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Top Choice Cathedral in Freiburg

Freiburger Münster

With its lacy spires, cheeky gargoyles and intricate entrance portal, Freiburg’s 11th-century minster cuts an impressive figure above the central market square. It has dazzling kaleidoscopic stained-glass windows th…
Top Choice Museum in Friedrichshafen

Zeppelin Museum

Near the eastern end of Friedrichshafen’s lakefront promenade is the Zeppelin Museum, housed in the Bauhaus-style former Hafenbahnhof, built in 1932. The centrepiece is a full-scale mock-up of a 33m section of the H…
Top Choice Cathedral in Konstanz

Münster

Crowned by a filigreed spire and looking proudly back on 1000 years of history, the sandstone Münster was the church of the diocese of Konstanz until 1821. Its interior is an architectural potpourri of Romanesque, G…
Top Choice Palace in Karlsruhe

Schloss

From the baroque-meets-neoclassical Schloss, Karlsruhe’s 32 streets radiate like the spokes of a wheel. Karl Wilhelm Margrave of Baden-Durlach named his epicentral palace Karlsruhe (Karl’s retreat) when founding the…
Top Choice Palace in Ludwigsburg

Residenzschloss

Nicknamed the Swabian Versailles, the Residenzschloss is an extravagant 452-room baroque, rococo and Empire affair. The 90-minute chateau tours (in German) begin half-hourly; there's a English tour at 1.30pm.The 18t…
Top Choice International in Schwäbisch Hall

Rebers Pflug

Hans-Harald Reber mans the stove at this 19th-century country house, one of Schwäbisch Hall’s two Michelin-starred haunts. He puts his own imaginative spin on seasonal numbers such as local venison in a pumpernickel…
Top Choice Gallery in Schwäbisch Hall

Kunsthalle Würth

The brainchild of industrialist Reinhold Würth, this contemporary gallery is housed in a striking limestone building that preserves part of a century-old brewery. Stellar temporary exhibitions have recently spotligh…
Top Choice Modern European in Stuttgart

Olivo

Young, sparky chef Nico Burkhardt works his stuff at Steigenberger’s Michelin-starred restaurant. The minimalist-chic restaurant is lauded for exquisitely presented, French-inspired specialities such as Périgord goo…
Top Choice German in Baden-Baden

Weinstube im Baldreit

Well hidden down cobbled lanes, this wine-cellar restaurant is tricky to find, but worth looking for. Baden-Alsatian fare such as Flammkuchen (Alsatian pizza) topped with Black Forest ham, Roquefort and pears is exp…
Top Choice Waterfall in Triberg

Triberger Wasserfälle

Niagara they ain’t but Germany’s highest waterfalls do exude their own wild romanticism. The Gutach River feeds the seven-tiered falls, which drop a total of 163m and are illuminated until 10pm.