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Map of Bavaria

Some Fun Facts about Bavaria

  • Largest of the 16 German states but only the 3rd highest population, think of it as the Texas of Germany.

  • Was a separate Kingdom until the early 1900s when it became part of Germany and still maintains some unique political entities.

  • Stretches from the Alps in the south to the fertile plains of Franconia in the north. 

  • Existing for centuries as a separate empire, Bavaria has many unique customs that you find only in Bavaria.

  • Many "German" traditions in the US are actually Bavarian traditions given the role of the American military in post-WWII Germany and it holding the entire state of Bavaria.

  • Munich is the state capital and former imperial capital and is one of the largest cities in Europe.

  • Maintains two different flags both as part of the state flag and a 3rd with Bavaria's unique Coat of Arms.

Flag of Bavaria
Flag of Bavaria with Coat of Arms
Flag of Bavaria
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Fun Facts about the Bavarian Language

  • German as a language group includes the Germanic languages of Central Europe, the North Germanic languages of Scandinavia, and the West Germanic languages of the British Isles.

  • German within Central Europe includes some 250 sub-languages and dialects spoken across Germany; Austria; Switzerland; and a neighboring countries. 

  • Bavaria maintains 60 unique sub-languages and dialects. 

  • While most Germans know the "Standard German," their dialect is generally their "first language."  Bairisch (Bavarian) is very different than Standard German.   

Bavarian Traditions