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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

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Residenz, Munich

Nymphenburg Castle, Munich

Herrenchiemsee Castle, Chiemsee

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Hohenschwangau Castle, Schwangau

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King's House on Schachen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Fürstenried Palace, Fürstenried

Schleißheim Palace, Schleißheim

Linderhof Palace, Ettal