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|Minister-President:||Edmund Stoiber (CSU)|
Geography Bavaria shares international borders with Austria and the Czech Republic. Neighbouring states within Germany are Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Thuringia and Saxony. Two major rivers flow through the state, the Danube (Donau) and the Main.
Administration Bavaria is divided into 71 districts:
The districts are grouped into seven administrative regions (Regierungsbezirke), namely:
Culture and language accents differ slightly from region to region.
Furthermore, Bavaria includes 25 independent towns, which don't belong to any district:
Miscellaneous The many famous Bavarians include:
The motorcycle and automobile maker BMW has a Bavarian industrial base (the name stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, or "Bavarian Motor Works").
A famous annual festival is called Oktoberfest or October Festival. It is the largest public beer festival in the world, celebrated since 1811 during the last two weeks of September.
History of Bavaria
The Wittelsbach family ruled Bavaria from 1180 to 1918.
Bavaria became a kingdom in 1806.
In 1815 the Rhine Palatinate became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria.
Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845 - 1886) reigned as King of Bavaria from 1864 to 1886.
More detailed history of Bavaria.