Heidelberg Castle is built on Heidelberg, on top of a medieval fortress. For five centuries Heidelberg was the residence of the Electors of the Palatinate Wittelsbach and it was family owned. Between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries the castle was not only built, but it was also expanded, which, in the 16th century, made it one of the most beautiful Renaissance homes in Germany. After the Thirty Years War and the War of 1689 against France, the castle was practically reduced to rubble, losing all of its glory in the process. Today, the ruins are the symbol of German Romantic Era. A visit to the castle is certainly an impressive must-see. I would highlight the [I] Pulveturm [/ I], XIV century tower that was part of the defenses and showing obvious signs of war and lived [I] Englischer Bau [/ I], remains of the building that was built by Federico V for his wife Elizabeth Stuart in the 17th century. The castle is open year round from 8am to 5:30 p.m. Groups and students can get in at a reduced rate. The entrance to the inner part of the castle costs about 6 euros.
The Black Forest (in German Schwarzwald) is a dense mountainous forest situated in the southwest of Germany, in the state of Baden-Württemberg. In this mountainous region the highest peak is the Feldberg at 1,493 meters above sea level. Today the Black Forest is known as a natural tourist spot. Totally recommended
Detailed decorations, nice staff and great rides. It’s perfect for families and and groups of friends alike. Has plenty of stuff to do for those ve don’t like rides and, for those ve do, the rides cover a wide range of different intensities. Even the restaurants are fun, inventive and serve good food.
Freiburg is one of the most well-maintained and beautiful cities we saw on the way to the Black Forest. It was like a picture in a magazine, and you can tell that the locals really take care of it just by walking through the streets and seeing all the little details. Its residents, merchants and town hall decorate it like a jewel. We were there for three days and left with the satisfaction of a great visit to a beautiful city. Needless to say, I recommend you not miss it!
The Bodensee form the German border with Switzerland and Austria. The lake is 74 kilomters long and at its widest reaches 15 kilometers. It is an area with excellent tourist attractions because of it's natural environment and surrounding villages with a rich cultural heritage. The best time to visit is in the summer when you can truly enjoy the outdoors, swim, practice water sports etc ... This is also the time when local fishermen organize lively festivals and fairs where people of all ages can participate. For a country so far from the sea, this area is called their "beach". It is a holiday destination of many Germans. I loved it. I was impressed at the sight of Switzerland from a far (we were on the German side). The area is well maintained and is a very peaceful and quiet. The towns that are near that I recommend visiting are Lindau, Constance and Wasserburg.
This city, in the Black Forest is the oldest in Germany. It is now extremely popular with tourists from Germany and other parts of Europe. The therapeutic properties of its waters are one of its greatest attractions. This can be experienced first hand in the Friedrichsbad (The House of the bathrooms), mineral water spa built in 1877. A wonderful place to rest and recuperate. Each pool has a different temperature, and water jets that provide soothing massages. Ther is much to see by taking a stroll around some of the ancient structures. Among them the Collegiate, from the thirteenth century, a casino from 1893 or the New Palace. The city can be an interesting stop if you are touring the Black Forest. If you have time, in addition to the walk, I recommend that you take one of the small baths. It's more expensive than other spas in the country (about 15 euros), but is well worth it for the unique experience.
In the center of the small town of Triberg, in the Black Forest, the rushing Gutach river forms a frothy waterfall which at 163 meters and with seven levels, makes it the highest waterfall in Germany. The waterfalls are accessible throughout the year and provide a stunning backdrop in winter. There are three marked trails to see the waterfalls: the nature way, the culture way and the waterfalls way; each giving the best views, but all the waterfalls look fabulous within the great, natural beauty of the environment. In all these routes are guides with information about animals, plants and characteristics of the area.
I was in Munich with a friend who is a big car fan so I suggested that we take the train to Stuttgart to visit the MERCEDES MUSEUM. It was worth it. Even the building itself is incredible. It looks like the NY Guggenheim inside. You can get a headset set in various languages and throughout the museum there are codes that you dial to listen to the explanation. A wonder! The first Mercedes in history, race cars, engines, trucks, buses, Diana's car, the Popemobile, planes, etc. I'm still stunned by this MERCEDES MUSEUM.
Ulm City was bombed on December 17, 1944 by Allied aircraft. In contrast to the surrounding buildings in the square, the famous cathedral was not completely deteriorated. It is also the tallest in the world. Its tower and ascent are spectacular. This means that the environment coexists with modern buildings.
