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Bavaria - a Land at the Heart of Europe   The Free State of Bavaria Today   Topography
   
Bavaria is located in the south-eastern part of the German Federal Republic. In terms of surface area it is the largest of the country's 16 federal states, and the second-largest in. ...

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  The Free State of Bavaria was reconstituted after a decree by the US occupying forces on September 19, 1945. Today's Bavarian constitution was adopted in a plebiscite held on December ...

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  In terms of surface area, Bavaria is the largest of Germany's federal states, and also the southernmost. The landscape of Bavaria can be subdivided into four major regions: the Alps, ...

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Climate   Inhabitants   Language and Dress
   
Located in a westerly wind zone, Bavaria is constantly subjected to fluctuations in air pressure. The climate is continental, with four clearly distinguishable seasons. Alongside rainy ...

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  The earliest mention of the Bavarians - Baiern or Baiovarii - dates from the year 551. They were the result of the intermixture of a number of different peoples: Romans, Alemannians, ...

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  Bavaria is divided up into three linguistic regions. The Bavarian dialect is only spoken in the Old Bavarian regions, i.e. the administrative regions of Upper Bavaria and the Upper. ...

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Religion   Festivals   Food and Drink
   
The largest religious group in Bavaria is Roman Catholic (ca. 67%), followed by Lutheran Protestants (23%). The state's Muslim population is mainly from Turkey, and currently has 8 ...

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  The Munich Oktoberfest, the most famous Bavarian festival, was first held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of the later king Ludwig I with Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen ...

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  Bavarian cuisine today is highly varied. Alongside a broad range of international dishes there are many traditional specialities from the various Bavarian regions: beer, Franconian ...

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The Bavarian Lion, the "Bavaria" and the blue-and-white heraldic lozenges all symbolise the state of Bavaria, and can be found on portals, fountains, statues, flags and banners everywhere ...

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  The Bavarian landscape provides all kinds of opportunities for sports and recreation. Hiking and mountaineering are common in the Alpine foothills, as is hang-gliding. Winter sports ...

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