Bavaria is the geographically largest state in Germany, and it has an independent spirit. Although Bavaria’s climate differs from that of Texas, Bavaria has been called the “Texas of Germany” since at least the 1950s.
The geographic region and Free State of Bavaria (German: Freistaat Bayern), with an area of 70,553 km² (27,241 square miles) and almost 12.5 million inhabitants, forms the southernmost and geographically largest state of Germany. Its capital is Munich.
19 November 1954, Dallas (TX) Morning News, part 1, pg. 10:
A Dallas businessman’s on-the-spot impression of today’s occupied Germany was given by Dallas Power & Light Company President C. A. Tatum to the Salesmanship Club Thursday.
Calling the Bavarian Alps “the prettiest scenery in the world,” Tatum said a Bavarian proudly proclaimed to the visitors that “Bavaria is the Texas of Germany.”
21 May 1965, Tucson (AZ) Daily Citizen, “Queen Elizabeth Rides In Triumph Through Streets Of Munich, “ pg. 23, col. 6:
Bavaria lost its popular king after World War I but considers itself a popular state and autonomous within the federal republic. It is known as “the Texas of Germany.”
14 July 1966, Oakland (CA) Tribune, “Lynda Bird in ‘German Texas,’"pg. E3, col. 3:
MUNICH (UPI)—Lynda Bird Johnson arrived Wednesday to continue her European holiday in Tranquil, Alpine Bavaria, and said she felt a “special kinship” with the area considered the Texas of Germany.
8 January 1971, Naugatuck (CT) Daily News, pg. 4, col. 1:
MUNICH, Germany - Bavaria, the largest an most fiercely independent state in West Germany, permitted 18-year-olds to vote in local elections for the first time last fall—and the Alps didn’t tumble, the forests didn’t crumble, and the revolution didn’t come.
The region—which some merchants refer to proudly as the Texas of Germany—had lowered its voting age with some trepidation, since many conservatives feared the teenagers would radicalize the dominant local political philosophy.
In the Deep Heart’s Core:
Reflections on Life, Letters, and Texas
by Craig Edward Clifford
College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press
That came after I’d spent about a decade studying the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who hailed from the Black Forest of southern Germany—or, you might say, from the Texas of Germany.
New Local Centers in Centralized States
by Peter H. Merkl
Lanham, MD: University Press of America
Bavaria has been labeled by some the “Texas” of Germany and Bavarians are noted for their stubbornness, rugged individualism, and separatist tendencies.
Was Einstein Right?
Putting Relativity to the Test
by Clifford M. Will
New York, NY: Basic Books
Now flash forward four years, to December 1978: the Ninth Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, this time in Munich, Germany (Munich is in the province of Bavaria, sometimes considered the Texas of Germany).
25 November 1990, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “A state of mind, not a state of the union” by Jim Wright:
Bavaria is sometimes called the Texas of Germany, and a Texan can see some definite Texan qualities in Bavarians, whose state is big and different and ...
28 September 1992, Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram:
If Bavaria is by attitude, wealth and propensity for good times described as the Texas of Germany, then this affair is the Super Bowl of beer bashes,
Toytown Germany - Discussion Forum
Sep 1 2004, 10:01 am
Have been having a discussion with a friend regarding similarities of Bavaria and Texas. Anyone have any thoughts of whether Bavaria is the Texas of Europe?
Sep 1 2004, 10:05 am
Funny, I just got back from Texas (Houston) yesterday.
Having lived in both Texas and Bavaria, I’d say the major similarity is the elitism that Bavarians and Texans have over the rest of their respective countries.
That said, Bavaria lives up to its stereotypes. Texas doesn’t.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
According to my German friends, Bavaria is Germany’s Texas. (...)
The State of Stereotypes
October 16, 2005
Ann Althouse had a post a month ago about how Bavaria was the “Texas of Germany”. While the rest of Germany may see itself as cool and efficient, Bavarians wear lederhosen, go to a Catholic church and probably know the “Too Fat Polka” by heart. (Hmm, why do I feel like I’d fit right in in Bavaria?).
July 7, 2006
Bavaria: The Texas of Germany
Imagine if someone told you that his vacation to the United States involved going to west Texas, attending a rodeo, watching a high school football game, getting a ride in a pickup truck, and then hanging out shooting beer cans off a tree stump with a handgun? On one hand, you’d want to shake the guy’s hand for having the “authentic American experience,” and on the other hand, you’d fall over in laughter given that all he experienced of the USA was the sort of stereotypes of the country that he’s seen on television.
That’s what visiting Munich has been like.
Guardian (UK) Unlimited
BP is making a return to the Canadian province of Alberta, which deserves better than to be abused by oil companies
by Heather Mallick
December 6, 2007 2:04 PM
Ideologues run Alberta, a gorgeous province that deserves better. They think of the place as the Texas of Canada (you know, like Bavaria is the Texas of Germany), full of lone cowboys and market forces ruling madly.
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