Bavaria Is One of Lonely Planet's Top Destinations

Bavaria made the grade in this year’s Best in Travel List

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria
••• Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria. Getty Images

Every year, Lonely Planet ranks the best in travel for the coming year in travel and this year, the German region of Bavaria landed toward the top of the heap.

“From the cloud-shredding Alps to story-book castles, Bavaria has something to delight every traveler,” said Lonely Planet spokesperson Dr. Stephanie Mair-Huydts. “Whether in the beer hall or on the ski slope, Bavarians really know how to be good hosts.

And 2016 will be the perfect time to experience a Bavarian welcome as the region celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Beer Purity Law. Cheers.” 

Lonely Planet’s list is a highly anticipated ranking of the world’s hottest destinations and often has some heft when it comes to directing the plans of travelers in the coming year, so being included can be a boon for any destination.

Jens Huwald, managing director of Bayern Tourismus Marketing said: “We are delighted that Bavaria is included among the Top 10 Regions of 2016. We are proud that with its multifaceted offerings from thriving metropolises to living traditions, from famous royal palaces to unspoiled national parks, Bavaria fascinates more and more people.”  

These tours can give you a great perspective of why Bavaria made the list.

Castles of Bavaria

Discover the wonderful castles of King Ludwig II and the beauty of Bavaria's lakes and countryside on a nine-day tour with European Castles and Tours.

 Tour inside the castles with local guides and take time to explore on your own. Guests can alternate the visits to castles with other excursions, including a trip to the top of Mount Zugspitze, the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, the Church in the Meadow, Oberammergau and other picturesque towns and villages in the region as well as other highlights.

There are a couple of optional extensions to expand the journey. Add the Three Nights Venice Extension to also visit one of Europe's most romantic cities, or one of the regional short or day tours to tailor your visit to Bavaria to pursue your own specific interests.

Cruise Through Bavaria

The Danube Symphony-Westbound is a nine-day river cruise journey travels through the heart of Bavaria and the most charming parts of the Danube River. Visit Munich, the famous town of Oberammergau and the fairtytale Neuschwanstein Castle. The journey also includes Melk, Durnstein and Grein on the Danube River. The westbound journey begins in Vienna, Austria, and stops in Durnstein, Melk, Grein, Passau and Munich. Tours and day trips via motorcoach as well as meals onboard the ship are included in the price, which begins at around $2,989. The river cruise begins April 24, 2016 and sailings continue through September.

Explore Bavaria in a Day

Pure Bavaria Tours can organize day tours to explore some of the best sights in Bavaria. The Royal Castle Tours, visits the Bavarian Alps, beautiful churches and Neuschwanstein Castle. It also includes stops for Bavarian cheese at a local farm, sausages and fresh-baked bread.

The company caters to travelers from all walks of life from children to backpackers and students as well as those on Munich-based trips. They also organize private tours for up to eight people. Other tours include sightseeing in Konigsee, Salzburg, Garmisch in the Bavarian Alps and more and can be combined into multi-day experiences.