This grande dame of Germany's scenic routes runs through the spectacular Alpine foothills of southern Bavaria. With Mother Nature acting both as stage designer and director, the slogan 'every mile – a smile' couldn't be more apt. This stunningly scenic Alpine Road is simply littered with treasures: 21 mountain lakes, 25 castles, palaces and abbeys, more than 60 spa resorts and several hundred peaks – not to mention the charming villages with their baroque, onion-domed churches, and a host of bridges, viaducts, tunnels and mountain passes. The panoramic Alpine views are shown to their best advantage in this region bustling with merry musicians, where beer gardens and traditional inns serve tankards of Bavaria's finest and customs are woven into the very fabric of local life. The route also makes for some fantastic drives. You don't have to be a mountaineer to be passionate about the Alps. They are also a paradise for active holidaymakers or for those simply seeking a relaxing break. Winter sports enthusiasts, culture aficionados and wellness fans will also be in their element, along with nature-loving hikers. The route boasts an exhilarating palette of sights, scenery and places to visit, with a myriad of tempting stopping-off points.