The largest land state of Germany is one of their top travel destinations for so many reasons! Apart from a diverse range of vegetation that springs to life in the fall, there are castles to explore. Munich is the largest city in the state and third largest in the country of Germany.
Oktoberfest is an annual, two-week celebration in Munich. It began in 1810 when King Louis I, then the crown prince (of Bavaria), married princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It began as a small, five-day affair with a horse race at the end. Eventually, it became a huge festival with food and beer vendors and now, over 200-years later, it’s known throughout the world and celebrated by millions! It now goes from the end of September to the beginning of October.
While you’re in Bavaria, catch the beauty and wonder of their architecture and nature by visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle (well regarded as the inspiration for Disney’s parks and attractions). It was built and designed by King Ludwig II, who is known for being rather shy and perhaps even avoiding reality altogether. He ascended the throne at 18 years old, though it’s noted he had no life experience, let alone political. He also didn’t have any true power as a King, and it’s stated he surrounded himself in a fantasy world so he could feel as if he had power.
The castle was built as a means of escape and he never permitted visitors inside his castles. Neuschwanstein itself sits high in the mountains, surrounded by teeming forest, with further mountains to play the picturesque backdrop. Since his death in 1886, over 130 million people have visited his castles.