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Where to visit in SW Germany?

Hello! We are a family of four adults and one toddler who will travel next fall to Germany. We have visited Trier, Freiburg and other cities and very much enjoyed the Mosel and Rhine regions. Now, we have the opportunity to return and we want to find a place to stay for two weeks--taking day trips occasionally--to relax but also explore. Relaxing but with enough access to cafes, sightseeing, views, etc. We are open and appreciative of any tips!

If you had two weeks, where in Germany would you spend it?

Posted by
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will you have access to a car, or will you be on trains, buses and trams?

Posted by
5010 posts

Welcome to the forum. A few more details would be good. I assume you're looking mostly at Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz. Which "other cities" have you visited previously in this area? And will you do outings by train or by car? If it's by train, you'll want to pick a base town that not only suits you generally but also makes those day trips convenient. Local/regional train trips are free of charge to visitors who book in certain Black Forest towns (including Gengenbach, a well-liked place that pops up a lot on this forum. ) Gengenbach is on the scenic Black Forest Railway, which cuts through the Black Forest region on its way toward Lake Constance (Swiss border.) And in normal years, G'bach has a September wine festival.

From G'bach you'd have numerous outdoor activities at hand as well as several good day trip destinations. A few of those:

Gutach (Vogtsbauernhof open air museum) and the summer-sled-ride next door (in German but the pics tell all.)
Strasbourg, FR
Rothaus Brewery tour

Posted by
2599 posts

Since you ask for SW Germany I’d recommend any of a number of lake towns on the east side of Lake Constance. They are well connected by train, bike and pedestrian paths and highways. There is mountain and vineyard hiking nearby. Ferries crisscross the lake all day. The snow capped Alps are at the south end of the lake. There are parks, waterfalls and nature preserves including the spectacular Island Mainau. All of the towns on the north and east side of the lake are in Baden Wurttemberg except Lindau which is in Bavaria, on the Austrian border.

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I like the area around and in Stuttgart. Only problem is a car in Stuttgart - traffic is pretty bad but the public transport has its own routes so is much less affected by it. Esslingen is great, and parking is possible but not cheap. Lots of good stuff, especially at the castle and in the centre. Tübingen is great, university town, but quite steep in parts, great river if not overrun by the students on a hot day, parking out of town or an expensive parking building in town.

Is the Pfalz too far north for you? If not I have some suggestions there too...

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1421 posts

I really like Gengenbach, mentioned by Russ. I stay here Great apartment overlooking market square. Built in 1699.

I would do a week each in two different towns.