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Fairytale Castles in the Bavarian Alps

Press release: 21 May 2010

If you are looking for a summer holiday to an area of Alpine beauty, so that you can completely get away from it all, then how about Bavaria? Located in south-west Germany, Bavaria is the country's largest state. The picture-perfect countryside with unspoilt natural surroundings, a wealth of culture and the laid-back Bavarian attitude make it a great place to get away. Bavaria's medieval castles and small towns, magnificent palaces and baroque churches as well as its urban centres provide the perfect setting for everything from traditional festivals to international events.

Specialist tour operator, DERTOUR has put together a great selection of value-for-money holiday ideas to the Bavarian Alps region, which includes many destinations between the Austrian border near Salzburg, Garmisch and the Zugspitze and including the Allgau region in the south-western part of the region bordering Lake Constance.

Prices start from £509 per person for a five night stay in Garmisch. Located in the foothills of Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, Garmisch is the best known resort in the Bavarian Alps and is famous for its scenery. The 2,962-metre-high summit of the Zugspitze can be reached by taking a ride on the narrow railway and cable car. It is well worth the journey to appreciate the panoramic views over 800 summits and four countries. Beautiful landscape and age old tradition can be found along miles of mountain paths and hiking trails. This price is based on five nights accommodation at a three star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, return flights between Heathrow and Munich and second class return rail transfers.

Other Bavarian holiday ideas include:

• A five night break to Oberstaufen, priced from £559 per person to include accommodation in a four star hotel on bed and breakfast basis, return flights between Heathrow and Munich and second class return rail transfers.

• An seven day walking tour holiday of the Zugspitze, priced from £825 per person. As Germany's highest, the mighty Zugspitze is the best known mountain in the Bavarian Alps and its summit can be easily reached by cable car. This walking tour will lead you around the Zugspitze massif giving you the chance to view this peak from various angles and explore the hiking terrain. Price includes six nights accommodation in three star hotels on half board basis, return flights between Heathrow and Munich, second class return rail transfers, cable car ride and transfers during the walking tour, route guide and rucksack, luggage transfer between hotels, walking snacks and welcome tour information.