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.
I have been a fan of Formula 1 ever since I first played a F1 game for Sega Mega Drive II back in 1994. And yet, during all these years it has somehow never really occurred to me to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix live. It just seemed like a waste of money. After all, why sit in one place and miss out on all the action elsewhere on track, when you can see it all for free from the comfort of your couch? Well, it all changed last Christmas when my girlfriend had given me as a present two tickets to 2018 Formula 1 German Grand Prix in Hockenheim. So now, a few weeks after the race and as we find ourselves in the middle of the summer break, is a good time to talk about what that experience was like.
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.