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Click on the colored areas of the maps to access a travelogue.  The colors indicate different regions of Baden-Württemberg -- scroll down for explanation and introduction for each location. (Top -- Original map comes from the CIA World Factbook, inset map comes from www.entry.de, bottom map originally from www.expedia.de

Introduction.  The state of Baden-Württemberg contains roughly 40 travelogues, Germany and I can venture to say that I've barely done a third of the state.  The reason why I've done so much of it is simple -- it's where I live, specifically in the quiet town of Nussloch, only a fifteen minute drive from the grand university city of Heidelberg.

And look at what is within a two-hour driving radius from Heidelberg!  The Black Forest, with its beautiful hills, its famous cuckoo clocks, its ski resorts, and its famous chocolate cherry cake!  There's the Swabian Alps with its half-timbered river towns and massive hilltopped castles.  But if it's castles you want, there's the Neckar River valley that begins the famous Burgstrasse, or Castle Road, that runs from Mannheim to Prague!  There's the beautiful castle towns of Weinheim and Schriesheim to the north, and the Neckar Valley towns of Tübingen and Heilbronn to the south.  In the middle of it all is Stuttgart, the gateway to the Black Forest and Swabian regions.  Just a little further down is Lake Constance, with the fabulous lakeside towns of Konstanz, Meersburg, Mainau, and Wasserburg.  And there's the towns of the Tauber in the far northeast, including Wertheim where the Tauber joins the Main River.

Baden-Württemberg has another important claim to fame -- it is the source of the Danube (or Donau) River that traverses over a half-dozen countries.  It begins in the small town of Donaueschingen in the southern Black Forest, only miles away from another major river source -- that of the Neckar River, which begins at the town of Tuttlingen.

Yet another claim to fame is its industry.  Baden-Württemberg is one of the most industrialized states in Germany, particularly through its woodworking industry.  The German pension for managed forests is very apparent here, as the land is cleared in blocks and replanted to ensure the forests are kept stable.  Anyone driving through the Black Forest region will see piles of logs being cured, and every town has a saw mill.  Meanwhile, the greater Stuttgart, Heilbronn, and Mannheim areas have massive factories (and nuclear plants).  The town of Leimen just south of Heidelberg has one of the four largest cement factories in the world (so I'm told... but believe me, it's damn big).

Baden-Württemberg is also a major wine region, and oddly enough I had the opportunity to visit a Stuttgarter Wine Festival in faraway Hamburg.  Go figure.

Two maps are provided here, because the concentration of locations within the general Heidelberg Area was just too great to fit on one.  However, the color scheme for the two maps are in synch, so the locations marked in blue, for example, are treated together in the travelogues section below.

Travelogues.  

