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You've heard of Bavaria, it's the German state that hosts the Oktoberfest each year.

Oktoberfest is a top experience if you can fit it in your itinerary but even if you're headed to Germany outside of October (and September) Bavaria and its historic capital Munich have a lot more to offer than beer-fueled escapades. Here are all the castles you must see and explore during your Bavarian adventure.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau

Residenz, Munich

Nymphenburg Castle, Munich

Herrenchiemsee Castle, Chiemsee

Hohenschwangau Castle, Schwangau

King's House on Schachen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Fürstenried Palace, Fürstenried

Schleißheim Palace, Schleißheim

Linderhof Palace, Ettal