The Bavarian Alps comprise a fairly small region.
You can easily stay in one spot and make day trips to specific sights.
You can take a cable car or cog railway to the summit of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. There are two ways up to the mountain, a leisurely 75-minute ride on a cog railway from the train station in the town center, combined with a cable car ride up the last stretch; alternatively, a 10-minute hoist by cable car, that begin its giddy ascent from the Eibsee, outside town on the road to Austria.
There are two restaurants with sunny terraces at the summit and another at the top of the cog railway. A four-seat cable car goes to the top of one of the lesser peaks, the Wank or the Alpspitze. You can tackle both mountains on foot.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the gateway to the Bavarian Alps.
The Alpine region is not well served by long-distance buses. There is a fairly good network of local buses, but they tend to run at commuter times. Garmisch-Partenkirchen runs night buses to and from Murnau, Oberammergau, Mittenwald and Krun.
Most Alpine resorts are connected with Munich by regular express and slower services. Train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen departs hourly from Munich. Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald are on the InterCity Express network that has regular direct service to all regions of the country.
You can explore the magnificent countryside in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The monastery at Ettal and Schloss Linderhof, one of the King Ludwig’s loveliest palaces are interesting places in the Bavarian Alps. Mittenwald with its violin museum is fascinating. Furthermore, visit the village of Klais, the Germany’s highest altitude railroad station.
When you visit the Bavaria’s largest lake, Chiemsee, you may spend the nights in one of the several villages on its western shores and take boat trips to Schloss Herrenchiemsee island and to the smaller and utterly enchanting Fraueninsel.
Chiemsee has the wide stretch of water whipped by Alppine winds that is a favorite for sailing or wind-surfing. There are boatyards all around the lake and a very good windsurfing school at Bernau.
The Bavarian Alps with its lakeside and mountain trails; this region is a mountain biker’s paradise.
You can rent mountain bikes from the sports shops. Well-marked and well groomed hiking trails lead from the glorious countryside, along rivers and lakes, through woods, and high into the Alps.
All the Bavarian Alps lakes have sailing schools that rent sailboards and various other types of boats. You can hire motorboats at the pier in front of the Schloss Café in Tergensee town center.
The curious castles’ Schloss Linderhof and Schloss Herrenchiemsee are popping up among the peaks that were created at the behest of King Ludwig II. King Ludwig is famous as the fairy-tale king was bankrupting the royal and the public treasury to finance his fanciful castles. The castles attract millions to the Bavarian Alps every year.
The food in the Bavarian Alps is understandably hearty and filling. The portions are usually very big. Most districts in the Bavarian Alps distill their own brand of schnapps from mountain herbs.