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Munich sightseeing tours. We arrange your personal tour:
  Starting at home, from your hotel, the airport, or after the end of a conference.   Tour content including all important point of sightseeing.   Following your requests and preferences for as long as you like.   We will reach intereasting, exciting destinations even in small lanes and plazas.   Nice breaks: stops for photography, shopping, viewing in more detail.

On this tour you will see the principal landmarks of Munich with a short stop in the inner city, where you can see the oldest church of Munich - St. Peters,
The Bavaria, Siegestor and Universität.

You will cross Konigsplatz, Staatlicher Antikensammlung and pass the renowned art galleries Lenbachhaus, Art galleries .
The Marienplatz, which is dominated by the New Town Hall . This building houses the famous Glockenspiel or carillon.
You will see the former artists' quarter Schwabing and travel along the impressive Ludwigstreet and Prinzregentenstreet, which are lined by magnificent buildings such as the Theatiner Church,
Hall of Generals, bavaria National Museum, Deutsches Museum, Hofgarten and Dianatempel, English Garden, Viktualienmarkt, the bavaria Parliament, New NS-Dokumentationszentrum, and the Angel of Peace.

The elegant Maximilian Street takes you back to the center of town offering a view of the bavaria Parliament, Deutsche Museum, Royal Palace and the Opera House. In the ancient part of town your guide will point out the medieval town gates and the well known Hofbrauhaus, one of Munich's oldest breweries.
Following your Munich City Sightseeing Tour, you will have a short guided tour at the Castle Nymphenburg.
The former summer residence of bavaria prince electors and kings has stunning grounds and one of the first heated indoor baths to be built in modern times.

Continue to The Olympic Park in Munich which is not only a magnet for tourists and admirers of unique architecture, but also for the people of Munich who spend their leisure time here. Munich residents go to see concerts and sporting events here, or they do sports themselves in the Olympic swimming center and Olympic ice rink center, BMW World and BMW Headquarters.
This roundtrip takes about 2 to 3 hours. Where ever you want it is possible to make a break and have enough time to go for a walk, take some pictures or to go shopping. Starting and ending point and also the time are up to you to decide.

Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland and Italy sightseeing tours, fixed price guarantee for travels out of Munich
Longer driving courses (driving around a traffic jam), waiting time at pick ups (Delays of your Plane or your Train) and extra charges for luggage and journeys to the pick up destination, are included in the fixed price offer. There are no extra charges for paying via credit card or invoice. Every price is per car, not per person. You will benefit from our range of experiences with event services, VIP services, business travels and road shows. Please contact us and we will make you an individual fixed price offer (excluding entrance fees).
For Company clients or business clients we can offer you period payments via invoice with detailed lists. If requested we can provide to you, child seats of all classes and baby seats , of course for free. All of our prices are including VAT and VIP pick ups with a nameplate.

eat and drink:
Enjoy a meal at Best restaurants in Munich Best restaurants in Munich according to the Gault & Millau on a Alp or directly in the mountains.

Sailors and Windsurfers:
True paradise for sailors and windsurfers at the large number of lakes in Bavaria, where large Passenger ships are also inviting to adventurous journeys

