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Bavaria (German, Bayern) is the largest federal state of Germany, situated in the south-east of the country, and extends from the North German Plain down into the Alps. Bavaria is what many non-Germans probably have in mind when they think about Germany. The stereotype includes Lederhosen (leather pants), sausages and lots of beer - Bavaria, however, has much more to offer to the traveller.

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Bavaria

Regions

  • Franconia - formerly a separate kingdom that was merged with the rest of Bavaria by Napoleon.
    • Upper FranconiaUpper Franconia (Oberfranken)
    • Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken)
    • Lower FranconiaLower Franconia (Unterfranken)
  • SwabiaSwabia (Schwaben)
  • Upper PalatinateUpper Palatinate (Oberpfalz)
  • Upper BavariaUpper Bavaria (Oberbayern)
  • Lower BavariaLower Bavaria (Niederbayern)
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Cities

  • Munich (M√ľnchen) - the capital of Bavaria


  • Bayreuth -a festival-city in Oberfranken
  • Augsburg - an important medieval city
  • Fuerth (Fürth) - small city, next to Nuremberg
  • Nuremberg (Nürnberg) - a city of toys
  • Passau - a small university town by the Austrian border
  • Regensburg - the city on the banks of the River Danube (Donau)
  • Wurzburg (Würzburg) - a university city in the northwest of Bavaria
  • Rosenheim -a small city in the southeast of Bavaria
  • Bad Reichenhall - A small spa town.
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Other destinations

  • Ammersee
  • Berchtesgaden - ski resort in the southeast
  • Bayrischer Wald locals call it "Bayrisch Sibiria" for the obvious reasons
  • ChiemseeChiemsee - the largest lake within Bavaria
  • Erding famous for "Erdinger Weissbier"
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen see the highest mountain in Germany (Zugspitze) ski resort south of Munich: hosted the Olympic games
  • Kloster Andechs Monastery that is famous for its beer
  • KonigseeKonigsee - the deepest lake in the alps
  • LindauLindau the bavarian port at Lake Constance (Bodensee)
  • Mittenwald famous for its nicely painted houses
  • Oberammergau - famous for painted houses, wood-carved sculptures and the annual Passion Play
  • Rottach-Egern poshest place in Bavaria
  • Schongau is a part of the so called "romantic road"
  • Schwanngau visit castle Neuschwannstein the "Walt Disney castle"
  • Starnberg has a very beautiful lake
  • Tegernsee very posh place
  • Fuessen small town rich in culture and art
Bavaria

Understand

Bavarians are proudest of all Germans. Locals are loyal to their roots and traditions. Bavaria is also the most autonomous of German states, and many Bavarians see themselves as Bavarians first and foremost, Germans second.

Most Bavarians can speak the Bavarian dialect (Bairisch), whether or not Bavarian is its own language is debatable. The dialect, however, is extremely difficult for most other Germans to understand. I.e. a person from Niedersachens (Lower Saxony) would have a hard time understanding a Bavarian. Despite the dialect difference most Bavarians can lose the dialect at any moment.

Most Bavarians are Catholic and are usually more conservative than the rest of Germany (or Europe for that matter).

Bavaria

Talk

German is spoken throughout Bavaria - there are also four main dialects which will be difficult to understand for most foreigners: Bairisch (Bavarian), Fränkisch (Franconian), Oberpfälzisch and Schwäbisch. Most people speak at least some English, or other foreign languages, especially the younger generation.

Bavaria

Get in

Train, air, or car. Bavaria is very accessible. If you're travelling within Bavaria, you can purchase a Bayern-Ticket which will give you all-day travel within the state. If there are two or more people travelling together, you will find it's cheaper to buy a 5 person Bayern-Ticket. Many locals look for other people to share a journey with to reduce costs. You can also sell your ticket for a discount when you arrive at your destination to recoup some of your funds. Unfortunately, the German railway corporation "Deutsche Bahn" now offers mainly Bayern-Tickets that require you to write your name on the ticket in order to validate it, thus making it harder to sell the ticket to someone else once your journey is over. If you are lucky, you might be able to travel free by sharing a journey and then selling a ticket for half price.

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By plane

International travellers wishing to visit Bavaria should have no problems to book a flight to Munich, which is home to a large international airport. Alternatively, if there is no direct flight to Munich with your airline, you could book a flight via Frankfurt or Nuremberg and travel to Munich with the ICE high speed train.

Bavaria

Get around

Trains are the main mode of transportation for visitors, since they easily connect towns with larger cities.

Bavaria

Eat

Bavarian cuisine is famous for ?Schweinsbraten? roast from pig, ?Bratwürstl? sausages, ?Nürnberger Bratwurst?, probably the smallest sausage in Germany, ?Weisswurst? sausage made from veal, ?Leberkäse? meatloaf, ?Schweinshaxe? grilled pork leg as well as a variety of different ?Knödel? dumplings and ?Kartoffelsalat? potato salad. Certainly you can discover more food when travelling out and about so why don't you look here for more. Extended list of typical Bavarian food.

Bavaria

Drink

Bavaria

Beer

Bavarians love their beer and one of the most beloved is the Weissbier. It is a cloudy, unfiltered beer brewed with yeast (it has a slightly sour taste) commonly consumed earlier in the day with a Weisswurst and sweet mustard.

The highest brewery density is in the north of the state, in the Franconian region. There, you can find a brewery in almost every village (it is sometimes very small and maintained among a few families). You can find a lot of local beer specialities, as for instance the "Bamberger Schlenkerla" (a beer with a taste of smoked bacon), so try to stick with the local beers always - especially tasty (and supposedly healthy) are the unfiltered beers (only served in pubs).

In summer, you can generally find beer festivals everywhere - not only in the bigger cities, but also in the smaller villages; be warned though that the beer there is normally served in one-liter ceramic glasses called "Mass" and more expensive than in pubs. The biggest certainly is the Munich Oktoberfest (http://www.oktoberfest.de), followed on second place by the Erlangen Bergkirchweih (http://www.der-berg-ruft.de).

Bavaria

Brandy

Germans generally make brandy out of everything; most common are the fruit brandies (Obstler) and the herb liqueurs (e.g., Jägermeister).

Bavaria

Wines

The north of Bavaria is famous not only for its beer, but also for its (white) wines that come in special bottles called "Bocksbeutel" (bottles with a big round yet flat belly).

Bavaria

Stay safe

Statistically, Bavaria is one of the safest regions (if not the safest) in Germany and probably Europe. The biggest threat to your wallet are the (perfectly legal) high prices.

Bavaria

Get out

Train, plane, or automobile. If you want to go to the Czech Republic, it's often cheaper to buy a Bayern-Ticket to the border, and then purchase a train ticket from the Czech rail authority.

The German rail company often has cheap ticket deals. Overnight travel to many cities in Europe can be less than 30 euros. You will need to book well ahead of time.

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External links

  • Bavaria (http://www.bayern.by/) - official tourism site



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