Kochelsee in the morning light

Top 10 photo spots – The most beautiful places in the Bavarian Alps

The most beautiful places in the Bavarian Alps

The steep mountains, gentle hills and picturesque lakes of the Bavarian Alps are breathtaking locations for outdoor photographers and attract them like magnets. All along the German alpine Road, the most spectacular places in Germany line up for photographers like a buffet.

Many of these photo spots are not hidden gems, but rather world famous sights for photographers.

Mountain Moments Tip: Be inspired by these tips but be sure to discover your own photo locations.

It’s important to us that you observe the following basic rules when searching for a photo location:

  • Don’t leave any garbage! In case of any doubt, leave the photo spot in a cleaner condition than you found it.
  • Always follow the special rules on site: Some of the photo spots mentioned in this article are located on private property. Please treat these locations as if it were your own property and treat the owners with respect and gratitude. Some specific rules apply to the publication of photographs at these locations, you should follow them as well.
  • Respects other photographers, people, animals and nature. We only have one life and one planet, it would be a pity if we couldn’t enjoy the beauty of nature together, as well as not preserving it for posterity.

If you follow these basic rules, you will not only ensure yourself an amazing experience, but you will also be able to continuously enjoy these photographic landscapes together with others in the future. It is a well known fact that joy multiplies when you share it.

We welcome you to share your ‘hidden gems’ with us by up-loading pictures of photo locations you have discovered to our gallery of the best photo spots in the Alps and Europe. Please feel free to share any discovered photo locations with us!

The best photo spots in the Bavarian Alps – handpicked by mountain professional

Our tips for beautiful places in the Bavarian Alps are ideal for a week away of landscape photography. Please also consider the environmental aspect: Try to save energy by travelling in carpools or, as far as possible, by public transport. Those who travel particularly far should also consider staying on site for several days rather than just a weekend. In our experience, patience is one of the most important design tools in photography anyway.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle in autumn light

Germany is a magical land of castles and palaces. Neuschwanstein Castle – a fairytale castle par excellence – lies in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Sure, it’s teeming with tourists and is photographically no uncharted territory. Nevertheless, the view of the castle from all angles is a cultural treat that is unique in the known world. Especially in autumn after fresh snowfall or when the first snow already blankets the higher regions of the Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle unfolds its dreamlike character onto your landscape exposures.

We hold one of our most popular photo workshops nearby, which includes hiking and an overnight stay in a traditional hut. The Bavarian foothills of the Alps are one of our favourite region in Germany and not without reason.

Insider tip: the Geroldsee lake

The Geroldsee with Karwendel panorama
The Geroldsee with Karwendel panorama

Our favourite place among the Bavarian and Alpine lakes is the Geroldsee lake. A classic postcard motif of: alpine huts scattered in pastures, a perfectly formed lake and a view of the impressive Karwendel massif.

Important: When photographing please pay attention to the environment and property, this photo spot is on private ground.

The kings view: Herzogstand mountain

Imperial view from the Herzogstand

 It’s not without reason that we offer a unique photo workshop here at Herzogstand mountain. Although Bavaria’s Alps are only a small part of the entire range, they are enormously suitable for photography.

The Herzogstand mountain is one of the northernmost vantage points in the Bavarian Alps and is surrounded by the Walchensee and Kochelsee lakes. This natural location results in a classic photo motif. Another highlight not to be missed is the hike to Heimgarten summit.

Kaiser Wilhelm discovered this alpine jewel and created a private accommodation in the form of a small shelter on the summit. Nowadays, Herzogstand can be reached with a cable car ride followed by a 30-minute hike.

The ascent by gondola and the easy accessibility from Munich fascinates thousands of mountain lovers, especially on weekends.

Tipp: Get the ultimate experience and book your private photo tour with us. We guide you safely to the best spots (listed here and beyond) and bring your photography game to the next level. Book your private photo tour now.

Natural paradise: Kochelsee lake

Kochelsee in the morning light
Picturesque atmosphere at the Kochelsee in the morning light

The Kochelsee lake is located just south of the town of Penzberg, near Kochel am See, and is one of the most stunning natural gates to the Northern Alps.

