Bavaria Guide

My Bavaria guide is designed to help you plan the perfect vacation to Germany's most unique state. Many of the people who live in this region of Germany consider themselves to be Bavarian first in German second. Bavaria is the largest of the 16 states in Germany and sits at the southern end of the country bordering Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

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Bavaria is a gem within Germany. It really has everything that you want for the perfect vacation including one of my favorite cities in Europe. The capital city of Munich is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. The city exudes Bavarian culture and is one of the safest places to visit on the continent. Munich is a relatively large city located on the Isar River. It's probably most famous for being the city that hosts Oktoberfest. This annual German festival takes place during September and October in the Bavarian capital. Oktoberfest and beer go hand-in-hand. Which brings me to my next point. Beer is King in Bavaria. Click on the map of Bavaria Germany to the left to visit Munich.

 

 

 

 

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The people of the area consume more beer than all of the other regions of Germany combined. In fact, it is said, that the only place that consumes more beer is the entire Czech Republic. The breweries in this region can trace their roots back hundreds of years and brand loyalty is a very important characteristic of the very people. Throughout the region in every city and every town you will find beer gardens and beer halls sponsored by the local breweries. These beer halls are like a second home to many of the Bavarian people. If you wanted to compare them to something they would be like the British or Irish pub. However, they are very unique and usually they're quite large and a place where large groups of people can socialize. Some of the best beer gardens are located within the city limits of Munich. The largest beer garden in the world is the Hirsch garden located in the world's largest urban park, the Englischer Garten (English garden). Thousands of people will gather in these beer gardens daily to drink beer and have something to eat. If you carry a Bavaria guide with you it will help you locate many of these beer gardens. The most famous of all of the Bavarian beer gardens is the Hofbrauhaus. If you're in Munich you have to go. It will be the best time of your life. But a warning to all, people tend to get a little bit out of hand, so remember, whatever happens at the Hofbrauhaus stays at the Hofbrauhaus.

In Bavaria you can find many of the traditional German dishes that you would expect to see on any trip to Germany. You'll find plenty of schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut and pigs knuckles. When you're traveling to Bavaria you better have a hearty appetite. All of the beer halls and beer gardens will serve traditional German food. Don't be surprised to see people wearing traditional Bavarian clothing such as Lederhosen

It's not all fun and games in Bavaria. The state is also home to many high-tech industries such as BMW (Bavarian Motor Works). The Bavarian’s, like most Germans, are very hard-working people and this can be seen in the industry throughout the region. Tours are available and you can find your way there using a good Bavaria guide book.

When it does come to play the Bavarians have a fantastic playground. In the southwest portion of Bavaria you'll find the Bavarian Alps. The Alps are an outdoor paradise. The people of Bavaria are very fit and spend a great deal of time in the outdoors. There are many great ski resorts within a short drive of Munich. As a matter of fact, you can get to Austria in just over an hour and be skiing in just under two hours. If hiking to think you can hire the services of a Bavaria guide to take you through the Alps on a private hiking trip.

The region also has a rich history. The history buff will love Bavaria because of the connection it had to the Third Reich. Hitler adopted Bavaria has his own and operated from the city of Munich prior to and during World War II. He built a lavish estate in the Alps called the Eagle's nest that visitors can tour and see the excesses of the Nazi party.

Just outside of Munich is the concentration at Dachau. Millions of people visit this concentration camp yearly. This was the first concentration camp to be built by the Nazis. Originally it was only used as a prison but later it was used to house not only political prisoners from Germany but also Jews and other citizens of the Nazis viewed as unfit to be a part of German society. The camp is open daily except for Mondays. Entrance is free and it is only about a 30 to 45 min. train ride from Munich.

Just outside of Munich is the small town of Fussen. If you take a day trip you can visit the world-famous Castle of Neuschwanstein that was the inspiration for the Disney Castle. It was the home of mad King Ludwig who succumbed to an untimely death on the grounds of the estate. Tours are available daily to visit the castle.

If you really want to immerse yourself in German and Bavarian culture and take a train to many of the small towns and villages and find yourself a bed-and-breakfast for the night and head down to the local beer hall or garden have the time of your life. A Bavaria guidebook will help you find all of the little out-of-the-way places to visit within the region.

 

Travel to and from Bavaria is very easy and you can easily access the entire state by train from most regions in Europe. Direct flights to Munich are available from most North American and European cities as well as other cities around the globe.

I hope my Bavaria guide helped you while planning your European vacation. Click on the map of Bavaria Germany to get to Munich.

 

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