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Introduction

An advertising for Baden-Württemberg aimed at investors reads "We can do everything - except talk Standard German." And it is true. While being far lesser known Baden-Württemberg forms the other half of the industrial powerhouse that is Southern Germany. It is mainly due to its people. A saying describes them as "schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue" (work, work, build a small little house) - a shorthand for being industrious, hard working, staid, honest, conservative, down to earth and having a horrible accent. All building societies that are in operation today in Germany were founded in Baden-Württemberg. Telling, huh? To top it of most of them are staunchly Christian, either Catholic or Protestant. There was a strong Pietism movement in the 18th century that still affects life today, no other area of Germany has as many Protestant fundamentalists as Baden-Württemberg.

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Sights and Activities

Lake Konstanz

Lake Konstanz, (in German: Bodensee) is the largest lake in all of Germany, it borders aswell to Austria and Switzerland. This is a great place for boating and cycling. There are several ferries crossing the lake from one place to another, and there is a cycling route going around the lake, than can be done over several days. On the German part of the lake, there is a small island called Mainau, which is a place of interest for lovers of flowers and gardens.

Ulm Minster

Gargoyle of Ulmer Münster

Gargoyle of Ulmer Münster

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The Ulm Minster (Ulmer Münster), located in Ulm, is the largest Lutheran church in the world with a steeple that is over 161.53 metres (530 feet). To make it up this steeple a traveller must climb up over 768 steps. Once at the top there is stunning view of all of Ulm that makes the climb very worthwhile. Construction was started in the 14th century but the slow process of constructing this huge gothic church was not completed until the 19th century. There is great art to be enjoyed inside the Church and a wonderful feeling of knowing that Mozart once played on its famous massive organ can be felt.

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Events and Festivals

  • Cannstatter Volksfest/Cannstatter Wasen - end of September/beginning of October, the biggest after Munich.

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Getting There

By Plane

Stuttgart
Stuttgart Airport (STA), about 12 kilometres from Stuttgart, offers a wide range of flights. Although there is only one runway, it's the major hub for German based lowcost airlines German Wings and TuiFly. Together they form the bulk of arriving and departing flights, with connections throughout Europe and the north of Africa mainly. A few destinations include Moscow, London, Agadir, Funchal, Barcelona, Reykjavik, Madrid, Rome, Luxor, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Vienna, Warsaw, Thessaloniki and Lisbon.
KLM has regular flights to Amsterdam and other destinations with airlines include Atlanta, Helsinki, Paris, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen and Malta.
Stuttgart Airport can be easily reached within 30 minutes from the city's central railway station using the Stuttgart suburban railway S2 or S3. The airport lies right next to the Autobahn A8 that connects the cities of Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Munich.

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
Baden Airpark is located some 40 kilometres from Karlsruhe and just 12 kilometres from Baden-Baden. It's mainly served by lowcostairlines, like Ryanair which flies to/from Alicante, Cagliari, Dublin, Girona, London, Porto, Rome and Stockholm.
TuiFly serves Palma de Mallorca, Antalya, Rhodes and Tenerife, while Hamburg International serves more destinations in southern Europe like Corfu, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tel Aviv and Malaga. Finally, Air Berlin has a few flights, including Rimini and Vienna as destinations.

Freiburg
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (IATA: BSL) is the only airport in Europe that is jointly operated by three countries. It is located entirely on French soil, but has excellent connections to Basel (in fact, much better than to farther-away Mulhouse and Freiburg).
Although the airport is on French soil, there is a special Swiss customs area connected to Basel by a border road.

The airport receives flights from all major European airports, a few intercontinental flights and numerous smaller cities in Europe. Easyjet flies to/from Berlin, London, Porto, Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Naples, Nice, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca and Rome. Places served further away include Algiers, Montreal, Istanbul and Reykjavik, though most cities are located in central, western and southern Europe.

The airports connects to the A3 Motorway. Basel's BVB bus No. 50 connects the Swiss sector of the airport to the Bahnhof SBB, which is the main Swiss and French railway station in Basel. French Distribus bus No. 11 connects the French sector of the airport to the Saint-Louis railway station.

By Train

Deutsche Bahn (DB) offers train connections througout Germany.

By Bus

Eurolines connects to several German cities, and both Karlsruhe and Stuttgart have stops.

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