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Bavaria: The most beautiful photo locations and sights

Many different photographers present their favorite photo spots in Bavaria to you and share their photos and their knowledge with all of us. There are so many beautiful places on our planet. But knowing all the places around the world is just impossible. Our guide to the most beautiful photo locations arose from this idea.

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What exactly is the guide to the most beautiful photo locations? Good question!

In a nutshell: A collection of the most beautiful places to take pictures around the world, to which over 400 different photographers have contributed. Sounds cool right? We think so too!

Are you a photographer or hobby photographer and are you looking for a destination in Bavaria? Perfect! Because you will find it here.

You are not a photographer? Never mind. Of course, you can also visit the locations without taking any photos. Promised!

We wish you a lot of fun with the collection of the most beautiful places to take photos in Bavaria and we thank all the photographers who have contributed.

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Sights in Franconia

Franconia in the north of Bavaria has some of the most beautiful places in Bavaria to offer: Nuremberg, Erlangen, Bamberg, Würzburg and many more.

Since there are so many great sights and photo locations in Franconia alone, we will present them to you in a separate article.

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Sights in the Upper Palatinate

Historic Berching

Photos and information from: Tobias.

Berching looks back on over 1000 years of history. Under the rule of the prince-bishops of Eichstätt, the small town flourished and developed into an important administrative center. In the course of secularization, the city loses its importance as an administrative center.

The stagnant development in the 19th century favored the preservation of the historic city center with the city wall, the 13 towers and countless old houses. The historic Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal runs near the town.

Directions & location

Berching is located in the Franconian Alb in close proximity to the A9 Nuremberg-Munich. The B299 leads past the place.

Nepal Himalaya Pavilion in Wiesent

Photos and information from: Martin Hartmann.

A piece of Nepal in the middle of Bavaria, in the middle of the Upper Palatinate. Sounds interesting, varied and beautiful - it is too. In Wiesent is the Nepal pavilion, which was in Hanover during EXPO 2000 and was voted the best country pavilion by the visitors.

In addition to the pavilion, there are many motifs, especially for nature photographers - a Chinese garden, a Himalayan garden and much more. There are definitely a lot of motifs here that you don't expect in Bavaria.

The park is only open in the summer months and only from Saturday to Monday from 1:00 p.m. Before visiting, you should check the current opening times on the website of the Nepal Himalaya Pavilion. Since the park is now very popular, you should be there as soon as possible before it opens.

Directions & location

A3 Regensburg towards Passau, exit Wiesent, then towards Brennberg. There is good signage.

Falkenberg Castle

Photos and information from: Tobias.

The well-preserved hilltop castle, which was also inhabited until 2009, sits on an imposing rock made of Falkenberg granite. The castle rock is one of Bavaria's most beautiful geotopes, the weathering of wool sacks was described here for the first time.

The oldest parts of the castle go back to the 11th century. It has belonged to Markt Falkenberg since 2008. A short circular path leads around the castle, here you can see the complex from all sides.

Photography tips

Since the castle cannot be photographed so well from the foot of the mountain, it is best to take the Schopperbergweg. From there you have the opportunity to take photos of the castle between the houses.

Directions & location

Falkenberg is located near the A93 near Tirschenreuth in the Upper Palatinate.

The Dost river made of granite

Photos and information from: Tobias.

The Dost is the oldest nature reserve in the Upper Palatinate. At a good 500m here, Granti rocks of various sizes pile up in a stream bed. Over the course of millions of years, the small stream carried away the soft material, exposing the hard rocks.

Directions & location

The Dost nature reserve is located in the municipality of Floß, near the Diepoldsreuth district. It is best to drive from there to the Gollwitzerweiher campsite and park there. From here just follow the marked hiking trail. The coordinates are N 49 ° 42.926 E 012 ° 14.090.

Wernberg Castle

Photos and information from: Martin Hartmann.

In the middle of the Upper Palatinate lies the picturesque Wernberg Castle. It offers a very beautiful view of the Stiftland.

The castle is managed by Conrad Electronic and therefore the lighting is constantly being rebuilt - this means that you always have a "new" photo motif.

It is very conveniently located at the Oberpfälzer Wald motorway junction and also has a fantastic restaurant.

Directions & location

A93 motorway, Wernberg-Köblitz exit


Photos and information from: Martin Hartmann.

