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Top 50 attractions to explore in Baden-Württemberg

Germany's third largest state. Most of the major cities of Baden-Württemberg straddle the banks of the Neckar River, which runs downstream (from southwest to the center, then northwest) through the state past Tübingen, Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Heidelberg, and Mannheim.

Attractions in Baden-Württemberg

All Saints Waterfalls77728 Oppenau, Germany

The Lierbach stream cascades as a natural waterfall, down seven steps, a total drop of 83 metres creating All Saints Waterfalls. The waterfalls belonged for centuries to a monastery- All Saints' Abbey, the ruins of which are only a few hundred metres away. Because they lie in a deeply incised and narrow valley, they were inaccessible for a long time.

All Saints' AbbeyAllerheiligen 3, 77728 Oppenau, Germany

One of the major religious, cultural and political centres of the region from 13th to 18th century. A bolt of lightning struck the church tower in 1804, causing a large fire and destroying the building completely. Previously, two large fires in 1470 and 1555 had already destroyed parts of the monastery premises.

Altstadt HeidelbergAltstadt, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg city’s historic heart- with cobblestone streets, centuries-old buildings, and bustling market squares overlooked by the hilltop Heidelberg Castle and gardens.

Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIMEberhard-Layher-Straße 1, 74889 Sinsheim, Germany

The museum had more than 3,000 exhibits and an exhibition area of more than 50,000 m2 (540,000 sq ft), indoors and outdoors. It is the largest private museum in Europe. With a Tupolev Tu-144 on display since 2001 and Air France donating one of its retiring Concorde aircraft (F-BVFB), it is the only place where both supersonic passenger aircraft are shown. Both are fully accessible by the public.

Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald(Treetop Walk Black Forest)Peter-Liebig-Weg 16, 75323 Bad Wildbad, Germany

With an overall length of 1,250 metres and a top height of 20 metres, the treetop walk meanders through the beech trees, firs and spruces of the mountain forest. There is a 40-metre-high, architecturally unique observation tower here that gives panoramic views of the forest.

BelchenBelchen, 79244 Schönenberg, Germany

Rising 1,414 meters (4,639 ft) above sea level, it is the fourth highest summit of the Black Forest. The border of the municipalities of Münstertal, Schönenberg and Kleines Wiesental meet on the summit dome. The domed, treeless summit has a profile that, seen from the Upper Rhine Plain, is almost symmetrical.

Black Forest Open Air MuseumWählerbrücke 1, 77793 Gutach (Schwarzwaldbahn), Germany

One of the most visited open-air museum in Germany and Europe. There are six fully furnished farmhouses here, centred on the Vogtsbauernhof farmhouse dating from 1612, which was built on this site. Other buildings from the Black Forest have been dismantled, transported to the museum and reassembled. Around the buildings are farm animals and a herb gardens. Demonstrations of exhibitions illustrate the crafts, tools, customs, traditions, work and lifestyle of former times.

BlautopfBlautopf, 89143 Blaubeuren, Germany

Literally translated to "Blue pot", it is a spring that serves as the source of the river Blau. It is a drain for the Blau cave system, originating from a funnel-like shape with a depth of 21 metres (69 ft). The water's peculiarly blue color, varying in intensity depending on weather and flow, is the result of physical properties of the nanoscale limestone particles densely distributed in the water.

Burg MeersburgSchloßpl. 10, 88709 Meersburg, Germany

One of the oldest inhabited castles in Germany, located on a rocky outcropping ovelooking Lake Constance. Portions of the castle are open visitors on self-guided tours. The remainder of the castle is occupied by the descendants of Karl Mayer von Mayerfels from Munich who bought the castle in 1877.

Europa-ParkEuropa-Park-Straße 2, 77977 Rust, Germany

Largest theme park in Germany, and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe, following Disneyland Paris. The park is home to 13 roller coasters, and can accommodate approximately 60,000 guests per day. Since 2014, Europa-Park has been named the world's best amusement park by the Golden Ticket Awards.

