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If you pull off the road in Stuttgart, you will discover more than a century of car history


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A class excursion The Mercedes-Benz Museum is about more than presenting cars. Its imposing architecture, right next to the cradle of the automotive industry, leads visitors through 120 years of automotive history. TEXT Stefan Brunner PICTURES Mercedes-Benz Museum

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The C 111 surrounded by the famous “Silver Arrows” The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is an icon of the brand Passing some MercedesBenz aircraft engines, visitors arrive in the 1930s The renowned supercharger cars of Mercedes-Benz

› Silver Arrows, what else, guide visitors through this unique building, which quickly became one of Stuttgart’s landmarks. Since the 1930s, Silver Arrows — the name of Mercedes-Benz race cars — have led famous drivers such as Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio from victory to victory.The new Mercedes-Benz Museum is located right next to the parent plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, one of the cradles of the automotive industry. An outer skin of aluminium and glass lends the building an air of transparency and weightlessnes. The buildings double structure results in two overlapping exhibition levels, which lead the visitor down a spiraling route through the building. Arriving at the top of the 42-metre-high atrium, visitors are greeted by a rather unusual acoustic signal, the neigh of a horse. The visitors have traveled back in time and have arrived just prior to the invention of the first automobiles. The chronological tour leads through the Legend rooms. Each one presents an epoch based on a central scene: from the invention of the automo68

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tive gasoline-powered road vehicle through the emergence of the Mercedes brand, the development of supercharged and diesel engines, the Gullwing car and the shortnose trucks of the 1950s, the growing importance of safety and ecology, the global presence of the brand, to the general theme of racing and record-breaking vehicles in the last Legend room. Unlike the chronologically ordered Legend rooms, the Collection halls are arranged thematically according to application types. Characteristic of them is the large window facade through which daylight can fall on the exhibits.

More Than Race Cars Visitors can enjoy a fantastic view from the Collection rooms on the urban bustle surrounding the museum and the woods and vineyards of the extended environs. A wellthought-out media presentation supports the exhibit in all areas, but does not force itself upon the visitor. Appealing to all the senses, it begins with the audio guide, which is handed out to visitors when they

buy their tickets, continues through the projections on the atrium walls which accompany visitors on their way up in the elevator, and is not about to stop at the sound effects that supplement the visual impressions at various points.

Porsche Follows Suit In 2008, automobile fanatic day-trippers walking through the collection will have to add some horsepower when the sports car manufacturer Porsche opens its new museum in neighbouring Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Enrico Müller, spokesperson of the Mercedes-Benz-Museum, does not fear the competition for his museum: “That Porsche is now also starting with a spectacular architectural project underlines Stuttgart’s position as the world’s leading automotive city.” 8 Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart-Untertürkheim Every day except Mondays 9 to18 h www.museum-mercedes-benz.com


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Street life When night falls on the city of Stuttgart the lights in one street are more colourful than in others: the Theodor-Hauss-Street becomes one big block party. An almost never-ending row of bars and clubs allow you to dance the night away.

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Captivating views This pulsating city captivates visitors from all over the world by virtue of its unique situation and magnificent panoramic views.

The new Kunstmuseum Stuttgart C Stuttgart Marketing

Stuttgart Beer Festival C Stuttgart Marketing Stuttgart Wine Festival C Stuttgart Marketing

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Stuttgart — Exciting Metropolis Palaces and parks, architecture, art and … automobiles in the heart of downtown Stuttgart recall its days as a former seat of royalty. Exciting contrasts between historic and modern buildings bear witness to its past and present — so walking through the centre of town is like CITY-HIGHLIGHTS NOT TO BE MISSED

Stuttgart owns the the most important collection of Works of Otto Dix. Stuttgart also has a lot to offer in the way of music to suit every taste and can justifiably call itself “world class”. In particular, the internationally renowned Stuttgart Ballet and Stuttgart Opera play a leading role in the cultural life of the city.

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International Vaudeville at the Friedrichsbau Variety Theatre

Shoppers’ Paradise

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Pomp Duck and Circumstance, “Restaurant out of control”

until 06.01.2008

Stan Douglas, Exhibition at Stuttgart State Gallery

until 24.03.2008

“Egyptian Mummies”, Exhibition in the Landesmusuem Württemberg

until 06.04.2008

“GETROFFEN — Otto Dix and the art of portrait”, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

23.02. - 08.06.2008

“PopArtPortaits”, Exhibition at the State Gallery

12.04. - 04.05.2008

Stuttgart Spring Festival

01.05. - 06.05.2007

15th International Festival of Animated Film

07.08. - 10.08.2008

Stuttgart Summer Festival

27.08. - 07.09.2008

32nd Stuttgart Wine Village

18.09. - 21.09.2008

Shopping Festival Stuttgart

24.09. - 11.01.2009

Matisse — “Menschen Masken Modelle”, State Gallery

27.09. - 05.10.2008

Porsche-Tennis-Grand-Prix

27.09. - 12.10.2008

163. Cannstatt Beer Festival

19.11. - 23.11.2008

“German Masters”, International Equestrian Tournament

27.11. - 23.12.2008

Stuttgart Christmas Market

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taking a stroll through architectural history. But as well as architecture, art also enjoys high priority in StuttgART. The State Gallery with its first-class art collection is one of Europe’s most frequently visited art museums. The spectacular Kunstmuseum

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A number of highly interesting museums also attract visitors, especially the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche automobile museums. For entertainment there are also many enjoyable events, such as the traditional Stuttgart Beer Festival (Cannstatter Volksfest), one of the greatest beer festivals in the world, the Stuttgart Wine Festival (Stuttgarter Weindorf) or one of the most lovely Christmas Markets in Europe. And Stuttgart is a veritable shoppers’ paradise. Along the Königstrasse, Germany’s longest pedestrian precinct, large, modern department stores rub shoulders with branches of well-known international chains. 8


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Clear View The Black Forest as one of Germany’s top tourism destinations is rejuvenating

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Body and Soul Green hilltops, the autumn sun, a wide view down to the warm Rhine river plains and to neigbouring Switzerland’s Alps and Alsace hills… The Black Forest offers wellness and leisure opportunities for all generations.

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Inspiration The Swabian have a very ambivalent feeling about the Swabian Alb. It is raw, it is capricious. Like some of its inhabitants.

