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Bundesländer guides: Baden-Württemberg

Everyday‌ ‌life‌ ‌can‌ ‌be ‌overwhelming‌, ‌and many tourists base their travel destinations on the incentive of being able to relax in nature. Moment's Bundesländer guides continue this week with the perfect area of Germany for those seeking fresh air and unforgettable landscapes: Baden-Württemberg.

Sigmaringen Castle, Baden-Württemberg. Photo: Ingo Jakubke via Pixabay

Located in the southwest of Germany and bordering Bavaria to the east, Baden-Württemberg has over 10 million inhabitants. But what makes it so connected to nature?

Let’s‌ ‌begin‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Forest‌ ‌(der‌ ‌Schwarzwald)‌ ‌with‌ ‌its‌ ‌peak‌ ‌at‌ ‌1.493‌ ‌meters‌ ‌altitude.‌ ‌The‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Forest‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌highly‌ ‌visited‌ ‌tourist‌ ‌attraction‌ ‌due‌ ‌to‌ ‌its‌ ‌scenery,‌ ‌museums‌ ‌and‌ ‌spas.‌ ‌People‌ ‌have‌ ‌drunk the‌ ‌spring‌ ‌water‌, which originated in Roman times, for more‌ ‌than‌ ‌2000‌ ‌years. Springwater‌ ‌is‌ ‌well‌ ‌known‌ ‌for‌ ‌its‌ ‌health benefits, ‌and‌ ‌so this is a great destination for any wellness enthusiasts.

There‌ ‌are‌ ‌many places‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Forest‌ ‌that‌ ‌deserve‌ ‌travellers’‌ ‌attention.‌ ‌For‌ ‌example‌, ‌Münstertal‌ ‌(Münster‌ ‌Valley),‌ ‌a‌ ‌municipality‌ ‌located‌ ‌at‌ ‌1414‌ ‌meters‌ ‌above‌ ‌sea‌ ‌level‌ ‌rounded‌ ‌by‌ ‌mountains‌ ‌and‌ ‌vegetation,‌ ‌with several farms and breathtaking surrounding landscapes.

Germany's Black Forest. Photo: Marc Benedetti via Pixabay

The ‌open-air‌ ‌museum‌ ‌Vogtsbauernhof‌ ‌in‌ ‌Gutach offers a unique insight into the farmhouses in this part of Germany. With impressive architecture and an abundance of flowers, this is very typically 'Black Forest', especially when traditional costumes are involved. What about the cities of Baden-Württemberg‌?‌ Stuttgart is the capital city of the state, as well as being the birthplace of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. Indeed, Stuttgart is an automobile hub, and those passionate about cars‌ ‌can‌ ‌visit‌ ‌the‌ ‌Mercedes-Benz‌ Museum‌ ‌there.‌ ‌ If art is more your thing, Die Neue Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart is a postmodernist‌ ‌museum‌ ‌envisioned‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌architect‌ ‌James‌ ‌Stirling.‌ ‌

Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. Photo: AliBaba via Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 2.0

Schloss Ludwigsburg is also a sight to behold, and has an interesting history - it was Duke‌ ‌Eberhard‌ ‌Ludwig’s‌ ‌dream‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌castle‌ ‌built‌ ‌in‌ ‌Baroque‌ ‌style,‌ ‌just‌ ‌like‌ ‌Versailles.‌ ‌ ‌ Heidelberg‌ ‌is‌ ‌also‌ ‌a‌ ‌very‌ ‌popular‌ ‌city‌, not‌ ‌only‌ ‌in‌ ‌Baden-Württemberg but‌ ‌across all of Europe. It is a particular favourite of students, thanks to its University - the oldest in Germany, founded in 1386. ‌Tübingen is another city also marked by the presence of its university. Its old centre resembles medieval times with its old German houses.

Baden-Württemberg is a state abundant in history and culture, offering a unique opportunity to relax in pristine natural landscapes. If you choose to visit Germany, but are not sure exactly where to go, a trip to the land where nature has its home will certainly not disappoint!


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