Get to know Bavaria
Swim in a mountain lake in the morning, then do a round of rock climbing, visit a museum in the afternoon and round off the evening in a club. In Bavaria, this is no problem.
No Bavarian city or industrial centre is far from untouched nature. The Free State of Bavaria is characterised by vibrant cities bordering romantic landscapes. It has maintained its natural and cultural attractiveness despite rapid economic growth. Work and life, family and recreational time can all be harmonised here perfectly.
Bavarian traditions and customs have survived the economic progress. Young and old, long-time Bavarians and new arrivals celebrate together at fairs and village festivals – including Munich's world renowned Oktoberfest.
One of the traditions that have been passed down is the erection of maypoles, which is celebrated every year on the first of May - an ancient fertility ritual during which the men of a village set-up beautiful maypoles, painted white and blue and decorated with the symbols of their trades. Then, everybody dances their way into May.
There is good reason for Bavaria being among the most beloved travel destinations in Germany - and it stays that way all year long. The nature throughout the entire land is richly diverse, and is appealing for hikers and rock climbers - from the Alpine foothills to the Danube lowlands, in the beautiful Franconian wine hills, the Bavarian Forest National Park and the Upper Palatinate Forest. The great number of pristine lakes offer water sport enthusiasts a wonderful panorama, and fans of winter sports come to enjoy the delights of the Alps and the highlands from December on.
Bavaria is family-friendly. Children can discover the world out in nature, which has remained intact. Be it in a swimming pool or in a lake, on holiday on a farm, in an amusement or fairytale park, at the Bavaria movie studios or at one of the zoos. Children are welcome everywhere and get their money's worth.
The inns all throughout the state pamper their guests with tasty regional specialities. And for locals as well, the village tavern - even in the smallest of hamlets - represents an elementary part of public life.
In addition to white sausage and pretzels, Bavarian beer has also become world famous. The number of breweries and types of beer in Bavaria is unsurpassed: Around one-third of European beer breweries are located in Bavaria.
Football for professionals and amateurs
There is one type of sport in Bavaria you can't get away from: Football is for both the masses and for top athletes, and it is a prime topic of conversation at pubs, in beer gardens and among colleagues at the office. One thing is indisputable: No other Bavarian club stirs up as much emotion as FC Bayern Munich, which is also the best known Bavarian football club internationally.
This is especially true in the Bavarian derbies, where football supremacy in the state is at stake in matches against the other Bundesliga clubs from Nuremberg, Augsburg and Fürth. Additionally, football is also a widespread sport for the masses in Bavaria, accessible to everyone. 1.5 million people train in one of the more than 2,600 football clubs, while others play a round of football in a park with friends on weekends.
Culture - traditional and modern
Whether traditional or modern - you'll find all kinds of culture in Bavaria: Literature, film and television, museums and theatre, as well as one-of-a-kind architecture.
There are over 120 international music festivals held in summer, with everything from international jazz days to rock festivals with tens of thousands of concert-goers and Middle Ages festivals. Classical music is offered by four orchestras of international repute:
- The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
- The Bavarian State Orchestra
- The Munich Philharmonic
- The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
The broad spectrum of events, ranging from folk culture to internationally renowned museums, theatres, ballets and opera festivals is supplemented by cinemas in the larger cities, as well as numerous small workshops, exhibitions and readings.