The Bavarian State Library is one of the largest libraries in the German-speaking area. It is over 450 years old and contains more than 9 million books. It hosted an open day in 2008 that attracted umpteen visitors.
Munich is the capital of the German state of Bavaria and is Germany's third largest city, located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Black and gold - the colors of the Holy Roman Empire - have been the city's official colors since the time of Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor.