The Bavarian Alps

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Long known for its grandiose mountains, beautiful lakes and magical forests, Germany's Bavaria is every nature-lover's dream come true. Hike to the top of Germany's tallest mountain, Zugspitze (or more realistically, take a scenic train ride starting in the typically Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the mountain summit), and enjoy breathtaking views of around 400 snow-capped peaks spread across four countries – Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. Second on your list should be taking the steam ferry across Chiemsee Lake to visit the castle of the infamous “mad” King Ludwig II. The best time to visit is between May to August.