day Trips :
We want to take you to the picturesque scenery of the bavaria alps. Here we will visit with you if you wish, mystical churches, picturesque lakes and dreams of castles like Castle Neuschwanstein, Monastery Benediktbeuern , Castle Linderhof, Castle Herrenchiemsee , Church St. Bartholomä, Castle Burghausen, The oldest social settlement in the world.   Ohter interesting places to visit are:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Castle Ellmau
Business meetings and speeches in the morning, group outings and back to nature in the afternoon – the proper facilities and the beautiful landscape surrounding Garmisch-Partenkirchen make it all possible. The holiday resort town at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, is the ideal place for seminars, conferences or conventions thanks to the modern Convention Center, unparalleled nature and hence, the shear endless possibilities for coordinating business with leisure time activities. Whether meetings are held among a selected few or within the framework of a sizable convention with international flair, Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s Convention Center has the right combination: ten modern conference rooms fully equipped for today’s needs can accommodate up to 2000 people with a total of over 1000 m² exhibition space. Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s event-management specialists make the planning, coordination and perfect timing look easy. Prepared down to the last detail, reliable schedules are the backbone of every event. Expertise has its hand in every arrangement made for every age group and for every season. “We’re not an anonymous Convention Center,” states Iris Schubert, manager of the Convention Department. “Our service is very personal because we combine bavaria hospitality with international experience and professionalism.” A winning combination many business people not only value highly, but return to time and time again. Inspiration and motivation guaranteed: the proper framework makes it happen. When co-workers, employees or clients meet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for a convention or a seminar, fresh ideas and innovative trains of thought are had by simply looking out of the window of one of the convention center’s rooms. Picture perfect landscapes and impressive bavaria mountains and forests offer the kind of surroundings to assure that any event will be an unforgettable experience. After an intensive day of meetings and lectures, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers something for everyone. One can visit many interesting museums, churches or cafés, take a walk through picturesque lanes or mountain paths – or take part in one of an endless number of athletic possibilities. Winter opens 60 kilometers of slope for skiers and snowboarders, prepared ice rinks or frozen lakes for ice-skaters and curling enthusiasts. One needn’t wait for the first snowfall to get the adrenalin flowing, however. Spring, summer and fall offer a wide variety of activities from mountain climbing and swimming to wild water rafting. For everyone, for every season – in Garmisch-Partenkirchen there is any number of activities to round out every event perfectly. Those who prefer culture to end the day may enjoy an evening stroll through the pedestrian areas followed by a concert or cabaret. Garmisch-Partenkirchen boasts a number of cultural highlights; The Richard-Strauss-Festival and the Military Music Festival. Then again, perhaps one may prefer to have a try at luck in Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s Casino. Schloss Elmau the G7 held.

To hours from Munich, the enchanting old-world town Füssen lies in the foot hills of the Alp, framed by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world.
Towering far above the village, seemingly sculpted out of the very mountains that rise magnificenty to the heavens, is a sight made from the stuff of dreams: the fabulous and ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle. This glorious folly was built in the 19th century by the famed "mad" King LudwigII, a man obsessed whit myth and who himself became a legend. The shimmering white towers of the castle among the clouds are instantly recognisableto many who haven`t ever heard the name Neuschwanstein. It is the inspiration for Disney`s Sleeping Beauty Castle, & is famos the worldover as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle.

A cultural highlight is the Alpine Road and the Romantic Road:
The Romantic Road (German: Romantische Straße) is a "theme route" devised by promotion-minded travel agents in the 1950s. It describes the 350 kilometres (220 mi) of highway between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany, specifically in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, linking a number of picturesque towns and castles. In medieval times it was a trade route that connected the center of Germany with the south. Today this region is thought by many international travellers to possess "quintessentially German" scenery and culture, in towns and cities such as Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl and Rothenburg ob der Tauber and in castles such as Burg Harburg and the famous Neuschwanstein.
Along the route:
Würzburg, Tauberbischofsheim,Lauda-Königshofen,Bad Mergentheim,Weikersheim,Röttingen,Creglingen,Rothenburg ob der Tauber,Schillingsfürst,Feuchtwangen,Dinkelsbühl,Wallerstein, Nördlingen,Harburg,Donauwörth,Augsburg,Friedberg,Kaufering,Landsberg am Lech,Hohenfurch,Schongau,Peiting,Rottenbuch,Wildsteig,Steingaden and Wieskirche,Halblech, Schwangau, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau,Füssen.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. It is part of the popular Romantic Road through southern Germany.
With almost 11,000 inhabitants, Rothenburg can boast of being perhaps the most famous small town in Germany. Millions of visitors can capture each year by the unique charm of the city with its fabulous silhouette and the romantic medieval architecture. In the old imperial city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber experience the German Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Germany, as they really were.
Slender turrets and impressive Wehranlangen; winding streets with picturesque bays; lovingly adorned with flowers and half-timbered houses; colorful landscaped gardens that are perfect for rest and relaxation; powerful churches that invite you to silence and prayer - all of which connect visitors from all over the world with the historic city of Rothenburg.