Kallmünz, the pearl of the Naab Valley, is a small town of 3,000 people. It is located directly at the confluence of the Naab and Vils, in the middle of the beautiful Upper Palatinate. Kallmünz is known as an artist's place with many narrow streets, a great castle ruin, small nice houses and one of the oldest stone bridges.

Kallmünz is a place to relax, for the eye and of course for the lens.

Directions & location

Via the A93 either at the Burglengenfeld exit or the A3 exit at Beratzhausen.

Neupfarrplatz Regensburg

Photos and information from: Martin Hartmann.

Neupfarrplatz is located in the center of Regensburg's old town, which is also known as the northernmost city in Italy. The square is surrounded by numerous old buildings, above all the Neupfarrkirche. Also interesting is the Jewish history of the square, which is commemorated by an installation in the form of a floor relief.

The place is a good photo location all day. Especially in the evening, when it is a little emptier and the buildings are illuminated, it unfolds its full splendor.

Sights in Swabia

Lonely tree near Elchingen

Photos and information from: Fellermann Photography.

This lonely tree is in a field near Elchingen. It is a great subject for landscape photographers no matter what time of year.

Photography tips

The tree impresses with its shape both at sunrise and at sunset.

Directions & location

The tree is in a field to the left of Glockeraustraße in Elchingen when you come out of the forest road that leads across the Danube.

Thalfinger See

Photos and information from: Fellermann Photography.

The small and quiet Thalfinger See is located in Thalfingen directly on the Danube. It is particularly interesting for landscape photographers. At sunrise and sunset, the Thalfinger See is bathed in a special light and becomes even more beautiful.

Brandstätter See

Photos and information from: Fellermann Photography.

The Brandstätter See is a swimming lake near Burlafingen near Neu-Ulm.

Photography tips

The bathing jetty on the southern bank is particularly recommended as the main motif on the lake.

The lake is of course at its most beautiful in summer and autumn when the trees have leaves.

Directions & location

The lake is located directly on the A7 or the B10.
(Coordinates: 48.408854, 10.088058)

Jahnufer, Neu-Ulm

Photos and information from: Fellermann Photography.

The Jahnufer is located directly on the Danube in Neu-Ulm and offers a great view. From there you have a great view of the “skyline” of neighboring Ulm with the Ulm Minster.

You can find even more tips about Ulm and Neu-Ulm here:

Ulm and Neu-Ulm: sights and tips

Nördlingen city fortifications

Photos and information from: Tobias.

In contrast to the much better known Rothenburg ob der Tauer, the entire city fortifications in the former imperial city of Nördlingen have been preserved and are completely accessible for 2.6 km. There are also five gate towers and eleven towers.

Parts of the city wall date from the 14th century. The medieval city center is also worth seeing. The 90m high church tower, called Daniel, offers a good view of the city.

Directions & location

Nördlingen is located in the Ulm-Ingolstadt-Nuremberg triangle on the B466 in northern Swabia.

Sights in Lower Bavaria

Trausnitz Castle

Photos and information from: Michael Hanzl.

Trausnitz Castle is located above the old town of Landshut. There are often events there. Especially in summer with lots of rich colors, flowers and bushes there are lots of photo opportunities. There are also lots of great backgrounds available for photo shoots.

Photography tips

I would prefer the location in summer. Best at a later hour to have nice shade and warm light on the walls and roofs.

Directions & location

The best way is by car. It has to be parked in the city of Landshut. Then you have to walk a few meters. There is good signage.

Bird sanctuary Middle Isar reservoirs

Photos and information from: Heike.

The approx. 5.7 km² large Isar reservoir is known as a resting and breeding area for various bird species. Extensive reed areas and shallow water areas are easily accessible through an extensive network of paths.

Photography tips

On the south bank near Eching, beautiful photos of the heron island and wonderful morning and evening moods can be taken from the observation tower. The Echinger church is always a beautiful motif.

Directions & location

The location is between Munich Airport and Landshut: A92 exit Moosburg Nord / Wartenberg then B11 towards Landshut at the height of Weixerau and Viecht. There is good parking in Eching at the Forster am See beer garden.

Blautopfquelle Essing

Photos and information from: Tobias.

The Blautopf is a karst spring typical of the Franconian Jura Mountains. It pours an average of 300l / s, the water is clear and has a temperature of 8 ° C. Several benches invite you to take in the idyllic nature.

Directions & location

Essing is located in the Altmühltal near Kelheim. The Blautopf can be found behind the "Essinger Hof" (the street is called Eisenbrünnerl).

