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Carpet of flowers ascending a slope on Mainau Island
Baden-Württemberg is a hugely diverse holiday destination. The Black Forest and Lake Constance are already famous far beyond Germany's borders. One of the most impressive things about Baden-Württemberg is its very different regions. Baden-Württemberg has something for everyone - whether it be a holiday in the Swabian Alb, a day trip to the castles and palaces of the Palatinate, walking in the Odenwald forest, a wine tour through the Heilbronn-Franconia region or sightseeing in the regional capital of Stuttgart.

One of the best known and most popular regions is the Black Forest. Powdery pistes in the winter, blossom-laden fruit trees in spring, refreshing lakes in the heat of summer and a blaze of colour in the autumn. The Black Forest is home to a number of internationally renowned towns and places of interest, such as Calw, the birthplace of the author Herman Hesse, Maulbronn Monastery Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Baden-Baden, famous for its spa and casino, as well as charming university towns such as Tübingen and Freiburg. This region boasts the highest concentration of spas, health resorts and hotels with beauty and fitness facilities in Germany and is a year-round destination. Germany's biggest theme park, the Europa-Park Rust is also in the Black Forest.

Beside the contrasting valleys of the Rhine, Danube and Neckar rivers, Lake Constance, one of the largest German lakes gleams against the panoramic backdrop of the Alps. Its well-known attractions include the flower island of Mainau, the island of Reichenau (a UNESCO world heritage site), the town of Constance, the Zeppelin museum and prehistoric buildings on stilts. But that's not all Lake Constance has to offer, more and more people are coming here to take part in sports and fitness activities or to savour the tranquillity of its villages.

The rolling hills of the Neckar-Hohenlohe-Swabian Forest area between the Kocher and Jagst rivers are carpeted with vineyards, orchards and forests. The region's artistic heritage is reflected in the collections of priceless artefacts in its ancient towns of pretty half-timbered houses and host of castles and palaces. Goethe's play about Götz von Berlichingen, the robber baron with an iron fist may well be on the programme of the Jagsthausen Castle Festival.

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Highlights in brief

  • Reichenau Monastery
    UNESCO world heritage
  • Maulbronn Monastery Complex
    UNESCO world heritage
  • Hockenheim
    Formula 1, motor sports museum
  • Stuttgart
    regional capital, State Opera House, State Gallery, musicals, Stuttgart Beer Festival, Daimler-Benz and Porsche car museums, botanical gardens
  • Baden-Baden
    festival hall, Caracalla spa, casino, parks and gardens, horse racing
  • Heidelberg
    old quarter, castle
  • Göppingen
    Hohenstaufen castle
  • Friedrichshafen
    Zeppelin museum
  • Rust
    Europa-Park theme park
  • Ravensburg
    Spieleland amusement park