Upper Bavaria

Regional Overview

Bavarian Splendor

Upper-Bavaria-Munich would be the penultimate winner of the great Bavarian family wars. Defeating the combined forces of the Palatinate and Lower-Bavaria-Landshut with the aid of the Emperor. The legacy of this victory is evident: Munich is the capital of Bavaria. The history of Bavaria would be written in the splendor of the capital province.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The system of Baroque Palaces constructed around Munich as symbols of Bavarian Power
  • A unique style of Rococo Art exemplified by the Asam Brothers
  • Bavarian Brick-Gothic Construction, otherwise unique outside of the Baltic region





Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is Upper Bavaria?

Upper Bavaria is broadly the region stretching from the Austrian Alps to the Danube, encompassing the upper part of the Isar River. Since the 12th century, the region has been ruled by the Wittelsbach family, though inheritance splits led to a break up in greater Bavaria. In the 13th century, Upper-Bavaria was home to two Bavarian states, the Duchies of Bavaria-Ingolstadt and Bavaria-Munich. Lower Bavaria was home to the other two, Bavaria-Landshut and Bavaria Straubing. During the epic struggle between the four Wittelsbach dynasties Bavaria-Munich and, subsequently, Upper-Bavaria gained the upper hand.

Other than the city of Passau and its distinctly Austrian architecture, the differences between Upper and Lower Bavaria are minor, if at all visible in the modern-day. The most obvious difference is the centrifugal pull of Munich on the region. Over the centuries, all of the surrounding lands have been pulled into the service of the capital. Escaping Munich in Upper Bavaria is no easy task.

The main sights in Upper-Bavaria come from the legacy of Munich as the capital of a proud Kingdom. From the massive palaces, gardens, and monastic estates to the small villages on the city’s outskirts, there is a lot to see here, but you will be spending a lot of time in Munich.

My Quantitative Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

Social Score

8.2 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Hype: 4.8
  • Growth: 6.8
  • Wealth: 9.2
  • Recognition: 9.8
Ease of Travel

7.2 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 7.0
  • Transportation: 4.0
  • Ease of Planning: 5.3
  • Infrastructure: 6.6
  • Interactivity: 9.8
  • Airport: Yes
Historical Immersion

6.2 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Historical Context: 6.4
  • Monuments: 5.0
  • Quality*: 10
  • Landscape: 1.5
  • Vineyards: 4.8

5.5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Undiscovered: 9.8
  • Cultural Immersion: 0.3
  • Tradition*: 7.0



The glories of a pan-European dynasty

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