Bavaria is Germany’s largest state by area, and with 13 million inhabitants has the second-largest population. The capital of the Free State of Bavaria is Munich.
The Bavarian landscape is varied, with the Alps in the south, the Bavarian Forest in the east, the vineyards of Franconia in the northwest and the Swabian Alps in the west. But Bavaria is more than just glorious countryside: Bavaria is a way of life. It is craftsmanship and modern thinking, tradition and innovation. Thanks to its people, Bavaria remains the way it has always been: traditionally different. Bavaria is a unique holiday destination with an incredible diversity: mountains, forests and lakes, castles and the typical onion domes standing out against the white and blue sky. Explore medieval villages, vibrant cities and university towns. Welcome to the inimitable Bavarian attitude to life!
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Allgäu / Bavarian Swabia: Augsburg
Augsburg is characterised by its urban water system: small canals run along the streets and houses, some of which are only accessible via bridges.
Young people gather to watch the sun set in the evening; the most popular spots are Hackerbrücke and the Olympiapark.
Upper Bavaria: Oberpfaffenhofen
With its Columbus Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen is the “Bavarian Houston”. From here the German Aerospace Centre directs space missions.
Eastern Bavaria: Weltenburg Abbey
Weltenburg Abbey, home of the world’s oldest monastery brewery, sits spectacularly in the Danube Gorge in the Weltenburg Narrows nature reserve. The abbey church, built by the Asam brothers between 1716 and 1739, is a Baroque masterpiece.
An architectural work of art: the Museum Georg Schäfer Schweinfurt houses the most important private collection of 19th century art from the German-speaking world.
BAVARIA AT THE FESTIVAL OF GERMAN UNITY
Mountains, forests and lakes; castles and onion domes under a white and blue sky. Chamois tufts and traditional costume, silvaner wine and wheat beer, Schäufele and Weißwurst. Bavaria is more. Bavaria is a way of life. Relaxed and cosmopolitan. Deeply rooted in the land, innovative and free-spirited. Nowhere else in Germany do the locals embrace and uphold their customs like in Bavaria, where traditions are lived and reinterpreted, where heritage crafts are fused with modern ideas. The state’s people ensure that Bavarian identity is preserved, and that Bavaria remains what it is: deeply rooted, authentic and modern. In a nutshell: traditionally different. Some of these locals are joining us here in Hamburg as Bavarian Ambassadors. Rap along with the First Lady of Bavarian Rap, Ria Reiser; enjoy traditional folk dancing with Schwuhplattler, and listen to our dialect band, Loamsiada. Decorating a gingerbread heart is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a Bavarian activity. To mark German Unity Day, there will also be exhibits and information from the German-German Museum Mödlareuth, a memorial to the separation of Germany.
FOR GERMAN UNITY DAY 2023:
THE MINISTER-PRESIDENT OF BAVARIA, DR MARKUS SÖDER
“German unity was a great moment in history.
This is why the 3rd of October is a true public holiday: we remember with deep gratitude the women and men who struggled to overcome a cruel system. Their courage remains an inspiration and a duty for us: in Germany and Europe it is our obligation to stand up together for unity, justice and freedom – every day anew. I wish everyone a harmonious German Unity Day!”
The Bavarian Minster-President, Dr Markus Söder, Member of the State Parliament
FIVE THINGS YOU DEFINITELY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BAVARIA
Ahhh, Bavaria! So much is known about the federal state down in the south. We have the Alps, the lakes, cities that are popular photo hotspots, picturesque villages and so much more. But even Bavaria has hidden corners – and little-known facts.
Did you know that:
… with a gradient of only 14 centimetres per kilometre, the Altmühl is the slowest river in Europe.
… there are around 5 billion trees in Bavaria’s forests? More than a third of the state’s area is covered by forest, and there are around 2,000 m² of forest for every inhabitant.
…there are around 640 working breweries in Bavaria, and total sales in 2017 were 24 million hectolitres? That’s enough to fill up roughly 81% of the Allianz Arena.
… around 30 Bavarian food products are protected by the EU, including:
hops from the Hallertau
and many more.
… there are 19 nature parks in Bavaria covering an incredible 2.27 million hectares. The two national parks cover another 45,000 hectares, which is the equivalent of roughly 63,000 football pitches.