Bavaria is a federated state of Germany located in the south-east. It borders Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. It’s famous for its beautiful nature with mountains and peaceful lakes, but also for its cute towns, Germanies’ biggest castle, and stunning churches. So it offers plenty of amazing photo spots, and in this article, we listed the best ones for you!
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Located on the west side of Bavaria at the height of the bigger city Nuremberg this is one of the cutest towns of Germany. It’s located on the Romantische Straße (Romantic Street). This 460km (285mi) route starting from Würzburg and ending at Neuschwanstein Castle (which is listed further down this list). Along this route, you can find castles, country houses, medieval towns, wineries, culture, art, and much more.
One of those medieval towns is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. As the name says, it's located on the river Tauber and ages from around the year 1000. A city wall encircles the old town center, and once you step foot in there it feels like you really go back in time. You can actually get up to this wall and walk around the whole town. The multiple gates are stunning to photograph and besides that, you can find several towers and many historical buildings. Plönplein is probably the most photographed square here so you should definitely check that out. You can basically just keep wandering around the whole town and be blown away by all the beautiful photo spots.
As mentioned above, the Romantic Street ends at Neuschwanstein Castle or Schloss Neuschwanstein in German. It’s the most famous and most beautiful castle in Germany. It daily attracts over 10.000 visitors and it was the inspiration for Disneyland’s castle. Located in the mountains it reaches high above the town of Schwangau.
The best spot to photograph its beauty is from the Marienbrücke, and if you cross the bridge and follow the path up the hill there are more great viewpoints. Since it’s very popular we can recommend going early, but the light in the morning isn’t great from this bridge because of the shade of the mountains. Therefore it’s worth waiting a bit after sunrise until the castle brightens up by the sun. If you want to go inside we would recommend to buy tickets at least the day before or get a ticket online.
Although Neuschwanstein Castle overthrow’s its beauty, there is another castle in the same town: Schloss Hohenschwangau which is a beautiful castle as well.
St. Coloman Church
This Pilgrimage church is located in the same town as Schloss Neuschwanstein. Because of the castle, this church has become widely popular among photographers as well. It’s located on an old pilgrimage route and was built on the spot of a small chapel. Because of the many pilgrims who came here the chapel was replaced by this church in 1673. The location in the wide-open field with an amazing backdrop of high mountains is what this church so photogenic.
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This mountain lake lays about 1000m above sea level and is simply stunning! The clear blue waters and a backdrop of stunning alps are all you need for some amazing photos! If you go off the main path and take some of the smaller pathways you’ll get to the most beautiful and more quiet places around this lake. We also recommend going around sunrise or early morning for the best lighting. Besides photographers, it's also popular with nature lovers, and during summer you can sometimes also run into some people bathing in their birthday suit on these more quiet spots, so don’t be surprised if you see someone like that.
The highest mountain of Germany, located in the same place as the Eibsee and Grainau on the border with Austria, is the real crowd-puller of this area. With a height of 2962 meters (9717 ft) it literally sticks out above everything, and if you already visited the last two spots there is a good chance that you’ve already captured it in the backdrops of the Eibsee and the St. Johannes Church. But you can also get to this top, even without too much effort because there are multiple cable cars going up, of which one from Eibsee. On your cable car ride, and at the top, you can enjoy amazing views of the surrounding mountaintops.
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St. Johannes Church, Grainau
In the small town of Grainau, which is the closest town to the Eibsee, you can find the beautiful St. Johannes Church. This cute white church has a nice green meadow in front of it, and (again), an amazing backdrop of mountains behind it! It’s perfect for photos and it’s not crowded at all.
Another place that’s worth photographing is the Partnachklamm. This 700 meters (2300 ft) long gorge with the Partnach river flowing true is great for hiking. Small pathways among high rocks and tunnels take you through this gorgeous gorge. It’s also located in the same area as the last few spots, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the south of Bavaria.
The Wagenbrüchsee, which is also called Geroldsee sometimes, is a stunning heather lake located in the hills not too far from the previous spots in the south of Bavaria. On the green hillside, there are many mountain sheds that make this spot so photogenic. Walk up along a small path to enjoy an amazing view over the hillside with the sheds and the lake for the perfect picture!
Königsee & Hintersee
In the far southeast of Bavaria (and Germany), you can find another two stunning lakes. The smaller Hintersee has a few large rocks in it on which a few trees stand out above the water. The perfect view for beautiful photos. The Königsee is a slightly larger lake in between the mountains and the views are simply beautiful as well.
Coming from the Netherlands we didn’t even know until recently how much beauty lies in our neighboring country Germany. We snapped so many photos and hopefully, this article helps and inspires you to do the same in the beautiful area of Bavaria!
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