With a total area of 70548 sq km Bavaria is the largest state in the republic of Germany. It is located in the southeast of the country and borders Austria and the Czech republic. The population of Bavaria numbers 12.5 million and its capital is Munich. The earliest known inhabitants of Bavaria were the Celts, who were later replaced by the Germanic tribe of the Bavarii. In the Middle Ages a duchy of Bavaria emerged, which later became a kingdom in 1806. In 1871 Bavaria joined the German federation.
Bavaria is a region filled with historical sites and with beautiful natural scenery. Its highlights are the castles of King Ludwig (of which Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee are shown in this gallery), beautiful baroque churches, monasteries, medieval towns and the breathtaking alpine scenery.

Neuschwanstein Castle photo gallery  - 11 pictures of Neuschwanstein Castle
Linderhof Castle photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Linderhof Castle
Herrenchiemsee castle photo gallery  - 31 pictures of Herrenchiemsee castle
Schleissheim Palace photo gallery  - 21 pictures of Schleissheim Palace
11 photos of castle Neuschwanstein in southern Bavaria, a fairy tale castle in a breathtaking setting.
12 photos of castle Linderhof near Ettal in southern Bavaria, the smallest of King Ludwig II castles.
31 photos of Herrenchiemsee castle, built by King Ludwig II between 1878 and 1886
21 photos of the baroque Schleissheim Palace, a complex consisting of three palaces and a huge garden north of Munich

Nuremberg photo gallery  - 23 pictures of Nuremberg
Augsburg photo gallery  - 8 pictures of Augsburg
Fuessen photo gallery  - 7 pictures of Fuessen
Regensburg photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Regensburg
Landsberg am Lech photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Landsberg am Lech
23 photos of Nuremberg, the second largest city in Bavaria with an interesting historic core
8 photos of Augsburg, the capital of the Swabia region of Bavaria.
7 photos of the town of Fuessen in southern Bavaria
14 photos of Regensburg, a pleasant Bavarian town with many historical buildings
12 photos of Landsberg am Lech, a pictoresque town lying along the romantic road in southern Bavaria.
Bamberg photo gallery  - 67 pictures of Bamberg
Garmisch Partenkirchen photo gallery  - 15 pictures of Garmisch Partenkirchen
Berchtesgaden photo gallery  - 11 pictures of Berchtesgaden
Dachau concentration camp photo gallery  - 47 pictures of Dachau concentration camp
67 photos of Bamberg, a Bavarian city with a rich cultural heritage and impressive architecture
15 photos of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a market town in southern Bavaria and major tourist and winter sports centre
11 photos of Berchtesgaden, a small Bavarian town close to the Austrian border in a beautiful alpine setting
47 photos of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich

Churches and Monasteries
Andechs monastery photo gallery  - 5 pictures of Andechs monastery
Benediktbeuern Monastery photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Benediktbeuern Monastery
St John Baptist Church in Steingaden photo gallery  - 11 pictures of St John Baptist Church in Steingaden
Wieskirche church photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Wieskirche church
5 photos of the Andechs monastery,which nowadays hosts a the Benedictine monastery.
13 photos of the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern in Southern Bavaria which dates back to 739.
11 photos of the Bavarian rococo St John Baptist church in Steingaden
10 photos of the Wieskirche, the most beautiful rococo church in Bavaria and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Natural scenery
Zugspitze photo gallery  - 31 pictures of Zugspitze
Wendelstein photo gallery  - 36 pictures of Wendelstein
Kochelsee photo gallery  - 6 pictures of Kochelsee
Königssee photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Königssee
31 photos of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain
36 photos of Mt Wendelstein, an 1838m high mountain in the Bavarian alps offering views of the northern Alps
6 photos of the Kochel lake in the Bavarian alps south of Munich
13 photos of the Knigssee, an alpine lake in a beautiful setting in southeastern Bavaria and Germany's deepest and cleanest lake
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 11 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
Chiemsee lake photo gallery  - 8 pictures of Chiemsee lake
Ammersee lake photo gallery  - 57 pictures of Ammersee lake
Around the Kehlsteinhaus photo gallery  - 44 pictures of Around the Kehlsteinhaus
11 photos of the Benedictine Ettal monastery and the Eibsee and Tegernsee alpine lakes.
8 photos of the Chiemsee lake in southeast Bavaria
57 photos of the Ammersee, a large lake 40km southwest of Munich
44 photos of the Kehlsteinhaus, one of the Führer headquarters located on a mountain in southern Bavaria
Tegernsee photo gallery  - 23 pictures of Tegernsee
Spitzingsee photo gallery  - 156 pictures of Spitzingsee
23 photos of Tegernsee, a spa town on a lake in the alpine landscape of upper Bavaria
156 photos of Spitzingsee, a winter sports and mountaineering centre in the Bavarian Alps
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