The Eagle's Nest today - a legacy of recent history
A symbol of the power of the NS regime even though decisions were made at the Eagle's Nest, it still stands for the insanity of his regime. It stands for his world on the Obersalzberg, where plans for war and mass murder were formed there. The Eagle's Nest was a present to Hitler from the political party, who, without any free will surrendered to the man who was going to bring down the world. In defiance, the building stands perched over a sheer rock wall. A road was cut into the mountain through the previously impassable terrain. Although an architectural master piece, it was still an act of waste on nature and other resources. To reach it, there is a golden brass elevator buried in the heart of the mountain, through which one can reach "the summit of power" - all this is created with the sole purpose to impress and dazzle people. Berchtesgaden has out lasted its political importance. It can however not be forgotten that the Eagle's Nest was a part of an idyllic setting that was intended to deceive all the horrors of those years. Today however it still offers a magnificent and unique view of the surrounding countryside and also the opportunity to remember and learn about the inhuman dictatorship it served. The Eagle’s Nest was originally designed by Martin Bormann as a birthday present for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday on behalf of the NSDAP (Nazi Party). In fact, Hitler seldom visited the Eagle’s Nest. In the end, Allied bombing at the end of World War II did not damage the Eagle’s Nest and thanks to the intervention of former Governor Jacob, the Eagle’s Nest was spared being blown up after the war. Today the Eagle’s Nest remains in its original state. In 1960, on the occasion of the 150th celebration Berchtesgaden’s incorporation into Bavaria, the bavaria government relinquished its control of the building to a trust that ensures that the proceeds are used for

For the mountain village of Obersalzberg near Berchtesgaden, an attractive tourist resort since the second half of the 19th century, the year 1933 represented a major turn of events.
After becoming Reich Chancellor on January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler acquired ownership of Wachenfeld House, a property he had been renting since 1928, in the summer of the same year and started a rebuilding project that was to last until 1936. During this time the house was converted in two stages into an elegant formal residence known as the Berghof. Hermann Goering, Martin Bormann and Albert Speer (Hitler's favorite architect after the death of Paul Ludwig Troost) also settled at Obersalzberg with houses of their own. On April 25th, 1945, British and American longrange bombers bombed the site and destroyed most of the buildings. The ruins of the Berghof, the houses of Goering and Bormann and the SS barracks were blown up in 1952. Only a few buildings remained, including the Eagle’s Nest and the bunker complex built between 1943 and 1945. After the decision to establish a Documentation Center at this location, the Institute of Contemporary History, Munich — Berlin, was commissioned by the bavaria State Ministry for Finances to develop a concept for a permanent exhibition. The building designed to house the exhibition, which was opened in 1999, was built on the foundations of the former Nazi Party guesthouse "Hoher Goell". The exhibition displays over 950 photos , documents, posters, film and sound recordings, some of which are being made available to the public for the first time.

The Berchtesgaden National Park / Königssee / St. Bartholomä
The Berchtesgaden National Park is located in southeast Germany in the Free State of Bavaria and borders on the Austrian state of Salzburg. The park was founded in 1978 and, covering a surface of 210 km2 or 81 sq. miles, it is state property in its entirety. Its high mountain landscapes are characterized by extensive forests and steep rock faces. The National Park's primary mission is to let nature take care of itself. This is why we intentionally abstain from human intervention in the heart of the protected area and nature's development is left to run its own course.
Forests, for example, are allowed to grow old, decay and be reborn on their own. On the other hand the useable area can continue to serve traditional functions: summer grazing for cattle, as well as a fishery and boat traffic on Königssee. The development of unnatural spruce growths into a more typical mixed forest is assisted in the grooming area by the purposeful planting of beech and fir trees. If necessary, measures may be taken to combat the bark beetle (without the use of destructive products) so as to protect the commercially used forests neighboring the National Park.

In Ramsau is the world-renowned Church of Saint Sebastian, a popular postcard. The center of Ramsau is today where once transported the salt of Berchtesgaden in the province of Salzburg and the stricken timber was floated on the Ramsauer Ache to the true place. Some of the many hiking destinations that can be reached from here, are the Klausbachtal, the Hintersee and Taubensee that Wimbachklamm, the Soleleitungsweg or the enchanted forest. The acting as enchanted enchanted forest has been recognized by the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment as worthy of protection Geotop.

