Germany's Baden-Württemberg is More Than Cuckoo Clocks and Black Forest Cakes

Imagine that you’re in a classic Mercedes-Benz for a top-down, wind-in-your-hair ride through the Black Forest. Your route overflows with castles, cuckoo clocks and cobblestone alleyways. In short, it is fairytale perfect. Where, you might ask, is this scenario? The answer: Baden-Württemberg.

Located in Southwest Germany, this is the country’s third largest state. Blessed with close to 2,000 hours of annual sunshine and an enviable trifecta of borders—France to the west, Switzerland to the south and Bavaria on the east—the region has abundant amenities. It’s a hospitable combo of cosmopolitan cities, a variety of villages and heavenly hamlets, all showcasing their back-in-the-day beginnings, but with a 21st century twist.

Cynthia Dial

Cynthia Dial is an admitted travel writing addict, and shares that she pinches herself each time she steps onto the promenade deck of a cruise ship, boards a train or settles into a plane seat to go to work. She's taken a city tour of Melbourne, Australia, from the back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, hiked the Austrian Alps and learned to surf in Waikiki -- all for a good story. A special corres...(Read More)

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