The Bavarian tribe settled in the land between the Lech, the Danube, and the Alps in the 6th century in what is today the south of Germany. The Bavarian empire reached its peak in the 14th century when it extended into Brandenburg (formerly a city-state not far from Berlin), the Tyrol region (which includes western Austria), and the Netherlands.

The peoples of the area includes the Bavarians, the Swabians, and the Franconians.

Today, Bavaria is the largest state of modern Germany, with a population of 11 million. It's economy includes tourism, glass, porcelain, and metal factories, and barley and hops used in its famed product, "liquid bread", otherwise known as beer.[1]


  1. GK2HB, pg 59