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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Map of attractions in Baden-Württemberg