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Germany's 16 states: Bavaria

Bavaria captivates tourists with its rustic traditions, royal palaces, and, of course, the Alps.

With an area of more than 7,000 square kilometers, 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 at Munich's Oktoberfest. 

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Travel tips for Bavaria

Munich: The state capital

Let your gaze wander over Munich from the church tower St. Peter, 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.

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Munich: Outdoors and virtually free

Tölzer Land region

The Kochelsee lake with the Herzogstand mountain and the neighboring Walchensee lake are the kind of Bavarian destination people dream of. They are also called the Bavarian Caribbean with mountain views. For Check-in TV Travel Magazine presenter Lukas Stege, this means: dive into the nature of the foothills of the Alps!

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Check-in host Lukas Stege explores the Tölzer Land region

Weltenburg Monastery

The Weltenburg Monastery on the Danube is located in the middle of Bavaria. It is world famous. However, the journey by fishing boat including a detour to the "Einsiedelei", a nearly forgotten monastery, is still an insider tip.

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A trip to Weltenburg Abbey

The Zugspitze

The Zugspitze is Germany's highest mountain. The new Eibsee cable car brings guests up to the summit in just ten minutes. The climb through the Partnachklamm is much more romantic — a winter fairy tale for check-in presenter Nicole Frölich.

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Off to the Zugspitze!


Bavaria's traditional winter sports resort is located at the foot of the Zugspitze. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the annual New Year's ski jump of the Four Hills Tournament has been taking place on the Olympic jump since 1953, which tourists can also visit.

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Olympic Ski Jump, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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! A good reason also for Check-in host Lukas Stege to take a closer look at the region.

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Upper Franconia for bons vivants


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!  

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Flying Guide: Augsburg

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.  

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