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The Landscape The Swabian Alps enable you to get away from it all, find peace and quiet. Here you can stop off at a really cosy inn and regain your overall sense of perspective when you look across the mountain ridges. People returning from here often feel as if they have been reborn.Â

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The Black Forest with its highest mountain, The Feldberg, offers its visitors over 200 ski lifts, around 250 kilometres of prepared downhill slopes and twelve ski jumps, along with freeride and deep powder slopes. The Black Forest in winter is also a white Eldorado for snowboarders and snowkiters with its special range of facilities.

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High Altitude When the Black Forest is clothed in white, winter sports fans from all the country flock here to indulge in their passion.

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Forest Jump! Off the Track Fir green hilltops, clear mountain lakes, hot springs, red ladies’ hat with pom-poms and ham sandwiches… The Black Forest is Germany’s biggest continuous low mountain range and meanwhile it has become and internationally known brand. If you move off the beaten track, you need strong nerves. Text: Daniela Sandmann

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Facts & Figures Black forest

C Erich Spiegelhalter/STG > 8,500 kilometres of mountain bike trails > 19,295,516 overnight stays in 2008 > 19 % of the visitors come from abroad > 161,000,000 day travellers > 612,000 working places > 6.66 billon euros gross value added > 180,994 overnight stays by Asian guests > A + 30 % increase in overnight stays by Russian guests

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The Black Forest has much more to offer than twittering wooden cuckoo clocks and abundant cream tarts of 160 kilometres the Black Forest reaches from the border triangle along the lowlands of the Upper-Rhine to Karlsruhe. The fir tree wooded rotund hilltops are known far beyond the borders. In the last year alone, the hotels and pensions counted more than 6.5 million guests — about a forth of them came from abroad. Skiing in winter, hiking in summer, and ham sandwiches or a piece of Black Forest Cake in between — but the Black Forest offers more than those touristic Black Forest classics — for instance an 8,500 kilometres long mountain bike trail network or geocaching. With a length

Geocaching is an electronic version of a scavenger hunt, in which satellite data show you the way. Today, a lot of places in the Black Forest offer GPS receivers for rent, which will then lead you from one task to the next. In the end — provided that you find it — a small “treasure” waits for the eager tracker. However, for succeeding it is essential that you are able to draw deductions, to find hidden hints and to solve riddles concerning the culture, history and ecology of the Black Forest. For those who prefer to move around on two wheels, Segway is the right thing. This vehicle consists of two solid rubber wheels


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+ No risk, but fun: roping down at Germany’s highest waterfall C Gerhard Eisenschink/STG

At the high rope course near Freiburg you can fly from tree to tree like Tarzan C Heike Budig/STG

16,000 metres altitude difference: an eldorado for cross bikers C Gerhard Eisenschink/STG

connected via a board to stand on and a bar for steering and balancing. That way, you may easily explore the southern part of the Black Forest at a speed of 20 km/h on guided tours along the “Sauschwänzlebahn” near Blumberg.

Gold-Seeking between the Brown Trouts Those who want to feel like the gold washers in Australia and Lapland may do this in the local mountain creeks. You walk across parts of the Black Forest, armed with a gold pan, in search of suitable creeks. You can experience a lot also in bigger waters. For instance, in Breisach at the Rhine you can do canoeing, as well as at the river Elz near Riegel. There, you are surrounded by nature and you may enjoy the silence. Those who like it creepy should participate in “Historix-Tours”. Freiburg offers guided tours of quite a different nature. As soon as it gets dark, the brave people meet in Freiburg in order to explore the city by night. The “ghost walk” focuses for instance on spooky spine-chillers and myths. An actor equipped with a storm lamp, a black hat and cape leads the visitors to Freiburg’s dark places, such as the Old Cemetery.

Hanging in Trees and Downhill Rides A stay in the adventure park in the district of the Upper Black Forest is totally different but just as exciting. Here you can find five different courses high up in the trees. Everyone can choose the right climbing trail according to his abilities. If this is not enough, you can take the huge rope slide to get to Hirschbühl afterwards. Hanging on a steel cable, you can hereby reach your destination at a speed of up to 80 km/h. For those who don’t like hiking but who want to explore nature nevertheless, there is the possibility of renting a scooter. With a special “downhill scooter” you can take a ride down the mountain Schauinsland. On the eight-kilometre-long trail you can regulate the speed yourself. It is one of the longest trails all over Germany and it was specially designed for downhill rides. 8

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The West Trail with a lenght of 285 kilometres, belongs to the ten most adventurous long-distance hiking trails in

Germany. It is integrated into the trail system of the Black Forest which comprises 23,000 kilometres of hiking trails. The north-south-route starts in Pforzheim. After ascending steeply, it adjoins the European watershed between the Rhine and Danube Rivers. Above Lake Titisee, it ascends to the Feldberg Mountain, which, with an altitude of 1493 metres, is the highest landmark in Germany’s non-alpine mountains. A high-altitude hike with numerous lookout points leads via the Belchen Mountain and through the

area of the Markgräflerland to Basel, where Germany and France border Switzerland. www.blackforest-tourism.com

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Ludwigsburg Schloss Festival 03.6. - 1.8.2010, Ludwigsburg International Baden-Württemberg festival with concerts, musical theatre, drama, dance, performance. Phone: +49 7141 939636 www.schlossfestspiele.com

Miró: The Colours of Poetry 2.7. - 14.11.2010, Baden-Baden With one hundred outstanding works by Joan Miró, this summer’s major exhibition at the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden covers six decades of this Catalan artist’s production. Open: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on Monday Phone: +49 7221 / 3 98 98-0 www.sammlung-frieder-burda.de

Voices Festival 2010 14 July - 8 August 2010, Lörrach International choral festival with artists and projects in the corner where three nations meet. Phone: +49 7621 9408965 www.stimmen.com

Three Countries and one Lake Holiday feelings at the Lake Constance

Jazzopen 15.7. - 25.7.2010, Stuttgart The very best of jazz with Katie Melua, Till Brönner, Randy Crawford, etc. www.jazzopen.com

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Reduced to its chemical formula water is simply the sum of a lot of connections of hydrogen and oxygen. The the region in the heart of Europe the water of Lake Constance means so much more than that, it is its elixir of life. It formed its profile as glacier ice millions of years ago and made diversified and fertile cultivated landscapes prosper. Nowadays up to five million households are provided with drinking water every day from the depths of Lake Constance. And with its maritime flair in front of the

unique backdrop of the Alps it is a popular paradise for sailing, diving and bathing at once every year.

