Talk of Maria and her extra-large proportions soon spread far beyond the country’s borders. In 1906, her parents finally agreed, and she and her sister Rosa set off on their travels. In the beginning, Maria was paraded as a “giant woman” in Munich and Berlin, and later in cities such as London, Brussels, Liverpool, and Amsterdam. She sent the money she received home with long letters. She missed her homeland very much and her animals in particular were always on her mind.
After a rejected marriage proposal from a London giant, countless newspaper articles with headlines like “Colossal Creature with Giant Strength”, and many more city tours, Maria finally returned home in 1913.
In 1917, after a long illness, Maria died at the age of 38. And yet, even after her death, the headlines about her continued, and her legacy lived on.