On Lake Constance in Baden-Württemburg
The castle-topped town of Meersburg on the Bodensee (Lake Constance)

The southwestern Baden-Württemberg state calls itself "The sunny side of Germany"

The Baden-Württemberg province shares borders with Bavaria and the Rhineland—and with France, Switzerland and Austria.

This southwestern-most corner of Germany is home to the fairy-tale Black Forest and Germany's own motor city, Stuttgart, where both Porsche and Daimler Mercedes-Benz have nifty museums.

In fact, many familiar brands come from here, including Ritter Sport chocolates, Steiff teddy bears, and the puzzles of Ravensburger, still made in the tower-ringed medieval town where they started.

From the lacy Gothic cathedral of Ulm on the Danube to the garden island of Mainau on the Bodensee (Lake Constance), the ancient university in Heidelberg to the half-timbered villages of Upper Swabia, recreated Bronze Age villages and medieval castles still owned by the noble families that built them 800 years ago, the spas of Baden-Baden to a replica of the Hindenburg cabin in Friedrichshafen's Zeppelin Museum, this state offers a little bit of everything Deutschland.

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How long should I spend in Baden-Württemberg?

You'd need a week to do it justice, but if you just spend four days split between Lake Constance (1.5 days), the Black Forest (1.5 days), and Stuttgart (1 day)—stopping at Hohenzollern Castle along the way—you can see the highlights.

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in July 2014.
All information was accurate at the time.

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