Highlights & Culture
Delicatessen & Traditions
Traditions are a feature of modernity
"Live and let live" is the motto of Bavarian conviviality. The variation in cultures and dialects between Bavaria’s seven administrative districts gives each region in Bavaria a personal charm entirely of its own. And those cultures and traditions are preserved in traditional foods, customs clubs and events all year round. Festivities are just as much a part of day-to-day Bavarian culture as is the traditional food featuring one-of-a-kind regional specialities.
Hardly any other region unites economic strength with agricultural attractiveness like Bavaria does. Numerous lakes - such as Chiemsee, Lake Starnberg, Grosser Alpsee, Tegernsee and Staffelsee - contribute to the state's recreational opportunities, as do the striking mountains; among them: Zugspitze, Bavaria's best known and Germany's highest mountain. More than five million people are drawn to some 45 state-owned palaces, castles and residences every year - with the world famous edifices of King Ludwig II topping the list.
The State of Bavaria provides more than 500 million euros in annual funding for cultural programming. And it pays off: More than 20 million guests visit some 1,150 collections and museums every year. There are 200 active theatres, opera houses, and musical theatres among the cultural offerings. The numerous cultural festivals featuring outstanding theatrical and musical performances, some spanning over several weeks, set international accents and make the past come to life.