Sprawling Border Crosser Lake Constance connects three countries: About 50 billion cubic metres of water spread on a total area of 536 square kilometres separate the south of Germany from the north of Switzerland and the west of Austria. Due to the changing thermal in spring and autumn the eastern, wide upper lake


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One place to Stay Sails disappearing on the horizon, palms at the lakeside promenade, vineyards and meadows with apple trees at the gently slopes of the waterside regions. Beyond, within one’s reach on clear days, the mountain range of the Alps. Lake Constance combines maritime flair with the charm of the indulating pre-Alps landscape. The third largest inland lake of Europe borders on three countries. It is located in the south of Germany, in the north of Switzerland and in the west of Austria. Accordingly diverse and international is the offer around the lake. And it is only a stone’s throw away from high alpine hiking and skiing regions. Text: Daniela Sandmann

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in the pre-Alps region often shows its fury. In the west Lake Constance’s water gently reaches for the soft, volcanic and hilly landscape of the Hegau with two strong inlets. In the northwest it forms the Überlinger See which edges a landscape with its very own charm along tree-covered heights of the Bodanrück in the south up to Mainau Island, the island of flowers. The lower lake with its sections Gnaden- and Zellersee forms with a 63 square kilometres large water area the natural border to Switzerland.

Extensive lakeside and land areas of this region retained their original character and are protected.

An Island Made of Flowers The best-known excursion destination on the German side of the lake is the island of flowers Mainau, famous for the magnificent parks and gardens around the baroque castle of the count’s family Bernadotte. Count Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg, who died in 2004, was directly descended from

the Swedish royal house. As a big lover of plants, he made Mainau since 1936 to the paradise of flowers which it is today. Opposite, amidst vineyards, lies Meersburg, whose medieval castle — it is the oldest inhabited castle in Germany — and baroque castle grounds characterise the city’s skyline already from a distance. Old cities, which kept their historical character, are found everywhere around the lake. Peculiarly worth seeing are in Germany Konstanz, Überlingen, Wasserburg and of › Business Baden-Württemberg

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High above the lake and in the middle of the pitoresque wineyards the tower of the splendour baroque pilgrims church Birnau point to the sky. C IBT

small town is a special place. Characteristic are the paintings on the bowfronts from the 15th to the 20th century and the magnificent renaissance town hall. The shipping from Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen is listed among the most beautiful river trips in Europe. Unspoiled countryside alternates with historic buildings which drift by in contemplative slowness. In front of the famous Rheinfall one should better get off. On a width of 150 metres an average amount of 800.000 litres of water per second plunges down 23 metres. The biggest waterfall in Europe is with its over two million visitors a year one of the most popular excursion destinations in Switzerland.

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› With 536 square kilometres it is the third largest inland lake in Europe › Shore length: 273 km › Biggest depth: 254 m

› Lake Constance is Germany’s biggest drinking water reservoir. Five million households are daily provided with drinking water from Lake Constance › 30 fish species live in the lake

› course the Bavarian island city Lindau. On top of that one should not miss a trip to the island Reichenau. With its medieval cloister and church buildings it is listed among the UNESCO world cultural heritage since November 2000.

Zeppelin City Friedrichshafen One of the most important business locations at the lake and birthplace of the zeppelin is Friedrichshafen. For only a few years the zeppelin is flying again — the famous airship was not built any more after the explosion of “Hindenburg” in Lakehurst / U.S.A. in 1937. Today there are already two 66

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› The biggest fish in the lake, the wels catfish, can become two metres long › The island Reichenau has been part of the UNESCO cultural heritage since November 2009

zeppelins circling above Lake Constance. Filled with harmless helium, they are a real tourist attraction — although it is not that easy to snatch one of the highly coveted seats. The zeppelin museum gives insight into the airshipbuilding history. Here you have access to the passenger cabins and the promenade deck of the 33 metres long reconstruction of a part of the legendary LZ 129 “Hindenburg”.

Via Stein am Rhein to Europe’s Biggest Waterfall Where the lower lake narrows into the Rhine, Stein am Rhein is located. The

For those who do not just want to look at water but also want to feel it are spoilt for choice. Those who like it fast choses the banana boat alternative in Kressbronn. Pulled by a strong motorboat up to eight persons whoosh on a huge, yellow towboat across the lake. Daring ones conquer the lake on two slats doing water ski, a fresh breeze around their noses. Several water sport schools offer surf lessons or, after date arrangement, water ski and wakeboard lessons. A comfortable pedal boat ride on the wide area of the upper lake is waiting for those wanting to take it easy instead. In numerous harbour cities such as Constance, Wasserburg or the Swiss Rorschach the popular excursion boats in different sizes and models are ready for hire. One floats in a canoe shortly of the water surface. Between Überlingen and Schaffhausen am Rhein rental companies also offer guided tours. But Lake Constance’s region also offers varied outdoor fun for those who do not like water. The region’s diversity can be explored on cycling tours around the lake or small side step into the interior. Along the south bank the Thurgauer Skaters Paradise attracts inline skaters with perfect tarmacs. Hiker and mountainbiker dare to go further south and explore the pre-alpine landscape around St. Gallen and the Principality of Liechtenstein. For those who always wanted to swing in trees in a height of ten metres


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1.2 million visitors come to the island Mainau every year C Daniel Schlapp

Tasting the lake: gourmets appreciate the high density of outstanding restaurants C IBT

600 m3 of water rushes over the cliffs of the Rhine Falls each second C IBT

like Tarzan finds a perfect playground in Immenstaad in the “Adventure Park”. Nine different climbing parcours with different difficulty level always present the sporting visitors always with new challenges in this high rope course.

Gourmandise Lake Constance-like No wonder that you get hungry while doing all those activities. The culinary side definitely does not come off badly at Lake Constance. Deliciously fine combined aromes on the tongue, the fruity smell of a Hagnau white wine or the substantial bouquet of a pinot bleu in the nose, accompanied by the calmly burbling Lake Constance with mountain panorama in sight and the gentle breeze of the sun-spoilt south on the skin – that is enjoyment in perfection. The Lake Constance region has every component of such an aesthetic and culinary cocktail by nature. What inspires master chefs and makes gourmet hearts leap for joy grows plenty in its mediterranean climate and the fertile plains. But delicacies are also hidden in the lake. Whether smoked or steamed: The whitefish is still the best-known and most popular food fish of Lake Constance. For those who are interested in how whitefish, zander, char etc. swap life in the lake for a short-term stay on potatoes or leek puree with beetroot foam can join one of the 200 fishing men of Lake Constance before dawn when reeling in weirs, laces or gillnets.

