Outside Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Künzelsau is a town of 14,699 people located 92 km northeast of Stuttgart and 123 km west of Nürnberg.
The name means Cunzilio's (Conrad's) meadow -- not his sow, as I used to think before I realized where the syllables should be divided.
Actually I wasn't the only one who had this problem. Early versions of German hyphenation and spelling programs for PCs in the 1980s and 90s had huge problems deciding where to divide the syllables. It wasn't easy to teach computers that the correct division was Künzels-au (meadow) and not Künzel-sau (sow).
It was a somewhat gloomy day in February when I was there, but I had a look around at the picturesque old half-timbered houses before doing my presentation at the Adult Education Center (vhs).
Second photo: The old City Hall, built in 1522 after a devastating city fire in 1519. This was actually used as the seat of the city council and administration until 1989.
We could see this big thing on top of a hill that looked like a castle or fortress. So we decided to drive up there. It's a big fortress with a beer garden inside. There are events there all the time. There was a bird exhibit and live music when we were there. It's quite the walk up to it so be ready for that. Great view too.There's a fancy restaurant built into it also. We ate in the beer garden. It's not to far from Neckartenzlingen. Head in that direction and you will see it.
The Adult Education Center in Ostfildern, a prosperous suburb of Stuttgart, is in this grayish building which used to be a streetcar depot until the streetcars were replaced by the subway line U7.
My presentation here went very nicely except that we had to keep the windows shut because of aircraft noise from the nearby Stuttgart airport.
Afterwards we went back into Stuttgart and saw an entertaining production of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. My colleague, who hadn't been to an opera since her school days, was surprised to see how many young people there were in the audience. It didn't used to be like that, evidently.
Heilbronn is a city of 120,000 people on the Neckar River between Heidelberg and Stuttgart.
The Heilbronn Adult Education Center (VHS) is located right here in this beautiflly restored complex of historic buildings called the Deutschhof.
Hohenzollern Castle is about 1hr drive from Stuttgart. In my opinion it's Germany's most beautiful castle. As a matter of fact I've never really understood why everyone rushes to Neuschwanstein and most people haven't even heard about Hohenzollern Castle. But this makes it great for us visitors, you don't even have a tenth of the tourist crowds.
I took the pic frrom the House of Hohenzollern website haven't flown over the place yet.
Titisee is found right where Germany, France and Switzerland meet. The scenic highlight is undoubtedly the fantastic setting of Titisee lake and its crystal-clear waters. There is some great shopping, if not very touristy, shopping in Titisee.
This is a historic city of The Old Spa Bad Urach south east of Reutlinger in Schwabische Alb. Its just the most delightful little town with wonderful buildings and intriguing shops. There is a coffee shop there with cakes to die for (I can’t remember what it’s called unfortunately) but it is sure to pile the calories on. Unfortunately I don’t have much information on my photos as yet. It has been the hardest thing to find English information to tell me more about my photos but I will post them anyway.
This photo is Haus am Rohrenbrnnen.
About half an hour drive from Stuttgart lies Waldenbuch which is a beautiful town with a medieval historic center which is worth a visit. But the reason to go is the chocolate factory of Ritter Sport, they also have a shop that is open from mo-fr. You get all their flavours, and the so called "Bruch-Schokolade" which is a lot cheaper and last not least they often have market test chocolates.
Ulm Münster (Cathedral of Ulm) is undoubtedly the symbol for Ulm. Its spire is the highest of a church all around the world - 161 metres from the bottom to the top. The Ulm Münster is the second largest example of Gothic ecclesiastical architecture in Germany - taking second place only to Cologne cathedral. For those who choose to climb the 768 steps to the top, as I stupidly did, you will have a fantastic panorama view of the city and further if the weather is right. Beware, the steps are narrow and wind continuously, there is barely enough room for someone to pass on the way down. By the time I came down my legs were like jelly for sometime afterwards and I was starting to loose my balance with the continuous winding.
This was originally built as business premises in 1370 but has been a Town Hall since 1419. There are opulent frescoes and ornamental carved figures. The coat of arms of towns and provinces with trade connections to Ulm are on the south side as well as a picture of an old Danube ship (Ulmer Schachtel). On the East side is an astronomers clock dated back to 1520.
The Marktplatz - the centrepiece of Bad Urach. The square encompasses many local shops and eateries.. Definitely the meeting place of the town.
Ulm was an important imperial city during the Middle Ages and many historical dates, buildings or famous citizens are related to this period. Albert Einstein was born in Ulm.
If you have the time, head to the Bavarian countryside and the Alps. The green is like no other on earth and the mountains and valleys are truly stunning.