Record year 2016: The Historical Encyclopedia of Bavaria has over one million hits

The Historisches Lexikon Bayerns (HLB, Historical Encyclopedia of Bavaria) has achieved a very positive result: In 2016 the online encyclopedia has reached a record with over one million accesses to the website. In comparison to the preceding year, this is an increase by around 40 percent. Also the visitor numbers are pleasing. Over 630,000 users from all over the world have used the comprehensive information services on Bavarian history available at in 2016 – an unprecedented number. Most hits were recorded on the encyclopedia entry on Hitler's putsch on 8/9 November 1923, closely followed by an article on the topic of refugees and displaced persons.

Munich putsch, 9 November 1923, view of Marienplatz in Munich | © BSB/ Image archive

Munich putsch, 9 November 1923, view of Marienplatz in Munich | © BSB/ Image archive

On the one hand, the positive trend of the access numbers can be put down to the website's technical and optical overhaul at the end of 2015 and its improved user friendliness since then. Thus, the contents are not only displayed optimally on all types of terminals, but the website's visitors also profit from a simplified page structure and improved search functionalities.

On the other hand, also the continuously expanding information range and the quality of the contents guarantee the success of the Historisches Lexikon Bayerns, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2016. All articles are written by renowned experts and undergo a multi-stage quality assurance process. It can be ensured in this way that only academically substantiated information finds its way into the Historical Encyclopedia of Bavaria.

The HLB is a cooperation project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB), the Commission for Bavarian Regional History at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the Conference of Regional Historians at the Bavarian universities.