The Bavarian region of Allgäu is without a doubt a treasure trove of incredible landscape photography locations. Just imagine small picturesque villages on the shores of the beautiful crystal-clear lakes, mountains towering above it all – and you’ll get an idea. Some of you probably know it by the famous Neuschwanstein castle, but Allgäu is much more than that. Over the years, this part of Germany has become one of my favorite hunting grounds for the new vistas. So today I would like to tell you about a place in Allgäu that is well concealed, less known, and harder to reach, but will definitely be worth your while. Join me on a hike to lake Schrecksee.
Southern Bavaria is an absolutely amazing place with tons of interesting locations for landscape photography. Unfortunately, we were only visiting for a weekend, so after exploring lake Königsee and shooting the famous boathouses, we had just one more day to check out some of the other sights the region has to offer. Needless to say, it was a busy day with an early start and a late finish, but also one that I enjoyed immensely. Choosing where to go was not easy and obviously we didn’t get to see everything, but if you’re into landscapes and only have one day in the area, the itinerary below might be a good starting point.
Ever since I passed it on my way to Austria in spring of last year, lake Königsee has been on my radar, and for good reason. Situated among the majestic Bavarian Alps it’s an incredibly beautiful lake that offers a lot when it comes to landscape photography. In fact, the whole surrounding area known as Berchtesgaden National Park is quite fabulous. Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to visit it back then, so I made a mental note about it and moved on. In the year that followed, images of Königsee and its sister lake Obersee kept periodically appearing in my Instagram feed and in some of the Youtube channels that I watch, until I finally gave in. It was time to see it with my own eyes.
Castle Neuschwanstein is probably the most famous german castle and one of the country’s most notable landmarks. Located just a few kilometers away from the Austrian border, in a small Bavarian town of Hohenschwangau, this fairy tale castle attracts millions of visitors every year and is on every tourist’s “to see” list. Obviously, this means it has been photographed thousands of times before. So is it even worth going to for photographers? Is it still possible to come up with a unique image of such an iconic location?
When it comes to good destinations for landscape photography, southern part of Germany definitely does not disappoint. Between the Black Forest to the west and Berchtesgaden national park on the far east, this area is full of beautiful locations that will get any landscape photographer excited. One such place is a small town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen located right on the border with Austria next to Germany’s tallest mountain Zugspitze. In addition to its alpine meadows, magnificent mountains and deep gorges, this region is also a home to numerous gorgeous lakes. The most famous of them – lake Eibsee – might just be one of the most beautiful lakes in all Germany.