Tourist information for Southern Germany
Southern Germany, the provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, is perhaps
the most visited part of Germany. The lovely landscape of the Black Forest in the
west, the rolling hills of central Bavaria, the valleys of the Rhine and Danube
and the Alpine scenery in the south make up a country full of scenic delights. Add
to this the lure of Munich and some of Germany's most beautiful towns - Augsburg,
Wurtzburg, Heidelberg, Bamberg among others - and its easy to account for the region's
popularity. Our summary should be augmented by a good guide book.
Map of Southern Germany
Stuttgart is a prosperous modern city with two famous festivals, one for
wine and one for beer, a world class gallery in the Staatsgalerie, excellent shops
and innumerable good quality value-for-money restaurants. There is a lively cultural
scene. South-east of Stuttgart is Esslingen, featuring important buildings
from Roman times onward. To the north be sure to visit Ludwigsburg with its
impressive and beautiful planned layout of gardens and palaces dating from around
In the far south of this part of Germany is the Bodensee (Lake Constance),
bordering Switzerland and Austria. On its balmy shores are the popular and very
pretty towns of Meersburg and Uberlingen, while the cosmopolitan town
of Konstanz has a fine selection of old buildings.To the north is the Schwabian
Jura, a landscape of rocky hills and crags, criss-crossed with good marked trails
offering excellent walking. The Danube flows through a spectacular gorge,
and the village of Haigerloch is one of the loveliest in Germany. The massive
Munster at Ulm dominates everything for miles around.
The Black Forest is perhaps the best known tourist destination in Germany,
deservedly so. A land of watery gorges, fertile valleys, dark forests and spectacular
mountain scenery, as well as countless pretty towns and villages. The mighty
Danube rises here, and in the south the Rhine flows through some of the
area's most stunning scenery. Visit the Munster in the lively and relaxed town
of Freiburg. Swim in the lakes, walk along countless kilometres of trails,
make the easy climb of the Feldburg for an amazing view of the distant Alps.
Before you leave, bask in the sophisticated opulence of stylish Baden-Baden.
Hilly Heidelberg, with its beautiful sandstone buildings and superb vistas,
is the essential place to visit in the north of this region, although the planned
cities of Mannheim and Karlsruhe have much to offer.
Bavaria contains some of Germany's loveliest scenery as well as some
of its most impressive cities. Beautiful sub-alpine slopes in the south, with abundant
walking through flowery meadows, offer winter skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen,
close to Oberammergau, home of the ten-yearly passion play. The gentler hills
towards Munich are dotted with tranquil lakes and medieval monasteries. Other highlights
are the beautifully restored city of Nurnberg, architecturally magnificent
Bamberg, and the prosperous medieval city of Regensburg and the Danube
valley. Opera lovers will need no prompting to visit Bayreuth, also a good
centre for the wonderful hiking in nearby Franconian "Switzerland".
Munich is one of Europe's major cities. Its great squares and wide streets,
alongside the narrow thoroughfares of the Old Town, lend the city an air of sophistication.
The Englischer Gardens right in the heart of the city are a great place to relax
on a hot summer's day. As well as a wealth of architectural sights, visit the
museums and galleries. Munich is a great culinary centre, and is famed for the quality
of its beers, celebrated in Europe's greatest beer festival, the Oktoberfest.
The nightlife has something for everyone, with music of all sorts, and theatre to
satisfy every taste.