Church Wieskirche
The Pilgrimage Church of Wies (German: Wieskirche) is an oval rococo church, designed in the late 1740s by Dominikus Zimmermann, who for the last eleven years of his life lived nearby. It is located in the foothills of the Alps, in the municipality of Steingaden in the Weilheim-Schongau district, Bavaria, Germany. It is said that, in 1738, tears were seen on a dilapidated wooden figure of the Scourged Saviour.
This miracle resulted in a pilgrimage rush to see the sculpture. In 1740, a small chapel was built to house the statue but it was soon realized that the building would be too small for the number of pilgrims it attracted, and so Steingaden Abbey decided to commission a separate shrine. Many who have prayed in front of the statue of Jesus on the altar have claimed that people have been miraculously cured of their diseases, which has made this church even more of a pilgrimage site.
Construction took place between 1745 and 1754, and the interior was decorated with frescoes and with stuccowork in the tradition of the Wessobrunner School. "Everything was done throughout the church to make the supernatural visible. Sculpture and murals combined to unleash the divine in visible form". There is a popular belief that the Bavarian government planned to sell or demolish the rococo masterpiece during the secularization of Bavaria at the beginning of the 19th century, and that only protests from the local farmers saved it from destruction. Available sources, however, document that the responsible state commission clearly advocated the continuation of Wies as a pilgrimage site, even in spite of economic objections from the abbot of Steingaden. "The Wies is a bit of heaven in this suffering world."

Ettal Abbey
Compared to the large and important monasteries of the Middle Ages in Bavaria Ettal is of relatively recent origin. It owes its foundation to the Duke of Bavaria, at the same time Roman Emperor of the German Nation, Kaiser Louis the Fourth. He was called the "bavaria", originally an abusive name of the pope for the emperor who was opposed to him. According to tradition the motivation for the foundation is to be found in a vow which was common in the Middle Ages, but also in motives stemming from imperial and territorial reasons. Thus the spiritual and mental realm as well as the very practical entered into a union. The tradition of the foundation is richly connected with legend and history, where as the Rome journey of the Emperor in 1328 gives the basis of it all. On the other hand there exists the visual document of the marble statue of the Ettal Madonna on the high altar of the church. In any case the Emperor did bring this statue back from his Italian journey. The fact is that the Emperor was in a very precarious situation, both politically and financially. He was banned by the pope and threatened by the North Italian cities. In this situation the Emperor vowed to found Ettal. Even today the focal point of the monastery is the Madonna, a gift of the Emperor for his foundation. The date of the endowment and foundation of Ettal is the 28th of April 1330.
Along with the foundation of a community of monks there was also to be a community of knights and their wives connected to the abbey, similar to the Teutonic Knights. This fact is important in as much as its builds the basis for the form of construction of the church back then. This form is still existant, although it has been given a baroque facade. The knights' foundation didn't prove itself to be viable; the monastery itself however had enough land and endowments so that is survived, in spite of the fact that there were times when survival was threatened. In the Middle Ages and into the 17th century Ettal was rather unimportant, finding its actual zenith around 1700, whidh went hand in hand with the coming of the South German baroque.
After 1700 the pilgrimages, having their roots in the 15th century began to flourish and in 1709, after the economic situation of the monastery had been newly organized, a school was founded, the so-called "Knights' Academy". This school was an intermediate form between high school and university. For several decedes it had an importance beyond the regional boundaries and brought forth a series of important political figures for Bavaria, Austria and beyond. The intellectual and spiritual awakening of this period is seen in the renovation of the monastery grounds in baroque fashion, which is, at least in its main features, still recognizable today. The crowning paint of these efforts was the new design of the church. Of course it was not totally accomplished in the baroque period, but nonetheless presents one of the most important testimonies to the architecture of the South German baroque. The intellect behind the inner renewal and the outer renovation of the church was the most outstanding abbot of Ettal, Placidus Seiz II., who reigned from 1709 till 1736. He is the Ettal example for the temperament and imagination of the personalities which the baroque period produced in almost every monastery.

Church Wilparting
The village dates back to the missionaries Marinus and Anian. The Bishop Marinus lived in Wilparting and sufferd here, accoring to tradition he martyred in 697 while his nephew, Deacon Anian, in his cell in the nearby alps died of natuaral causes at the same time.

