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Germany's 16 states: Baden-Württemberg

A selfie in front of the ruins of Heidelberg Castle and winter sports in the Black Forest are just two reasons to visit Baden-Württemberg.

This state in south-western Germany is known worldwide, especially for the Black Forest. In fact, the "Ländle," or "little land," as the locals affectionately call it, has much more to offer: from nature in the Swabian Jura to plenty of art and culture in the state capital Stuttgart.

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Travel tips for Baden-Württemberg

UNESCO World Heritage: The Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart

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. In the Weissenhof Estate, two houses designed by Le Corbusier have had UNESCO World Heritage status since 2016. Check-in host Lukas Stege explored these icons of modern architectural history.

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The Weissenhof Estate

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. Lukas Stege, who hosts our TV travel show Check-in, has put on his hiking boots. 

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Something for everyone in the Swabian Jura

Black Forest

No other region in Baden-Württemberg attracts more tourists: the Black Forest offers destinations ranging from the Feldberg, the state's highest mountain, to Lake Titisee. The distinctive Bollenhut hats, with their wide brims and pompoms, cuckoo clocks and, of course, Black Forest gateau are well-known symbols associated with it.

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Highlights in the Black Forest

Meersburg Castle

Meersburg Castle stands on a south-facing outcrop above Lake Constance, where Baden-Württemberg borders on Austria and Switzerland. Its origins are said to date back to the 7th century. The private rooms of the Prince-Bishops of Constance are among the most magnificent of its 100 rooms. 

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#DailyDrone: Meersburg Castle

Highlights in a 360-degree-video

In the far north of Baden-Württemberg stands one of the most famous castles in Germany: the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. It has inspired painters, writers have waxed lyrical about it, and nowadays Instagrammers love the former residence of the Electors Palatine as a photographic subject. A 360-degree tour of the castle and Heidelberg's old town.

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