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A spa town in the Ammergauer Alps.... more

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In Oberaudorf, wind through the town’s bustling main street following signposts for Niederaudorf (2 kilometers). Before reaching the village, turn left on a narrow country road for Bayrischzell (20 kilometers): en route the road climbs steeply to the little village of Wall, whic... more

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Leaving the Chiemsee, continue east along the scenic autobahn to exit 115 at Bad Reichenhall, following signposts to the mountain town of Berchtesgaden. Set in a crescent of towering mountains, Berchtesgaden, an ancient market town, is a very popular tourist destination. Explore the S... more

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After a visit to Coburg you will come back to tell your friends about it. Please, do so, but do it in a whisper. It won’t be much longer that Coburg, a Bavarian jewel will be talked about as an insider’s tip. Once the crowds find out, jewel might get scratchy. You will... more

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South of Feuchtwangen is the historic, old town of Dinkelsbühl , a town that prospered in the 15th and 16th centuries at the junction of trade routes. Its narrow streets filled with historic houses lie behind the walls with their towers and four gateways. The most handsome houses... more

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Leaving Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the direction of Munich for a short distance, follow signposts for Augsburg and Oberammergau, which brings you to the little village of Ettal. You cannot miss your sightseeing destination here for overshadowing the village is the Klosterkirche (monast... more

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Consider escaping the daytime crowds that flock to Rothenburg by taking a half-day outing just a little farther down the Romantic Road to Feuchtwangen, a small town whose market square is referred to as “Franconia’s Festival Hall.” Of interest are the Romanesque cloi... more

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Füssen is a charming walled town whose maze of pedestrian streets are fun to explore. There are lots of shops, outdoor cafés, and restaurants, and a wonderful indoor market. Füssen’s Hohes Schloss, standing high above the river, is usually overlooked in favor of... more

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Framed by some of Germany’s most dramatic, jagged peaks, *Garmisch-Partenkirchen is backed up against her highest—the towering Zugspitze. At one time two villages, Garmisch and Partenkirchen, merged to meet the demands of accommodating the 1936 winter Olympic Games, and th... more

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Lindau is a charming island whose main thoroughfare, Maximilianstrasse is bordered with lovely old houses.... more

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*Munich, the “gateway to Bavaria,” stars as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Locals refer to Munich as “the village” because it is compact and easily explored on foot with the aid of short trips on the clean and efficient U-Bahn and S-Bahn undergrou... more

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Detour off the main road into the famous village of Oberammergau where many of the homes have ornate murals and seemingly all the shops sell very expensive carvings. Every ten years the Passion Spiel (Passion Play), a religious play, is performed here. It was a spectacular performance... more

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The road climbs steeply to Oberjoch, a ski resort spread across the summit, and opens up to vistas of the valley as it winds down past Hindelang.... more

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Leaving Immenstadt, you leave the soaring granite peaks of the Alps behind and travel beside a lake and along a valley bordered with green hills. The valley opens up at Oberstaufen, a small town that steps down the hillside where every home seems to have a fabulous view of the far sid... more

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As you near Pfronten, study the nearby hilltops and locate the ruined medieval fortress of Schloss Falkenstein where Ludwig planned to build his next castle. His death put an end to his fanciful building program, so instead of a grandiose castle you now find several lovely hotels on t... more

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Rothenburg. This is truly one of Europe’s most enchanting towns (you can drive and park your car within the walls only if you are staying at a hotel—they provide you with a parking permit). Walking down the cobblestoned streets of Rothenburg is rather like taking a stroll ... more

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If you prefer a countryside setting, just to the south of Freiburg is a gorgeous, lush region of the Black Forest, reminiscent of the gentle foothills of Switzerland, and three towns that are convenient to Freiburg and would make an ideal base: Staufen, Münstertal, and Badenweiler. S... more

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The small town of Waldsassen, snuggled right on the border of the Czech Republic, is not well known, but has a beautiful church (Stiftsbasilika) and, next to it, an incredible library (Bibliothek), which is so spectacular that it is worth making a special effort to see. As you drive i... more

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Detour to Wies to visit the *Wieskirche, a pilgrimage church whose simple exterior belies the most exquisitely beautiful interior. It’s a popular excursion, so there are cafés and paid parking but once you step into the beautiful interior, all the surrounding commercialis... more

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The 12th-century diplomat, Gottfried von Viterbo, described Würzburg as “lovely, like a rose set in deep-green foliage—sculpted into the valley like an earthly paradise.” It no longer seems like a paradise but it certainly is a lovely city with two outstanding ... more

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