Ruhpolding, with its 6,500 residents, is a big, enchantingly romantic village in Upper Bavaria, serving up nature at its finest in every season of the year.
Ruhpolding is an El Dorado for anyone who loves nature, and for those in search of active recreation amid wonderful scenery, combined with the warmth and hospitality for which Bavaria is so renowned. Our guests have a broad variety of accommodation options from which to choose, ranging from four-star hotels, to cozy B&B’s and vacation apartments. Around 700 lodging establishments offering a total of some 6000 beds, along with 80 eateries of various kinds, ensure you will feel right at home here in Ruhpolding.
In winter, visitors are drawn by our magnificent, variety-packed ski slopes and cross-country trails. Ice-skating and a game of ice stock (in essence, an Alpine version of curling) at the Ruhpolding indoor ice rink, provide wintertime fun for the whole family. And if sports are not really your “cup of tea”, you couldn’t fail to enjoy the wintry landscapes as you take a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh. Sports fans can decide whether they wish to be active participants, or be spectators at international winter sporting events, where they will literally be within arm’s reach of stars from around the world. Every year, Ruhpolding hosts the Biathlon World Cup and a World Cup event in the Nordic Combined, transforming this idyllic village into a mecca for thousands of fans.

The Mysterious World of Salt. - Berchtesgaden.
An underground journey of Discovery. Uncover the Mountain´s secret: Inthe olden days, salt was as valuable as gold,That´s why only very fea people were allowed into the tunnel. It´s not like that anymore: Nowadays adventures of any size, young or old, dressed in real miner`s outfits can follow deep down in the mountains the call of the "white gold" which has been exvated underground since 1517. The mine railway takes you 700 meters deep into the mountain. From there on, your own path with a professinal guide. You take a slide down into the deep, walk through dark tunnels, glide on a raft on the sparkling salt lake while enjoying a breathaking music and light show. The underground guided tour takes approx. one hour. Including purchase, reception and return of miner´s clothing (protective clothing) you should plane one hour and a half to two hours. The underground temperature is +12°C all year round. There is no age limit for children. Unfortunately we cannot allow dogs or baby carriages on the tour.

Passau is a town in Lower Bavaria, Germany, known also as the Dreiflüssestadt (City of Three Rivers), because the Danube is joined there by the Inn from the South, and the Ilz coming out of the bavaria Forest to the North. Passau was an ancient Roman colony of ancient Noricum called Batavis, Latin for "for the Batavi." The Batavi were an ancient Germanic tribe often mentioned by classical authors, and they were regularly associated with the Suebian marauders, the Heruli. During the second half of the 5th century, St. Severinus established a monastery here. In 739, an Irish monk called Boniface founded the diocese of Passau and this was the largest diocese of the Holy Roman Empire for many years. From 1892 until 1894 Adolf Hitler and his family lived in Passau. The city archives mention Hitler being in Passau on 4 different occasions in the 1920s for speeches. During World War II the town housed three sub-camps of the infamous Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp: Passau I (Oberilzmühle), Passau II (Waldwerke Passau-Ilzstadt) and Passau III (Jandelsbrunn). It was the site of a post World War II American sector displaced persons camp.

Whoever wants to travel usually has to make a decision: Mountains or sea, action or relaxation, town life or idyllic rural surroundings, culture or nature.
In Lindau, you do not have to choose either way. However you want to spend your holiday, here you will find simply everything in a region which we believe to be the most beautiful end of Germany. Discover, experience and enjoy it yourself. Lindau's famous harbour, which is still regarded today as the most attractive anywhere on Lake Constance, was completed in 1856. The 6m high monument with the lion looking over the lake is a work by the sculptor Johann von Halbing.
The bavaria heraldic emblem flanks the harbour entrance together with the 33m high lighthouse. Thousands of lights create a magical harbour atmosphere. The Diebsturm, also called the Malefizturm or Stadtknechtsturm, was built around 1370 as the most westerly point of the old town wall. In the Middle Ages, it served as a prison. The coloured roof tiling originates from the last century. The Peterskirche is the oldest church in Lindau. Built around the year 1000 AD, it was the town's parish church until 1180. It has been a war memorial since 1928. An important work of art inside the building are the frescos on the north wall, created by Hans Holbein the Elder towards the end of the 15th century.