Feldberg79868 Feldberg, Germany

At 1,493 metres (4,898 ft) the Feldberg in the Black Forest is the highest mountain in Baden-Württemberg, and the highest in Germany outside of the Alps. The whole area, with ski-runs of Alpine character, is popular for ski touring.

Fernsehturm StuttgartJahnstraße 120, 70597 Stuttgart, Germany

A 216.61 m (710.7 ft) telecommunications tower. It is the first telecommunications tower in the world constructed from reinforced concrete, and it is the prototype for many such towers worldwide.

German Clock MuseumRobert-Gerwig-Platz 1, 78120 Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, Germany

situated near the centre of the Black Forest town of Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, a historical centre of clockmaking. It features permanent and temporary exhibits on the history of timekeeping, and is a part of the local technical college. A major focus of the museum is on clockmaking in the Black Forest, both as a cottage industry and on an industrial scale. It has an extensive collection of clocks and other artefacts relating to horology, not just those from the Black Forest, but also clocks and

Heidelberg CastleSchlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. It is located 80 meters (260 ft) up the northern part of the Königstuhl hillside and thereby dominates the view of the Heidelberg oldtown.

Heidelberg ZooTiergartenstraße 3, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Founded in 1933 and opened for the public on 20 November 1934, the zoo was totally destroyed during bombings in March 1945. Since 1972, the reformation began and slowly added more and more animal enclosures which includes an elephant house that was opened in 2010.

HeiligenbergHeiligenberg, 69121 Heidelberg, Germany

Large wooded hill overlooking the town of Heidelberg. It has been the site of many historic and pre-historic constructions, including a Celtic hilltop fortification, a Roman sacred precinct, several medieval monasteries, modern lookout towers and the Heidelberg Thingstätte- an open air theatre built by the Nazis in the 1930s.

HohentwielHohentwiel, 78224 Singen, Germany

An extinct volcano with the ruins of a castle on its top. Hohentwiel began forming, along with the chain of volcanoes in the Hegau region, about 7–8 million years ago. Hohentwiel Castle, whose ruins are on top of Hohentwiel, was built in 914 using stone taken from the mountain by Burchard II, Duke of Swabia.

Hohenzollern Castle72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany

Ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern. The third of three hilltop castles built on the site, it is located atop Mount Hohenzollern. The third, and current, castle was built between 1846 and 1867 as a family memorial by Hohenzollern descendant King Frederick William IV of Prussia. No member of the Hohenzollern family was in permanent or regular residence when it was completed.

HornisgrindeHornisgrinde, 77887 Sasbach, Germany

At 1,164 m (3,820 ft) above the sea level, is the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest of Germany. The treeless wet heathlands on the highest areas here were created following forest clearance and the subsequent use of the land as grazing in the 15th century.

Karlsruhe PalaceSchloßbezirk 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Built in 1715 by Margrave Charles III William of Baden-Durlach, after a dispute with the citizens of his previous capital, Durlach. The city of Karlsruhe was planned with the tower of the palace at the center and 32 streets radiating out from it like spokes on a wheel, or ribs on a folding fan, so that a nickname for Karlsruhe in German is the "fan city"

Kurpfälzisches MuseumHauptstraße 97, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Museum of art and archaeology. The Archaeology collection of the museum includes a facsimile of the lower jaw of Homo heidelbergensis discovered in Mauer- a village located between Heidelberg and Sinsheim.

Lake ConstanceLake Constance

The lake is situated where Germany, Switzerland, and Austria meet. It is the third largest freshwater lake in Central and Western Europe in surface area.

Lichtenstein CastleSchloß Lichtenstein 1, 72805 Lichtenstein, Germany

Gothic Revival style fairy tale castle of Württemberg. The castle was inspired by the novel Lichtenstein (1826) by Wilhelm Hauff and was built in 1840–1842. The ruins of the medieval castle that inspired the novel are a few hundred meters away. The castle is located on an escarpment that marks the northwestern edge of the Swabian Alps.

Ludwigsburg Residential PalaceSchlossstraße 30, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany

A 452-room palace complex of 18 buildings spread in 32 ha (79 acres). It is the largest palatial estate in Germany and is a combination of Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, and Empire style architecture.

