The Free State of Bavaria is the largest federal state of Germany in central Europe, covering one-fifth of the total area of the country, according to the travel guide, Bavaria. Situated in the southeast of Germany, Bavaria borders Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Austria. The state is around 27,200 square miles and Munich is its capital city.
Bavaria's neighboring states are Saxony, Thuringen, Hesse and Baden-Wurttemberg. Wurzburg, Regensburg, Nuremberg and Erlangen are four of Bavaria's major cities. Wurzburg and Erlangen are university cities, while the medieval center of Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The natural border between Bavaria and Austria features the Alps, one of the four major regions of the state, which hosts the highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze measuring 9,717 feet. The three other major regions are the Swabian-Franconian landscape, the Eastern Bavarian central mountains and the Alpine foothills.
Bavaria features several nature parks with the largest being the Oberer Bayerischer Wald. The Danube and the Main are two major rivers that flow through the state, and the Alpine foothills also have several lakes.Learn more about Germany