As we’re people of the south, we love the area, of course! Men’s mind prefers places with good memories and in our case this is Bavaria.
And Baden-Württemberg is just next to it. It also has beautiful places and our love for wine lead us to the Württembergische Weinstraße.
This post should inspire you to visit Southern Germany and show you how fantastic this area is. Also good for those living in the area and planning a weekend trip.
Just to make it clear, we’re starting with Bavaria and continue with Baden-Württemberg. The numbers don’t mean a priority.
Bavaria’s capital city convinces with its diversity. Unfortunately, it’s associated with the Maximilianstraße and decadence. Though the city has a lot to offer. But even if you don’t like the city itself, it’s the perfect base to make trips to the Alps. Stunning: the view from the Olympiaberg over the city (sometimes you can even see the Alps).
2. Bavarian Lakes
Bavaria has so many beautiful lakes, they deserve their own post. See here!
3. Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle is Germany’s most famous tourist feature. It’s an extremely crowded place, of course for a reason. But there is always a but: The view point from the bridge is extremely scary in my opinion and nothing for people fearing heights. It wiggles. It’s a nightmare.
The best city for us – for obvious reason. When here, you have to walk through the beautiful alleys of the Old Town.
5. Bavarian Forest
At this place on earth you’re not going to find much but amazing nature and calm: Beautiful hiking ways and amazing views from above. Sometimes you can even the see the Alps from here.
Place of action: Franconia. Bavaria’s second largest city offers you a lot. For example a beautiful Christmas Market. Also Nuremberg Castle, the Reichsparteitagsgelände (Nazi party rally grounds), the zoo, the Old Town etc. And yes: The Christmas Market (Christkindlesmarkt)!
And yet another Franconian city. The region produces very good wine. The Würzburg Residenz, the Old Main Bridge and Fortress Marienberg justify a stay here.
And again, Franconians. “Cuuuteee” is the first thing that comes in mind when you walk around Bamberg’s Old Town; even when it’s raining. It’s known worldwide for its Old Town hall.
9. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
If the real Bavarians are making fun of Franconians, it’s probably because they’re jealous.
This beautiful place does not receive the attention in Germany as it does abroad. For people all over the world, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is what they consider to be Germany. It’s one of the stations at the Romantic Road and known for its half-timbered houses.
The world’s highest cathedral tower is located here. Standing in front of it, makes you feel pretty small. Generally it’s a good base to start trips to the surroundings.
That’s one of the places near Ulm. The Blautopf is called Blautopf because of its blue colour and the river Blau, which has its source here. Seriously: Even when it’s raining and dark outside, one has the feeling of being on a magical place. It’s sooo blue. One of the hidden gems in Germany!
The Swabian’s capital impresses with its location, being surrounded by vineyards everywhere. Though it is a big city, the main sights are seen quickly: The Schlossplatz is the main sight of Stuttgart. Not far from here, you’ll find the Schillerplatz with a huge statue of the poet.
A bit more outside the city in Untertürkheim: Rotenberg – a hill with a grave chapel. The story could make your eyes sweat: King William I built it for his early deceased second wife.
13. Württembergische Weinstraße
You have to take a car and make a tour here. We would recommend booking a stay if you want to enjoy the wines of the region. Don’t drink and drive, guys! Besigheim was our favourite: Swabian meals and swabian wine, that’s fine!
14. Freiburg im Breisgau
The Freiburg cathedral, the Old Town and the Bächle (small canals, which are integral part of Freiburg’s Old Town) are the most important sights of this city. Like Stuttgart, the city is surrounded by vineyards. We loved the market and the atmosphere here. We visited this city on our way to Alsace. Hence we couldn’t spend a lot of time here.
Maybe Germany’s most beautiful city. Especially the view from the Philosophenweg over the river Neckar, the Old Town and the castle is priceless. The collegiate atmosphere and its beautiful Old Town catapults Heidelberg to the top of our favorites.