Castle ruins, idyllic villages and bizarre rock formations – the uplands known as the Franconian Switzerland are utterly enchanting.
Two people have been killed and multiple passengers injured in a collision between a freight train and a passenger train in the southern German state of Bavaria. Police have arrested the on duty traffic controller.
German and Austrian authorities have boosted security measures at their joint border. They say the move aims to counter criminality and illegal migration.
Locals lost faith in Germany's federal authorities when tens of thousands of refugees entered Bavaria in the summer of 2015. Now the southern state plans to reinstate its border guard.
Snow, pristine nature, magnificent mountain scenery: that's what the Berchtesgardener Land in Bavaria has to offer. Check-in presenter Nicole Fröhlich watches eagles, goes snowshoeing and tastes gentian schnapps.
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