With stunning mountain views, authentic Bavarian restaurants and ample hiking trails, Garmisch-Partenkirchen [ just an hour southwest of Munich ] is perfect if you are looking to unplug, de-stress and connect with Mother Nature.
Accommodation: A cozy, lodge-style rental home found through Vacation Rentals By Owner [ VRBO ].
Pretty cool:Channel your inner Cinderella and castle-hop through the palaces of the former Bavarian king, Ludwig II.
• Hohenschwangau Castle, the former Bavarian royal family’s summer residence.
• Neuschwanstein Castle, deservingly the most popular of them all, expands high on the cliffs and is just a steep walk [ or horse-drawn carriage ride ] from Hohenschwangau Castle. King Ludwig II’s magnificent masterpiece, although never finished, is breathtakingly beautiful – from the vibrant, ornate interior to the grande, gothic-style exterior.
• Linderhof Palace, where the decor and design was inspired by Ludwig’s idol, French king Louis XIV. The lavish decor…
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