Bavaria conjures up the quintessential German imagery, from the Disney-inspired castles, the half timbered houses, pretzels and Weisswurst (white sausage). It is famous for the traditional bierhaus experiences and gemütlich (cozy) atmosphere. Located in the southern part of the country, Bavaria has a strong regional heritage that is not to be missed. For this photo trip, I traveled up the Danube to visit Nuremberg, Regensburg, and the capital of Bavaria: Munich. Check out my tips on the must see sights to photograph in these cities.
Nuremberg is a town situated on the Danube canal in a distinct Bavarian Region known as Franconia. It has many important sights and is well known for the infamous Nuremberg trials. In fact, the WW2 presence is very palpable throughout the city. The Medieval city, for example, even had to be painstakingly recreated to its original architecture after being bombed in WW2. Now we can enjoy the skyline as it once appeared, with all the glory of the Medieval features of the cobblestone streets and the half-timbered houses.
Top 3 sights to photograph in Nuremberg:
1. Medieval City - The Nuremberg Medieval city contains a large market square which transforms into the Christmas Market during late November and throughout December.
2. Frauenkirche - A 14th Century brick Gothic church is situated in the Medieval city center.
3. Nuremberg Castle - The sandstone castle is walled off with a moat and visitors can climb to the Sinwell tower.
Regensburg is also situated on the Danube river and has Roman heritage. It is notable because it is one of the few German towns that was spared from the bombings of WW2. The city is a quintessential representation of Bavaria. The city also happens to be home to the oldest bratwurst stand!
Top 3 sites to photograph in Regensberg:
1. Medieval City and UNESCO World Heritage site - The entire city is filled with colorful buildings, towers, cuckoo clock shops, cobblestone streets, and tons of charm
2. St. Peter's Church - Beautiful Gothic church
3. Stone Bridge - Built by the Romans
4.Danube Narrows - About a half hour from Regensburg is the narrowest part of the Danube River, called the Danube Narrows. There is a scenic ferry ride that takes you down the river to the Weltenberg Abbey, a Gothic style monastery.
Munich is a city that I had been wanting to see for years. To add to my excitement, this trip happened to occur over Oktoberfest which draws thousands of visitors from all over the world. No trip to Bavaria would be complete without seeing this fun and unique cultural event. The city of Munich is the third largest in Germany and has its roots as a Medieval city and political center. While walking through the city center, you can see the people of Munich truly embracing the Bavarian traditions. Many people dress in lederhosen and dirndls, the traditional Bavarian outfits. Besides the legendary bierfests, the city is also home to many important industrial and historical sites.
Top places to photograph in Munich:
1. Ratskeller Munchen - Traditional German food experience.
2. BMW Welt - aka. BMW World. Visitors come from around the world to pick up their ultimate driving machine. The headquarters is a gem for auto and architecture lovers (which I am both :) )
3. Oktoberfest - Munich's ultimate bierfest. It is one of the most unique experiences drawing visitors from all over the world.
4. Marienplatz (glockenspiel) - The Marienplatz is the city's focal point. Arrive at 12pm sharp for a unique performance in St. Mary's Square.
5. Alter Peter - In St. Peter's church, you can pay an extra few euros to visit the top of the tower. Since the church is the highest building in the city center, you can get a bird's eye view of Munich.
6. Autobahn - Germany's highway system is fascinating. In most areas, there is no set speed limit.
7. Nymphenburg Palace - Beautiful Baroque palace and former residence of the rulers of Bavaria.
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