MainauMainau, 78465, Germany

An island in Lake Constance maintained as a garden island and a model of excellent environmental practices. The park landscape comes with views of the lake, and there is a greenhouse as well with a tropical climate and thousands of butterflies.

Mannheim Baroque PalaceBismarckstraße, 68161 Mannheim, Germany

Originally the main residence of the Prince-electors of the Electorate of the Palatinate of the House of Wittelsbach. Part of the palace is used by the University of Mannheim. The castle, which features tapestries, furniture, paintings, porcelain and silverware is open to visitors.

Maulbronn MonasteryKlosterhof 5, 75433 Maulbronn, Germany

One of the best-preserved monastery complex in Europe, surrounded by turreted walls and a tower gate. The monastery's narthex, called "the Paradise", is the oldest example of Gothic architecture in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz MuseumMercedesstraße 100, 70372 Stuttgart, Germany

Covers the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand and the brands associated with it. The museum contains more than 160 vehicles, some dating back to the very earliest days of the motorcar engine.

MummelseeMummelsee, 77889 Seebach, Germany

A 17-metre-deep lake at the western mountainside of the Hornisgrinde in the Northern Black Forest of Germany. According to legends, the lake is inhabited by a water spirit.

New PalaceSchloßpl. 4, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany

18th-century Baroque palace and is one of the last large city palaces built in Southern Germany. Public tours of the building are only permitted by special arrangement, as the building contains some government offices. The palace is located in Schlossplatz, the largest square in Stuttgart.

Old Bridge HeidelbergAm Hackteufel, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

It connects the Old City with the eastern part of the Neuenheim district of the city on the opposite bank. The current bridge, made of Neckar sandstone and the ninth built on the site, was constructed in 1788 by Elector Charles Theodore and is one of the best-known landmarks in Heidelberg.

Old CastleSchillerpl. 6, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany

The castle, dating back to the 10th century was originally surrounded by water. It was the residence of the Counts and later some Dukes of Württemberg. King Charles I of Württemberg and his wife Olga are buried beneath the castle church.

Philosophers WalkPhilosophenweg, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany

A walk through scenic nature, with a view of Heidelberg city. The name "Philosophers' Walk" can be traced to the fact that Heidelberg's university professors and philosophers found this path a place where they could talk seriously and contemplate while enjoying the charming view of the region.

Pile Dwelling Museum(Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen)Strandpromenade 6, 88690 Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, Germany

An archaeological open-air museum consisting of reconstructions of stilt houses from the Neolithic Stone Age and Bronze Age. It has a number of exhibits displaying archeological finds from the area and period.

Porsche MuseumPorscheplatz 1, 70435 Stuttgart, Germany

With a display area covers 5600 square metres, it features over 80 exhibits, many rare cars and a variety of historical models.

Ravenna GorgeRavennaschlucht, 79874 Breitnau, Germany

A gorge in the Black Forest in southwest Germany. It is a narrow side valley of the deep valley of Höllental, through which the Ravenna stream flows. You can hike through waterfalls, water mills, and a 37-metre-high Ravenna Bridge- the viaduct of the Höllental Railway.

Sauschwänzlebahn- Wutach Valley RailwayBahnhofstraße 1, 78176 Blumberg, Germany

One of the most unusual and impressive stretches of railway in Germany. The middle section of the railway involves a 250 meter gain in height, and since it was constructed to move heavy military equipments, the maximum gradient allowed was less than 1:100 resulting in the line having a series of curves (including one complete circle), taking 26.5 km of track to travel a beeline distance of 9.5 km, with spectacular large viaducts, tunnels and bridges including the only spiral railway tunnel in Ge

SchauinslandSchauinsland, 79254 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Mountain in the Black Forest with an elevation of 1,284 m (4,213 ft) above sea level. Due to the high amount of silver mining, it was previously known as "Erzkasten" meaning "ore box". A part of an old ore mine here has been transformed into a museum. Visitors are shown a wide range of medieval tunnels and shafts from the final stages of when the mine was in operation.