Lake View as that Extra Something The food culture formatived the scenery of Lake Constance’s region. Especially fruit and viticulture have an old tradition here. From late summer on, meadows with scattered fruit trees and large fruit plantations all around the lake turn into a colourful sea of red apples, bright red cherries, sweet smelling Williams-pears and dark purple coloured lines of plum trees. Those who want to learn more about apples and pears can do that on the nine kilometre long fruit educational trail in the Swiss Altnau. On the fruit and vine hiking trail of Hagnau experience hiker on four kilometres a lot of knowledge about the regional culti-

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vated types of fruit and vine. The stations guide along the Willhelm height, passing the most beautiful lookouts of Hagnau. Besides fruits and vine cheese influenced and formed whole settlement areas around Lake Constance. A pre-alpine nature experience, farming delicacies and unique panorama views present themselves to hikers along the cheese educational trail. On the threehour-tour a lot of cheese is savoured during a visit of an alpine dairy. Twelve boards along the trail lively explain all stages of the cheese production — from the pitchfork to the one for eating.

First Fun, then Enjoyment When the sun slowly sets and the first lakeside lights come on, the day is still not over. Lake Constance’s nightlife puts several surprises forward. In summer “The Boat” is anchored in the harbour of Constance and invites to party on Lake Constance until the early hours. Directly at Airport Friedrichshafen the Halbhuber Airport invites yearround to Salsa Party, Tango Aero and Dinner & Jazz Live at the Airport. At Montfort castle in Langenau you can dance in Club Hugo. In the summer months there are beach bars everywhere. The Sealounge is located at the lakeshore of Kreuzlingen, in Constance the Seezeit beach bar at the bank of the Rhine offers cold cocktails in a sandy area and in Friedrichshafen you enjoy allday beach club flair at the harbour. 8

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180 Destinations, One Card The Lake Constance Discovery Card entitles you to free or reduced admission to nearly all excursion and leisure destinations around Lake Constance.

Information www.bodensee.eu www.mainau.de www.reichenau.de www.friedrichshafen.de

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Attractive Locations for Camper Vans Upper Swabia — the home region of the big camping car manufacturers — is covered with a dense network of sites for camper vans C Oberschwaben-Tourismus

Routes of Special Interest for Mobile Nomads Users of camper vans love spontaneous and laid-back travel, being close to the land and its people. In Upper Swabia, home to the big manufacturers of recreational vehicles, this has been understood. Nearly all places and towns of interest to tourists own centrally located sites for camper vans. The Upper Swabian Tourist Board has now elaborated “Genießerrouten”, i.e. itineraries of special interest introducing the visitor to the very best sites in the region.

is a varied region between Lake Constance and the Danube, covering the area between the Allgäu and the Swabian Alb. The region combines outstanding features: unique natural reserves, baroque churches and monasteries, picturesque small towns as well as idyllic rural scenery. Add to it numerous natural lakes for bathing and thermal spas steeped in tradition and here is the backdrop for a perfect holiday. Over the last few years, the region has turned into one of the most important German areas for users of camper vans, also thanks to the efforts of the Upper Swabian Tourist Board. Many a camper van nomad has discovered Upper Swabia on their way to some Southern holiday spot — and has since then chosen Upper Swabia as the final destination for their vacation.

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Caring for you and for your Dog There is culture and nature right and left. For camping car enthusiasts travelling along the Routes of Special Interest, the “Genießerrouten”, both spots of natural beauty and the comforts of urban life are within constant reach. A free brochure gives hands-on information on 21 towns and communes for the mobile traveller:

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The brochure “Genießerrouten” may be ordered free of charge from: Oberschwaben-Tourismus GmbH Neues Kloster 1, 88427 Bad Schussenried Phone +49 (0)7583/ 331060 Fax: +49 (0)7583/ 331020 info@oberschwaben-tourismus.de or may be downloaded from the website www.oberschwaben-tourismus.de

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where to find fresh, regional produce for the camping stove, which site offers freshly baked bread rolls for your breakfast table as well as information on distances — by foot or on bike — to places of interest and popular destinations in the area. Culinary specialities and places of cultural interest are sure to turn your holiday into a feast for all senses. Baroque churches and breweries are awaiting your visit. And there are day-care centres for your dog (who might not be able to value baroque art and breweries the same way), too. Both of you will, though, no doubt, appreciate details on the dog trails in our brochure as well as information on factory sales points for dog food.

Relaxing after your Drive “Our routes lead mobile van users through very special scenery,“ assures Jürgen Jankowiak, Manager of OberschwabenTourismus, the region’s tourist board. There is one route devoted to the Danube Valles. Another itinerary will guide you around Lake Federsee. Follow the course of the river Schussen, or discover the Allgäu region, bordering Austria and Switzerland. The brochure also contains many suggestions about how to best discover local life. Such as by visiting the thermal spas of Aulendorf, Bad Waldsee, Bad Saulgau, Bad Buchau or Bad Wurzach. Mudbaths, thermal water and wellness treatments are there to make the tired driver forget about the stresses and strains of the journey. Staying at camper van sites is sometimes free of charge; prices range to a maximum of twelve euros, according to the facilities and services offered. All sites are close to places of special interest and near spots favouring relaxation. 8


Reading the Paper in Peace In Upper Swabia you can spend your days the way you desire: Well-delineated pitches as the starting point for your explorations, gastronomic temptations created from regionally produced ingredients and, additionally, a spa area with healing waters and relaxing moors. On top of that: We have the most beautiful baroque skies in Germany! Just contact us to request our motor home brochure “Genießerrouten” with a complete site description.

Oberschwaben Tourismus Phone +49-(0)-7583-331060 · Neues Kloster 1 · D-88427 Bad Schussenried www.oberschwaben-tourismus.de · info@oberschwaben-tourismus.de


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Living History Dornier has made history. The company’s development is inseparably linked with the visionary Claude Dornier, whose affection for technology and fascination with flying have made the Dornier Werke one of the most innovative German companies.

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goal is not only to showcase the most outstanding technical achievements in aerospace history, but also to help understand how revolutionary ideas come into being against the background of contemporary history. The museum is living history and wants to provide inspiration. “The Dornier Museum is not only an emotional experience for technophiles. We would like to get everyone – those interested in history, people with curious minds, families with children and teenagers – to reflect on our exhibits and to be inspired to great ideas,” says Cornelius Dornier, son of Silvius Dornier and the museum’s Project Manager.

