The Best Things to See and Do in Allgäu, Germany

Allgau | © PIRO4D / Pixabay
Allgau | © PIRO4D / Pixabay
Photo of Anwesha Ray
17 January 2018

The Allgäu highlands is an area of sheer magnificence in Southern Germany, spilling over to Austria. Allgäu is one of the most popular year-round holiday destinations in Europe, thanks to its dramatic landscape, royal castles, delectable cuisine, wellness options and sports opportunities. Let’s explore the highlights of this idyllic location.

Neuschwanstein Castle

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Neuschwanstein Castle

The Neuschwanstein Castle has probably witnessed more jaws hitting the ground than any other castle in the world. This stunning fairy-tale castle commissioned by eccentric King Ludwig II seems to rise out of the green valleys against the backdrop of the imposing Alps, adding up to a magical setting that remains etched in visitors’ minds for years. Don’t miss taking a guided tour of its lavish interiors. Also, enjoy a perfect shot of the castle from the bridge Marienbrücke.

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Neuschwansteinstraße 20, Schwangau, Germany

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Oberstdorf

Oberstdorf is a romantic village whose idyllic setting is just perfect to disconnect yourself from the stress of the daily grind and bond closely with nature. On a clear day, Oberstdorf promises you an overwhelming view of almost 400 misty mountain peaks. Additionally, you get to enjoy sunny days (even in winter), clear skies ablaze with a million stars, pure air and the freshest food.

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Hiking

Allgäu is a dream come true for hikers, offering an almost unmatched diversity of landscape. Depending on your level of stamina, you can choose from the easy strolls along lakes, alpine walks or the high-altitude tours. No matter which you do, unparalleled panoramas are guaranteed at every turn.

Hiking in Allgau | © Simon / Pixabay

Breitachklamm Canyon

Breitachklamm Canyon is the deepest canyon in Central Europe and a truly magnificent sight, created over thousands of years by water rushing over rocks, eroding them in the process. Visitors are welcome to feast their eyes of this natural spectacle from wooden walkways built over the length of the gorge.

Breitachklamm Canyon | © Derks24 / Pixabay

Winter sports

While Allgäu is a summer paradise, it transforms into a magical winter wonderland in the colder months. Other than offering breathtaking views of the snow-blanketed landscape, the region offers excellent conditions for skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and romantic carriage rides. Among the several ski resorts in the region, the most popular are Fellhorn/Kanzelwand – Oberstdorf/Riezlern, Ofterschwang/Gunzesried – Ofterschwanger Horn and Diedamskopf – Schoppernau.

Allgau winter panorama | © Simon / Pixabay

Hohenschwangau Castle

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View of Hohenschwangau Castle from Neuschwanstein Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle | © Elena Korchenko / Alamy Stock Photo
The Hohenschwangau Castle is yet another castle in the region that seems to have been created with a magic wand rather than human hands. It perches in lush green valleys surrounded by craggy cliffs and looks out to the mirror-like waters of Alpsee. Visitors can take a guided tour through the royal interiors of this 19th-century castle. Also, catch an incredible view of the castle from Neuschwanstein castle.

Alpsee

The Alpsee looks more like a painting than a real lake, in the lap of green hills and dense forests, protected by the gigantic Bavarian Alps. This is an ideal spot to spend a few quiet hours, take a stroll, go on a leisurely boat cruise or have a meal at one of the many quaint restaurants and cafes. The more active travellers can opt for a number of summer and winter sports around the lake.

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