Peter Orsel

The Best Photo Spots in South Germany

While countries like Austria and Italy may be more famous for the Alps, Germany shouldn’t be skipped! In this blog I’ll share the best photo spots in South Germany. This region called Bavaria has some amazing mountain peaks, beautiful castles and amazing lakes. I hope to inspire you for your next trip! 

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Eibsee in Germany
A calm morning at Eibsee with some early birds on their SUP


The first spot I want to highlight is Eibsee. A wonderful lake with beautiful water, just at the foot of Germans highest mountain Zugspitze. If you can choose when to visit this lake, I’d urge you to go for sunrise. Sunrises at this lake are simply magical. The water is calm and creates amazing reflections. Also, the sun isn’t that high yet, so you don’t see the sun reflecting in your photos. In terms of photography, you really want to bring a drone if you have one! 

To get to Eibsee, navigate to this spot. Entrance to the lake is free, but you have to pay for parking. 

Sun flares at Eibsee
Peaceful mornings at Eibsee

Looking for a place to stay?

I got you covered! has the best results and will give you multiple options to stay. Garmisch Partenkirchen is a great area to stay, but even Munich would work out. From Munich it’s only a one hour drive to get to most of the spots mentioned in this post. 

Mountain Gorge with glacier water running through
Partnachklamm is one of the amazing gorges in South Germany


Not far from Eibsee, you’ll find Partnachklamm. This is a stunning gorge located in Garmisch Partenkirchen. You park at the Olympic ski jumping stadium and from there it’s an easy hike to the gorge. The rocks are about 80 meters high and you’ll see the glacier water running through the river. Especially in spring, the current is strong and the splashes against the rocks will make it very humid! Make sure you bring a jacket or an umbrella, so you don’t get too wet. I’d also suggest to bring a cloth for your camera to keep your lens clean. Besides that, you should bring a tripod. It’s pretty dark and the gorge is perfect for some long exposures! 

If this location is not an option, there are multiple other gorges in South Germany. But, they say Partnachklamm is the best one! 

Sunrise at Geroldsee
Sunrise at Geroldsee

Geroldsee / Wagenbrüchsee

Not far from Garmisch Partenkirchen, there’s the little town Gerold with its own lake. For me, this is the best photo spot in South Germany. This is all because of the muntain cabins, meadows, a lake and mountains on the back drop. You’ll find the best conditions at sunrise. If you’re lucky, you get some fog too! For more information about visiting this lake, photo angles and more, head over to my blog posts dedicated to this spot: All you need to know about visiting and photographing Geroldsee.

Walchensee is another peaceful lake in southern Germany


Walchensee might not be the most popular spot, but I loved to capture it! On my way back from my autumn trip to Italy, I spent the night close to this lake to capture it at sunrise. There’s just this peaceful atmosphere. Coloured trees, a small peninsula with some beautiful houses on it, a calm lake. I could surely live there. Imagine waking up with the sun in your face, this lake in your front yard, and the mountains on the background.. Your parking spot doesn’t really matter, just check what you want to capture! I parked here and flew my drone from there as well. 

Neuschwanstein Castle in autumn season

Neuschwanstein Castle

I bet you’ve seen this place before. Neuschwanstein Castle is one of these fairytale castles you have to visit in your life. It’s located a bit further away from the spots above, but surely an area worth to check out! There are multiple castles in the area and Füssen is a town worth visiting. Navigate here for parking and from there it’s a short walk to the castle. 

In this area, you’ll find Hohenschwangau Castle too. I haven’t visited or captured it myself, but people say it’s worth it! You can see it in the far back of the photo above, just right from Neuschwanstein castle. 

St. Coloman Church with the Austrian mountains in the background

St. Coloman Church

Just a stone’s throw away from Neuschwanstein Castle, you can find this beautiful church. The location is a bit random, which makes it even more beautiful. You’ll find the best conditions at sunset or sunrise, because of the orange coloured mountain tops. Due to its location, it’s easy to combine it with Neuschwanstein Castle and/or Hohenschwangau Castle. 

That’s it for my best photo spots in South Germany! Of course there are lots of other beautiful lakes, places and other sights. I didn’t get the chance yet to visit them all, but I’ll update the blog as soon as I do! 

About Me

Peter Orsel is a Dutch travel photographer. He visited over 40 countries, capturing them in the most beautiful ways. Right now he writes about his trips and inspires others to do the same. 

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