It's my favourite place in the world but Germany's biggest state really comes into its own over the festive season - the castles, cobbled streets and colourful timbered houses make every town look like somewhere out of a fairytale, but when you add in Christmas markets and twinkly lights errywhere, I'm done. It's just too magical. I can barely deal.
It was amazing living in Bavaria in the run up to Christmas three years ago, which I was telling my flatmates all about one Friday evening a couple of months ago.
We'd opened a bottle of prosecco, as girls do, and before we knew it we'd booked flights. Lol.
December soon rolled round and we were off on what was essentially a Christmas market crawl.
The train network is great and we kept our costs down by travelling with the Bavaria ticket (which also allowed for spontaneity and flexibility) so it was totally doable to spend each night in a different place.
After our first night in the lovely Park Plaza Nuremberg, we AirBnB'd, which was fab.
The original thinking was that we'd be able to save money by eating breakfast in, but lol German bakeries. Maddy and Jess tried Nussschnecken and pretzels and there was no going back.
What with spending each day somewhere new, there wasn't a load of time for sightseeing. I'm not going to lie to you - we essentially spent five days drinking and eating at Christmas markets. And it was ideal.
For that reason I'm not going to give you a huge spiel about each place (y'all know I did all that on my year abroad - see here), but rather I'm hopefully going to give you a feel for each location through the medium of photo.
MunichFirst up, we visited the capital of Bavaria, Munich.
a cute cafe called Marais before hitting up the main Christmas market.
GAHH LOOK AT ALL THE GERMAN CHRISTMASSYNESS! I was so far beyond excited.
We had dinner at a totally traditional and untouristy restaurant out of the centre called Alter Wirt Moosach: I obvs had schnitzel.
RegensburgRegensburg is utterly charming. It's colourful, beautiful and incredibly cute.
Apple and cherry Glühweins were on the menu here.
BambergThe next stop was Bamberg, a beautiful but increasingly trendy town.
Stop four was the daddy of Christmas markets: Nuremberg.
We even met Father Christmas!
The final stop of the trip was my old home, Bayreuth, to see old friends (and re-visit my favourite restaurants, of course). And then it was time to fly home again!
Not before one final pretzel though, obvs. Bavaria, I miss ya already. Aaaaand I now really want some Glühwein - anyone else?