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Bavarian Culture

Bavaria unites tradition and modernity the way few other European regions do: images of traditional costumes (Dirndl and Lederhose) are world famous, but Bavaria also has an international reputation as the home of Siemens, BMW or Adidas.

"’Tradition and progress’ is Bavaria’s maxim. Even in an ever-closer Europe, Bavaria will retain its individuality and self-confidence" (former Minister-President Dr. Günther Beckstein, 2008).
 
The Oktoberfest, nicknamed the Wies'n, is deservedly considered the greatest festival in the world. Attracting over 6 million visitors annually from around the globe, it’s the trademark of Bavarian warmth and friendliness.
 

“Bavaria is a State of culture”

It is written as such in the Constitution; the Bavarian government takes this mission to heart by granting substantial subsidies to various cultural institutions. Orchestras, theaters, operas, museums and festivals of international fame call Bavaria their homeland.
 
Countless picturesque villages, medieval cities with royal residences, and of course Munich, the provincial capital and a high-ranking international metropolis, all represent Bavaria well. The sumptuous castles, baroque churches, medieval monasteries and fortified castles also create Bavaria's inimitable identity.
 
Not to be forgotten are Neuschwanstein Castle built by Louis II of Bavaria; Wieskirche Church, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list, as is the Limes (ancient trail of Roman borders); Wurtzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg.
 
Bavaria numbers more than 100,000 architectural monuments, 1,200 museums and art collections, as well as 40 major theaters and opera venues.