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With more than 70,500 km², the Free State of Bavaria is the largest of the 16 countries in Germany and is located in the south-east. With more than 13 million inhabitants, it is the second most populous German state after North Rhine-Westphalia. In the south, the Free State has a share in the high mountains of the Eastern Alps and in the flat Alpine foothills that extend as far as the Danube. North of the Danube, low mountain ranges such as the Bavarian Forest or the Fichtel Mountains determine the landscape.

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The largest cities in Bavaria are first Munich, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Ingolstadt and Fürth according to inhabitants with the highest number. There are two centers of European metropolitan regions in Bavaria, the metropolis of Munich with an agglomeration of 2,211,800 and 5.71 million inhabitants in the metropolitan region, and the metropolis of Nuremberg with an agglomeration of 1,206,200 and 3.56 million inhabitants in the metropolitan region. In addition, Bavaria has a metropolis of half a million with Augsburg with an agglomeration of 510,100 inhabitants. Other major cities are Würzburg and Erlangen.

List of sights

Abensberg (91) Hundertwasser Tower

Abensberg (31 photos)

Abensberg is a town in the Lower Bavarian district of Kelheim, lying around 30 km south-west of Regensburg, 40 km east of Ingolstadt, 50 km…

Altötting (41) Collegiate church Saint Philip and Saint Jacques

Altötting (84 photos)

Altötting is the county seat of the district of the same name in the administrative district of the Upper Bavaria and is located about 90 km east of …

Ammersee (398) Inning am Ammersee

Ammersee (42 photos)

The Ammersee is after Chiemsee and Lake Starnberg the third largest lake in Bavaria (under the lakes, which lie exclusively in Bavaria) and reaching…

Fuggerei (278)

Augsburg (51 photos)

The Fuggerei is the world’s oldest social housing complex still in use. It is a walled enclave within the city of Augsburg, Bavaria. It takes it…

Barmsee (22)

Barmsee (3 photos)

The Barmsee is a maximum of 1.12 km long and a maximum of 0.49 km wide lake in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Upper Bavaria) in the…

Berchtesgadener Land (127)

Bavarian Landscapes (3 photos)

Bavaria lies in the southeast of Germany and is with approximately 70,500 km² the area’s largest German country. As a landlocked country, Bavaria

Bavarian Landscapes
Befreiungshalle (126)

Befreiungshalle (46 photos)

The Befreiungshalle is a historical classical monument upon Mount Michelsberg above the city of Kelheim in Bavaria. It stands upstream of Regensburg

Brewery of Schönthal (2)

Brewery of Schönthal (23 photos)

The brewery building was the landmark of Schönthal.

Brewery of Schönthal
Burghausen (62)

Burghausen (83 photos)

The old town of Burghausen is the largest city in the Upper Bavarian district of Altötting. It lies on the Salzach, which forms the border with …

Church village of Wamberg (56)

Church village of Wamberg (12 photos)

The church village of Wamberg is part of the municipality of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Upper Bavaria) at 996 m. The place is on the north side of the …

Church village of Wamberg
Eibsee (172) Zugspitze

Eibsee (21 photos)

The Eibsee is a lake 9 km southwest of Garmisch-Partenkirchen below (3.5 km north) of the Zugspitze (2,962 m) in the Wetterstein mountains in Bavaria

Farmhouse museum Amerang (461)

Farmhouse museum Amerang (50 photos)

The farmhouse museum Amerang is an open-air museum and is located in the Upper Bavarian foothills of the Amerang region in Chiemgau. It is…

Farmhouse museum Amerang
Fürstenfeld Abbey (452)

Fürstenfeld Abbey (143 photos)

The Fürstenfeld Monastery is a former Cistercian Abbey in Fürstenfeldbruck in Bavaria in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. It is located about…

Fürstenfeld Abbey
Geroldsee (Wagenbrüchsee) (322)

Geroldsee (Wagenbrüchsee) (27 photos)

The Geroldsee, also called Wagenbrüchsee, is a bog lake near Krün, a few kilometers from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It has an area of 10.6 hectares, a…

Geroldsee (Wagenbrüchsee)
Harburg (26)

Harburg (41 photos)

Harburg (Swabia) is a town in the valley of the Wörnitz and lies on the Romantic Road between Nördlingen and Donauwörth. The word Harburg consists…

Hintersee (Ramsauer Ache) (127)

Hintersee (Ramsauer Ache) (10 photos)

The Hintersee (formerly Ferchensee or Forchensee) is a 16.4 hectare lake in the municipality of Ramsau in the Berchtesgadener Land, about two…

Hintersee (Ramsauer Ache)
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (245) Höllental Gorge

Höllental Gorge (40 photos)

The Höllental (Hell Valley) is a valley in the Zugspitze massif of the Wetterstein mountains, between Blassenkamm and Waxensteinkamm through which…

Höllental Gorge
Hopfensee (1)

Hopfensee (2 photos)

The Hopfensee is a maximum 2.1 km long lake with a circumference of 6.8 km north of Füssen in the district of Ostallgäu, Bavarian Swabia, Bavaria.…

Kallmünz (117)

Kallmünz (14 photos)

Kallmünz is a town in the Upper Palatinate district of Regensburg in Bavaria. The town is located at the confluence of Naab and Vils, about 25 km…

