Andechs Abbey in Bavaria

4 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Boschfoto/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Boschfoto/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Benedictine priory and erstwhile abbey of Andechs is a place of pilgrimage on a hill east of the Ammersee in the Landkreis of Starnberg (Upper Bavaria) in Germany, in the municipality Andechs. Andechs Abbey is famed for its flamboyant Baroque church and its brewery, Klosterbrauerei Andechs. Composer Carl Orff is buried in the church.   read more…

Tutzing on Lake Starnberg

30 June 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Boathouses © Digital cat/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Boathouses © Digital cat/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Tutzing is a municipality in the district of Starnberg in Bavaria, on the west bank of the Starnberger See. Just 40 km south-west of Munich and with good views of the Alps, the town was traditionally a favorite vacation spot for those living in the city.   read more…

The Ammersee in Bavaria

6 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Sunset at Lake Ammer in winter © Thomas Then/cc-by-3.0

Sunset at Lake Ammer in winter © Thomas Then/cc-by-3.0

Ammersee (English: Lake Ammer) is a Zungenbecken lake in Upper Bavaria, southwest of Munich between the towns of Herrsching and Dießen am Ammersee. With a surface area of approximately 47 square kilometres (18 sq mi), it is the sixth largest lake in Germany. The lake is at an elevation of 520 metres (1,710 ft), and has a maximum depth of 81 metres (266 ft). Like other Bavarian lakes, Ammersee developed as a result of the ice age glaciers melting. Ammersee is fed by the River Ammer, which flows as the Amper out of the lake. Like neighbouring Lake Starnberg, which is similar in size and shape, it is a popular location for watersports.   read more…

Lake Chiemsee in the Chiemgau region

29 July 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

View from Herrenchiemsee Island to Frauenchiemsee Island © Rufus46/cc-by-sa-3.0

View from Herrenchiemsee Island to Frauenchiemsee Island © Rufus46/cc-by-sa-3.0

Chiemsee is a freshwater lake in Bavaria, between Rosenheim in Germany, and Salzburg in Austria. It is often called the Bavarian Sea. The rivers Tiroler Achen and Prien flow into the lake; the river Alz, out of it. The Chiemsee is divided into the bigger, north section, in the northeast, called Weitsee, and the Inselsee, in the southwest.   read more…

Frauen- and Herrenchiemsee islands

16 October 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  5 minutes

Herrenchiemsee Palace © Zairon/cc-by-sa-3.0

Herrenchiemsee Palace © Zairon/cc-by-sa-3.0

HERRENCHIEMSEE

The island Herreninsel, with an area of 238 hectares, is the biggest of the three main islands of the Chiemsee, a lake in Upper Bavaria. Together with the islands of Fraueninsel and Krautinsel it forms the municipality of Chiemsee.   read more…

Dachau in Upper Bavaria

3 October 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Historic District - Konrad Adenauer Street © Schlaier/cc-by-3.0

Historic District – Konrad Adenauer Street © Schlaier/cc-by-3.0

Dachau is a major district town of the administrative region of Upper Bavaria, in the southern part of Germany, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north-west of Munich. It is now a popular residential area for people working in Munich with roughly 40,000 inhabitants. The historic centre of town with its 18th-century castle is situated on an elevation and visible over a great distance. Between 1546 and 1577, the House of Wittelsbach had the Dachau Palace erected in the Renaissance style. From June 1715 to Autumn 1717, Joseph Effner remodelled the palace to suit the contemporary taste in style. At the beginning of the 19th century, the castle’s north-, east- and south-wing had to be demolished due to their state of disrepair. The west-wing housing the dance hall with a superb view of the enchanting gardens, still remains today. On the first floor the original renaissance wood carved, coffered ceiling can be admired by visitors.   read more…

Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps

17 September 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Berchtesgaden © Skyguy414

Berchtesgaden © Skyguy414

Berchtesgaden is a municipality in the German Bavarian Alps. It is located in the south district of Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria, near the border with Austria, some 30 km south of Salzburg and 180 km southeast of Munich. To the south of the city the Berchtesgaden National Park stretches along three parallel valleys.  read more…

Rosenheim in Upper Bavaria

20 August 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Max-Josefs-Platz © Rufus46

Max-Josefs-Platz © Rufus46

The independent city of Rosenheim is located in the centre of the district of Rosenheim (Upper Bavaria), and is also the seat of administration of this region. It is located on the west bank of the Inn at the confluence of the rivers Inn and Mangfall, in the Bavarian Alpine Foreland. It is the third largest city in Upper Bavaria with over 61,000 inhabitants and one of 23 administrative centres in Bavaria. Rosenheim is therefore the economic centre and the busiest place in the region.   read more…

The mountain resort town Garmisch-Partenkirchen

21 April 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with the mountains Alpspitze, Zugspitze and Daniel in the background © Octagon

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with the mountains Alpspitze, Zugspitze and Daniel in the background © Octagon

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria, southern Germany. It is the administrative centre of the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region, and the district is on the border with Austria. Nearby is Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, at 2961 m (9714 ft.). The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies is also located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Marshall Center is an internationally funded and mostly U.S.-staffed learning and conference center for governments from around the world, but primarily from the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. It was established in June 1993, replacing the U.S. Army Russian Institute. Near the Marshall Center is the American Armed Forces Recreation Centers (Edelweiss Lodge and Resort) in Garmisch that serves U.S. and NATO military and their families. A number of U.S. troops and civilians are stationed in the town to provide logistical support to the Marshall Center and Edelweiss Recreation Center.   read more…

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