Wildlife Park Bavarian Forest National Park

Photos and information from: Heike.

On around 250 hectares (including 40 hectares of enclosure area) you have the opportunity to observe and photograph around 40 different domestic animal species (lynx, wolf, beaver, bear, wildcat, bison, elk, eagle owl, owl and many more) in natural habitat large enclosures and aviaries . The open-air grounds are accessible all year round on a convenient circular path (7km).

Even more tips for the Bavarian Forest

Photography tips

Large telephoto focal length with sufficient light intensity (a good 3.5), since of course mostly shady light conditions prevail. There are good opportunities to take portraits of the animals in the accessible aviaries.

The large enclosures can be viewed from platforms, but the animals have (thank God) the opportunity to withdraw at any time. In the case of shy species such as bears, lynxes or wolves, it can happen that you don't get a photo.

Best option early in the morning or late in the evening. Bring enough time and patience. Better outside of the holiday periods! Furthermore, good landscape photos in the rock hiking zone directly adjacent possible.

Directions & location

Lusen National Park Center
Animal outdoor area
Hans Eisenmann House
Boehmstrasse 35
94556 Neuschönau (Bay.Wald)

A3 motorway towards Passau, exit Hengersberg (from there signposted National Park) B85 towards Grafenau
Entrance free parking lot P1 / P2

With public e.g. train to Grafenau and further with the Igelbus.

Old town of Passau

Photos and information from: Tobias.

The city of Passau can look back on roots as far back as the 1st century. The Celts and Romans already had settlements here. The favorable location on three rivers made this location so important and the city of Passau rich through trade over the centuries. The downside is of course the regularly recurring floods, the damage from 2013 can still be seen almost everywhere in the old town.

Nevertheless (or maybe because of that?) The city offers many historical buildings and squares and narrow, cozy alleys that are well worth seeing. There are countless opportunities to photograph the city center from the opposite banks, from the ship or from an elevated position.

The Ilz and Innstadt also offer other motifs.

Photography tips

You have a good view of the city from the Veste Oberhaus, but unfortunately you can see the north side of the city.

The “Batterie Linde” is a good vantage point from which you can also see the confluence of the three rivers with their different colors. For this it is necessary to pay the museum entrance fee (but it is worth it). You also have a good view of the museum's toilets (the barred one in the men's toilet can be opened).

You get a slightly different perspective as part of a three-river cruise by ship.

Directions & location

Passau can be easily reached via the A3.

The old town can easily be explored on foot. The Veste Oberhaus is served by a shuttle bus (departure at the Old Town Hall), the fare can be offset against the entrance fee.

Veste Oberhaus, Passau

Photos and information from: Tobias.

The old trading town of Passau is conveniently located at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. This location influenced the economic boom of the city in earlier times, which became rich with the timber and salt trade. The Linde battery in the Veste Oberhaus, which towers over the old town, offers the best view of the rivers.

From there you can also see the three different colors of the rivers and take a first look at Passau's old town.

Photography tips

The Veste Oberhaus can be reached via a footpath that starts at the Luitpold Bridge, by means of a shuttle bus that leaves from the old town hall or by car via the Rennweg.

Directions & location

Access to the viewpoint is only possible through the museum, for which you have to pay an entrance fee. There are discounts for shuttle bus users and Passau Card holders (€ 4 in 2014).

The extensive museum is definitely worth a visit. A little tip: the view of the old town from the museum toilets.

On the battlements (footpath to the city) you can find countless lizards sunbathing when the weather is right.

Bogenberg pilgrimage church

Photos and information from: Limmernet.

The Bogenberg pilgrimage church in the Straubing - Bogen district offers an incredibly beautiful view of Bogen and Straubing.
♁48 ° 54 ′ 3 ″ N, 12 ° 41 ′ 54 ″ E

Photography tips

It is worth photographing the landscape at night. The Gäuboden Folk Festival is also very suitable - always in the 2nd and 3rd week of August.

Wide or ultra wide angle lenses are recommended for the landscape.

Shortly before sunset, the Danube shines at the gates of Straubing - then a photo is particularly worthwhile.

It is best to take photos in the church around 4:00 p.m., as services / weddings are no longer celebrated here, among other things. Lightning is almost inevitable here.

Directions & location

There are enough parking spaces at the church.

Sights in Upper Bavaria

The longest castle in the world, Burghausen

Photos and information from: Klaus.

At 1051 meters, Burghausen Castle is the longest castle in the world.

