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Stuttgart & the Black Forest

If one word could sum up Germany’s southwesternmost region, it would be 'inventive'. Baden-Württemberg gave the world relativity (Einstein), DNA (Miescher) and the astronomical telescope (Kepler). It was here that Bosch invented the spark plug; Gottlieb Daimler the gas engine; and Count Ferdinand the zeppelin. And where would we be without Black Forest gateau, cuckoo clocks and the ultimate beer food, the pretzel?

Beyond the high-tech urban pleasures of 21st-century Stuttgart lies a region still ripe for discovery. On the city fringes, country lanes roll into vineyards and lordly baroque palaces, spa towns and castles steeped in medieval myth. Swinging south, the Black Forest (Schwarzwald in German) looks every inch the Grimms' fairy-tale blueprint. Wooded hills rise sharply above church steeples, looming over half-timbered villages and a crochet of tightly woven valleys. It is a perfectly etched picture of sylvan beauty, a landscape refreshingly oblivious to time and trends.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Stuttgart & the Black Forest.