Upper Bavaria

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Upper Bavaria
Map of Bavaria highlighting the  Regierungsbezirk of Upper Bavaria
Map of Bavaria highlighting the Regierungsbezirk of Upper Bavaria
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Region seat Munich
 • Total 17,529.41 km2 (6,768.14 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total 4,415,649
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Website regierung.oberbayern.bayern.de
Coat of arms of Upper Bavaria

Upper Bavaria (German: Oberbayern) is one of the seven administrative regions of Bavaria, Germany.


Upper Bavaria is located in the southern portion of Bavaria, and is centered around the city of Munich. It is subdivided into four regions (Planungsverband): Ingolstadt, Munich, Bayerisches Oberland (Bavarian Highland), and Südostoberbayern (South East Upper Bavaria). It is named 'Upper Bavaria' because the land is higher above sea level than the rest of Bavaria, not because it is farther north.


Historical Population of Upper Bavaria:

Year Inhabitants
1840 711,861
1871 865,178
1900 1,351,086
1925 1,727,483
1939 1,999,048
1950 2,541,896
1961 2,831,744
1970 3,324,104
1987 3,598,126
2002 4,169,657
2005 4,238,195
2006 4,279,112
2008 4,320,934
2010 4,373,588


The duchy of Upper Bavaria was created for the first time with the First Bavarian partition in 1255 under duke Louis II but there was no exact correlation between this duchy and the current territory. After the reunification in 1340 Bavaria was divided again in 1349, and in 1392 the duchies Bavaria-Munich and Bavaria-Ingolstadt were created in Upper Bavaria. In 1505 Bavaria was permanently reunited. In 1837 king Ludwig I of Bavaria created the district of Upper Bavaria.

Main Sights[edit]

Featured former residence cities are the capital Munich, Ingolstadt and Neuburg an der Donau. The highest mountain in Upper Bavaria, Zugspitze, surrounds a incomparable panoramic view over the Alps. Nestled in forested mountain ranges, the lakes Starnberger See, Tegernsee, Schliersee, Ammersee and Spitzingsee. Sacred art treasures can be found in the monasteries Andechs and Ettal and in the Wieskirche. Among popular excursions in Upper Bavaria are the Koenigssee with the Sanctuary of St Bartholomew's and the mountain Watzmann, the royal castles of Ludwig II, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee in Chiemsee, the Burghausen Castle and the castle Hohenaschau. The most important place of pilgrimage is Altoetting.


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Coordinates: 48°08′N 11°34′E / 48.133°N 11.567°E / 48.133; 11.567