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The museum is divided into three sections: The “Museumsbox” demonstrates 100 years of aeronautic history and the most important steps of the Dornier company’s development. The Gallery provides technological background and documents how Dornier’s

achievements resulted in progress in other scientific fields as well. In the Hangar, numerous giant exhibits are on display, including classics like the Dornier Do 27, the legendary vertical take-off aircraft Do 31, or the replica of the original Merkur.

Visiting Space As Claude Dornier influenced the technological progress in cosmonautics as well, visitors can also admire parts of an original space lab and scientific research satellites, which deliver insight into planet research, astronomy and earth observation. All models are legendary classics of the history of aviation, around which many myths and stories have been created. The Dornier Merkur, a commercial aircraft in the nineteen-twenties, is also a highlight. Individual exhibits are proof as to how technical achievements facilitated progress in other disciplines as well thanks to the vision and interconnected thinking of Dornier. 8


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Enjoy Jazz 02.10. - 19.11.2010, Heidelberg The festival includes concerts by international stars, but less well-known musicians can also be discovered. At various locations in Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen.

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International Gallop Races “Sales & Racing Festival” 23.10. - 24.10.2010, Iffezheim The international gallop races in Iffezheim near Baden-Baden offer a tingly atmosphere, thrill and fascinating races Phone: +49 7229 1870 www.baden-racing.com

59th International Film Festival 11.11. - 21.11.2010, Mannheim Festival for new films, market square for the “intelligent cinema”, meeting point of the film business at the Mannheim Festival. Phone: +49 621 15699031 www.mannheim-filmfestival.com

Archaeology and Playmobil 21.11. - 27.02.2011, Constance More than 1,000 Playmobil figures present a unique experience. Archaeological information about knights, Vikings, Romans and Egyptians is presented for the “young and old” from a completely different angle with great attention to detail. Phone: +49 7531 9804-0 www.konstanz.alm-bw.de

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Breathe freely. Switch off. Have a rest. The spas along the Swabian Spa Route, with their health and wellness centres, offer many opportunities: movement and endurance as well as relaxation and recreation are as much a part of the package as the relief from and cure of discomforts. The most important natural remedies of the Swabian Spa Route are the moor, having emerged in the course of thousands of years, and the thermal water from the depths of the earth. The thermal spring water, containing sulphur, brine, and fluoride, comes to the earth’s surface from a depth of up to 1,800 metres. It is not only of therapeutic sig-

nificance, the minerals in the water and the natural heat also create a blissfully relaxed sensation. Thanks to their elaborately designed swimming complexes, the thermal baths along the Swabian Spa Route offer pool fun for the entire family. Indoor and outdoor pools at various temperatures with whirlpool seats and massage jets make the visit of a thermal bath a year-round option for fun.

The “Black Gold” A specialty of the region are the extensive moor areas. The Black Gold, as it is also called, comes directly to the tub from


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For Wellness Fans Moor baths in Bad Wurzach, underwater shiatsu in Überlingen, holistic Kneipp treatments in Bad Wörishofen, hydrotherapy in Aulendorf, or massages in Bad Waldsee. text: Daniela Sandmann

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mother nature, freshly collected and prepared on a daily basis. It is rich in valuable mineral nutrients, promotes even circulation, relaxes muscles, and alleviates pain.

Healing Powers The secret of the moor’s healing powers lies in the special way it transfers heat to the human body. If the moor bath is administered in a paste-like consistency, the temperature of 42° Celsius passes into the body slowly and heats up colder body regions more intensively than core areas. This gentle warming greatly increases circulation › and activates the immune system.

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The Swabian Spa Route is a well-known wellness route in the south of Germany. Like a string of pearls, this route connects ten spas and health resorts along a 240-kilometre discovery road through the Alpine foothills of BadenWürttemberg and Bavaria. The health-giving thermal

spas are a source of renewed strength and increased energy, not to mention the healing powers of the moor

mud baths, the warmth of thermal water and the healthy therapies of Sebastian Kneipp.

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depth of 690 metres, valuable sulphurous thermal water accumulated over the course of several thousand years. The Sonnenhof spa is particularly recommendable. Massage and neck jets, or underwater bubblers relax your tense muscles very quickly. www.sonnenhof-therme.de www.bad-saulgau.de C Überlingen/ Schwäbische Bäderstraße Überlingen

› Since the 15th century patients have come to the proud city on the shores of Lake Constance to cure their gouts and diseases with the wonderful, acidulous spring water. Today, the Bodensee-Therme, fed by thermal waters from a depth of 1,000 metres, builds upon this century-old spa tradition. Meditative underwater sounds, light projections, a panoramic view over Lake Constance, pleasant infusions and scents in the sauna guarantee a perfect holiday. www.bodensee-therme.de Bad saulgau

The spa town Bad Saulgau, with its healing springs, is an exquisite location, set between the River Danube and Lake Constance. At a

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The spa facilities of Bad Buchau are situated between the city of Ulm and Lake Constance. Moor and thermal baths are the cornerstones of the city on the Federsee. The Adelindis spa is embedded in the romantic spa park and, with three outdoor and three indoor pools and a modern sauna landscape, ensures pool fun all year round. www.adelindistherme.de www.badbuchau.de

Aulendorf

Aulendorf is situated in the heart of Upper Swabia and offers a harmonious combination of historic sights and modern spa, leisure and wellness facilities. Aulendorf is not only well-known for its diverse surroundings and beautiful habitat, but also for the its spa. This combination of spa and recreational pool, sauna and Roman bath beneath a huge glass dome has become the region’s bathing attraction. www.aulendorf.de

C Bad Buchau, Oberschwaben Tourismus GmbH “Black Gold”, were put to good use. The flagship of the pretty spa town at the Wurzacher Ach, however, is not just its many years of experience in spa therapies, but also its link to modern age by sporting one of the youngest and most modern spas in BadenWürttemberg. www.bad-wurzach.de www.vitalium-bad-wurzach.de

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In the middle of Upper Swabia, between lakes, moorlands, forests and hills, lies the small, former monastery city of Bad Schussenried, with its many baroque sights. Set in one of the most beautiful and pristine landscapes, it is the ideal place to enjoy peace and quiet. www.bad-schussenried.de

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Bad Waldsee, Kneipp location and moor spa, has the hottest spring in Upper Swabia. A bath in the thermal water, which is cooled down to between 37° and 28° Celsius, is far more than just a delight for body and soul. The thermal water, containing fluoride sulphur, is known for its manifold healing powers. www.bad-waldsee.de

