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Land Baden-Württemberg Favorites

  • Porsche and Mercedes

    Stuttgart Favorites

    The Mercedes Museum is a great place to spend a couple of hours - they've got The photo shows the entrance hallway. A tourism website for the museum can be found at http://www.stgt.com/stuttgart/mercedesmuseumd.htm (in German only). A good alternate - a personal web site - in English is http://www.ddavid.com/formula1/merc_museum.htm Mercedes'...

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  • Useful Information

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    The first evidence of human life in Europe was found in Heidelberg: In 1907 a jaw-bone was discovered in a gravel pit in Heidelberg – it is the earliest evidence found of human life in Europe. The "Heidelberg Man" (Homo Heidelbergensis) is the name now given to a member of this extinct human species, considered closely related to "Homo erectus"....

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  • City Centre

    Stuttgart Favorites

    Have a ride by the city trains (S-Bahn) that travel every five or ten minutes about the city. You can reach city's most remore places in no time by S-Bahn if you have a map with you. You can call +49 0711 19 44 9 or visit the web site.

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  • Old Town/Altstadt

    Heidelberg Favorites

    Heidelberg is the fifth-largest city in the State of Baden-Württemberg. It lies on the River Neckar in a steep valley in the Odenwald. Heidelberg is popular due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape, including Heidelberg Castle and the baroque style Old Town. Heidelberg Castle is a famous ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle...

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  • Useful Information

    Stuttgart Favorites

    When you are getting to Stuttgart for the first time, I highly recommend stopping into to the Stuttgart Tourist Information Office, which is located directly across the street from the Stuttgart Hbf (main train station). After arriving on your train, leave the platforms, and follow the escalators down to the underground shopping area, and follow...

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  • Castle/Schloss

    Heidelberg Favorites

    Located on the north side of the courtyard, FRIEDRICHSBAU owes its existence to Elector Friedrich IV (1553-1610) and his master builder Johannes Schoch. Construction began in 1601 and completed in 1604. This is one magnificent building with a sandstone carving of "Justice" in the middle.

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  • Castles

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    visit the various castles in and around the city. The new palace for example: it reflects a lot of French influence. Today, in the central building, it houses the rooms for the representatives of the State Parliament; in the side wings the Inland Revenue and Cultural Ministries. As it leads up to the 'Small Palace Square' (pedestrian precinct...

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  • Personal Memories and Impressions

    Heidelberg Favorites

    From the top of Heidelberg Castle you have these wonderful views of the Neckar River, Old Bridge, Old Town and Philosophenweg. I loved just looking out to the Neckar River and the bridge and just imagining how it must have looked in the 1800's. The Philosophenweg looked wonderful with all the trees in vibrant color. The rows of homes nestled...

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  • Personal Memories and Impressions

    Stuttgart Favorites

    Why not visit the TV tower built in 1956 and ride up the elevator to the top where you can have a wonderful view of the city from the observation platform at 152 m high and have tea or coffee afterwards in the cafe downstairs. Visit to the TV tower

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  • Old Bridge

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    The Alte Brucke (the Old Bridge) was built in stone between 1786 and 1788 by prince elector Karl Theodor. The preceeding bridges were built in wood and had been destroyed by floods, fire and ice. During WWII the bridge was destroyed by German soldiers, but it was quickly rebuilt in 1947. On the southern end of the bridge there is a Medieval gate...

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  • Food and Drink

    Stuttgart Favorites

    Drink Stuttgart beer and taste the wine from that area. The picture shows some of the widespread sorts of beer I have tasted. It was great - you feel you could drink it no end. drinking Stuttgart beer as one of the fondest memories...

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  • Kornmarkt/Corn Market

    Heidelberg Favorites

    Just around the corner from the Markt platz is the small korn Platz. Here you get an unusual view of the castle. Also to be admired is Peter van den Branden's baroque madonna statute - built 1718. The University, Markt and Korn Platz are the sites of christmas markets too in Heidelberg.

