The vacation area Allgäu-Bavarian Swabia is one of the most beautiful areas in Germany. The diversity of the Allgäu is fascinating: the rhythm of lush alpine meadows, placid hilly landscape and steep mountain tops, verdant forests, romatic valleys and crystal clear lakes.
This unique landscape is located between the river Iller in the west, the river Lech in the east, the ridge of the Allgäu Alps in the south and the Rieskessel, a caldera created by a meteorite impact 15 million years ago. Tourism has been a tradition for more than one hundred years and the range of offers for a recreative and successful holiday is nearly inexhaustible. A network of well-marked hiking trails leads to castles, palaces, churches and monestaries and offers a choice for every taste.
Hiking on fully developed trails from mountain cabin to mountain cabin are very popular in late summer. Cable cars and chair lifts make the effort of climbing easier. Various types of watersports are also offered.
A variety of lakes allows any favored form of activity in or on water, be it sailing, water skiing or wind surfing. Beginner's schools are available. Golfers, riders and tennis fans, skittle players and miniature golfers can pursue their hobbies at any time. Cycling enthusiasts can test their shape on selected tours with varying degrees of difficulty.
Courses in pottery, weaving, wood carving or peasant painting are available for those who are not into sportive activities. The wintersport offer is varied as well. No matter if you want to go skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing, lots of skiing areas with varying degrees of difficulty are available nearby. Ski lodge hosts will provide sustenance in cazy atmosphere after a successful day on skis.
You will certainly find many interesting things here if you are interested in art treasures or monuments. Medieval towns such as Dillingen, Donauwörth, Kaufbeuren, Memmingen, Mindelheim and Nördlingen show magnificent evidence of their splendid pasts in their walls and museums.
Augsburgs's cityscape for example was formed in the course of its two thousand years of history. During the Renaissance the city was the center of architecture, music and painting. Mozart showed first evidence of his talent in Augsburg, the city is the birthplace of Berthold Brecht and the first Diesel engine was also constructed here. Once Celtic and Roman, the city of Kempten shows the significance and size of the formerly Roman settlement in the "Archeologic Park of Cambodunum". Next to it you can find numerous well preserved buildings such as the St.-Lorenz-Basilica, the former royal residence, the town hall and the St.-Mang's Cathedral, which are all worth visiting.
The royal castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau near Füssen and the basilica at Ottobeuren are very popular and fascinating destinations. This basilica built by the Baroque architect Johann Michael Fischer has been the venue of the Ottobeuren concerts since 1945. There are many possibilities for health conscious visitors to maintain and/or restore their good health. Many tourists visit this region more than once due to the range of offers and its hospitality.