This traditional Kneipp spa is the Allgäu region at its best. Since the 16th century, treatments against all kinds of illnesses have been developed and applied here. Since 1996, Bad Grönenbach has been an approved Kneipp spa and offers spa guests a complete care portfolio

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Travelling to Bad Wurzach and enjoying the waters is an old tradition. Already in 1936 the healing, beneficial effects of the moor, the so-called

For more than 150 years, the people in Bad Wörishofen have relied on Kneipp’s knowledge. Those who prefer things a little more contemporary may consider visiting the Südseetherme Bad Wörishofen. This exotic South Seas paradise, covering an area of 5,000 square metres under huge palm trees, is the ideal location for a relaxing and active holiday. www.thermebadwoerishofen.de www.bad-woerishofen.de Füssen

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in terms of health and wellness — from classic Kneipp applications to medical rehabilitation. Additionally, several sanatoriums and hospitals, one of which specialises in naturopathic treatments, combine old and new know-how at the service of wellness, physical health and slimmer body lines. www.bad-groenenbach.de

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Situated between the gentle Allgäu hills, wild mountain ranges, and idyllic lakes, Füssen provides a wide range of worthwhile health and feel-good programmes, and is an approved Kneipp spa. www.fuessen.de


Pedale totale The finish line is in sight – with a refreshing tour of the thermal baths along the Danube-Lake Constance Cycle Route. For a fabulous, hassle-free cycling experience book the “Pedale totale” holiday package, with 3, 4 or 5 nights’ accommodation and luggage transportation from only EUR 179 per person in a double room – now with free entry to the thermal baths! Don’t forget to ask us for the free cycle route guide, full of great places to stop and cycle-friendly accommodation. Oberschwaben Tourismus Tel. [+49] 07583/331060 · Neues Kloster 1 · D-88427 Bad Schussenried www.oberschwaben-tourismus.de · info@oberschwaben-tourismus.de


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Spa and Beyond Baden-Baden is recognized both nationally and internationally as a spa and culture town, but that is only half the story. Text: Daniela Sandmann

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“Baden-Baden is so nice, you have to name it twice” Spa and culture in the high-class resort for enjoyment, wellbeing and “joie de vivre”: The Black Forest Mountains surround the town on three sides, offering ideal protection from bitter winds, but simultaneously providing fresh, clean air on a daily basis. To the west of the town lies the broad, sunny Rhine Valley. It funnels warm air from the south allowing spring in Baden-Baden to always have a head start. As the last remnants of snow are melting on the surrounding Black Forest peaks, the gardens in Baden-Baden are already bursting into bloom. Painstaking care throughout the summer ensures that the town always presents itself in a kaleidoscope of natural colours. The autumn is treasured by many, when the yellow and red leaves from the countless trees and bushes

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glisten in the sunlight. The winter is generally mild. Ski fans, however, have fresh powder snow on the doorstep; simply by going one step higher to the Black Forest.

Mediterranean Flair The parks and gardens in the centre of the town are one of Baden-Baden’s showpieces. They represent a three kilometre long oasis of tranquillity and relaxation. This is the true heart of the town with an open, English styled park landscape and lush botanical gardens featuring exotic flora and fauna. In between there are fountains, small streams and ponds. Romantic pavilions, marble and bronze busts, irises and rhododendrons are dotted around the area. Roses are simply everywhere.


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In Germany Baden-Baden is already the most important City of Roses. In Europe it is among the cities which have the most beautiful gardens, along with Rome, Madrid, and Paris. Each year in summer rose enthusiasts, growers, and more than 100 jury members meet in Baden-Baden to select the most beautiful of all roses. Numerous paths weave their way alongside the river Oos, past the dainty bridges and the sound of water splashing over the cobbled river bed. This whole area is known as the Lichtentaler Allee — Baden-Baden’s natural masterpiece. For over 350 years, the Lichtentaler Allee has been Baden-Baden’s flowering showpiece: in 1655, Moritz von Lassolaye, the chamberlain of the famous Marquis Ludwig Wilhelm of Baden, allowed an avenue of oak trees to be planted. It began at today’s theatre building and stretched approximately 800 meters in the direction of the village of Lichtental. The Lichtentaler Allee was born. A great deal of planning, planting and beautifying had to be addressed before it reached the status of one of Germany’s finest park landscapes, however. Only at the start of the 19th century, when the small town on the River Oos became the favoured summer residence of the rich and famous, did this green oasis develop an identity of its own. With the building of the Promenade House (today’s Kurhaus) the adjacent avenue of chestnut trees arose, under which simple shopping booths offered their wares (the forerunner to today’s elegant Kurhaus colonnade). The leading garden architects of their time imprinted their mark on the park landscape between the “Badischer Hof” and the Cistercian abbey in Lichtental. A cascading stream and small steps lead up to the Stourdza Chapel located on top of the Michaelsberg, behind the Trinkhalle. An ideal panoramic view of the town can be gained from this vantage point — the elegant mansions and hotels surrounding the Lichtentaler Allee, the tangled rooftops of the Altstadt, the church steeples, the bathing quarter and the Neues Schloss. Bill Clinton, the former President of the United States, is a friend of Baden-Baden, which he

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has visited several times, also with his wife Hillary Clinton. One of the many, often poetic quotes about our city comes from him. “Baden-Baden is so nice you have to name it twice”, Clinton is alleged to have said.

For Body and Soul Baden-Baden’s thermal waters are ideal for helping you unwind and for doing your body some good. And when the weather outside takes a turn for the worse, this bodily reat becomes an even greater thrill. In the architectually charming Friedrichsbad all emphasis revolves around tranquillity, leisure and health. It is a bathing palace of timeless beauty, built in the renaissance style over one hundred years ago. Marble, brass, stucco, narrow pillars, frescos and painted tiles decorate its interior and exterior. Every detail is a work of art in its own right. Behind the scenes, however, all technology is 21st century.

