Scenic Bavarian Drives

To see a country, to REALLY see a country, get in a car and take a nice long afternoon drive. In Bavaria, one such pastoral drive connects a series of farms and villages with the majestic Alps watching over them. Kochel, a lake area with beautiful scenery and views, for example, is where the Herzogstandbahn is.

Very near Kochel, roughly a 20-minute drive, is Urfeld, a small village on the Walchensee Lake. One can eat lunch overlooking the lake at Cafe am See, a small local restaurant offering great German sausages, beer and, of course, the relaxing view. There is a walking trail around the lake, starting near the restaurant, and heading up into the forest, on the back side of the lake. The entire drive around Kochelsee (Kochel Lake) and Walchensee (Walchen Lake) is beautiful and filled with views of nature, lakes and small villages.


Between Kochel and Urfeld be on the look out for a tiny, charming church on the right,and take out your camera. It is a both beautiful and quaint. This drive offers a real view of Bavaria and is good route to reach the Alps.

For those wishing to take the train instead of driving, there are stops in Mittenwald and Kleis that will get you to the Karwendel Bahn mountain cable car to explore the Bavarian Alps for a day.


Another day trip option is to go through the beautiful Bavarian town of Murnau and Oberau and on to well known Garmish Partenkirchen. Bavaria is filled with charming villages. Stops along the way will bring you to green fields where cow bells can be heard and the bleat of sheep is all that breaks the tranquil silence, as you take in the Alps.


Photo of the Week: Beautiful Bavaria

Garmish, Germany

A beautiful building in Bavaria.

mural bavaria

One of many beautiful murals I saw painted on buildings in Bavaria.

The Bavarian Alps; Karwendel Bahn

A Day Trip in the Bavarian Alps

When I think about the fact that I wasn’t initally that keen on taking the cable car to the top of the the Bavarian Alps I shake my head. It was the most amazing day I experienced in Bavaria.

Bavarian Alps

The Bavarian Alps

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This map of the Bavarian Alps gives you a feel for the area. It also (when zoomed in a bit) shows where the Bavarian Alps go into Austria.

Walking in the Bavarian Alps

The bavarian alps

At the top of the Karwedel Bahn (A ten minute ride to reach the station and the view, 2244 meters above sea level.) visitors can make a 30 minute walk to the area where the “Austrian Alps” officially begin. There is a clearly marked path and when you reach the “Austrian Alps” the area is designating with a large sign. It is a goregous look out area with a bench for resting. It is absolutely worth the walk, even in the 32 degree temperatures I walked in. If you walk straight there it is certainly a shorter walk; I stopped over and over for photos and to just take in the absolutely breathtaking views. Be aware there are no guard rails and you have to use common sense and caution when walking in some areas.

The Karwedel Bahn Visitor Center

Karwendel Bahn visitor center

I took this view of the Karwendel Bahn station from the cable car as we ascended to the top of the mountain. the portion hanging out over the cliff is a small museum.

Take Time to Take in the Alps

Give yourself time to really absorb the beauty of what you are seeing. I initially thought an hour would be plenty of time, especially with the cold conditions. I stayed nearly three hours. I spent nearly an hour outside walking and taking pictures. I also spent about 20 minutes in the musuem/visitors center. By the way dogs are welcome on the Karwendel Bahn and in the visitors center/museum. The German’s really rock in that respect. They allow animals to go nearly everywhere. As I walked around the very small museum there was a visitor with his dog nearby.

An Unexpected Wedding
When I arrived at the Karwendel Bahn station I had an unexpected surprise. There was a wedding taking place outside on the mountain. The wedding party was taking photos when I arrived. I caught the bride and groom in a single shot as they walked further up the mountain to take pictures. They were dressed in traditional Bavarian attire. They later held their reception in the restaurant overlooking the alps where I had lunch.

Wedding Bavaria

Hiking and Camping in the Alps

For the hearty and willing there are hikes from one hour to several days. There are marked trails and huts reachable from the mountain top station. For those considering a hike or overnight stay at one of the huts there is a sign at the bottom of the mountian, at the initial Karwendel Bahn station that shows which mountain passes are open and which areas are closed due to inclement weather.

Whether you are simply wishing to enjoy lunch with a view of the alps, or are hearty enough to hike this is a day trip worth the time.

The Karwendel Bahn operates every 30 minutes.
Adults $ 22 Euro
Children $13.50 Euro
Family $46.00 Euro (Irrespective of the number of children.)

Goldene Krone, Gasthof Pension Dinkelsbuhl

The Goldene Krone Gasthof and Pension in Dinkelsbuhl offers a taste of local Bavaria with it’s food and charm. When I visited Dinkelsbuhl I had an opportunity to visit the Goldene Krone. If you read my previous article, Dinkelsbuhl; A Great Leisure Destination you know this small historic city offers a peek into what life may have been like long ago.

Goldene Krone Pension
Photo Credits: Golden Krone Gasthof & Pension

Restaurant in the Goldene Krone Gasthof
The Goldene Krone Gasthof Restaurant

Golden Crown Pension
A room at the Golden Crown Pension in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

The pension rooms are simple, clean and comfortable.

The Pension offers 25 rooms, with a choice of single or double rooms. A double room with a T.V and bath at Goldene Krone is priced at $64-$70 Euros. A single room with the same amenities is priced at $38-$45 Euros. The pension is located in the historic walled old city which dates back to the 1300’s. Here you’ll experience the history and architecture of Dinkelsbuhl.

The Goldene Krone Gasthof restaurant offers traditional Bavarian fare. I enjoyed my meal at the Gasthof restaurant and look forward to returning someday to the charm of Dinkelsbuhl and the Goldene Krone. Dinkelsbuhl is a sweet destination on the Romantic Road .

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