<blockquote>“What remains is a place that still leaves you room to breathe, yet captures your gaze at boundaries not too far away. Add to that the more than 1,000 years of our own history that carry us and support us, that give us inner peace and a silent obligation.”</blockquote>
Professor Benno Hubensteiner (1924–1985), Bavarian historian
“What remains is a place that still leaves you room to breathe, yet captures your gaze at boundaries not too far away. Add to that the more than 1,000 years of our own history that carry us and support us, that give us inner peace and a silent obligation.”
Professor Benno Hubensteiner (1924–1985), Bavarian historian

Schrecksee, a small mountain lake high in the Allgäu Alps at an elevation of around 1,800 metres
Image: Kilian Schönberger

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Pure enjoyment: holidays in Bavaria

Thirty million guests each year: the Free State of Bavaria is the most popular holiday destination among Germans and countless guests from all around the world. From the old town of Würzburg to the vineyards, from the Stone Bridge in Regensburg to the Bavarian Forest National Park, from the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich to Lake Starnberg, from the Fugger city of Augsburg to the alpine world of the Allgäu, from Nuremberg Castle to Franconian Switzerland, nowhere else in the world are major cities and picturesque natural beauty so close to each other.

When you come to Bavaria, you enjoy it with all your senses. Bavaria has plenty of specialities to offer: regional delicacies, traditional hearty snacks, international gourmet cuisine. It goes down well with a fresh beer or a glass of Franconian wine.

Images: a view of the Bavarian countryside, the Pompejanum in Aschaffenburg, the Audi museum mobile in Ingolstadt, Weltenburg Abbey


Two to the top

In 2007, the Huber brothers, Alexander and Thomas (front), conquered the world’s mightiest rock face, El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park, in the record time of 2 hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds, setting what was then the world speed climbing record. The boys from Upper Bavaria are among the world’s best extreme and alpine climbers. “We travel all over the globe and have seen so many incredibly impressive places. However, our favourite place in Bavaria is and will always remain Berchtesgadener Land. In fact, we consider it the most beautiful place in the world!”

The brothers continue to take things to the limit: “Our favourite Bavarian word is ‘geetschoo’, which means ‘it’ll be fine’. There’s no giving up!”

Image: Tina Berning


The flow of life

Kayaking in front of the sublime backdrop provided by a UNESCO World Heritage site: the Old Town of Bamberg.
Image: Steffen Egly


Bavaria has ...

70,550 km²

an area of 70,550 km², making it Germany’s largest state.


more than 200 natural lakes and 1,880 static bodies of water

Seven UNESCO World Heritage sites: Würzburg Residence and Court Gardens, Pilgrimage Church of Wies near Steingaden, Old Town of Bamberg, Frontiers of the Roman Empire: Upper German-Raetian Limes, Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof, Prehistoric Pile-Dwellings around the Alps, Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth
Image: Tina Berning

5 billion

5 billion trees


112,000 historical buildings and artistic monuments


Old-growth forest in the middle of Europe

One of the last old-growth forests in Central Europe: the Höllbachgspreng conservation area in the Bavarian Forest National Park. Here, ancient giants around 50 metres high are firmly rooted in the Bavarian soil. “Let nature be nature.” This guiding principle will preserve the wild woods in the heart of Europe for our children and our children’s children.
Image: Berthold Steinhilber/Laif


Here, I am Man!

Active holidays, socialising, cultural delights, kicking back: when you holiday in Bavaria, you’re spoilt for choice. One thing is certain: R & R is guaranteed – any time of the year.


The lungs of Munich

Looking out from the Englischer Garten park over Bavaria’s capital city. Munich, a world city with a heart and green lungs: covering 417 hectares, the Englischer Garten is larger than New York’s Central Park.
Image: Manuel Irritier


Bavaria’s wild beauty

In 1970, Bavaria became the first state in Europe to create a ministry for the environment. Environmental protection is enshrined in Bavaria’s constitution. Around one-third of the Free State is forested. With two national parks, 18 nature parks and almost 600 environmental conservation areas, more than 30 per cent of the state is designated as a protected land. The Free State of Bavaria has more than 30,000 species of animals – more than 80 per cent of the fauna in Germany.