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“Mia san mia” – Bavaria’s records…


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For thousands of years, people have marveled at things beyond their imagination. When something seems so incomprehensible that it does not seem to be from this world, man speaks of a miracle. Our brain permanently processes countless sensory impressions, is the carrier of our personality and the seat of all memories.

But first of all, let’s start with ourselves. Our approximately 100 billion nerve cells in the brain are interconnected by 5.8 million kilometers of neural pathways – that’s 145 times around the earth. A neuron is networked with up to 30,000 other neurons and can reach every other neuron in the cerebral cortex with no more than two intermediate steps… – record-breaking!

Marvel now at Bavarian records in…

Tradition and future

Bavaria has always enjoyed a special role. As early as 800, a monk scribbled the earliest “Mia san mia” in the margin of a parchment script, according to literary scholar Reinhard Wittman. Tradition is writ large in Bavaria. So is the future. The people of Bavaria know that they live in one of the oldest cultural landscapes with over 1500 years of history. And at the same time in one of the most modern states in Europe.

Bavaria is a state full of superlatives. Impressive, amazing and sometimes curious records – special features of the Free State of Bavaria and its inhabitants. Here you will get a small impression, which of course does not claim to be complete:

Bavarian coat of arms
Bavarian coat of arms

Oldest and largest state: Bavaria is the oldest and, with an area of over 70,500 km2, the largest state in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Oldest food law. “Allain Gersten, Hopffen uns Wasser sölle nehmen und gepraucht werden”. This was decreed in 1516 by the Bavarian Duke Wilhelm IV in the oldest valid food law in the world. The “Bavarian Purity Law” is still the basic law of the world-famous Bavarian brewers.

Largest periodical library. With more than 40,000 current periodicals and newspapers, the Bavarian State Library is the largest periodical library in Germany and the second largest in Europe after the British Library. Even the largest library in the world, the ‘Library of Congress’ in Washington, uses the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) developed at Regensburg University Library.

Largest collection of paintings. The old Pinakothek in Munich houses the largest collection of paintings by the Dutch painter Rubens. The old Pinakothek is one of the most important galleries in the world.

Highest brick tower in the world. At 130.1 meters, the tower of Landshut’s St. Martin’s Church is the highest brick tower in the world as well as the highest church tower in Bavaria. The collegiate monastery of Moosburg was transferred to Landshut (St. Martin’s) in 1598 at the instigation of Duke Wilhelm V and abolished there in 1803.

First colossal figure. In Munich, Ludwig I had the Hall of Fame with the Bavaria built on the Theresienwiese as a memorial to “excellent Bavarians”. The Bavaria (unveiled in 1850), with its height of 18.5 meters (27.4 meters with base), is the first colossal figure in European art history since antiquity, followed by the Statue of Liberty in New York, unveiled in 1886.

World’s longest castle. More than a kilometer long – 1051 meters to be exact – the mighty castle complex towers over the listed old town in Bavaria. Seemingly without end, the walls, battlements, towers and chapels stretch across a narrow mountain tongue, nestled between the natural paradise of Lake Wöhrsee and the glittering alpine Salzach.

Hops and beer

Hop cultivation with field path
Hop cultivation

World’s largest folk festival. Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world. It has been held in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, since 1810. Every year, more than six million people come – increasingly from abroad as well

Record in Maßkrug carrying. Oliver Strümpfel is the new and old world record holder in Maßkrug carrying. After 40 meters, he safely brought 29 filled steins of the original 31 to the finish line. One broke, one spilled too much beer. No less impressive was the performance of Anita Schwarz from near Munich. In 2008, she managed to lift 19 steins over the same distance at the Oktoberfest. After all, a liter of beer weighs around 2.3 kg….

Largest hop-growing area. The largest continuous hop-growing area in the world is in the Hallertau region (Upper and Lower Bavaria). Here, almost 500,000 hundredweight of hops are plucked annually from late August to mid-September. Alongside the USA, Germany is the most important hop-growing country and currently produces more than a third of the world’s hop harvest. The architecturally elaborate hop trellises rise up to seven meters into the sky.

Oldest brewery: As the oldest still existing brewery in the world, the Weihenstephan brewery stands loftily in Freising on Weihenstephaner Berg, surrounded by the comparatively still very young Weihenstephan Science Center of the Technical University of Munich.

Largest beer garden in the world. The Hirschgarten is the largest beer garden in the world – with 8,000 seats under sunshades and chestnut trees, it is not only Munich’s largest beer garden, but also a true experience to celebrate the Munich joie de vivre in the Royal Hirschgarten.

Smallest brewery. The smallest brewery in the world was made by a coppersmith in the 1950s. This probably smallest functioning brewery with an output of 500 ml can be marveled at in the Brewery and Beer Museum in the beer village of Weißenbrunn.

Technology and fascination

Movement matt chrome plated
Movement matt chrome plated

World’s largest technical museum. The Deutsches Museum in Munich is the largest technical and scientific museum in the world and one of the most visited museums in Europe.

Cable car to Zugspitze holds three world records. Since December 21, 2017, the state-of-the-art cable car has been providing access to the Zugspitze and transporting you swiftly (at 10.6 m/s) to the top station. And here it comes:

The carillon in the New Town Hall was invented by Christian Reithmann, who was also the inventor of the four-stroke engine. The Deutz company, where the atmospheric four-stroke piston engine developed by Nicolaus Otto was to be built, bought the rights at the time for 25,000 gold marks and also offered Reithmann a pension for life.

Live and let live, that is the much-vaunted “Liberalitas Bavaricae”. Always being on the cutting edge of the times and yet preserving its own unmistakable identity.

We invite you to explore art, culture and the beauty of Bavaria itself, to enjoy and to have a wonderful rest.

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