Neuschwanstein & Southern Bavaria
Germany's most picturesque corner lies two hours south of Munich, a timeless land of fairy-tale castles, painted buildings shared by cows and farmers, and locals who still yodel when they're happy. Life moves more slowly here Germany's Catholic, largely rural south. The otherworldly "King's Castles" of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau capture romantics' imaginations, the lavishly decorated Wieskirche puts the faithful in a heavenly mood, and the little town of Oberammergau overwhelms visitors with cuteness. Yet another impressive castle (Linderhof), another fancy church (Ettal), and a sky-high viewpoint (the Zugspitze) round out southern Bavaria's top attractions.