Schwangau, village of the royal bavaria castles
Schwangau is a municipality in the district of Ostallgäu in Bavaria, Germany. The village lies 4 km from the larger town of Füssen and just 1.5 km from Hohenschwangau, a collection of tourist-oriented facilities adjacent to the major tourist attractions of Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Schwangau has no railway station. It is the next-to-last town on the Romantic Road tourist route that terminates in Füssen.

Spend a day in Austria. Join us on a magical day trip to one the jewels in the crown of Europe. Spend a day whit us in Austria and visit the city so beautiful they named it a Unesco World Heritage Site. Salzburg is famed for its old world glamour, made all the more striking by the majestic backdrop of snow-capped Alps. It is the home town of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Would you like to visit his place of birth, is residence, the streets he walked and the cafes he drank in? We´ll take you there. Salzburg is also one of the most popular "movie tourism" destinations in the world for one simple reason - The Sound of Music.
We`ll show you sites you`ll remember from the silver screen. And yet so much more. Piazzas and fountains, the stunning Domkirche Cathedral, palaces, pleasure gardens,churches. And towering above it all, the breathtaking 900 year old fortress Festung Hohensalzburg.

Zell am See.
The Zell Valley is a corridor in the Kitzbühel Alps, connecting the Saalfelden Basin of the Saalach River in the north and the Salzach in the south. Zell am See is located approximately 100 km (62 mi) east of Innsbruck and 30 km (19 mi) north of Mt. Grossglockner. The Old Town (Altstadt) centre of Zell am See is located on the western shore of 68-metre (223 ft) deep Lake Zell, with the villages of Thumersbach to the east, Erlberg to the southeast, and Schüttdorf directly to the south.
The town of Zell am See comprises five cadastral communities: Bruckberg, a residential area including the Zellermoos locality. Erlberg on the southeastern shore of Lake Zell, including a nature reserve Schmitten, above Zell am See proper, location of many cableways. Thumersbach, an affluent district and seaside resort on the eastern shore, including the summer resort of Prielau in the north Zell am See, with the Old Town centre and Zell am See-Süd (Schüttdorf).

The World´s lagest Ice Cave.
Concealed within the Tennengebirge mountain (Austria) range is a system of caves over 40km in lenght a unique natural phnomenon. The lower parts of the cave are cooled by the pasage of cold wind in winter and the thaw water freezes as it trickles in, forming gigantic ice figurres. This is the largest ice cave in the world and the kilometre of prepared paths take the visitor up and down numerous steps. The guide tours provide scientific and historical background and explain the ice formations in detail.
From the very beginning care was always taken to preserve the natural surroundings when making the cave accessible to tourist. The ice figures are illuminaded by your guide using magnesium and when observing these gigantic figures, your imagination wil run away with you.

Trips for half a day
Starnberger See
Lake Starnberg (German: Starnberger See) in southern Bavaria is Germany's fourth largest lake and a popular recreation area for the nearby city of Munich. Towns by the lake include Starnberg in the north, Seeshaupt in the south, and Tutzing in the west. The small town of Berg, Upper Bavaria near Starnberg is famous as the site where King Ludwig II of Bavaria was found dead in the lake in 1886.
The lake, which was created by ice age glaciers from the Alps, extends 21 km (14 miles) from north to south and has a width of 3-5 km (2-3.5 miles) from east to west. It has a single, small island, the Roseninsel, and a single outlet, the Würm river (because of this river the lake was called the Würmsee until 1962). Its major inflow comes from a chain of small lakes in the south, Osterseen. This small river is called Ach or Ostersee-Ach. It is possible to circumnavigate the lake by cycle.Rose Island in Lake Starnberg is the only island in the lake and site of a royal villa of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. He was particularly attached to this place and made frequent renovations and remodelings of the small garden and the villa, which is called casino. Guests on the island were the composer Richard Wagner, Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Czarina Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. The villa is today a small museum and open to the general public.

