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Bavarian Order of Merit

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Type  Civil Order of Merit
Established  11 June 1957
Status  Currently awarded
Bavarian Order of Merit

Country  Germany, Free State of Bavaria
Eligibility  Men and women without distinction of nationality or class
Awarded for  Outstanding contributions to the Free State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people

The Bavarian Order of Merit (German: Bayerischer Verdienstorden) is the Order of Merit of the Free State of Bavaria. It is awarded by the Minister-President of Bavaria as a "recognition of outstanding contributions to the Free State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people".

The order was instituted by law on 11 June 1957. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet can nominate awardees.

Hemmerle, a German jewellery house based in Munich founded in 1893, is the only exclusive maker of the Bavarian Order of Merit since it was instituted in 1957.


  • Konrad Adenauer
  • King Baudouin of Belgium
  • Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis
  • Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
  • Franz-Ludwig Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
  • Mgr Georg Gänswein
  • Archduke Otto of Austria
  • References

    Bavarian Order of Merit Wikipedia