The European winter may be over, but that doesn't mean that is it for the German Alps until next winter. The German Alpine Road or Alpenstrasse winds for 450 kilometres through picturesque rolling hills, Alpine meadows, quaint villages, enchanting lakes and fairy-tale castles. Collect your Peugeot lease or hire car in Munich and prepare to explore this fascinating area at your own pace.
Commence your epic road trip in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Sample some Bavarian treats at the Viktualienmarkt, a farmers market in the city centre or say Prostat the legendary Hofbrauhaus beer hall. Step back in time at Nymphenburg Palace or hear the Glockenspiel chime and watch the 32 life sized figures come to life.
Head south out of Munich to pay your respects at The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, a sombre reminder of harsh times passed. Once you've finished your memorial experience, travel south to Ettal, located an hour from Dachau. Visit the Ettal Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with a stunning church which is rich in history.
Located 5km from the Austrian border, the gorgeous town of Fussen is home to the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle. This stunning castle, with spires reaching towards the sky, is said to have inspired Walt Disney and is surrounded by lush mountains and gorges.. spend the whole day exploring this magnificent area - you will not be disappointed!
A short 45 minute drive north east in your hire car, Oberammergau is known for its extensive Luftlmalerei - coloured wall murals that are popular in the Bavarian region. You can also find numerous Dievdirbys or religious carvings, some which date back to the 16th century.
Atop the breath taking Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is at the heart of the alpine region, find yourself close to nature amongst the Bavarian people and culture. Lake Walchensee is a mecca for water sport enthusiast and land-lovers alike. Follow the Isar river through the town of Bad Tolz, a perfect Bavarian summer and winter destination on your way to Kreuth. Marvel at the exquisite architecture of the Schloss Ringberg, a quintessential Bavarian castle.
Follow the eight kilometre Tatzlwurmstrae, named after the mythical beast that is said to have lived in the canyon near the inn of the same name and enter deep Inn Valley. Stop at the village Oberau with traditional hotels, great shopping and year-round recreational, leisure and cultural activities. Passing through Bernau am Chiemsee, Rottau and Grassau you will find the Salz and Moor Museum, which historically transferred brine from the salt mines in the area. Continue driving through this alpine paradise until you reach Inzell. This idyllic mountain village is known for its speed skating events and is the perfect Bavarian winter destination.
As our Alpine Road journey reaches its final stages, we arrive at the beautiful scenery of the Berchtesgaden Alps. Venture to Bad Reichenhall for the Bavarian state baths famous for their salt and brine cures. Stop at the Ramsau village for an irresistible photo opportunity at the 500 year old Church of Saint Sebastian. The village of Berchtesgaden is home to a royal castle and historic town centre and allows you to loop over the Rossfeld-Panoramastrasse, which is Germany's highest scenic route with views all the way into Salzburg. At the end of the German Alpine Road you can find the quaint Lake Konigssee, a perfect scenic end to your German roadtrip.
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