Munich (München) is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, behind Berlin and Hamburg. About 1.42 million people live within the city limits. The year 1158 is assumed to be the foundation date, which is only the earliest date the city is mentioned in a document. Munich is home to the 2013 Champions League winners FC Bayern Munich and the headquarters of BMW.
Dachau concentration camp was the first of the concentration camps opened in Germany, intended to hold political prisoners. It is located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the medieval town of Dachau. Opened in 1933, its purpose was enlarged to include forced labor, and eventually, the imprisonment of Jews, ordinary German and Austrian criminals, and eventually foreign nationals from countries which Germany occupied or invaded. It was finally liberated in 1945.
The Allianz Arena is a soccer stadium in the north of Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The two professional Munich football clubs FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 München have played their home games at the Allianz Arena. It was also used during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The stadium seats 71,000 fans and its unique exterior can light up in three different colors.
FC Bayern Museum: The FC Bayern Erlebniswelt offers visitors a unique retelling of the history of FC Bayern. View the UEFA Champions Leage trophy and others, learn about the players, and marvel at the oddities from the club’s 110-year history. The club’s founding meeting in Restaurant Gisela in 1900, the first German championship in 1932, promotion to the Bundesliga, the golden 70s, the path to becoming Germany’s most successful club, FC Bayern today – these are just a few of the highlights awaiting visitors to the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt.
Oberammergau is famous for its production of the Oberammergau Passion Play which was first performed in 1634. It is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years. The village is also known as the home of a long tradition of woodcarving- there are dozens of woodcarving shops and its "Lüftlmalerei," or frescoes, of traditional Bavarian themes, fairy tales, or religious scenes found on many homes and buildings.
Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Castle.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. In 950 the weir system in today’s castle garden was constructed by the Count of Comburg-Rothenburg.
Vierzehnheiligen (Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers) was constructed between 1743 and 1772. Legend says that on 24 September 1445, a young shepherd of a nearby Franciscan monastery saw a crying child in a field. As he bent down to pick up the child, it abruptly disappeared. A short time later, the child reappeared in the same spot. This time, two candles were burning next to it. In June 1446, he saw the child a third time. This time, the child bore a red cross on its chest and was accompanied by thirteen other children. The child said: "We are the fourteen helpers and wish to erect a chapel here, where we can rest. If you will be our servant, we will be yours!" Shortly after, Leicht saw two burning candles descending to this spot. It is alleged that miraculous healings soon began, through the intervention of the fourteen saints. Soon after, a chapel was erected which immediately attracted pilgrims. An altar was consecrated as early as 1448.
The Veste Coburg, or Coburg fortress, is one of Germany's largest castles. Archaeological work carried out in the 1990s dates the construction of the first portions of the castle to the eleventh, twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. The Veste was the historical seat of the independent duchy of Coburg in Franconia. Martin Luther lived in the Veste for a number of months during the Diet of Augsburg in 1530. It now houses museums, including a collection art objects and paintings that belonged to the ducal family of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a large collection of arms and armor, significant examples of early modern coaches and sleighs, and important collections of prints, drawings and coins.
Hof was established around the year 1080. The settlement was first mentioned 1214 and became a town in 1319. Hof and Ogden city partnership was the earliest city partnership between a German and US city started in 1954.
Kletterpark Untreusee (Hof) is a climbing park built into a forrest located adjacent to lake untreusee south of the city of Hof. Two zip lines cross the lake.
Volksfest Hof - a small version of the Oktoberfest in the heart of Hof which has been celebrated by locals in their Lederhosen and Dirndl for more than 100 years.
Mödlareuth is a German village situated partly in Bavaria and partly in Thuringia. The northern part was in East Germany and the southern part in West Germany. It was called Little Berlin by the Americans because a wall divided it, like the Berlin Wall divided Berlin. Now a museum shows the history of the village, the wall, and escape attempts.
The Fernwehpark "Signs of Fame" was established to symbolize freedom and understanding among nations. People from all over the world visit signs from all over the world.
The Luisenburg Rock Labyrinth is made of granite blocks several meters across. In 1820 Goethe wrote: The enormous size of the granite blocks, piled on one another without rhyme or reason gives an impression the like of which I have never come across on all my walks and no-one can be blamed for explaining this chaotic state of affairs that excites astonishment, fear and dread, by calling on the help of floods and cloudbursts, storms and earthquakes, volcanoes and whatever else nature may violently conjure up. However on closer inspection, and with a detailed knowledge of that which nature, acting quietly and patiently, is able to do in a most extraordinary way, another solution to this puzzle offers itself to us (...)
Regensburg is a city in Bavaria located at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers, at one of the northernmost points of the Danube. To the east lies the Bavarian Forest. The large medieval center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first settlements in Regensburg date to the Stone Age. The Celtic name Radasbona was the oldest name given to a settlement near the present city. Around AD 90, the Romans built a fort there.
The Walhalla is a hall of fame that honors famous personalities in German history – politicians, sovereigns, scientists and artists. It was conceived in 1807 by Crown Prince Ludwig, who built it upon ascending the throne of Bavaria as King Ludwig I. Construction took place between 1830 and 1842, under the supervision of architect Leo von Klenze. The memorial displays plaques and busts of persons, covering 2,000 years of history.
The Liberation Hall is a historical classical monument upon Mount Michelsberg above the Danube river. King Ludwig I of Bavaria ordered the Befreiungshalle to be built in order to commemorate the victories against Napoleon during the Wars of Liberation that lasted from 1813 to 1815.
Salzburg is a city located in Austria. Salzburg's "Old Town" (Altstadt) has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid 20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music.