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  • Wilhelma

    Stuttgart Favorites

    believe it or not, in stuttgart there is the biggest botanical gardens in europe!!! it is a beautiful place, and you can find exotic plants, lotus ponds and even flamingos there! next to it is a zoo, which is not so nice...the animals look sad in their small cages and missing their original home in the jungle :(( these lotuses can't swim, they are...

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  • Königstuhl

    Heidelberg Favorites

    The train goes up the Koenigstuhl on 30 April 2003 for the last time. Unfortunatly it has to closed due to savety reasons which I can't really understand. To learn more about the train visite: www.koenigstuhlbahn.de There you find press clipping and news about whats going on with it now. Sorry but the page is only in German. I hope that it is...

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  • Architecture

    Stuttgart Favorites

    I was there with my baden-württemberg railway pass , but I bought on the automat a more expensive one to travel with EC-IC fast trains ; I made a mistake ; my pass was not valid for fast trains ; I was allowed on board just because I weeped everytime to the controller : ich verstehe nicht, ich habe viel geld bezahlt ; I speak german as a spanish...

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  • Heiliggeistkirche

    Heidelberg Favorites

    This church is locates in Marktplatz. It was built between 1344 and 1441 on the site of a previous Roman basilica. Around 1700 it was rebuilt after it had been set on fire by the French during the War of the Palatinian Succession. Catholics and Protestants used it at different times and sometimes even simultaneously. Today it is a Protestant...

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  • Fairs

    Stuttgart Favorites

    The Canstatt Fair is second best Stuttgart event after Oktoberfest. Feast and fair available for all ages. Pints of beer, barbeque German sausages, ice cream, amusement centres and folk dance is overwhelming. I could still remember the sweet tasty Black Forest ice cream top with fresh cherry!

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  • River Neckar

    Heidelberg Favorites

    The Neckar River means wild water or wild fellow. The River has been used for years for recreation as well as to transport supplies especially timber from the Black Forest. The River is quite beautiful. We saw numerous cargo boats and recreational boaters on this cold day. The river has some beautiful houses to one side of the bank that have a...

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  • Outside Heidelberg

    Heidelberg Favorites

    Speyer, with its 50,000 inhabitants, is an old Roman town not far away from Heidelberg. It was made a free imperial city in 1294, and a number of imperial conferences met here. At the Conference of Speyer in 1529 the followers of Martin Luther presented their protest. The city passed to Bavaria in 1815 and became part of the state of...

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  • Nightlife

    Heidelberg Favorites

    I had dinner and some wonderful German beer at the Lowenbrau on the Alt Stadt Hauptstrasse just prior to my drinks and conversation with the Merck guys at the Weisser Boch. This was a wonderful little bar and the owner was also good natured about my horrible grammar. His English was worse than my German though, but he was nevertheless very...

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  • University

    Heidelberg Favorites

    On June 24, 1712, the university's chancellor Prof. Dr. Melchior Kirchner laid the foundation-stone for the "Old University", as the building is called today. The architect was Johann Adam Breunig of Mainz. The "Alte Aula" (Old Assembly Hall) built by the architect Josef Durm was added in 1885 shortly before the university's 500th anniversary. The...

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  • Philosphenweg

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    The Philosphenweg offers great views of Heidelberg old town from across the River Neckar..... but there's no such thing as a free lunch in this world and I'm afraid you have to walk up either a pretty steep hill or climb up a lot of steps to enjoy the view!

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  • In Swabia, mealtime is Spätzle time

    The Stuttgart "national dish", is the Gaisburger Marsch, a stew made of Spätzle, pieces of potatoes, pieces of beef, vegetables, meat broth and roasted onions. Another favourite is the Swabian roast, which consist of Spätzle, roasted slices of beef with many roasted onions and sauerkraut. The famous Spätzle, which in Baden-Württemberg accompany...

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  • Vocabulary

    The Fastnacht has its own 'scientific' terms which derive from the regional dialect and are mostly untranslatable. I am using some of these on my pages and when visiting a Fastnacht location you will also come across them. So here is a little 'vocabulary' collection. Häs: The entire costume of the jester from head to toe. Each guild decides...

