Storks force a Bavarian brewer to stop his productio | AFP

Storks – a protected species in Germany – decided in the spring to build their nest on the chimney of Christian Zwanzger’s brewery in Bavaria. His beer production has stopped and his stocks are going low but he remains optimistic.

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‘Sleeping Beauty’ Castle in Bavaria reopens its gates to tourists | AFP

Famous for its fairytale architecture, Neuschwanstein Castle reopens after two and a half months of closure due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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The Sleeping Beauty castle in Bavaria to reopen for tourists | AFP

The famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, which Walt Disney is said to have used as the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castle, reopens its doors to the public on Tuesday morning after weeks of closure due to COVID-19. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Bavarian pastor holds YouTube mass for confined congregation | AFP

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bavarian Pastor Hannes Schott can no longer welcome his congregation for mass in his church in Bayreuth. But he has found a solution: a weekly recorded mass, broadcast to his congregation via YouTube. Bavaria, Germany’s largest state, has been the worst affected by the coronavirus so far, with more than 18,000 cases

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Coronavirus: Munich deserted asT second week of lockdown begins | AFP

The Marienplatz, in the heart of Munich, and the surrounding streets are almost deserted as Bavaria enters its second week on lockdown. IMAGES

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Bavarian city of Freising wakes up to confinement | AFP

The city of Freising in Germany wakes up to its first weekend under confinement. The German region of Bavaria became the first to order a lockdown, as the government decides whether to impose a similar move across the country.

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In Bavaria, a ‘menstrual shop’ to make periods visible | AFP

In the city of Ansbach in Bavaria, Stefanie Wagner is the proud owner of a shop dedicated to periods. Customers can browse through sustainable sanitary towels, reusable menstrual cups and even say hello to her dog Mary Poppins. The former doula wants to lift the taboo on periods and says the best way to celebrate women’s bodies is to open a conversation about menstruation.

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Whip it! An old tradition comes alive at Bavarian competition | AFP

“Goaßlschnalzen” or whipcracking is a Bavarian tradition that goes back to coachmen who used to announce their arrival in the village with their whip. In today’s competitions, the challenge is to pound the whip in rhythm, as music became an integral part of whipcracking in the 1970s, when organised championships started in Bavaria. The popping occurs when the sound barrier is broken through the quick buckling of a hemp fibre attached to the end of the whip.

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A pastry chef in Germany offers edible sales receipts | AFP

Since 1 January 2020, German law demands from retailers that they print a receipt for every purchase. A French pastry chef in Bavaria decided to protest in an original way against this new law, by adding an edible receipt made of sugar on some of his pastries.

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Bavarians parade in their beautiful costumes for Oktoberfest | AFP

Over 9000 people from all corners of Bavaria parade in Munich in traditional suits and medieval outfits. The parade started in the 1950s, and always takes place on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. It starts in the centre of the city and finishes on the “Wiesn”, where the beer festival takes place.

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Bavarian blow: Merkel’s key alley suffers worst result in over 60 yrs

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Voters in the German state of Bavaria have inflicted a heavy blow on Chancellor Merkel’s key ally – handing the Christian Social Union its worst election result for decades.

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‘Political earthquake’ in Bavaria as Merkel’s sister party CSU likely to lose its majority

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Germany’s political landscape is crumbling as Merkel’s sister party, the CSU, has only received 35.5% of the votes in Bavaria, an exit poll shows. Meanwhile, the anti-establishment AfD has entered parliament for the first time.

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Will election in Bavaria bring end to Merkel’s coalition?

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Voters in Germany’s biggest region will elect their next government on Sunday.

The right-wing Alternative for Germany party is expected to enter Bavaria’s parliament for the first time, according to polls.

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‘People fed up with CSU’: Merkel key ally could hit decades’ low in Bavaria

Polls in Germany for Bavaria’s upcoming regional elections – don’t look good for Angela Merkel. The chancellor’s key coalition ally – the CSU – looks set to lose significant ground.

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Sexy for ‘farming heroes’: Bavarian girls pose for erotic calendar

A photo session for Bavaria’s annual farm-girl calendar got underway near Vilshofen in Lower Bavaria on Wednesday. Six Bavarian country girls selected from 150 models posed for photographs next to cattle, tractors and bales of hay.

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CROSSing the Line? Bavaria orders Christian symbol to be displayed on govt buildings

Germany’s Bavaria has ordered Christian crosses to be placed over the entrances of government buildings to reflect its ‘cultural identity’.

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Crosses are now mandatory in all public buildings in Bavaria

All public buildings in Bavaria must now show a Christian cross on their premises after a law voted by the CSU, the conservative party ruling the German state. Its defenders say they want to recognise the “Christian roots” of the area but in Munich, not everybody agrees.

German antifa issues ‘How to Riot’ guide books ahead of right-wing party gatherings

German anti-fascist groups have issued a guide book for potential rioters.
They want to encourage people to disrupt a gathering of the right-wing Alternative for Germany party in Bavaria next month.

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Two dead and 14 injured in Bavaria train collision

At least two people are killed and several others hurt after two trains collided late Monday in Germany, the national rail company says. The Deutsche Bahn network operator said that a commuter service hit a freight train between Ingolstadt and Augsburg in Germany’s southern Bavaria region. IMAGES

German judge removes cross during trial of Afghan migrant, faces backlash

A German judge has caused outrage at a trial in Bavaria, for removing a crucifix from his court room at the request an asylum-seeker. The Afghan man is suspected of threatening to kill a fellow countryman, for converting to Christianity. Our Europe correspondent Peter Oliver has been following the trial.

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Cold War nuclear bunker to become largest cannabis nursery in Germany

A German Cold War nuclear bunker is being given a new life. The Memmingerberg bunker in Buxheim, Bavaria, is to be used as a cannabis factory.
The bunker will be the country’s largest legal cannabis producer.

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Historic vote: Right-wing AfD party enters German parliament

The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party entered parliament for the first time in its history with 13% of the vote in the German election, according to final results. Angela Merkel’s CDU, allied with Bavaria’s CSU, won with 33%. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8o19

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#Bavarexit? 1/3 of Bavarians eager to separate from Germany – EU polls

The southern German state of Bavaria continues the fight for independence. One out of three Bavarians wants to be independent from both Germany and the EU, but the German Supreme court does not think it is possible. RT’s Peter Oliver has more.

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