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Germany's 16 states: Baden-Württemberg

Many things that originated in Baden-Württemberg have made it world famous: from cuckoo clocks to Black Forest gateau, from Mercedes to Porsche. Get to know the federal state of hardworking gourmets.

Three become one: The state in southwestern Germany is the only one created by a referendum. In 1952, the states of Württemberg-Baden, Baden and Württemberg-Hohenzollern merged. From that point on, the Black Forest and Swabian Alb, Heidelberg and Stuttgart, Black Forest gateau and Spätzle noodles belonged together — as well as the people of Baden and Swabia who inhabit this land: Baden-Württemberg.

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Travel tips for Baden-Württemberg


Year after year, Heidelberg has reported new visitor records, counting 13 million guests in 2019. There seemed to be no end in sight to this growth, until the coronavirus arrived. In the summer of 2020, foreign guests stayed away and tourism collapsed. Here's a snapshot from summer 2020 with check-in presenter Nicole Frölich.

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Heidelberg in summer during the pandemic


In the 19th century the town of Baden-Baden was particularly popular with Russian guests as a luxurious health spa. Today, affluent tourists come from all over the world. Is this place also suitable for young people? Check-in moderator Lukas Stege asked himself this question and traveled to Baden-Baden before the coronavirus crisis.

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Baden-Baden: Luxury in the Black Forest


Stuttgart is known for its automotive history, with Mercedes and Porsche. But it's not just the museums of the motoring world that make the state capital attractive — also some icons of modern architectural history!

Swabian Alb

Protected cultivated countryside, crowned here and there by castles, stretches out south of Stuttgart. In the Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve in the Jura mountains, hiking trails take you through a distinctive low-mountain landscape, past meadows with scattered fruit trees and through beech forests. Check-in presenter Lukas Stege put on his hiking boots before the coronavirus crisis and went on a discovery tour. 

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Something for everyone in the Swabian Jura

Mountain delight

The Feldberg is Baden-Württemberg's most famous mountain. The Belchen is one of those who can compete with it. At 1414 meters (4639 feet) high, it offers its visitors a fantastic panoramic view of the Rhine Valley, the Vosges and, with good visibility, even as far as the Alps.

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#DailyDrone: Belchen

Germany's blue wonder

Lake Constance is Germany's largest lake, so big that even neighboring countries Austria and Switzerland get a share of it. Framed by the Alps, wine thrives on its shores protected from wind and cold. On the island of Mainau, even palm trees soar into the sky. No day at the lake is like the other: the colors of its water change between turquoise green, petrol and blue. The best way to experience it is to take a trip across Lake Constance.

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#DailyDrone: Lake Constance

Freiburg and Black Forest in 360-degree-videos

With nearly 23 million overnight stays in 2019, the Black Forest is more popular than ever before. Known for the famous cake that bears its name, the Black Forest gateau, also famous for cuckoo clocks, Bollenhut pompom hats and of course its endless forests. They are a hiking paradise in summer, in winter skiers glide down its slopes.The capital of the Black Forest is Freiburg with its 800-year-old Gothic cathedral in the city center. 

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Specialties from Baden-Württemberg

Every trip also includes sampling the local cuisine. Since you can't travel to Germany at the moment, let us bring you a speciality from Baden-Württemberg home to you with a recipe to cook for yourself: the famous Black Forest gateau.

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How to make Black Forest Gateau

Your trip to Germany

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