Curves celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Reason enough for a best of coolest roads we portrayed during the last decade!
Mittenwald is a town amid the Alpine peaks of Bavaria, Germany. It’s known for its colorful painted houses and its violin-making history, documented in the central Geigenbaumuseum. The 18th-century St. Peter and St. Paul Church is famed for its colorful frescoes. To the west, forested paths pass Lautersee Lake and the Laintal waterfall. In the northwest, Hoher Kranzberg’s slopes have trails and lookouts.
Timeline: 0:00 Train Station 1:20 Towards the Town Centre 6:00 Mittenwald Town Centre – Obermarkt Southern Direction 12:00 Mittenwald Town Centre – Obermarkt Northern Direction 17:30 Northern Mittenwald 25:40 Around the Violin Museum 28:50 Outer Town Centre
Bayreuth is a town on the Red Main river in Bavaria, Germany. At its center is the Richard Wagner Museum in the composer’s former home, Villa Wahnfried. Wagner’s operas are performed at the Bayreuther Festspielhaus, home of the annual Bayreuth Festival. On the eastern outskirts, the Hermitage Gardens surrounds the Altes Schloss Eremitage palace and the Temple of the Sun (Sonnentempel), honoring the god Apollo.
Memmingen is a town in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany. It is the economic, educational and administrative centre of the Danube-Iller region. To the west the town is flanked by the Iller, the river that marks the Baden-Württemberg border. To the north, east and south the town is surrounded by the district of Unterallgäu.
Ingolstadt is a city in Bavaria, Germany, known for the Audi Forum and its museum of classic cars. Kreuztor, a 14th-century gate and the city emblem, is the entrance to the medieval old town. The 1723 Anatomical Institute has a botanical garden with medicinal plants. Asam Church Maria de Victoria is known for its baroque ceiling. The New Castle is home to the Bavarian Army Museum’s military history displays.
Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.
Bamberg is a town in northern Bavaria, Germany, laid out over 7 hills where the Regnitz and Main rivers meet. Its old town preserves structures from the 11th to 19th centuries including the muraled Altes Rathaus (town hall), which occupies an island in the Regnitz reached by arched bridges. The Romanesque Bamberg Cathedral, begun in the 11th century, features 4 towers and numerous stone carvings.
Neuschwanstein Castle is said to have inspired Walt Disney. This is the untold story of the Bavarian castle, which attracts 1.5 million visitors a year, and is also known as the ‘castle of the fairy tale king.’ Just over 150 years ago, in 1869, construction of Neuschwanstein Castle began in Bavaria, Germany.
This documentary gives a behind-the-scenes view of the famous building, which is said to have inspired the Disney castle. Neuschwanstein was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, a man known also as the Swan King or the Fairy Tale King, but also as Mad King Ludwig. Ludwig II did not enjoy reigning. He dreamt of a life surrounded by nature, was an ardent fan of Wagner, and loved mythical imagery. Neuschwanstein Castle was his dream realized in stone. But it was also a withdrawal from his duties as head of state.
And the more Ludwig II hid away in his dream castle, the more he angered his ministers. They saw his artistic and architectural projects as overly extravagant. Eventually, this ‘overindulgence’ was used as grounds to declare him insane. He was interned in 1886. Just days later, he drowned in Lake Starnberg under mysterious circumstances, together with the psychiatrist who had certified him insane. Six weeks after the death of Ludwig II of Bavaria, the castle was opened to visitors.
The decision was also an effort to convince the public that the king had been ‘mad,’ and many came to see the castle. Then came the World Wars and Neuschwanstein was briefly forgotten by the public. During the Third Reich, Nazis misused it to store looted art. But the castle survived the wars unscathed. After the end of World War II, U.S. troops reached the castle. Before long, it had become a favorite among GIs stationed in Germany, and Neuschwanstein was once again a much-loved tourist attraction. Today, it’s a tourist phenomenon. This documentary offers a behind-the-scenes view of Neuschwanstein, a place that continues to cast its spell on those who visit, as the legend of King Ludwig II of Bavaria lives on.
Winter is a magical time of year as our favorite destinations are changed into completely new snow covered landscapes! From skiing the Swiss Alps to exploring the wilderness of the Arctic Circle, winter is such a special time of year!
Germany also has a fascinating Alps mountain range. Located in south of Germany (Bavaria), Berchtesgaden is one of the best that show case the beauty of German Alps. In the video you will find out some of the best places to visit in Berchtesgaden: The all-year-round Ice Cave, Lake Obersee, Hintersee and Königssee.
Berchtesgaden is a German town in the Bavarian Alps on the Austrian border. South of town, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat, the Kehlsteinhaus, has a restaurant with alpine views. The Dokumentation Obersalzberg museum chronicles the Nazi era. Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden illuminates the salt mine’s 500-year history. Lifts lead to Obersalzberg and Rossfeld ski areas. To the south, trails cross Berchtesgaden National Park.