SchlossbergSchlossberg, 79104 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Tree-covered hill of 456 metres (1,496 ft) located in the area of the city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Fortified structures had been built on the Schlossberg since the 11th century. Remains of some of them are still visible today. The tower located on the hill (Schloßbergturm) offers a unique panoramic view over the whole town and its vicinity.

Schwetzingen CastleSchloß Mittelbau, 68723 Schwetzingen, Germany

Summer residence of the Electors Palatine Charles III Philip and Charles IV Theodore, most notable for its spacious and ornate gardens. The mosque in the gardens complex is the earliest mosque-style building in Germany, built in 1779–1791. It was built at a time when the “Turkish” style was fashionable in Germany, it was never intended for prayer but later served religious purposes at various times.

Sigmaringen CastleKarl-Anton-Platz 8, 72488 Sigmaringen, Germany

Family estate of the Swabian Hohenzollern family, a cadet branch of the Hohenzollern family, from which the German Emperors and kings of Prussia came. It was the seat of government for the Princes of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and it dominates the skyline of the town of Sigmaringen. The castle rises above the river Danube on a towering chalk projection. It is about 200 meters (660 ft) long and up to 35 meters (115 ft) above the river.

Todtnau Waterfall79674 Todtnau, Germany

Fed by melted snow and rain, the river Stübenbächle drops down over 97 meter in several stages here. The biggest single jump is about 60 meter high. Visitors can climb up to the top of the falls thereby having two different views of the falls- from its bottom, and the top.

Triberg WaterfallsSchönwälder Str. 2, 78098 Triberg im Schwarzwald, Germany

One of the highest waterfalls in Germany with a descent of 163 meters. The Gutach river plunges over seven major steps from a gently undulated high plain into a rocky V-shaped valley.

Ulmer MünsterMünsterplatz 21, 89073 Ulm, Germany

Second tallest church in the world, after Sagrada Familia in Barcelona with a steeple measuring 161.5 metres (530 ft). Visitors can climb the 768 steps that lead to the top of the minster's spire. At 143 m (469 ft) it gives a panoramic view of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and, in clear weather, a vista of the Alps. The final stairwell to the top is a tall, spiraling staircase that has barely enough room for one person.

Wiblingen AbbeySchloßstraße 38, 89079 Wiblingen, Germany

A former Benedictine monastery which was later used as barracks. The abbey church and the abbey library in the North wing of the abbey are open to the public, along with the the abbey museum, opened in 2006, located in the former guest rooms of the convent. The rest of the North wing and the adjoining buildings are now part of the University of Ulm.

WilhelmaWilhelma 13, 70376 Stuttgart, Germany

Spread in an area of about 30 hectares (0.30 km2), it houses around 11,500 animals from around the world composed of roughly 1,200 species and roughly 6000 plants from all climates. Wilhelma receives gorilla juveniles rejected by their mother and reared by the zookeepers. At age 2-3, the gorillas are sent back to their original zoo(s).

Württemberg Mausoleum- Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg hillWürttembergstraße 340, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany

Built by King William I of Württemberg to house the remains his second wife, Catherine Pavlovna of Russia. The remains of William I, Catherine, and their daughter Maria Friederike Charlotte, are housed in the mausoleum.

Zeppelin Museum FriedrichshafenSeestraße 22, 88045 Friedrichshafen, Germany

A museum in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance (Bodensee) in Germany, the birthplace of the Zeppelin airship. The museum houses the world's largest aviation collection and chronicles the history of the Zeppelin airships.

ZKM | Center for Art and MediaLorenzstraße 19, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany

Organizes special exhibitions and thematic events, conducts research and produces works on the effects of media, digitization, and globalization. The ZKM houses under one roof exhibition spaces, the research platform Hertz Lab, a library and a media library, thus combining research and production, exhibitions and events, archive and collection.

Zoological Gardens KarlsruheEttlinger Str. 6, 76137 Karlsruhe, Germany

Opened in 1865, it is one of the oldest zoos in Germany, having about 4.400 animals and 250 species. In 13 November 2010, 26 animals were killed and several animals suffered severe burns due to a fire at the zoo.

Map of attractions in Baden-Württemberg