From the castles of King Ludwig to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, this new nine day tour is a taste of the Bavarian Alps. We begin in the regional capital of Munich where a local guide will introduce us to the stories of the Altstadt. There is also free time to visit the Nymphenburg Palace, Englischer Garten, Frauenkirche and taste local beers. Travelling on a short section of the Romantic Road, we settle into Fuessen in Allgau, at the base of the alps. With its medieval town centre and the nearby castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenscwangau, it feels like a royal estate strewn with villages and lakes. Half day walks approach the castles from various directions and we also walk beside the Lech River and the sparkling lakes dotting the region. Continuing via King Ludwig’s final home of Linderhof, we visit Ettal, a Benedictine monastery close to Oberammergau. Our next base is the mountain town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, close to the impressive Zugspitze. The walking trails are excellent, with several cable cars to help us gain the heights and enjoy lunch with views over the mountains and alpine meadows. Other walks lead to local gorges, a mountain monastery and through the old town, which features one of the best chocolate shops in Germany. We finish our tour in Garmisch Partenkirchen, or you can choose to continue on and join the Dolomites to the Oberland tour.