RED:  HEIDELBERG (6 Chapters).  Naturally with such a fabulous city near Heidelberg Rathausmy home, I've spent plenty of time showing people around Heidelberg.  I can't say enough great about it -- it's fantastic!  From the mile-long Hauptstrasse with its fabulous market squares to the incredible sights of Philosopher's Way along the north bank of the Neckar River, and the famous Heidelberg Castle sitting high above the old town, this city has it all.  It also has its View of Old Town from Philosopher's Waychampion, in the form of Mark Twain himself, who once proclaimed Heidelberg to be the perfect city -- not too big, and not too small!  But to give a full picture of the city, I offered two additional chapters to help those living in the city (and Germany in general).  These are the Southern Suburbs which is where most of the affordable residences are and a practical piece on Living in Heidelberg PURPLE:  Along the Rhein Valley to the North.  The northwestern section of Baden-Württemburg comprises the The Roman City of LadenburgRhein-Neckar Kreis, or the Rhine and Neckar Circle, a region of low lands to the east of the confluence of these major rivers.  The major city in this region is Mannheim, with its massive factories on the confluence itself.  Mannheim is a sprawling metropolis with a very active cultural center downtown.  The city of Ladenburg (pictured above) is a famous Roman City The Gorgeous Town of Weinheimlocated on the Neckar just east of Mannheim, with a beautiful market square and old city wall still intact.  Further east is the town of Schriesheim with the lovely Castle Strahlenburg among the vineyards on the hill.  At the north edge of the state is Weinheim (pictured below) with the Schloss Landeck and a heavily fortified and beautiful downtown.
BLUE:  The Neckar Valley.  The Neckar Valley essentially begins the famous Burgstrasse, or Castle Road, that The Blue Tower of Bad Wimpfenextends all the way from Mannheim to Prague in the Czech Republic.  But most will equate the Castle Road with the stretch of the Neckar River running from Heidelberg to Bad Wimpfen (pictured above), a brilliant hilltop town with a signature Blue Tower and the odd Pig Museum.  I devoted full travelogues to some towns, like the port town of Neckargemünd, and the hilltopped town of Dilsberg.  I include a link to Neckarsteinach also, though it is actually in the state of Hessen.  The remainder of the valley I collected into a photo gallery called the Neckar River tour that includes the great Hirschhorn Castle, the Burg Hornberg castle over Neckarzimmern, and the palace and vineyards of Gundelsheim.  That stretch is one of the greatest driving tours you'll ever see. ORANGE:  The Black Forest.  The Black Forest is the mountain range that follows the Rhein Triberg WaterfallRiver south of Karlsruhe down to the Swiss border.  The Black Forest is famous for its timber and woodworking industries -- much of Germany's best timber is produced in this region, consisting primarily of pine that grows incredibly straight and with very few branches.  It is hardy word, also, and most wood products are built to last forever.  The best known wood product of the region are cuckoo Mummelsee on the Black Forest High Streetclocks, and clock museums and shops are very common.  Four travelogues of the region are offered here, beginning with a general overview of the Black Forest.  Next is the city of Baden-Baden, a world-reknowned spa town.  Deep in the Black Forest is the tourist town known as Triberg (pictured above), which is home to Germany's tallest waterfall.  The fourth travelogues is of the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, or Black Forest High Street (pictured below), a mountainous road that connects various spa and ski resorts.
GREEN:  STUTTGART.  The city of Stuttgart is simply amazing.  Located inside a huge two-mile long U-shaped park, the downtown Stuttgartseems to stretch for miles with palaces, churches, massive market squares galore.  It's also the site of the largest zoo in Germany, the Wilhelmina, which I visited once.  I've hit its Christmas Market twice and have visited it in winter and summer and always had a great time.  Stuttgart is also the rail and road gateway into the Black Forest region between France and Munich, so it's a very busy place.  But, it never had that "big city" feel -- it's clean and friendly. DARK GREEN:  Western Swabia.  Swabia was once a kingdom that covered the arch of mountains from the northern Neckar Schloss LudwigsburgValley to the border of Bavaria in the east, to just east of the Black Forest below.  The travelogues offered here include Ludwigsburg (pictured above) with its three fabulous palaces, including the Schloss Ludwigsburg, the Schloss Favorite, and the Schloss Monrepos.  Further south is Tübingen, a famous university town on the Neckar River, and Hechingen, which lies at the base of one of Germany's newest and most magnificent castles, the Burg Hohenzollern.  
BLACK:  Eastern Swabia.  The cities in this part of Germany are colorful, showing both Bavarian and Hessian influence -- meaning the combination of decoratively painted facades with half-timbered buildings situated over rivers.  Schwaebisch HallThe town of Schwäbisch Hall (pictured) is one of the prettiest in the region, with its half-timbered houses nestled on high artificial banks over the Kocher River and a great center square.  Schwäbisch Gmünd is a pleasant town located on the way to Stuttgart, another small river town with a beautiful market square amidst lots of color and old churches. OLIVE:  KARLSRUHE and Northern Baden.  This is Baroque land, filled with several fantastic cities and tKarlsruheowns in a small concentration, all worth a visit.  Karlsruhe (pictured above) sits at the corner of French Alsace and has one of the most unique circular layouts I've ever seen in a city.  At the center is the bright yellow Schloss with two wings that spread out like an eagle, and the stPforzheimreets are laid out in concentric circles around it.  Just to the south is Rastatt, another Baroque town with a lovely palace.  To the east is Pforzheim (pictured below) which is a famous shopping spot for outlet malls.  Finally, there are Bruchsal, with its magnificent Baroque palace of reds, yellows, greens, and oranges; and the beautiful monastery town of Maulbronn.
TEAL:  Western Suburbs of Heidelberg.  The towns listed in this section are definitely not Castle Gardens of Schwetzingento be ignored.  The beautiful palace town of Schwetzingen (pictured) has one of the most impressive castle gardens in the region and is home to a fabulous Mozart festival.  Its downtown is quaint and cheerful as well. Further to the south is Hockenheim, which is the home of a major Formula 1 raceway.  Formula 1 is still king in auto racing in Europe, and the Hockenheim circuit is one of the premier circuits around. BROWN:  Southern Suburbs of Heidelberg.  This section covers four small residential towns south of Heidelberg that each have their own unique character.  Sinsheim, on The Technical Museum in SinsheimAutobahn 6, is famed for its fabulous Technical Museum that include a Russian Concorde mounted atop the building.  Wiesloch is a big industrial suburb and prominent wine town.  Leimen is also an industrial suburb, and is home to one of the world's largest cement factories -- which unsurprisingly is the major employer of the region.  Finally, there's Nussloch, which was my home town from 1999-2005! Coming soon is Walldorf, just across the road from Nussloch.
PINK:  The Tauber Valley.  The Tauber is best known for the city of Rothenburg ob der wertheim_01.jpg (34903 bytes)Tauber in the state of Bavaria, but this small river is the home of a number of charming, medieval towns in Baden-Württemburg.  Among them are the towns of Wertheim, that sits on the confluence of the Tauber and the Main, Tauberbischofsheim that houses a beautiful old castle and basilica, and Creglingen, with its beautiful market square. NAVY BLUE:  FREIBURG and the Breisgau.  At the far southwestern corner of Germany is Freib im Breisgau, a beautiful city with old tower gates, a lovely cathedral, and lots of color.  Freiburg sits just beyond the tri-border area of Germany, France, and Switzerland, at the beginning of where the Rhein opens up to a wide valley separating the Black Forest and the Alsatian Vosges mountain range.
LIGHT BLUE:  Upper Neckar Valley.  The upper Neckar between Stuttgart and Switzerland is a beautiful narrow valley with colorful towns and festive people.  Two towns along the valley will be included soon -- Horb and Rottweil. SALMON:  North Coast of Lake Constance.  The coast of Lake Constance has several wonderful locations -- each very different.  There is the extraordinary palace city of Meersburg, the island haven of Mainau, the peninsular city of Konstanz that is completely surrounded by Switzerland, and the modern city of Friedrichshafen.  All these travelogues are coming soon.