Romantic fairytale castle, the Lichtenstein building is situated on the Swabian Alb mountain range(Swabian Jura), in an area also called Route of the castles. If it had to be defined by a child, they would describe it as a scene from a story. The castle can be visited daily until 6pm. A walk around the wall will discover a stunning view of the area. The whole place is focused on tourism. At the foot of the castle there is a bar-restaurant to eat or rest. If you enjoy walking, the area is very extensive and has hiking trails. It's an ideal way to spend the day surrounded by views that not everyone is accustomed to. I would recommend a visit.
The trip to the Black Forest is one of the best I've done in Europe. Lake Titisee originates from the glaciers of the Cordillera de Feldberg. Surrounded by dense forests and clear waters, it is a beautifully picturesque scene. We were there during the day and in the early morning before the tourist buses arrived. We rented a motor boat and were enjoying ourselves very much. You can rent these boats at the pier, but I cannot remember how long for - we had been there all morning. Highly recommended.
This place can be considered the very heart of the city. It is the meeting point par excellence. In the center stands the Jubiläumssäule, a 5 meter memorial column erected in 1841 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of King Wilhelm I (William I). At the eastern end is the impressive building of the New Palace, the former residence of the kings of Württemberg. On sunny days the square is full of people taking advantage of the sun, meeting friends, playing with the kids etc. You can see people of all ages. It has a great friendly atmosphere. Very charming.
This area, in addition to waterfalls, is also very important for the manufacturing of cuckoo clocks. It is nice but not too large. The most commercial street is full of clocks that are part of the front of their stores. If I say that I loved it you can safely say that it's charming, but the truth is that I enjoy my travels a lot. Just prove I'm not exaggerating, here are my pictures so you have some small samples. I'm sure you'll it too, I hope ...
This palace-castle is situated on top of the city. Although it began in the twelfth century it was not completed until the sixteenth century. After suffering battles, destruction and some blasts in different parts, today it has become the icon of this city. It is a mixture of medieval castle, fortress and a typical construction of the region. Since 1997 it houses the Museum of the University of Tübingen, with teaching collections of the Institute of Prehistory and Early History, Classical Archaeology, Numismatics and Egyptology work, and a collection of molds Near East. There's even a warehouse where they breed bats (vampires) the world's largest. The entire palace is open, once inside, look for the runners; tunnels that take you from one side to the other. They are narrow, cold and dark with almost no light, just with small ocher-colored bulbs. You move in single-file and if you see someone coming towards you, better to stop and let them pass. It echoes, your footsteps and breath .. and if you hear another voice .. uuuhh! When the language is Spanish it's OK, but when you do not understand the language you get scared.
Freiburg Cathedral is one of the largest and most beautiful monuments in the entire city. Its construction lasted for centuries and has a clear mixture of architectural styles, the highlight of which undoubtedly is on the outside, the tower that measures approximately 116mm high and the inside of which is beautiful, but what we most liked were its windows. You can also climb the tower, the only thing is only you have to be physically fit because it is so high ..
Although in legend Friedrich von Schiller "Poet" appears only as a poet, the truth is that he was much more - a military medical doctor and writer, the truth is that he well deserves a plaza (square). Anyway, the city has searched for a niche, you see the back of all the buildings which gives the sensation that it was once a wasteland. The Regional Museum of Baden-Wütemberg is in Schiller Platz, the Stiff Kirche is an evangelical church and the surrounding historical buildings are well maintained, although as I say, almost all are the rear thereof. Goethe, the great german teacher par excellence, received a Chair of History while staying at the University of Jena, something historic and priceless.
This impressive nine arch bridge stands over the Neckar river. It was built between 1786 and 1788 by order of the Elector Karl Theodor. The bridge's gateway deserves special attention. You'll always find tourists taking photos as they enter and leave the long bridge. The best views of the whole thing are from atop the castle or along the Philosopher's Walk, which is accessed from one end of the Old Bridge. Of course you can't leave Heidelberg without having seen this worth-the-visit bridge.
My last weekend in Stuttgart, I could not pass up on the opportunity to see a live match in the German Bundesliga, sorry - I'm a massive football fan. The visitors, Sevilla, came from the European competitions, it looked set to be a great game. Not so, the "VFB", as Stuttgart are called, dominated from the start, they controlled the "tempo" of the match and did a good job. They had a compact defense, they were pressing in midfield and stopped most of Sevilla's attacks. They scored in the first 10 minutes, and then 2 more in the second half. The atmosphere was phenomenal and the stadium almost full (53,000 spectators), the perfect day with sunshine. Around the stadium you can buy shirts and VFB of last season, at a reduced price. There is a team store too, but on a day like this, it was packed. Reminded me of going to the football in my youth.