Bavarian Order of Merit

The Bavarian Order of Merit after the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art, the second-highest Order of the Free State of Bavaria.


The Bavarian Order of Merit was by law, as a "sign honorific and grateful recognition for outstanding contributions to the Free State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people " donated on 11 June 1957 by the Bavarian Prime Minister Wilhelm Hoegner.

He sees himself in the tradition of the Order of the Palatine Lion, the first Bavarian Order of Merit, and its successor, the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown.

Rights of the awardees

Awardees may use along with an accompanying person free of charge all objects of the Bavarian Administration of State-owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes, and the state museums, collections and special live long, as far as these are available to the public. Also free use of the Bavarian boat trip on the Ammersee, Koenigssee, Starnberger See and Tegernsee contained therein.


The Bavarian Order of Merit was designed by the former royal Bavarian court supplier Gebrüder Hemmerle - of limiting the rights stops at the design - and even today, the Order of Merit - produced in this company - in addition to many other Bavarian medals and awards.


The religious character has the shape of a Maltese cross, whose arms are enamelled white on front and back and with a narrow blue enamel border. The centerpiece is a round, golden bordiertes medallion showing the Bavarian lion in gold on black enamel ground on the front of the diamond coat of arms and on the back.

Holder of the Bavarian Order of Merit

Since its foundation the Bavarian Order of Merit of 5,352 people, including 713 women, was awarded. By law, the number of living Medal carrier is limited to 2,000 people. After the ceremony on July 3, 2013 there were 1,752.

The Bavarian Prime Minister is the only person who receives the order automatically to the office, similar to the practice in the Federal Cross of Merit, which automatically receives the President took office.

According to the Bavarian State " be carried forward since den70er years at the award ceremony no justifications or eulogies. This procedure has been well taken [ from before ]. " It follows that a concrete base for a specific religious ceremony does not have to be nameable. At the awards ceremony on July 20, 2011 Notes were added to the dignitaries and their services for the first time. "We wanted to explain to the public the reasons ," said a spokeswoman for the State Chancellery.