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Baden-Baden has over the years made every effort to lovingly restore its heritage, but, at the same time, bring everything technically up to date. The building is therefore now exactly what it was following its inauguration — one of the finest thermal baths ›

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› The largest percentage of millionaires in Germany live in Baden-Baden › 61 (8.5 hectares) of the entire area is forested › 800,000 litres of healthy, 69 degree hot water rise daily from 12 thermal springs › Caracalla Therme: one of the finest baths in Europe

› Europe’s 2nd largest opera house is located in BadenBaden › The oldest and largest casino in Germany is located there › home to Europe’s largest hot air balloon fleet with 26 ballons

› First tennis club and one of the first golf courses of Germany were founded in Baden-Baden › The only remaining German dwelling of the grand composer Brahms is to be found here

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In the South of Germany Whether you are in magnificent countryside at altitude or further down in romantic towns and cities, on hiking or Segway tours. You can discover so much in so many different ways in the Swabian Alps. T ex t : Daniela Sandmann

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romantic castles and majestic palaces are perched on hilltops, on the edges of valleys and on rocks and are a distinctive feature of the landscape. The “Swabian Neuschwanstein” — Hohenzollern Castle — is the ancestral seat of the Brandenburg-Prussian as well as the Swabian lines of the House of Hohenzollern. Its romantic architectural style makes it one of Europe’s most beautiful castles. What would a visit to the Hohenzollern Castle be like without having seen the magnificent interior rooms? Right: the pleasure would not be complete. The panoramic view across the highlands between the rivers Neckar and Danube, which Kaiser Wilhelm II also admired, is spectacular. The building of Lichtenstein Castle was inspired by the novel with the same title. A knight’s castle was built in a mediaeval style from 1840 until 1842, based on this literary source material written by Wilhelm Hauff.

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which emerged from the Jurassic seabed millions of years ago, not only have a bizarre structure but also form a striking low mountain range that extends for some 200 kilometres right across Baden-Württemberg. It is difficult to imagine red-hot vulcanic rocks shooting skywards millions of years ago in places where sheep graze nowadays. The Swabian Alps are one of the world’s regions with the highest concentration of volcanoes. Also, you can find rare fossils in both a large number of globally unique museums as well as in the great outdoors. Mountain ridges up to 1000 metres high plus castles and palaces, give the Swabian Alps their unmistakable natural beauty. Many

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Attractive, historic towns often lie at the foot of castles and in the Swabian Alps. Many times, you can instantly sense a particular charm and a recreational flair, well away from everyday hustle and bustle, in these towns that are steeped in tradition. A large number of museums and places of interest reflect the rich history of the Swabian Alps as a cultural landscape and provide insights into a multifaceted tradition. People with a penchant for flocks of sheep, juniper heathland or chalk cliffs and waterfalls will find it all here. Furthermore, you will also find mineral springs in this region. Mineral springs, a human boon, have bubbled up from deep inside the Swabian Alps since prehistoric times. The warm, mineral-enriched water from the bowels of the Earth is a source of health-giving properties at many thermal spas and health resorts, such as Bad Urach or Sonnenbühl. The Blautopf is not only one of Germany’s most beautiful springs, but it is also its second most water-abundant karst spring. It is the source of the River Blau, which flows into the Danube about 15 kilometres away from its spring. This diversity is unique in


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Germany and its geological composition has had a considerable impact on its appearance. A large number of rivers have carved their beds into the white limestone. As a result, water seepage has produced many fabulous stalactite caves. The Swabian Alps are one of the regions in Europe with the highest number of caves, and that is only one reason why the region was selected to become a “National GeoPark”. Today you can still see traces of Stone Age human activity in over 25 stalactite caves.

A National Geo-Park Nature lovers appreciate the tranquillity and the beauty of an as-yet unspoiled recreational region. Gently rolling mountains and ridges, winding valleys, green meadows and bright forests provide variety in the natural landscape. You can admire this natural beauty on hiking and bike tours and even see as far as the Alps, the Black Forest and the foothills of the Swabian Alps. The northern part of the Swabian Alps is ideal territory for gliding, hang-gliding and paragliding. People who find that too dangerous can enjoy touring round on a Segway and see nature from a different perspective. You can travel almost silently and at zero emissions through secluded parts of the Swabian Alps. There are also plenty of rockclimbing opportunities, from which you can literally abseil. Besides relaxation and peace and quiet, a general feeling of well-being of course also includes culinary delights. After you have explored the Swabian Alps, it’s time to enjoy fabulous Swabian cuisine featuring local produce at a typical country inn. 8

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Hotel Ochsen, Blaubeuren Phone: + 49 (0) 7344 / 96989 -0 Hotel Graf Eberhard, Bad Urach Phone: + 49 (0) 7125 / 1480 Hotel Restaurant Schwanen, Metzingen Phone: + 49 (0) 7123 / 946 -0 Schloss Haigerloch Gastschloss, Haigerloch, Phone: + 49 (0) 7474 / 6930 Restaurant Wilder Mann, Bad Urach Phone: + 49 (0) 7125 / 947330

Romantic but modern towns that have developed organically over the centuries, with ornately decorated half-timbered houses, magnificent churches await you on the Swabian Alps.

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Most Swabian fortifications date back to the Middle Ages. Katzenstein Castle is the best preserved example of a medieval Hohenstaufen castle. The geological varieties are unique in Germany; this also applies to the many caves and their fantastic subterranean scenery.

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The High Rhine Region Cascading down the Rhine Falls – yes, you can in the cross-border High Rhine region. Both Swiss and Germans regard this as an attractive recreational area. T ex t :

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Bad Säckingen is inviting for a rest C Bad Säckingen The High Rhine, which begins where the Rhine exits Lake Constance near Stein am Rhein, flows through picturesque countryside. It continues through Basle, where it merges into the Upper Rhine. At around the 160km mark the Rhine, which flows through various types of countryside, features 160-metre falls between Constance and Basle. These facilitated the construction of hydroelectric power plants, which not only advanced the industrial development of the region, but also changed the landscape. In the past the Rhine was a torrential river with plenty of falls, until humans began harnessing this power by building run-of-the-river power plants. This resulted in the construction of eleven hydroelectric power stations, which left their mark on the High Rhine region and became a tourist attraction at the same time.

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The Most Southerly Holiday Region in the Black Forest The High Rhine region is the Black Forest’s most southerly holiday region and incorporates the districts of Constance, Lörrach and Waldshut. What they all share is a common border with the High Rhine and Switzerland. This area features unspoilt towns, mediaeval buildings and castles. Located in the centre of this tri-state area, the region is a great starting point for a range of 1-day excursions. Basle and Zurich in Switzerland, Colmar and Strasbourg in Alsace and towns such as St. Blasien in the Black Forest can be reached quickly and easily. In the district of Lörrach in the western High Rhine region, you can go hiking, cycling or mountain biking in pristine countryside. The southern part of the district, where the towns of Weil am Rhein, Lörrach and Rheinfelden are located, is in the immediate vicinity of the Swiss city of Basle. This area features a range of cultural events and facilities, such as the Stimmen (Voices) Festival in Lörrach or the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. Small streams plunge headlong over the rocks, almost like large rivers, conjuring up a wildly romantic atmosphere. Just a short distance away along the trail the heads

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of sunflowers growing in the glades and meadows sway gently in the breeze. Why not just pause, breathe in deeply and enjoy this moment of tranquillity — here along the High Rhine you will encounter a thoroughly delightful hiking area, which is rich in contrasts and has fantastic views as well as unique flora and fauna. 

