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Flag of the German Federal State of Bayern
The Free State of Bavaria (in German: Freistaat Bayern) comprises the entire southeast portion of Germany. It is geographically the largest federal state of the country.
Bayern shares international borders with Austria and the Czech Republic as well as with Switzerland (across Lake of Constance). Neighbouring federal states within Germany are Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Thuringia (Thüringen) and Saxony (Sachsen).
Bavaria is divided in 7 regions: Oberfranken (Upper Franconia), Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), Unterfranken (Lower Franconia), Bayerisch Schwaben with Allgäu (Bavarian Swabia), Oberpfalz, (Upper Palatinate), Oberbayern (Upper Bavaria), and Niederbayern (Lower Bavaria)
Official Name: Freistaat Bayern
en: Free State of Bavaria
Nick name: The Beer State
Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Capital City: München (Munich; pop. 1.4 million)
Other Cities: Augsburg, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Erlangen, Fürth, Ingolstadt, Nürnberg (Nuremberg), Passau, Regensburg, Würzburg.
Location: in the southeastern part of Germany, bordering Czech Republic in east, Austria in south
Area: 70,550 km²
Population (2013): 12.5 million
Religions: 25% Protestants, 55% Roman Catholic.
Natural resources: Sand and gravel, natural stone, clay, silica sand, kaolin.
Agriculture products: Dairy products, cheese, meat and meat products, sugar, beer, hops.
Industries: Car industry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, foods, tourism.
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Die Bayerische Staatskanzlei - Bavaria's official website.
Landtag von Bayern
The official website of the parliament of Bavaria (in German).
Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung
Bavarian state office for statistics.
Google Earth Bayern
Searchable map and satellite view of Bayern.
Google Earth München (Munic)
Searchable map/satellite view of Bayern's capital.
Google Earth Bodensee
Searchable map/satellite view of Bodensee (Lake Constance)
Political Map of Germany
Administrative Map of Germany
Newspaper from Munich.
News from Augsburg.
Bayerische Staatszeitung und Bayerischer Staatsanzeiger
Weekly news from the Bavarian Government, Munich.
News from the Regensburg region.
Southeast Bavarian news.
News from Coburg.
News from Erlangen.
Fränkischer Tag Online.
Frankenpost online, Hof.
Münchner Merkur online, News from Munich and Bavaria.
Neumarkter Nachrichten online.
News from Nürnberg.
Passauer Neue Presse
With regional news, Passau.
News from the Straubing/Landshut region.
Süddeutsche Zeitung online.
Bayerischer Rundfunk - BR-ONLINE.DE
Public radio and television.
Götterdämmerung, Meistersinger, Lohengrin, Rheingold, Siegfried, etc.
First class opera and ballet.
Bavarian National Museum, one of the largest museums in Europe focussing on fine arts as well as cultural history.
Bier- und Oktoberfestmuseum München
The history of beer and the Munich Oktoberfest.
Museum of natural science and technology, Munich.
Kunstareal (“art district”) is a museum quarter in the city centre of Munich.
The Florentine-style villa houses an art museum and is most famous for the large collection of important paintings of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider).
Pinakothek der Moderne
The museum shows the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Arts.
Museen in Bayern
Guide to Bavarian's museums.
A government organization to promote foreign trade.
Invest in Bavaria
Information about Bavaria for investors.
Famous Bavarian Brands
Global leader in the sporting goods industry.
High-end athletic shoes and sportswear.
Vorsprung durch Technik.
Bayrische Motoren Werke.
Franz Josef Strauss International, Munich*s Airport.
The Bavarian Tourist Board, information about Bavarian tourism and tourism resorts.
German Alpine Road - Deutsche Alpenstrasse
Information on the German Alpine Road.
Regional Tourism Offices
Berchtesgadener Land Tourismus
Official site for Berchtesgadener Land.
Tourismusverband Allgäu-Bayerisch-Schwaben e.V.
Tourism Allgäu/Bayerisch-Schwaben. (in German)
Tourism Chiemgau und Chiemsee. (in German)
Tourism information about Franken. (in German)
Tourismusverband München Oberbayern
Official site for the holiday land Upper Bavaria.
Tourism East Bavaria. (in German)
Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V.
Official tourism site of Bayerischer Wald. (in German)
Site of the Zugspitz-Region, the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. (in German)
Munich ( München )
Landeshauptstadt München, the state capital.
Other Major Cities:
The city was laid to waste by the Huns in the fifth century, by Charlemagne in the eighth, and by Welf of Bavaria in the eleventh; it rose each time only to greater prosperity.
City of Bamberg, the Old Town of Bamberg is a World Heritage Site since 1993.
City of Richard Wagner and the Bayreuth Festival.
In 1835, the first German railway was opened between Nuremberg and Fürth.
Albrecht Dürer was born here.
The Dreiflüssestadt (City of Three Rivers) located at the Danube River's confluence with Inn River and the Ilz.
The city's medieval center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
The city is known for its well-preserved medieval old town.
The university city on the Main River.
Augsburg, founded 1970.
Bayreuth. foundation in 1972.
Bavaria's second largest state university founded in 1742, Erlangen-Nürnberg
Regensburg, founded in1967.
"Elite" Universities in Bavaria, Germany's Ivy League.
Technische Universität München TU
Nature park Altmühltal, one of the most popular holiday areas of South Germany.
Naturpark Augsburg-Westliche Wälder
Nature park near the city of Augsburg (in German).
Naturpark Bayerischer Wald
Bavarian Forest Nature Park, situated in the southeast of Germany, between the Danube and the Bavarian-Bohemian border.
Naturpark Oberer Bayerischer Wald
Oberer Bayerischer Wald is the largest nature park in Bavaria (in German).
Naturpark Fränkische Schweiz - Veldensteiner Forst
The nature park with its heartland the “Fränkische Schweiz” (in German).
The nature park is situated in the northeast of the famous city Rothenburg o.d.T., at the border to Baden-Württemberg.
The nature park is situated between the Main and Aisch rivers and the four cities Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Naturpark Oberpfälzer Wald
The Nature Park north of the city of Regensburg (in German).
Naturpark Nördlicher Oberpfälzer Wald
The Nature Park is situated in the north-east of Bavaria, at the border to Czech Republic (in German).
A nature reserve in the Spessart, a densely wooded hill chain in northwestern Bavaria and southern Hesse.
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.
Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte
Centre of Bavarian History.
An overview and timeline of Bavaria's history from the state government's site.
History of Bavaria
Bavaria's history from 1506 till 1871.
History of Bavaria
Wikipedia entry about Bavaria's history.
EU2007.de - Bavaria
Open Directory Project: Bayern
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