Upon first seeing the statue of Bavaria towering above the Oktoberfest plains, the resemblance to another famous statue of a woman, located on Ellis Island in New York City harbor. Lady Bavaria stands regally upon her pedestal and looks out over the wide open space used each year for what many call the 'real' Oktoberfest. Upon approaching her you are treated to the classical columns and hallways of the building flanking her on three sides, the Ruhmeshalle or Hall of Fame. For a small fee, you can climb within her to the top and look out across the rooftops of Munich. Equally as satisfying (and what's more, absolutely free) is the opportunity to wander through the halls behind her, browsing the busts of famous Germans, some dating back to hundreds of years ago. Many famous composers, artists, and theologians line the walls with their plaster likeness. And from the end of either hall, again the lovely skyline of Munich stretches forth. Definitely a good spot for the weary traveler to sit and rest in the shade while enjoying the scene. Lady Bavaria has been good to me, I hope you will find her enjoyable as well!
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