Highlights & Culture

Highlights & Culture

From typical delicacies and local customs to world-class festivals and breathtaking places: Bavaria is a beloved tourism destination and boasts something for just about anyone!

“Live and let live” is the motto of Bavarian conviviality. The variations in cultures and dialects between Bavaria’s seven administrative districts give each region in Bavaria an individual 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 specialties. 

Breathtaking places

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 in by some 45 state-owned palaces, castles and residences every year – with the worldfamous edifices of King Ludwig II topping the list. 

World-class festivals

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 several weeks, set international accents and make the past come to life.