Bavaria: Take a road trip through the German region that has everything

Germany has plenty of flashy tourist attractions, if you’re into that type of thing. There’s modern Berlin, Gothic Cologne, the painstakingly recreated Dresden and the Old City in Heidelberg, just to name a few.

And then there’s Bavaria. Straddling the borders with Austria and the Czech Republic, Bavaria remained independent of Germany until 1871. A trip to the 20,000-square-mile area can include everything from cities (Munich, Nuremberg) to castles (Neuschwanstein) to stunningly beautiful wildlife (the Alps, the Bavarian forest) to historical sites dating back to medieval times and up to the dark days of World War II.

There are flights from JFK and Newark to Munich and Nuremberge. A car is recommended to get around, especially since a road trip is the best way to take in the small towns.