New Palace Schleißheim
The Paintings Gallery in the New Palace Schleißheim opened as a branch gallery of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in 1978. The exhibition of European Baroque painting complements the presentation in the Alte Pinakothek.
The centre of the exhibition rooms is the "Grande Galerie" on the upper floor of the central wing, which was furnished under Prince Elector Max Emanuel. It is a long hall, inspired by the Mirror Gallery in Versailles, which stretches along the garden side of the large festival halls. Works by Peter Paul Rubens and views of the gallery by David Teniers the Younger, amongst others, are presented in a traditional Baroque manner. Other rooms on the upper floor are dedicated to Flemish painting, for example Jan Brueghel the Younger, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers the Younger and Anthonis van Dyck. Other rooms on the upper floor show northern Dutch painting, for example works by the Rembrandt circle, as well as works by the Italianising Dutch painters - the so-called Bamboccianti -, and finally landscapes, maritime scenes (Hendrik C. Vroom, Jacob van Ruysdael) and still-lifes.

The ground floor is dedicated to Italian, Spanish and German Baroque painting; there are also works by Adam Frans van der Meulen in the south wing. The historical paintings collection in Schleißheim Palace still conveys an impression of a princely Baroque gallery as well as giving an overview over the various schools in painting in the 17th and 18th century.

Dachau Concentration camp
In 1933, the Nazis establishes their first major concentration camp. outside the town of Dachau, some 18 kilometres from Munich.
There, they developed the blueprint for a network that would ultimately spread over half of Europe and result in the brutalisation and murder of millions.
Dachau was the " Academy of Terror", the originator, role-model and training centre for a system of unparalleled depravity that continues to haunt the imagination
of the civilised world, an historic nightmare for which its infamous "Arbeit macht frei" (Freedom through Work) gate remains a cruel and sinister emblem.
Hundreds of thousands of people from over 34 different nations passed through its gates, tens of thousands of whom perished.

Dachau Castle
Around 1100 a fortress was built on the Giglberg hill in Mitterndorf by counts named after the town of Dachau.
Konrad III, the last Count of Dachau, died without an heir in 1182. Shortly afterwards, Duke Otto I of Wittelsbach took over the Dachau fortress and properties.
The fortress of the dukes was destroyed in 1398 and 1403 and was replaced in the years 1546-1573 by a four-wing Renaissance castle with a castle garden on the 504 m high castle hill.
An original commemorative stone in the vestibule still bears the name of the builders: Duke Wilhelm IV and his son Duke Albrecht V. The castle became the preferred country residence of the Munich court.
Prince Elector Max Emanuel, who was especially fond of Dachau, ordered Joseph Effner to remodel the southwest wing in the baroque style from 1715 to 1717. With no money for repairs, Max Joseph, the first king of Bavaria, decided to tear down three severely damaged wings of the castle in the early 19th century.
At times even used as a storage facility, only the southwest wing remained, including the former ballroom. The famous wooden Renaissance ceiling by the carver Hans Wisreutter survived demolition, as did the grisaille painting by Hans Thonauer.
The Renaissance ceiling was transferred in 1868, however, to the bavaria National Museum and was only brought back to its original location in 1977. The castle has been used for exhibitions of the Dachau Artists' Association since 1908. Today, it hosts concerts of international acclaim. The castle garden offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Munich all the way to the Alps.

Andechs Monastery
Located on the Holy Mountain above the eastern shore of Lake Ammersee in the middle of Upper Bavaria’s Five-Lakes Region, Andechs Monastery is easily visible from far away. For more than half a millennium it has been a cherished destination for pilgrims. Andechs Monastery - with its brewery, Bräustüberl, monastery restaurant, and not least its rich cultural offerings in the representational environs of the “Fürstentrakt” and the Florian Stadl multi-purpose hall - is a much sought after meeting place attracting visitors from around the world. The Florian-Stadl has by now turned into the regional center for culture and also become the permanent location for holding the annual Orff Festival. As a successful economic entity, Andechs Monastery fulfils its mission as a foundation and as a business resource provides all necessary financial means for the support and maintenance of St. Bonifaz Abbey in Munich through its own efforts - all without relying on subsidy from public church tax funds. Manager of the Monastery is Dr. Johannes Eckert, the abbot of the Benedictine Abbey St. Bonifaz in Munich and Andechs. The common model provided by the monks and lay workers best illustrates the Monastery’s activity as a productive entity and is highlighted by the motto: “It is our tradition to be progressive, and we can attribute our progress to a great tradition".

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