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Bavaria (German: Freistaat Bayern, pronounced ['fʁaɪ.ʃtaːt ˈbaɪ.ɐn] ( listen)), with an area of 70,548 square kilometres (27,200 sq mi) and almost 12.5 million inhabitants, is located in the southeast of Germany and is the largest state of Germany by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany. Its capital is Munich (München in Upper Bavaria.
The largest State in Germany, it is also the region where all the famous typical things (food, clothes, music...) come from.
Other large cities:
Bavaria shares international borders with Austria and the Czech Republic as well as with Switzerland (across Lake Constance). Neighbouring states within Germany are Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Thuringia and Saxony. Two major rivers flow through the state, the Danube (Donau) and the Main. The Bavarian Alps define the border with Austria, and within the range is the highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze.
Population and area
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