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  • Narrentreffen: Meetings

    Narrentreffen - meetings of carnival guilds - take place about every weekend between January 6 and the High Days. The different Fastnacht associations usually organize a big meeting once a year. Guilds that celebrate an anniversary (or just think it's a good idea without any particular reason) invite other guilds and hold a meeting. A big parade is...

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  • Narresome: Children In The Fastnacht...

    Children in the Fastnacht are known as "Narresome" (Narrensamen - jester seed). Since they are the future, the guilds want and support them. Many guilds organize separate parades and events for children. In addition to the Fastnacht season, most guilds also offer activities for children and families throughout the year.Kids of all ages also take...

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  • Guggemusik

    Guggemusik originates in the Swiss carnival but becomes more and more popular in the South West of Germany, too. There are quite a number of these funny bands in the weirdest costumes in many parades.Most bands consist of brass and drums. The rules how to play Guggemusik are easy:1. The majority of the band plays the same song.2. Start together and...

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  • Witches

    Witches take part in about every parade. They are essential and traditional figures in the Alemannic Fastnacht.Or are they?The figure of the witch is so popular and widespread today that hardly anyone is aware how young it actually is. In 1933 a couple of people in Offenburg invented a witch costume. Three years later, in 1936, the first witch...

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  • Narrenzünfte - Jester Guilds

    The jesters are organized in guilds (Narrenzünfte) which determine the Häs and the activities. Small villages often have only one guild, thus only one Fastnacht costume everyone wears. In larger villages and towns there may be more guilds - Freiburg, for example, has 35. The oldest guilds, like Villingen, date back to the 16th century.How many...

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  • Pagan Germanic Origins???

    Rumours are still alive and popular nowadays that the Alemannic Fastnacht originates in pagan Germanic festivals and has to do with driving out the winter and the evil spirits.This is PLAIN WRONG. Fastnacht, as the name suggests, is connected to the Christian calendar and the Lent (German: Fastenzeit ). Its origins are entirely Christian. Before...

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  • When?

    Fastnacht/Fasnet takes place on the weekend before the beginning of the Lent. If your calendar does not show the dates, look up the Easter date (which changes every year as it's the Sunday after the first full moon after the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere). Count back to the 7th Sunday before Easter, this is the main...

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  • Toilets in the Festspielhaus

    ... you may ask what kind of tip this is ... but the toilets in the Festspielhaus of Baden-Baden are worth a visit :-) The reflections in the mirrors are just amazing!

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  • Schwarzwald Hochstrasse

    This winding road leads you from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt. Along the road are many small parking areas and you really should stop at least at one to enjoy the wonderful view. If the weather is clear you have nearly an infinite view. Depending on how much time you have you could make a longer stop for example at Mummelsee or at Ruhestein.But if...

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  • Schwarzwald Taelerstrasse

    This is the counterpart of Schwarzwald Hochstrasse. It starts in Rastatt and leads you to Freundenstadt. You pass some small and lovely villages like Obertsrot or Weisenbach. Bigger cities are Gernsbach. or Forbach. You could also do an excursion to Schwarzenbachtalsperre.You also have the possibility to travel Schwarzwald Taelerstrasse by public...

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  • A Picturesque Part of Germany

    From what I saw, Baden-Wurttemberg is an area of picturesque towns with half-timbered houses, vineyards, castles, hawks, hiking opportunities, The Black Forest, beautiful churches, and cuckoo clocks. Not to mention Lake Constance! My favorite thing about this part of Germany is that it didn't feel very touristy, it felt very German.

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  • Storm Lothar

    26 December 1999 was the day of Lothar. The caused damages of this storm were and still are incredible.At some places in the black forest you can still see the damages ...

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  • History

    Baden-Württemberg was formed in 1952 by the merger of the historic states of Baden and Württemberg. The southern part of Württemberg belonged to the duchy of Swabia; the northern part belonged to Franconia. 1482 Count Eberhard V reunited the duchy. In 1519 the Swabian League of cities sold the duchy to the newly elected emperor Charles V. In 1534...

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