Kochelsee (5) Schlehdorf am Kochelsee - Herzogstand - Heimgarten

Kochelsee (15 photos)

The Kochelsee (Lake Kochel) is located 70 km south of Munich on the edge of the Bavarian Alps. It belongs to the communities Schlehdorf in the west…

Königssee (608) Obersee

Königssee (48 photos)

The Königssee is a long mountain lake in Berchtesgaden in the southeast of Bavaria and part of the municipality of Schönau am Königssee. It lies at…

Linderhof Palace (74)

Linderhof (67 photos)

The Linderhof Palace (Schloss Linderhof) is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to…

Oberammergau (471) Pilatushaus

Lüftlmalerei (194 photos)

Lüftlmalerei referred in particular in Upper Bavaria (Werdenfelser Land by Garmisch-Partenkirchen) and in Tirol to the native art form of facade…

Maria Gern (75)

Maria Gern (12 photos)

Maria Gern is located north of Berchtesgaden in the valley and on the slopes of the creek Gerner (also called Gererbach or Anzenbach), a tributary…

Maria Gern
Maxhütte (Sulzbach-Rosenberg) (57) Converter hall

Maxhütte (Sulzbach-Rosenberg) (226 photos)

The Maxhütte, named after the Bavarian King Maximilian II Joseph, was a traditional steel mill and is today an industrial monument in …

Maxhütte (Sulzbach-Rosenberg)
Oktoberfest (245) 2013

Munich (1,807 photos)

Munich (München) is the capital and the largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is located on the Isar River north of the Bavarian Alps. …

Rottenbuch abbey (85)

Nativity of Mary (Rottenbuch) (28 photos)

The former Augustinian Canons Church and current Roman Catholic parish church Nativity of Mary is a listed church building in Rottenbuch, in the…

Nativity of Mary (Rottenbuch)
Neuschwanstein Castle (160)

Neuschwanstein Castle (17 photos)

Neuschwanstein Castle stands above Hohenschwangau close to Füssen in southern Bavaria. The building was constructed in 1869 for the Bavarian King …

Neuschwanstein Castle
Nuremberg (78) Imperial Castle (Nuremberg)

Nuremberg (74 photos)

Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is the administrative region of Middle Franconia. Situated on the Pegnitz River and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, it is located…

Open-air museum Glentleiten (1170)

Open-air museum Glentleiten (110 photos)

The open-air museum Glentleiten is the museum of the district Upper Bavaria for the rural life, living and economics of past centuries. It is…

Open-air museum Glentleiten
Ottobeuren Abbey (65) Basilica of Saints Alexander and Theodore

Ottobeuren Abbey (66 photos)

The monastery Ottobeuren is a Benedictine abbey in the Upper Swabian Ottobeuren. The monastery consecrated to the two saints Alexander of Rome and …

Ottobeuren Abbey
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (292) Partnach Gorge in Winter

Partnach Gorge (59 photos)

The Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm) is a 702 m long and partly 80 m deep gorge incised in the limestone layers of the Wetterstein massif by the …

Partnach Gorge
Wilparting (534) Pilgrimage church

Pilgrimage church Wilparting (23 photos)

The pilgrimage church of St. Marinus and Anian (Wallfahrtskirche Wilparting) is the Catholic village church of Wilparting, a district of the…

Pilgrimage church Wilparting
Ramsau (188)

Ramsau (14 photos)

Ramsau is a municipality in the Bavarian Alps located in the district of Berchtesgadener Land, close to the border with Austria, 35 km south of …

Regensburg (294)

Regensburg (10 photos)

Regensburg historically also Ratisbon, from Celtic Ratisbona, is a city in Bavaria, located at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers, at one…

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (376) Plönlein

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (96 photos)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach, located in the Franconia region of Bavaria, well known for its well-preserved…

Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Schuierer Mill (5)

Schuierer Mill (78 photos)

The mill belongs since 1874 to the Schuierer family. The Schuierer mill was enlarged significantly in 1884. Since 1982, the mill is stopped.

Schuierer Mill
Virgin Mary and St Michael Monastery (62)

Virgin Mary and St Michael Monastery (68 photos)

The Monastery consecrated to the Virgin Mary and St Michael belonged between 1250 and 1263 to the St William Hermits, and after 1263 to the …

Virgin Mary and St Michael Monastery
Walhalla (38)

Walhalla (102 photos)

The Walhalla is a hall of fame that honours laudable and distinguished people, famous personalities in German history - politicians, sovereigns,…

Weltenburg Abbey (291)

Weltenburg Abbey (29 photos)

The St. George Church of the the Benedictine Monastery of Weltenburg on the Danube breakthrough in Kelheim in Bavaria is one of the most important…

Weltenburg Abbey
Wieskirche (19)

Wieskirche (46 photos)

The Wies Church (Wieskirche) is a magnificently decorated Sanctuary belonging to the district of Wies in the municipality Steingaden. The full name…

Zugspitze (777)

Zugspitze (34 photos)

The Zugspitze with 2,962 m is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains and at the same time Germany’s highest mountain. The Zugspitze massif is…



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Oktoberfest (245) 2013

Germany (3,967 photos)

Germany (Deutschland), officially the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland), is a federal parliamentary republic in west-central …