Living in BavariaIyna Bort Caruso
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom was inspired by Neuschwanstein, the 19th century Bavarian castle and one of Germany’s great architectural treasures. The castle is the most popular stop on a stunning scenic route called the Romantic Road that runs through medieval towns, along wine-producing villages, by fortresses and monasteries.
Bavaria is rich in scenic roads. The landscape practically sprouts them. One route follows the footsteps of emperors and king. Another winds through Alpine villages.
Bavaria is also rich in traditions--Oktoberfest for one--with cultural, folk and culinary heritages that speak to the strong sense of identity shared by locals.
The quality of life attracts house hunters from all over the world. There are no restrictions on real estate purchases by international buyers.
In the Alps, villas, chalets and luxury apartments attract skiers in winter and hikers and mountain bikers when temperatures rise. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, south of Munich, made a name for itself by hosting the 1936 Winter Olympic Games and is located by Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. Property prices here represent good value compared to major ski resorts in neighboring Austria and Switzerland. Another popular Bavarian ski destination is Oberstdorf, the country’s most southerly ski resort with three airports within a two-hour drive.
Munich is the capital of the Bavarian state, Germany’s largest. The city has some of the country’s highest home prices, commensurate with its high standard of living. In 2016, Munich was ranked highest among large German cities in the Mercer Qualify of Life Index. It is a global player, headquarters to powerhouses like BMW, Allianz and Siemens and a hospitable base for start-ups. International buyers gravitate toward districts near the city center. Posh areas include Lehel on the banks of the Isar River and home to several foreign embassies and Bogenhausen, a sought-after quarter of mansions and parks.