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Wuerzburg “Residenz” Palace, famous tourist attraction

Nuernberg’s Christmas market draws thousands of visitors every year.

Panoramic View of the Neckar bridge

GarmischPartenkirchen is famous for its idyllic scenery

Traditional Farmhouse in the Black Forest

Beautiful view of Bamberg’s “Little Venice”

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Germany’s south—a region full of historical heritage and scenic delights


Southern Germany, including the provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, as well as the southern part of Hesse, is probably the most visited part of Germany. The lovely landscape of the Black Forest, the rolling hills of central Bavaria, the valleys of the Rhine and Danube and the Alpine scenery in the south make up a country full of scenic delights. The lure of Munich and some of Germany's most beautiful towns, such as Augsburg, Wuerzburg, Heidelberg, and Bamberg – are responsible for the region's popularity.

Stuttgart is a prosperous modern city in the south of Germany, with two famous festivals, one for wine and one for beer, a world class gallery in the Staatsgalerie, excellent shops and innumerable restaurants. Located southeast of Stuttgart is Esslingen, featuring important buildings from Roman times onwards. To the north be sure to visit Ludwigsburg with its impressive and beautifully planned layout of gardens and palaces dating from around 1700.

The Bodensee (Lake Constance) is located in the south part of southern Germany, bordering Switzerland and Austria. Along its shores, you can visit the beautiful towns Meersburg and Uberlingen, as well as the cosmopolitan town of Konstanz. To the north is the Schwabian Jura, a landscape of rocky hills and crags. Its well-developed trails offer excellent walking opportunities.

The Black Forest is perhaps the most famous tourist destination in Germany. It is known as a land of watery gorges, fertile valleys, dark forests and spectacular mountain scenery, as well as countless pretty towns and villages. The mighty Danube rises here, and in the south the Rhine flows through some of the area's most stunning scenery. Visit the Munster in the historical town of Freiburg, or climb up to the Feldburg for an amazing view of the distant Alps.

Heidelberg, with its beautiful sandstone buildings and superb vistas, is the essential place to visit in the north of this region, although the cities of Mannheim and Karlsruhe have much to offer as well.

Bavaria offers some of Germany's loveliest scenery as well as some of its most impressive cities and great winter skiing opportunities on beautiful sub-alpine slopes. The hills leading towards Munich are full of tranquil lakes and medieval monasteries. The beautifully restored city of Nurnberg, architecturally magnificent Bamberg, and the prosperous medieval city of Regensburg and the Danube valley are other “Must-Sees” on the list.

Last but not least, Munich - one of Europe's major cities. The city of sophistication is home to many magnificent sights, palaces, churches, museums, galleries and gardens. Munich is a culinary metropolis, and famous for its Oktoberfest, Europe’s greatest beer festival.

Wherever you go in Southern Germany: Chances are you won’t want to leave!