Hiking in nature in Black Forest of Baden-Württemberg

baden wuerttemberg speyerBlack Forest is the most important recreational region in Baden-Württemberg and the most visited holiday destination among the German low mountain ranges. It is particularly known for its romantic valleys, gorges, mills and typical farms as well as the place of origin of the cuckoo clock. It is also a popular hiking area because of its good network of long-distance hiking trails such as the Westweg. Winter sports have a long tradition around the Feldberg (1493 m), the highest mountain in the Black Forest, as well as in many other places in the Black Forest.

Lake Constance with the Alpine chain in the background is also a well-visited travel destination and also a local recreation destination for city dwellers; Here you can find evidence of a wide variety of eras with the Unteruhldingen pile dwellings and the UNESCO World Heritage monastery island of Reichenau. On the lake, the flower island of Mainau and the old towns of Konstanz and Meersburg have the highest number of visitors. Not far from the region around Lake Constance are the Danube Valley and Upper Swabia with the old imperial towns of Biberach an der Riß and Ravensburg. The Upper Swabian Baroque Road leads through this Baroque centre north of the Alps. Other major cities are Freiburg im Breisgau, Heidelberg, Ulm, Heilbronn, Pforzheim and Reutlingen.

The Allgäu in Württemberg attracts with its landscape and many hiking opportunities, as does the Swabian-Franconian Forest Nature Park further north.

The Swabian Alb is known for its small romantic towns (e.g. Bad Urach), the heathland landscapes, the extensive forests, the caves, castles and palaces (Hohenzollern Castle, Lichtenstein Castle, Sigmaringen Castle). Baden-Württemberg has around 60 spas and health resorts, especially in the Black Forest and Upper Swabia.Baden-Württemberg is the German state with the highest exports, the second lowest unemployment rate, the fifth highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita as well as the most registered patents per capita and the absolute and relatively highest research and development expenditure.

Crawling crossing of Lake Constance for the Allgäu workshops

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Crawling crossing of Lake Constance for the Allgäu workshops

Hamza Bakircioglu is an absolute fan of long-distance swimming. In general, water is his favourite element. Hamza, who grew up with his grandparents in Turkey after being born in Germany, learned to swim at the age of four in a lake around two kilometres from his grandparents' house.

Sepp Bögle, the stones-stacker from Radolfzell

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Sepp Bögle, the stones-stacker from Radolfzell

The repetition of a television program on the subject of "extraordinary activities" had made us aware of the activities of Sepp Bögle who is building stone-stacks to small art works without adding any glue or other helping materials in Radolfzell during the summer.

Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin - icon of aviation

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Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin - icon of aviation

If you ever have the opportunity to stay in Friedrichshafen, you should definitely take a few minutes to admire the take-off and landing processes of the impressive airships of modern design, the zeppelins.

From Meersburg to Constance via Lake Constance

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From Meersburg to Constance via Lake Constance

During our travels along Roman roads, we were traveling from Augsburg in the direction of Zurich when the decision was made to lay the route in such a way that a Lake Constance passage from Meersburg to Constance was on the way.

The Roman Kinzigtal Road and its forts

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The Roman Kinzigtal Road and its forts

In their policy of expansion across the Alps, the Rhine and the Danube initially formed the borders of the Roman Empire, which created a major kink in the border line through the Rhine.

Dalking Limes gate and watchtower in the Mahdholz

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Dalking Limes gate and watchtower in the Mahdholz

During the extensive breakfast together with Norbert, Lothar and Ursel in Ellwangen on the following Sunday morning, the conversation quickly reached the visit to the Alamannen Museum from the day before and it is therefore only a small step until we also talk about the topic of the Alamannen and old cultures of the region the Romans and the course of the Limes.

The Alemanni Museum in Ellwangen

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The Alemanni Museum in Ellwangen

On Saturday we arrived in Ellwangen around 1 p.m. Thanks to the excellent satellite navigation, it was easy to find the large, public car park in the city center on the B 290, from which it is just a few meters to the Alamannen Museum at Haller Straße 9, enough time for a short tour of the city to insert.

Impressive Vitra slide tower - children's attraction

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Extremely impressive Vitra slide tower - children's attraction

The further tour after visiting the chair museum then brought us to the Vitra slide tower, also known as the Vitra Slide Tower, a 30.74 meter high observation and slide tower and thus another work of art experience in Weil am Rhein, which magically attracts children in particular.

Schlaichturm Tower in Weil at Rhine river

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Schlaichturm Tower in Weil at Rhine river

Our research during our visit to Weil am Rhein also revealed that there has been an interesting viewing tower in the park area on the border of Weil and Basel since the state garden show "Grün 99", which understandably immediately aroused our interest.

Dreiländerbrücke between Weil am Rhein and Huningue

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Dreiländerbrücke between Weil am Rhein and Huningue

A customer visit had taken us to the Weil am Rhein area, an opportunity that we naturally wanted to use to explore the region. So we had found accommodation at the entrance to Weil, which should enable us to walk through the Rhine via the well-known Dreiländerbrücke (French Passerelle des Trois Pays).

Friedrichshafen - more than just Eurobike and Outdoor Fair

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Friedrichshafen - much more than just Eurobike and Outdoor Fair

Although the Eurobike and Outdoor Fair were the official occasion of our visit to Friedrichshafen this time, the central city on the northern shore of Lake Constance and the county seat of the Lake Constance district has much more to offer.

Visit of the Celtic Museum in Hochdorf - Celtic Hiking Trail

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Visit of the Celtic Museum in Hochdorf - Celtic Hiking Trail

Very extensively we had visited archaeological sites from Greek and Roman antiquity during our camper-cultural trip, had discussed their dissemination areas and cultural achievements, and had repeatedly encountered the Celts and their cultural assets.

Hohenasperg - mighty fortress and escape castle

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Hohenasperg - mighty fortress and escape castle

Our tours along the Celtic cycle path finally brought us to the Hohenasperg, thecastle mountain, which was already settled during the Stone Age and by 500 BC was even a Celtic princely seat with an escape castle.

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