Top ChoiceCathedral in Ulm

Ulmer Münster

'Ooh, it’s so big'… First-time visitors gush as they strain their neck muscles gazing up to the Münster. It is. And rather beautiful. Celebrated for its 161.5m-high steeple, this Goliath of cathedrals, the...

Top ChoiceCastle in Tübingen

Schloss Hohentübingen

On its perch above Tübingen, this turreted 16th-century castle has a terrace overlooking the Neckar River, the Altstadt’s triangular rooftops and the vine-streaked hills beyond. An ornate Renaissance gate leads...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Tübingen

Museum Alte Kulturen

Housed in Tübingen's hilltop castle, this fascinating archaeology museum houses the 40,000-year-old Vogelherd figurines – the world’s oldest figurative artworks – which were recently awarded Unesco World Heritage...

Top ChoiceInternational in Schwäbisch Hall

Rebers Pflug

Hans-Harald Reber presides over the stove at this 19th-century country house, one of Schwäbisch Hall’s Michelin-starred haunts. He puts an imaginative spin on seasonal, regional numbers such as local venison with...

Top ChoiceGallery 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...

Top ChoiceGerman in Ulm

Zur Forelle

Since 1626, this low-ceilinged tavern has been convincing wayfarers (Einstein included) of the joys of seasonal Swabian cuisine. Ablaze with flowers in summer, this wood-panelled haunt by the Blau prides itself...

Castle in Swabian Alps Region

Burg Hohenzollern

Rising dramatically from an exposed crag, with its medieval battlements and riot of towers and silver turrets often veiled in mist, Burg Hohenzollern is darned impressive from a distance, but up close it looks...

Monastery in Tübingen

Kloster Bebenhausen

Founded in 1183 by Rudolph I, Count Palatine of Tübingen, Kloster Bebenhausen is one of southern Germany's finest medieval Cistercian monasteries. Beautifully situated on the wooded fringes of Naturpark...

Nature Reserve in Tübingen

Naturpark Schönbuch Nature Reserve

For back-to-nature hiking and cycling, make for this 156-sq-km, lushly forested nature reserve. It's interwoven with 560km of marked trails. With a bit of luck and a pair of binoculars, you might catch a glimpse...

Museum in Ulm

Museum Ulm

This museum is a fascinating romp through ancient and modern art, history and archaeology. Standouts include the 20th-century Kurt Fried Collection, starring Klee, Picasso and Lichtenstein works shown in rotating...

Square in Ulm

Marktplatz

Lording it over the Marktplatz, the 14th-century Rathaus sports a step-gabled, lavishly frescoed Renaissance facade. Out front is the Fischkastenbrunnen, where fishmongers once dumped their catch to be sold at...

Sports in Tübingen

Stocherkahnrennen

Students in fancy dress do battle on the Neckar at May's hilarious Stocherkahnrennen punt race, where jostling, dunking and even snapping your rival’s oar are permitted. The first team to reach the Neckarbrücke...

Mediterranean in Ulm

Gerberhaus

This warm, inviting woodcutter’s cottage hits the mark with its delicious mix of Swabian and Italian-inspired dishes. Plump for a river-facing table and sample clean, bright flavours such as home-smoked salmon...

Area in Ulm

Stadtmauer

South of the Fischerviertel, along the Danube’s north bank, runs the red-brick Stadtmauer (city wall), the height of which was reduced in the 19th century after Napoleon decided that a heavily fortified Ulm was...

German in Ulm

Fräulein Lecker

Almost Scandi in style with its clean-lined simplicity, this wine-store-bar-bistro lit by funky bottle lights is a wonderful place to try (and buy) local wines with region-driven snacks – from tasting platters of...

Square in Tübingen

Am Markt

Half-timbered townhouses frame the Altstadt’s main plaza Am Markt, a much-loved student hang-out. Rising above it is the 15th-century Rathaus (town hall), which is opposite the Neptunbrunnen. Keep an eye out for...

Area in Ulm

Fischerviertel

The charming Fischerviertel, Ulm’s old fishers’ and tanners’ quarter, is slightly southwest of the centre. Beautifully restored half-timbered houses huddle along the two channels of the Blau River. Harbouring art...

Meze in Tübingen

Meze Akademie

Creative riffs on Greek meze (small dishes to share) take centre stage at this slick restaurant, with an open-plan design and bistro-style seating at bare wood tables. The menu seesaws with the seasons, so expect...

Square in Schwäbisch Hall

Am Markt

On Am Markt square, your gaze is drawn to the ornate Rathaus and to the terracotta-hued Widmanhaus at No 4, a remnant of a 13th-century Franciscan monastery. It's also presided over by the late-Gothic Kirche St...

Bar in Ulm

Rosebottel

Ranked in the Mixology Bar Guide as one of Germany's best bars, Rosebottel time-warps you back to a more decadent age with its dark wood panelling, antique furniture and cosy, candlelit nooks. Come for the...