasse). Cost : combo-ticket 11.50 - main palace, garden (always open and free), plus extra small palaces as a hunting lodge Amalienburg, bath house Badenburg, pagoda and fake ruins. The palace is stingy on free information, you'll need the audio guide - extra 3.50 at your own language. Allow at least three -four hours (including travel time) to see whole the palace complex at a leisurely pace. The palace interior, while interesting, is much less extensive than Munich's Residenz. For 200 years, this oasis of palaces and garden was the Wittelsbach rulers' summer vacation home. It was here Ludwig II ("Mad" King, the last Bavarian King) was born and was christened the very next day in the famous Great Hall (it is really breathtaking hall) of the main palace. I was here a seven-year-old Mozart gave a widely heralded concert. Very worth to see the King Ludwig I's Gallery of Beauties. The portrait of his wife and mother of Ludwig II, belongs to this gallery among other 36 beautiful women. The park is huge and laced with canals and small lakes, where court guests one rode on Venetia-style gondolas. If you are there, visit hunting lodge, beautiful decorated Rococo style small palace located three hundred yards from main building) - it's the most worthwhile of the four small "extra" palaces - Amalienburg (see that topic)

8. Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

Bergwerkstrasse 83, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria Germany +49 8652 60020 [email protected] http://www.salzbergwerk.de
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Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

Reviewed By Merrowmum - Guildford, United Kingdom

This salt mine is fascinating in of itself, but the whole experience is extremely well organised and executed - everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed our tour! The combination of walking round, underground train and explanations is superbly thought through, the slides being a fun addition especially for children (but they do have an alternative option as well). The handsets for languages other than German generally worked very well indeed, although there were some glitches, but at least one of our group's worked at every stopping place so we were able to explain to anyone who had had problems. The highlight of the whole tour is the boat trip across the mirror lake, complete with light show - what a surreal experience underground!!! Excellent, much much better than anticipated!

9. Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Pater-Roth-Str. 2A, 85221, Dachau, Bavaria Germany +49 8131 669970 [email protected] http://www.kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de/index-e.html
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Reviewed By tiffx1 - Orting, United States

I feel if you are able to visit Dachau while in Munich it's worth a visit. It's a very sobering experience to walk through the grounds of this facility and to learn more about the history that took place here. We took the train from Munich and then the bus from the train stop. It was easy to get there as well. Give yourself a few hours to get through the entire facility.

10. Olympiapark

Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 Munich, Bavaria Germany +49 89 30670 [email protected] http://www.olympiapark.de/
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Olympiapark

See Olympiapark, home of the 1972 Olympics. Tours include a roof climb, with ropes & carbiners and bungee jumping into the stadium.

Reviewed By BlueDolphin9 - Mauritius, null

Olympiapark was not so near the Nymphemburg Palace .To get there, we took the tram . On the way, we could see the beautiful autumn foliage . There were not many people in sight because maybe it was Sunday. Fortunately, we met a young couple who live nearby and were taking along their little boy and baby to play in the park and they showed us a short cut to the Olympic Tower. The park itself was quite big and it was interesting to visit as this is the place where Mark Spitz won his 7 Olympic medals in swimming in the 1972 Olympic Games .

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