The Bavarian Alps is part of the Alps and are located in Germany at the southern end of the federal state of Bavaria and continue across the border into Austria. The region is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes of Germany and ranks as one of the most scenic places in all of Central Europe.
This is where German or Bavarian stereotypes of lederhosen, dirndls, weißwurst, and glistening alpine peaks come true.
Ironically it only composes less than 3% of Germany’s total area.
It is also a very rural area, abundant with wildlife, glacial lakes, and thick forest.
It has much in common, both culturally and geographically, with its neighbors Tyrol and Salzburg Province in Austria than the rest of Germany to the north.
History of The Bavarian Alps
Bavaria used to be an independent kingdom, and you can visit the royal castles built by the former kings in the mountains.
It joined the German Empire in 1871 and has been part of Germany ever since.
It is the largest federal state by area in contemporary Germany.
Bavarians are generally more conservative than other Germans, and the traditions of the past generations are alive and well in this scenic region of Central Europe.
Roman Catholicism also plays a vital role in local customs and culture, and the Bavarian Alps are home to many beautiful churches and shrines.
In particular, the roadside shrine is a common sight as in neighboring Tyrol.
Landscape of The Bavarian Alps
While the mountains are not exceptionally high (the Zugspitze rises only to about 10,000 ft), they are nonetheless imposing-looking to the visitor and native alike.
This is because of the massive vertical rise that the mountains take on from the Bavarian countryside south of Munich, giving the viewer the impression that they are much higher.
Added the fact that the mountains are older in geological terms, they are pretty chiseled at their peaks, giving the traveler beautiful views like the famous home peak of Berchtesgaden, the Watzmann.
Alpine crystal blue lakes and flowing rivers are abundant in the region as well.
Thick fir tree forests hide abundant wildlife and thousands of kilometers of marked hiking trails that could easily lead you over the open frontier to Austria.
The region is popular with motorbike riders and mountain bikers too.