Public Press Maps are ideal for sightseeing
Miscellaneous: Apart from the obvious (sunscreen, walking gear, rain protection, layers for all temperatures etc) I can only highly recommend to purchase a map from publisher Publicpress. I recently found these in my local bookstore and since then I never leave home without them. They are available for almost all parts of Germany and with 2,95 Euro they are ridiculously reasonable in price. The scale is approx. 1:150.000 (some have 1:140.000, some 1:155.000, etc) and they have little flags at all the points of interest and markers for other sights to see. Very useful and very much reliable. The only “downside” is that they are available in German only. But then, map is map and German names help to identify the road signs and other places.
I had No 43, Oberbayern with me. It covers the region of Pfaffenwinkel and some neighbouring parts; from Ammersee in the north to Bayrischzell in the east to Zugspitze and Mittenwald in the south to Füssen and Kaufbeuren in the west. ISBN of this map is 978-3-89920043-0.
Usually I put little Post-it flags at the places I want to see on my maps. These have the advantage that they come in almost all different colours for my different “activities” like hikes, sights, accommodation, shopping, etc, and that I can write additional information like opening hours and phone numbers on each. And when I have visited something, I can remove the flag. By this I can always easily see which sights are left and where they are located.
Other maps by Publicpress which are ideal for your (southern) Bavaria travels are:
City map of Munich (in English),
No 27, Allgäu: Lake Constance to Ammergauer Alps,
No. 108: Bavarian Alps (including Berchtesgaden and surroundings),
Or, check their fantastic overview on a Google map:
Google Map. It is based on the German Google Map, but easy to understand. Zoom into Bavaria, click on one of the green squares and it will tell you the number of the map plus a link to the specific map on their website (= click on “Hier geht’s zur Karte”). I am sure it is possible to purchase the maps also outside of Germany. Just name the ISBN number.
The same goes for their hiking maps, check out the available ones on their linked Google Map, hiking maps.
And their Google Map, biking maps.
© Ingrid D., October 2011, updated November 2012 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)Related to:
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Pack - the obvious :-)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on what you plan to do and see in Bavaria, you should make sure not to miss a couple of things:
Since weather can be unpredictable, bring warm clothes in case temperatures drop. When you want to hike, bring rain protection and a small backpack for your things. Definitely bring good shoes because you might walk a lot.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In case you stay near one of the smaller or bigger lakes in summer - bring insect repellent!!!!!! The mosquitos are very active! And it is a lot of them, especially in the marsh parts of lakes, e.g. Lake Starnberg, Staffelsee and Kochelsee.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: In case you will visit the lakes, bring swimming gear and a blanket. In case you want to go hiking, bring your outdoor gear. Although in the mountain villages you will likely find shops where you can rent hiking poles for example.
Miscellaneous: Bavaria’s south is prime skiing region. But the skiing villages do rent all equipment you need, including shoes. Shops will have signs “Skiverleih” (ski rental). Bring only your own warm clothes.Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
- Skiing and Boarding
- Water Sports
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remeber to bring with you a elegant and classy suit.
Because the weather maybe a little cold, I suggest to take something warm, like a sheep. (It's very likely to find a gentleman who can swap his home made liquor with a rib)
Climate in Bavaria
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The Bavarian climate is determined by frequent weather changes. There is precipitation all the year round. According to the amount of precipitation the lowlands are the driest region, the wettest are the mountainous regions. Due to thunderstorms June and July are the wettest month, the sunniest are the winter months (annual mean values).
Miscellaneous: The summers are most of time warm and sunny with occasional thunderstorms. In the lowlands the maximum mean temperature is between 21 and 24°C (70-75°F), at nights it drops to 10°C (50°F). In the mountains temperature is about 18°C (64°F) at days and 10°C (50°F) at nights. Of course, the higher you climb the colder it gets.
The winters are most of time chilly with occasional rain and snow showers. In the lowlands the maximum mean temperature is between -2 and 4°C (28 - 39°F), at nights it usually drops below freezing point. In the mountains temperature is usually below freezing point with a high chance of snow.
Springs and autumns are determined by extreme weather changes. Freezing weather are as likely as hot days with up to 30°C (86°F).
Certain weather consellations bring persistent rainfalls in the northern Alps. Those rainfalls may last over several days. Also in this region, Föhn winds bring a sudden rise in temperature and sunny weather.
A dream come true...
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