Europe’s Longest Wooden Bridge The town of Bad Säckingen, with its 17,000 inhabitants and almost Mediterranean climate, has a lot to offer as well. Europe’s longest wooden bridge, which takes you across the Rhine into Switzerland, is located in this spa town. From there you don’t have much further to go to reach the High Alps and the Black Forest’s high- ›

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STIMMEN Festival 07.07. - 31.07.2011, Stimmen During the summertime, songs can be heard over the sky of Lörrach. Open air concerts can even be heard on the other side of the Rhine, e.g. in the canton Basel-Landschaft or in the former Dominican monastery in the Alsatian Guebwiller. The event that started in Lörrach in 1994 became the biggest music event of the Upper Rhine region. Phone: +49 7621 9408911/-12 www.stimmen.com

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› est peaks. The romantic old town, with its winding lanes, the venerable cathedral and the small, historic castle, has a longestablished spa tradition. Just relax, enjoy and recharge your batteries. Guests have enjoyed themselves in Bad Säckingen ever since the Middle Ages. Nowadays this centuries-old spa tradition is continued at the Aqualon Therme. The town offers both a large number of museums and culinary diversity as well as an unspoilt natural environment and sense of vibrancy. Sometimes the Rhine flows through narrow ravines, sometimes through sparsely populated farm land and sometimes through port facilities and industrial zones near Basle.

Bridge Across to Switzerland, Gateway to the Black Forest The administrative district of Waldshut is one of Baden-Württemberg’s most important health resort and holiday regions. Varied and unique landscapes characterise the district of Waldshut, which is located to a large extent in the Southern Black Forest Nature Park. The district extends for around 1,131 square kilometres from the Black Forest peaks in the north to the Swiss border on the High Rhine in the

south. One of the most well-known towns in the district of Waldshut is the idyllic and historic town of Laufenburg. The Rhine separates the Swiss and the German parts of Laufenburg. The magic of the winding cobbled lanes, gateways and towers with small squares, wells and castle ruins, which arch up above the densely packed mansions and townhouses in the Old Town, characterise this picturesque frontier town. Few other places have been captured on canvas by famous artists as often as Laufenburg. The scenic surrounding countryside is an invitation to take some time out and relax. When hiking along the 800-year-old town of Laufenburg’s Jubilee and Nature Trail or cycling/mountain biking along the Rhine Valley and in the Hotzenwald, you can just forget about the daily grind and leave it behind you. The town of Waldshut-Tiengen is also worth a visit. The twin-town, which was formed in 1975 by the merger of the two independent towns of Tiengen and Waldshut, is hosting the World Town Festival for the fifth time. In keeping with its “Music from the World’s Cultures“ motto, the festival begins with a musical journey from Ireland via Africa to Eastern Europe , accompanied by the sounds of Irish ethnofolk, African harp, Scottish folk and klezmer music.

Europe’s Second Largest Waterfall In the Swiss city of Schaffhausen you feel as if you have turned the clock back 500 years. The old town, featuring 171 bay windows, works its magical charm. This city on the Rhine is one of Europe’s best-preserved mediaeval cities. Schaffhausen has around 35,000 inhabitants and is one of Switzerland’s medium-sized cities and the capital of the Canton of Schaffhausen. The largest, ›


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Zoom. Italian Design and the Photography of Aldo and Marirosa

most impassable obstacle to navigability on the Rhine is the Rhine Falls, four kilometres downriver of the city. At a width of 150 metres and a height of 23 metres they are Europe’s second largest waterfall. Around 400 cubic metres of water per second plunge downwards, accompanied by a deafening noise. What would the Rhine Falls be like without the monumental rocks in the midst of this huge body of water? Approaching and climbing the rocks are one of the highlights of any visit to the Rhine Falls. The captain guides his narrow boat from the Schlössli Wörth boat pier through awesomely wild, tossing rapids, moors in the middle of the Rhine Falls and enables his passengers to disembark in order to ascend the rocks. This spot provides an in-

Vitra Design Museum 26 March 2011 – 03 October 2011 The exhibition offering a new way of interpreting the history of Italian design through an exhibition of furnishings, lights, objects, books and a vast series of photographs from the Ballo archive. www.design-museum.de

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If you want to see the Rhine falls from another perspective, you should visit the Neuhausen Adventure Park in Switzerland. The Park is guaranteed to provide you with an unforgettable experience – a breathtaking view of the Rhine Falls from the treetops. People with a thirst for adventure can take on more than 140 obstacles. Why not try to keep your balance as you make your way from tree to tree over eleven different obstacle courses, or free-fall from a platform over 13 metres high and land gently. People, who prefer to take things at a more leisurely pace, can also enjoy the Rhine Falls paddling in a canoe. Behind the Rhine Falls you can paddle downstream along the unspoilt, slow-flowing section of the river as part of a guided or non-guided tour. Or why not simply lie on a lilo and float along for a couple of kilometres, and then catch a train back to where you started. Along the way there are so many opportunities to take a break, barbecue or picnic. You can have just as much fun here as at Lake Constance. The district of Constance, at more than 1.8 million overnight stays per annum, is one of the most attractive tourist areas at Lake Constance. Characterised by cultural-historical and scenic beauty, the district extends from Hegau via the western section of Lake Constance to Constance itself.

From Basle to Schaffhausen The Rhine Valley cycle route follows the High Rhine upstream from Basle heading east. You can explore the region by bike as you please, passing through a sizeable number of German-Swiss twin-towns on your way to Europe’s most magnificent waterfall, the Rhine Falls. The route passes mainly through the territory of BadenWürttemberg, with the Rhine as a constant companion. Cycling along the Rhine enables you to find out on which side of the river the beer is more quaffable and the tranquillity is more intense. 8


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Come and join us! The best brainwave since the car. It’s SouthWest Germany’s 125-day party to celebrate the 125th birthday of the car.

May 7, 2011 to September 10, 2011 www.automobilsommer2011.de

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