Bavaria vote kicks off German poll
15 September 2013 Last updated at 14:44 BST
Bavarians are casting their ballots in state elections - one week before the German national vote.
Polls opened at 8:00 local time (06:00 GMT), with preliminary results due to be announced shortly after 18:00.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), are tipped to prevail.
Emily Thomas reports.