Bavaria in historical maps


The app is available free of charge.

Version for iPhone and iPad in the Apple store:
Apple iTunes Store

Android version:
Google Play Store
(Android screenshots)

The app "Bayern in historischen Karten" (Bavaria in historical maps) by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers a special type of digital experience: Make a fascinating journey through time by browsing Bavaria's historical maps on your tablet or smart phone.

The content of the app

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds one of Europe's most important map collections. With its app "Bayern in historischen Karten" it now presents the great historical cartographic works of the Free State in the form of a location-based service for mobile use. 257 map sheets from the 16th to the 19th century were digitized and geo-referenced in their entirety for the app. As a result, it is now possible to go on a fascinating discovery trip of Bavaria's cities, locations and art monuments. The unique and rare historical maps of Bavaria – from Apian's geographic tablets "Landtafeln" (1568) to the topographic atlas of the Kingdom of Bavaria ("Topographischer Atlas vom Königreiche Baiern"; 1812 – 1867) can be viewed in every detail and discovered interactively.


By means of geo-referencing the current position of the viewer is shown directly in the historical map. Using a time line, the user can navigate seamlessly between the various cartographic works.
A total of over 2,500 points of interest offer more detailed information on locations, monasteries and castles in the vicinity of the user's current position, among other things also for the first time 800 historical location views by Michael Wening, Matthäus Merian and Hartmann Schedel that were digitized at high resolution. As a particular highlight the focus on Nuremberg offers a broad variety of multimedia information items about the city and the imperial castle.
Film about the app

Cooperation partners

The app "Bayern in historischen Karten" has been developed by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in cooperation with the Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte (Center of Bavarian History), the Bavarian Department of State-owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes and the Bavarian state agency for surveying and geographic information. The app was technically implemented by the Internet agency Bokowsky + Laymann. The development of the app was supported by the Bavarian State Ministry of Finances and the Bavarian State Ministry for Sciences, Research and the Arts. We would like to express our particular thanks to Klaus Leidorf, Luftbilddokumentation (aerial image documentation), and Dr. Joachim Zeune, Büro für Burgenforschung (office for castle research), for allowing us to use their materials.