In spring, winter and autumn the mountainous conditions of this lake produce a veil of mist which mystically blankets the lake. With a little luck, the sun will break through the foggy banks during the course of the day and open up to a awe inspiring view of Kochelsee lake.

On the northern shore of the lake, you will find untouched shores with some old weathered fishermen’s huts.

Attention: this is a nature reserve. Please stay on the marked paths only!

The postcard pictures: The church of Maria Gern and the Watzmann

The almost inconspicuous church of Maria Gern has been a classic postcard motif, as well as a popular location for hundreds of years. As you glance towards the street, you can place the church in the foreground with the impressive Watzmann mountain range contrasting in the background.

Photo spots at Königsee lake and the church of Saint Bartholomä

Obersee, Berchtesgaden
Obersee, Berchtesgaden, Photo Karsten W
Church St. Bartholomä with Watzmann
Church St. Bartholomä with Watzmann, photo Felix M

In Berchtesgaden, visitors encounter a wonderful combination of mountain culture and nature. The market town lies in the southeastern corner of Upper Bavaria, at the foot of the 2713 metre high Watzmann mountain.

The Königssee lake – advertised as Germany’s cleanest lake and the Obersee lake – with its old fisherman’s hut both form fascinating landscapes with the dividing mountain walls serving as a majestic backdrop.

From a hired boat, you can take spectacular photos of the pilgrimage church of St. Bartholomä with Watzmann’s east wall in the background. The church in Ramsau and Hintersee lake are other popular photo motifs that can be found in the Area.

The Instagram spot: Hintersee Lake in Berchtesgaden

F. Mittermeier
Photo: F. Mittermeier

The Hintersee lake, near the Baverian region of Berchtesgaden, is particularly popular with landscape photographers. A walk around the lake invites you to lose yourself and linger around the area for a little while. The most popular photo location here is on the eastern shore of the lake where trees grow on a small rocky island in the middle of the lake. A tripod is advantageous here.

Photo hike at the Wallberg

Wallberg Chapel
Wallberg Chapel
Picturesque view from the Wallberg
Picturesque view from the Wallberg

The Wallberg is one of the most famous local mountains in Munich. On a perfect weekend, tens of thousands of pilgrims from Munich flock to the region around Tegernsee lake, armed with selfie sticks they come to see – and be seen. Situated at the southern end of Tegernsee lake, the Wallberg cable car effortlessly brings you up to the top of the mountain.

The views from Wallberg mountain, over Tegernsee lake and the surrounding well-kept alpine pastures, are particularly attractive here, beckoning you to take a photographic hike.

Photographic immersion: the Partnachklamm canyon.

In the Bavarian Alps, water has gradually eroded its ancient path over millions of years. Grain after grain, the flowing water gnaws small rivulets into the mountain landscape and finally forms deep valleys into the rock.

A nice example is the Partnachklamm canyon. Here, as in other similar geographically interesting streams, you can admire the power of the water and cool off on a hot summer day.

Mountain Moments Tip: Take a tripod and splash water protection with you, in daylight an ND filter can also be useful.

Germany’s highest photo point: Zugspitze mountain

Germany's highest vantage point Zugspitze (photographed from the Wetterstein mountains
Zugspitze mountain – Germany’s highest vantage point – photographed from the Wetterstein mountains

Every day, Germany’s highest mountain attracts a lot of people that want to get a taste of the thin, clean air at 3000m above sea level. The ascent on foot is quite sporty from all sides. With an altitude difference of almost 2000 meters, assent is recommended for experienced mountain hikers only. On the other hand, amateurs will find it much easier to reach the pre-summit when heading from either the Garmisch/Partenkirchen town side or the Tyrolean side by way of cable car or rack railway.

The sunrise and sunset are especially impressive here – as one can imagine. You can view a spectacular and impressive view of Zugspitze from Guesthouse Zugspitzblick on the Fernpass-Road.

Tour tip: If you can’t manage the difficult ascent on foot, you can shamelessly take the cable car from Ehrwald or Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the summit. On beautiful weekend days the summit is heavily overcrowded. The view is nevertheless breathtaking. Experienced mountain hikers won’t be caught dead taking one of the well-known climbs to Zugspitze, ironically though, only one of the easiest climbs goes over the Gatterl – a scenic border between Austria and Germany.

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