Hall of fame and Bavaria
On a hill at the west end of the Theresienwiese sits the 18-meter-high (36 feet) bronze statue of Bavaria. In the head of the female symbol and earthly patron of Bavaria is an observation deck with two benches. For a small fee, one can climb the spiral stairs inside the statue. Numerous hatch openings offer a view of the Theresienwiese and the adjacent city neighborhoods.
History with a view
During the two weeks in the fall when Oktoberfest is set up on the fairgrounds, the observation deck in Bavaria offers a beautiful view of the colorful floats, market stalls, and festival tents.
The Hall of Fame on the hill above the Theresienwiese was erected between 1843 and 1853. Special attention was paid to the bronze casting at that time, as this project was considered a masterpiece. The statue was designed by Munich artist Ludwig Schwanthaler by order of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, and the casting was done by the renowned Inspector of the Royal Foundry Ferdinand von Miller. The three-winged portico designed by Leo von Klenze serves as the pantheon for noted Bavarians who made outstanding contributions to their country, the sciences, and the arts. Their busts were on display there in tribute. This tradition was resumed starting in 1966.
Reference: Munich Tourist Office
Opening hours for Bavaria:
April 1 through October 15:
open daily between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
during Oktoberfest until 8:00 p.m.
closed October 16 through March 31