lady bavaria

The Bavaria statue stands proudly on a hill above the Theresienwiese — the grounds of the Oktoberfest. Behind Lady Bavaria and her lion is the Ruhmeshalle. I’ve never been inside this hall filled with busts of famous folk, but I did go up in the Bavaria statue.

This is something that doesn’t sit at the top of my to-do list in Munich, but I’m really glad I did it once.

You get a neat view of the Theresienwiese by peeking out of the lion’s mouth. In late summer, when we visited, they were already preparing for Oktoberfest.

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Lady Bavaria in front of the Ruhmeshalle

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Entering the statue requires climbing a spiral staircase

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Not for claustrophobic folks!

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Dad inside the lion.

Nowadays, if there’s not a festival or a flea market there, there’s no reason to go to the Theresienwiese itself. “Wiese” means field, but it’s just a huge, empty, concrete eyesore in the city. It’s not a very nice home for Lady Bavaria. I like to think that she much preferred this setting…

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Die Bavaria and Theresienwiese in 1901

Rudolf Epp [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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