It is around 1,000 years old and towers over the town of Burghausen on the Austrian border.

Photography tips

From the Austrian side, very nice pictures can be taken, especially in the evening hours.

Directions & location

From the border crossing in the old town up the mountain to Duttendorf you come to the lookout point at the end of the mountain. From here you can walk to other nice spots for photos.

Poing Wildlife Park

Photos and information from: Fotowelt Marcel W ..

The Poing Wildlife Park is located north of Munich and attracts numerous visitors every day with its numerous animals and regular free bird shows. The birds of prey show takes place in the mornings and afternoons; the park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photography tips

Birds of prey show, wooden observation towers, roe deer roaming freely.

Directions & location

With the S2 in the direction of Erding from there about 20 minutes on foot, with a car a lot of parking spaces (even if well attended, the parking lot is extensive).

Nice view over Wasserburg am Inn

Photos and information from: Fotowelt Marcel W ..

Wasserburg am Inn is located in Upper Bavaria in the Rosenheim district. The viewpoint "Schöne Aussicht" offers a great panorama of the historic old town. It can be reached from the south bank of the Inn within a few minutes via a short, steep climb. In addition, the Inn Bridge over the Inn is the gateway for cars into the old town.

Directions & location

From Munich to Rosenheim and then with the Südostbayernbahn in just under half an hour to Reitmehring. From there it is about 2.5 km to the old town. So it's more for cyclists or those who walk well.

Weßlinger See

Photos and information from: Aleksandra Hadzic.

The Weßlinger See is the smallest of the five lakes in the Fünfseenland - next to the Ammersee, Starnberger See, Pilsensee and Wörthsee.

For me he is the most beautiful. It is suitable for walking, taking photos and relaxing. In summer you can swim there, in winter you can skate or play hockey.

What else there is to discover there and why it is my favorite lake, you can read in my article The Weßlinger See on my blog.

Photography tips

The best time is in the morning before or shortly after sunrise or in the evening before or after sunset. The lake is very "photogenic" in itself - no matter where you stand, you will have a nice subject to take photos.

Directions & location

Coming from Munich with the S8 to Weßling / Herrsching to the stop Weßling. From the S-Bahn it is only approx. 500m to the lake.

Stegen on the Ammersee

Photos and information from: Hiacynta Jelen.

From the northern part of the Ammersee in Stegen you have a wonderful view of the Ammersee. In good weather even the Alps are visible.

Photography tips

There are several old fishermen's huts directly on site, which are ideally suited as a motif.

This location is ideal for sunset or sunrise. Focal lengths between 20 and 50 mm are perfect.

Directions & location

Stegen can only be reached by car, alternatively the S-Bahn to Herrsching

There is a parking lot directly in Stegen where you can park your car.

Raisting earth station

Photos and information from: Sandra Demmelhuber.

The Raisting earth station is used for communication with communications satellites. The large parabolic antennas are visible from afar and are a great motif for photographers. The earth station surrounds a small church, which is an interesting contrast. Impressive recordings can be made here, especially at night.

starnberger Lake

Photos and information from: Benjamin Bonfert.

The Starnberger See is located southwest of Munich and is the fifth largest lake in Germany. The lake offers countless motifs for nature and landscape photographers and is also interesting as a shooting location.

Since Lake Starnberg is an important local recreation area in Bavaria, there is often a lot going on there. In the evening or early in the morning it is a bit quieter and the lighting conditions are better for taking photos.

Easter lakes

Photos and information from: Fotowelt Marcel W ..

The Osterseen-Tour is an extensive 10-12 km hike from Iffeldorf to Seeshaupt on Lake Starnberg. This area consists of 9 individual lakes that can be reached through forest and forest roads.

Photography tips

Several panoramic vantage points entice you to enjoy a great all-round view of the mountains and the surrounding area.

Directions & location

Via Munich to Iffeldorf in just under 1 hour 30 minutes.A sign from the train station leads straight away to the hiking trail.

Sights in Munich

Olympic Park Munich

Photos and information from: Alessandro Podo.

The Olympic Park in Munich was created for the 1972 Summer Olympics. The best known is certainly the Olympic Stadium with its distinctive roof structure.

The Olympic Park is particularly beautiful for landscape photographers. There is a big mountain and a lake. There are many visitors to the park at the weekend and there are often events.

Directions & location

Take the U3 to the “Olympiazentrum.

