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Germany's 16 states: Bavaria

Frederike Müller
September 15, 2021

Bavaria is Germany's most famous vacation region. In winter and summer, visitors from all over the world enjoy the fascinating mountain world, rejoice in living traditions and warm hospitality.

A view of the Bavarian Alps

With an area of more than 7,000 square kilometers (2,700 square miles), Bavaria is Germany's biggest federal state, and no other state embodies so many of the cliches about Germany: from the mountains and their green meadows to the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein, to traditional costumes and Bavarian beer. 

Travel tips for Bavaria

Munich: The state capital

Let your gaze wander over Munich from the church tower at St. Peter's Church, listen to the musicians in the Hofgarten, stroll through the Viktualienmarkt or take a break in one of the beautiful squares — a summer day in Munich can look this wonderful.

Munich: Outdoors and virtually free

The Lech river

Check-in presenter Lukas Stege tours the mountain river: The Lech river valley features 2,500 meter-tall mountains and the picturesque scenery of the Allgäu, home to Neuschwanstein Castle. 

Winter fun on the Zugspitze

The Zugspitze is Germany's highest mountain. The new Eibsee cable car brings guests up to the summit in just 10 minutes. The climb through the Partnachklamm is much more romantic — a winter fairy tale for check-inpresenter Nicole Frölich, who enjoyed this trip to the full before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis.

Off to the Zugspitze!

Upper Franconia

This, too, is inseparably linked with Bavaria: culinary delights. In Upper Franconia in northern Bavaria there are said to be the highest number per capita of butchers, confectioners and breweries in the world! Check-in presenter Lukas Stege thought that was a good reason to go and discover the region in person and traveled there before the coronavirus crisis. 

Upper Franconia for bons vivants


Flying Guide: Augsburg

UNESCO World Heritage, a world-renowned marionette theater and more — The Flying Guide shows you Augsburg, one of the oldest cities in Germany, from above!  

A highlight in a 360-degree video

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is in northern Bavaria. With its winding lanes, small half-timbered houses and defensive city wall, it's a typical medieval German town.  

Use the mouse on your computer or your finger on your smartphone to choose what you want to see. Click on the video and drag the image sections wherever you want. If you are using a PC, use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as a browser. And if you have VR glasses, you can watch the video in virtual reality.

Bavarian cuisine

Every trip also includes sampling the local cuisine. In Bavaria the fare is very hearty! Since you cannot travel to Germany at the moment, let us bring Bavarian cuisine home to you with a recipe to cook for yourself: bread dumplings with mushroom sauce.

How to make Bavarian bread dumplings

Your trip to Germany

Are you looking for recommendations for your visit to Germany? We've got them: Tips for Germany — state by state.