LinksThe below links connect you to external sites in a new window.  All links are official sites sanctioned by the national, state, or local governments unless otherwise indicated.  These links will open to the German-language home page, which will offer an icon or link to an English-language section (normally limited content).  Most of these pages use a British or US flag icon as the link to English content, while others will use the word "English".  Otherwise, look for "tourismus" which should link you to English-language content.  Links updated 19 January 2006. 

Country Links:

bullet US Embassy to Germany
bullet US Consular Sheet for Germany 
bullet Germany Embassy to US 

 

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Baden-Württemberg Tourism Page

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Black Forest Tourist Assoc Home Page

 

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Bad Mergentheim Home Page

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Bad Wimpfen Home Page 

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Baden-Baden City Home Page

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Bruchsal Home Page (German only)

bulletDilsberg Home Page (German only)
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Freudenstadt Home Page

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Friedrichshafen Home Page

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Gundelsheim Home Page (German only)

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Hechingen Home Page (German only) 

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Heidelberg City Visitors Bureau

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Heidelberg Home Page

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Heilbronn Home Page

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Hockenheim Home Page (German only)

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Castle Hohenzollern Home Page

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Horb am Neckar Home Page

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Karlsruhe Home Page

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Konstanz Home Page

 

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Ladenburg Home Page 

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Leimen Home Page (German only)

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Ludwigsburg Home Page

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Mainau Home Page

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Malsch Home Page (German only)

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Mannheim Home Page (German only)

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Maulbronn Home Page

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Meersburg Home Page

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Neckargemünd Home Page (German only)

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Neckarzimmern Home Page (German only)

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Nussloch Home Page (German only)

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Pforzheim Home Page (German only)

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Rastatt Home Page (German only)

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Rottweil Home Page (German only)

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Schriesheim Home Page (German only)

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Schwäbisch Gmünd Home Page (German only)

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Schwäbisch Hall Home Page (German only)

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Schwetzingen Home Page (German only)

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Sinsheim Home Page (German only)

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Stuttgart Home Page

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Tauberbischofsheim Home Page (German only)

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Triberg Home Page (German only)

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Tübingen Home Page

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Ulm Home Page

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Walldorf Home Page

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Weinheim Home Page (German only)

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Wertheim Home Page

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Wiesloch Home Page (German only)

 

   
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