Botanical Garden Munich

Photos and information from: Fotowelt Marcel W ..

The Munich Botanical Garden is known for its biodiversity and other special exhibitions all year round. For example, there are also butterflies to marvel at for a while in the glass houses in spring.

Photography tips

Very suitable for macro photographers, it is best to also look between the gaps, often the beauty is in the details!

Directions & location

To Munich Laim from there by tram to Nymphenburg Palace, along the canal. An entrance can already be found at the castle.

Nymphenburg Castle

Photos and information from: Fotowelt Marcel W ..

The Nymphenburg Palace in Munich is one of the large royal palaces in Europe and, with its palace gardens and small park castles, is a versatile photo location. A beautiful panorama of the castle emerges from the castle park with the large pond in the foreground.

Deer garden

Photos and information from: Rainer.

The Hirschgarten is not only the largest beer garden in Munich, with 40 hectares it is also a huge green area in the heart of the Bavarian capital.

The deer garden is suitable for photo shoots. The game reserves on the site are also interesting for photographers.

Directions & location

The Hirschgarten can be reached via the S-Bahn station of the same name with lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 or with trams 16 and 17 at the Steubenplatz stop.

Victory gate

Photos and information from: Fotowelt Marcel W ..

The Siegestor in Munich is a triumphal arch that was built in 1850 based on the model of the Arch of Constantine in Rome. The Siegestor is located near the Ludwig Maximilian University and is now on a traffic island.

Photography tips

Long exposures are ideal. With a fish eye (according to the course instructor) more grandiose images should come out than with a wide angle.

Directions & location

From the main train station, take the 100 bus to Odeonsplatz, then a few steps on foot.

Bavarian State Chancellery

Photos and information from: Andreas.

The Bavarian State Chancellery in Munich consists of the old building of the former army museum with new additions made of glass. It is located in a beautifully landscaped park in the middle of Munich, the Hofgarten, where there are numerous other motifs.

Angel of Peace

Photos and information from: Fotowelt Marcel W ..

The Angel of Peace is a memorial in Munich-Bogenhausen, which stands on a large fountain with a viewing terrace. This fountain is illuminated at night and creates an even better atmosphere.

Photography tips

Long exposure with aperture 5.6 or aperture 22 for star lights, also recommended from bottom to top with a view of the Angel of Peace.


Photos and information from: Clemens.

The Maximilianeum was completed in 1874 and has been home to the Bavarian state parliament since 1949. Especially at night it unfolds a special charm with its lighting.

Directions & location

The best way to get to the Maximilianeum is by public transport with Tram 19, it is easy to get to.

Old south cemetery

Photos and information from: Martin Hartmann.

The old south cemetery in Munich, also known as the plague cemetery, is now a listed building. There are many graves here, some of them very dilapidated.

A quiet place in the middle of the city for relaxation and recreation and of course an interesting photo location that offers endless motifs. Pure nature, in the middle of Munich. There are also many celebrity graves in the south cemetery.

Directions & location

The best way to get there is by public transport (subway or tram: Sendlinger Tor stop), then another 5 minutes on foot. Hardly any parking during the week, a bit better on the weekend.

Hellabrunn Zoo

Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich was the first geo-zoo in the world and is now a great place for photographers. In geozoos, the animals live together according to their natural habitat. The concept is now being implemented by more and more zoos.

Photography tips

For photographers, Hellabrunn Zoo offers a cross-section of the world's animal landscape. One of the highlights is certainly the polar world. Polar bears can be observed and photographed while swimming underwater through a pane of glass.

There are no restrictions on taking and using equipment. Bringing tripods and using flashes is permitted.

Publication of photos

Publication and distribution on social networks is permitted for private and editorial purposes. All that is required is the indication of the place of origin "Münchner Tierpark Hellabrunn".

Approval from the press department is required for commercial purposes, photo shoots or the sale of pictures from the zoo.

Directions & location

Parking spaces at Hellabrunn Zoo are limited, which is why we recommend using public transport on weekends. The Thalkirchen (Tierpark) station on the U3 line is just 3 minutes from the entrance.

You can find even more tips about sights in Munich in our article:

Munich landmarks

Sights in the Bavarian Alps

The Alps are located in the very south of Bavaria. Landscape photographers in particular are in the right place here. The Chiemsee in southeast Bavaria is particularly photogenic.

Since there are so many great places to take photos in the deep south, we have summarized them in a separate article for you:

To the photo spots in the Alps

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