Stunning Bavaria — Germany's Largest Federal State

Bavaria is the most favoured German state for the purposes of vacationing and tourism.

Its scenery, cultural riches, the agreeable price-to-service ratio, and the traditional Bavarian hospitality are strongly appreciated by innumerable visitors from all over the world.

The variety of secret resorts and spas of world renown, which stretch from the Rhön Mountains (by Fulda) to the Alps, offer health and fitness facility for everyone. No wonder Bavaria handles nearly 23% of the entire foreign tourist inflow in Germany.

So, in this state is a lot to discover and experience. In Bavaria you're going to find the TOP 3 winter skiing areas. The whole planet meets itself in Munich when it comes to the world-famous Oktoberfest.

What you're going to realize on your journey through this German state is that it has a lot of forests, hills, mountains, lakes, and villages. Bavarian people usually like to live in a quiet environment.

However, when you prefer a vibrant city life, I recommend going to Munich, Nuremberg, Würzburg (beautiful castle) or Regensburg. Those cities are quite interesting and have a lot to offer.

For a relaxing country life I recommend the Starnberger See (a huge lake located between Munich and the border to Austria), the Bavarian Forest (Bayerischer Wald, located north-east of Munich), and the area around Passau (located at the border to Austria, opposite to Salzburg). Chiemsee, also a huge lake, is worth a travel too.

Facts & Figures Of Bavaria

Bavaria, one of Germany's oldest and largest federal state, is situated in in the south.

It is the gateway from the Mediterranean to European locations such as Brussels, Milan, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Paris, Rome or Zurich.

Its neighbors to the west are Baden-Württemberg and Hessen to the northwest, Thuringia and Saxony to the north, the Czech Republic to the east and Austria to the South.

Travel to and from the region is never easier as it has major air, rail and motorway links.

Major Bavarian cities are Munich, Nuremberg, Ausburg, Würzburg, Regensburg, Ingolstadt, Fürth and Erlangen. Population in Bavaria is 12.4 million. Munich, capital of Bavaria, is the largest city with approximately 2 million people.

Climate is kind of mixed. In a single day, to the north of the region it can be quite chilly, continental in the middle and very warm in the south.

Picturesque and Relaxing Chiemsee in Bavaria [Photo: Gerhard Piezinger]
Chiemsee in Bavaria

Not only is Bavaria renowned for its stunningly beautiful mountainous landscapes — the most famous of these are the Bavarian Alps — it is also the land of the Lederhosen, houses painted with colorful frescoes and the yearly Oktoberfest, a lot of beer and dancing!

Official language in Bavaria is German but you can get by with English as well. Though, the real language spoken in Bavaia is a very strong slang. In other words, even native Germans have difficulties to properly understand Bavaian people!

Thus far, tourism in Bavaria is an important economic factor. One in 5 visitors to the region comes from the USA followed by the Netherlands, Japan, Italy and Austria.

There is something here for everyone. Shops galore for those who like to indulge in retail therapy. Museums and theaters for those who want to absorb a sense of historical culture.

For the more active, if you love skiing then sample the Bavarian Forest. With a more reliable snow condition than other slopes in the country, the Bavarian Forest at 1456 meters is just fantastic!

Places to feed your need for speed try out the skiing areas such as Große Arber, Sankt Englmar and Geißkopf; these are also fun places for those with family. You can have fun with the kids! Imagine that, wow! smile

Some Insider Tips For Bavaria

Bavarians are very proud of their regional identity, very distinct from the rest of Germany, therefore when you do mingle remember this – say Bavaria is wonderful! And it is!

Some of Germany's unusual food and drinks can be found in Bavaria, for example, the yummy Weißwurst (white sausage). Try Bavarian beer at the famous Hofbräuhaus in Munich where it is brewed to the legendary Reinheitsgebot (Purity Law) of 1516.

If you want to have lunch with a difference then try a beer garden. In Bavaria you can bring your lunch into a beer garden. Of course staying in the beer garden requires your purchasing beer from the proprietor. It is not advisable to attempt bringing your own drink in.

Walking is a favorite past time for Germans, and it is no different in Bavaria. Walk everywhere if you can to enjoy the sights, smell the different scents that assault the senses, feel the vibrant hum of activity.

Special Tip!Explore the stunning Bavarian Castles! One of the most visited is the Neuschwanstein Castle near Schwangau and Fussen. It was built in the mid-19th century by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Beautiful landscape surrounds this medieval castle. Wandering around there gives such an incredible pleasure.

Remember your camera — make lovely desktop pictures for your PC.

And tell me your Bavaria story once you've been there!



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