Population: 10.3 Million
Baden-Württemberg is one of the 16 states of Germany.
Baden-Württemberg is in the southwestern part of the country
to the east of the Upper Rhine, bordering Alsace (France) to the
west, Switzerland to the south, Bavaria to the east and northeast,
Hesse to the north, and Rhineland Palatinate to the northwest.
Most of the major cities of Baden-Württemberg straddle the banks of
the Neckar River, which runs downstream (from southwest to the
centre, then northwest) through the state first past Tübingen, then
Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Heidelberg, and Mannheim). Baden-Württemberg
is the third largest in both area and population of Germany's
sixteen states, with an area of 35,742 square kilometers (13,800.1
sq mi) and 10.7 million inhabitants (both almost equivalent to all
of Belgium) making it the
third largest. The state
capital is Stuttgart.
in sunny southwestern Germany, is the third-largest of all German
states. Our proximity to our western neighbor France, as well as to
our southern neighbors Switzerland and Austria, has added unique and
fascinating aspects to our culture and traditions over the
centuries. Those who come to us will discover the best of
Forest ( Schwarzwald) is a wooded mountain range in
Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany. It is bordered by the Rhine
valley to the west and south. The highest peak is the Feldberg with
an elevation of 1,493 meters (4,898 ft). The region is almost
rectangular with a length of 200 km (120 mi) and breadth of 60 km
(37 mi). Hence it has an area of approximately 12,000 km2 (4,600 sq
mi). The name Schwarzwald, i.e. Black Forest, goes back to the
Romans who referred to the thickly forested mountains there as Silva
Nigra , i.e. "Black Forest," because the dense growth of conifers in
the forest blocked out most of the light inside the forest.
With its mild temperatures, there is a profusion
of vineyards and lifestyle is relaxed and serene beckoning the
tourist to visit. In this region you will find the romantic cities
and be impressed with the wild gorges, valleys, rivers and lakes you
will discover in the Black Forest. Along the banks of the Upper
Rhine you will be enchanted by the medieval castle and ruins. The
Black Forest runs along a stretch of the River Rhine, which is
navigable from Basle to Rotterdam. It also contains the source of
the River Neckar and the Danube. In addition, Lake Constance,
Switzerland and the Alsace region of France all border directly on
the Black Forest.
Stuttgart, the capital of Baden Württemberg, has much to offer with
a reputation of famous ballet, outstanding cultural and sports
events and many interesting sights. In 1320 the Alte Schloss or Old
Castle was built with special surrounding moat. With an amazingly
beautiful courtyard which holds distinction of one of the most
beautiful in Germany. Wonderful paintings from the Middle Ages up to
the 20th century can be viewed at Stuttgart's Old and New State
Gallery. This is one of Germany's most visited galleries. Mostly we
attribute Stuttgart's fame as the city of the automobile. Gottlieb
Daimler and Karl Benz built first motor vehicle 100 years ago and
founded the first automobile factory in 1926. Today visitors from
around the world enjoy touring the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Stuttgart
is also home of the Porsche sports car.
Heidelberg, a gem of a city, is along the Castle Road. The
Heidelberg Castle, majestically perched above the city, dominates
the outline of this picturesque place. Lanes of cobblestone lead the
tourist to town squares, open markets with interesting wares and
unique shops. The Neckar River cruise is most assuredly a way to
enjoy the beauty in most relaxed manner.
Tübingen is best known for the centuries -old university with
students in a city with population of 80,000. This city of learning
offers a little of the past as well as modern day activities.
Half-timbered houses give a warm feeling and wine taverns, student
pubs and small shops encourage the visit or to stay awhile and rest.
The boats on the Neckar River give a restful scene and romantic inns
suggest memories of great poets and thinkers of a bygone era.
Cultural and intellectual life dwell here and annual musical events
offer folk music, rock and classical.
BADEN - BADEN
This state lies in the sun drenched southwest of Germany offering
visitors the very best of climatic health resorts, famous mineral-
thermal treatments at numerous accommodating spas. Besides the
wellness features of this region, Baden-Baden is famous for
beautifully laid out extensive park system, tree lined avenues, and
a distinctive architectural flair to this special locale. Festive
evenings in the world's most lavish casino, according to famous
Marlene Dietrich and attending outstanding events in the
Festpielhaus, Europe's second largest opera and concert house will
surely incite any tourist's interest. The Baden wines are famous as
is the fine cuisine offered in this state. Numerous parks supply
walkways to stroll leisurely and golf courses invite avid players.
Also available are tennis, horseback riding, mountain biking, and
hiking. This is an exceptional area to enjoy the outdoor pleasures.
Against the backdrop of the alpine chain, Lake Constance, dotted
with countless white and coloured sails in the summer, exudes a
cheerful mediterranean atmosphere. There are also a number of
charming tourist attractions along the shores of the lake itself. On
a visit to Lake Constance, for example, you can take an excursion to
Meersburg Castle, enjoy a stroll along the lakeside promenade, visit
the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen or the pre-historic lake
village built on piles in Unteruhldingen.
One of areas wonderful attractions is Lake Constance and Inzel
Mainau and holds many memories for wife and me. I have prepared a
great slide show of the area for your enjoyment.
Mainau Island: the popular "island of flowers" between
Meersburg and Constance is a real pleasure at any time of year. The
Butterfly House, the Palm House and the temporary exhibitions held
here mean the island is always a popular choice for an excursion,
both for keen horticulturalists and the casual day-tripper.
Mainau has been one of our favorite places to visit. We have visited
Mainau in both spring and summer giving us the opportunity to see
the seasonal changes...the tulips of spring and the roses of summer.
I have taken hundreds of photos and would like to share just some of
them with you.