Bavaria statue and hall of fame at Theresienwiese

Bavaria mit Ruhmeshalle, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

Bavaria statue: Best view of the Theresienwiese

She is Munich's most impressive "Bronze lady": the Bavaria statue next to Theresienwiese is a must-see not only for Oktoberfest visitors. It stands directly in front of the Ruhmeshalle (Hall of fame), where the busts of famous Bavarians are collected.

The Bavaria: Who is the bronze lady?

Bavaria, Foto: muenchen.de/ Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/ Michael Hofmann

The Bavaria statue has been a coveted woman for centuries. Nowadays, she adorns postcards and souvenirs and is considered a popular photo motif among tourists. She is also the symbol and secular patron saint of the Free State of Bavaria - in short, its face.

The most famous representation of Bavaria is the huge statue on Theresienwiese. It was designed between 1843 and 1850 by Munich artist Ludwig Schwanthaler, commissioned by Ludwig I, and cast in bronze - a masterpiece of building technique. The Bavaria statue measures 18 meters and is thus the largest statue of a woman in Munich.

Attention: Not opened for the time being

The Hall of Fame is closed for construction work, the Bavaria statue as well - until further notice due to Corona.

Bavaria Statue and Hall of Fame: Our Tips

The Bavaria is enthroned as an 18 meter high bronze statue above the Theresienwiese, where the world-famous Oktoberfest is held every year. There are numerous reasons why you should visit the statue not only during the world's largest folk festival:

  • The Bavaria statue is a popular meeting place for Munich residents and tourists.
  • The head of the statue is a unique viewing platform and guarantees breathtaking views of Munich.
  • The Hall of Fame as an impressive columned hall with busts of important Bavarians is a must-see.
  • The Theresienwiese as the location of major events such as the Oktoberfest, the Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival) or the Winter Tollwood.
  • Fun at insider events as well as tobogganing in winter at the Bavaria.

Viewing platform in the Bavaria's head

Aussicht Wiesn aus der Bavaria, Foto: muenchen.de/Katy Spichal 2018
Foto: muenchen.de/Katy Spichal 2018

Not even that many Munich residents actually know it: You can even take a look inside the statue. A spiral staircase leads up to the head of the Bavaria, from where you have a unique view of the Theresienwiese and the adjacent neighborhoods.

From October 14 to the end of March, the Hall of Fame and the Bavaria are closed for traffic safety reasons.

In general, the inside of the Bavaria is an excellent place to photograph the Spring Festival or the Oktoberfest and get an overview of the colorful hustle and bustle. However, you should bring patience, because during this time the Bavaria is particularly popular: as a meeting place, as a place for a short break and as a viewing platform...

Entrance fees for visiting the Bavaria statue

  • Regular: 3.50 euros
  • Reduced: 2.50 euros
  • Groups please register by phone: 0162 4121726

From October 14 until the end of March, the Hall of Fame and the Bavaria are closed for traffic safety reasons.

However, getting there is similar as going to the Wiesn - U-bahn (U5, Laimer platz) and stop at Theresienwiese. There are also options of the U3 and U6 stopping at Goetheplatz, then a short walk to the location.

The Hall of Fame


Behind the Bavaria stands the colossal building of the Hall of Fame. A stroll through the wide corridors will take you on an excursion into Bavarian history.

The three-winged portico is lined with busts of important Bavarians from the past centuries - including the stone heads of writer Ludwig Thoma, composer Carl Orff, painter Albrecht Dürer and brewer Joseph Pschorr.

In 1853, the wing was designed by the former star architect Leo von Klenze, who was also commissioned by Ludwig I. The building was intended to commemorate the merits and glory of Bavaria.

Munich's most famous meadow: The Theresienwiese

On the wide area of the Theresienwiese - at the foot of the Bavaria - there is something going on almost all year round. Whether it's the Oktoberfest, Bavaria's biggest flea market, the spring festival (Frühlingsfest) or the Winter Tollwood festival - it's never really deserted on the Theresienwiese.

Of course, the most famous is the Oktoberfest, which always starts in mid-late September and lasts a little over two weeks. At the same time, every four years, the Central Agricultural Festival takes place on the southern part of the Theresienwiese.

At the end of April / beginning of May the Spring Festival is celebrated.
In winter the tents and booths of the Tollwood are set up, then the month-long cultural festival awaits you with many events, exotic food and handmade products.

Winter fun at the Bavaria

In winter, the slopes below the Hall of Fame become a tobogganing hill. The short and not very steep slopes are guaranteed to be fun for kids.

But there is also another steep slope, where some winter sport aficionados even venture down on skis. Although obstacles are secured with straw bales, tobogganing here is at your own risk.

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