SouthWest Germany: The green alternative to the beach

With green woodland, sparkling lakes and rivers, miles of peaceful hiking and biking trails, SouthWest Germany is a glorious alternative to Europe’s busy beaches this summer. Just a hop away by plane, Germany’s sunniest region is ideal for families, with value for money, cheerful hospitality and a warm, English-speaking welcome. New in the Northern Black Forest is a thrilling suspension bridge. Still relatively unknown to British visitors are the Swabian Alb and Rapunzel-like Sigmaringen Castle. And, for the best deal of all, nowhere beats the Black Forest’s Hochschwarzwaldcard, a free pass offering savings of €400 per person!  


NEW in the Northern Black Forest: The Wild Line suspension bridge  

There’s much more to the Black Forest than hiking. Opening on July 21 is the Wild Line suspension bridge, Germany’s newest outdoor adventure. Near Bad Wildbad, the bridge is 380 m/1,250 feet long and teeters 60 m/200 feet above a gorge. With spectacular 360-degree views, this family-friendly destination is in the heart of mysterious unspoiled moors, woods and ravines. Other nearby attractions include a cog railway ride, treetop trail with a 40 m/130 ft observation tower and fairy-tale hiking path. More details: www.my-blackforest.com/aktivitaeten/natural-highlights, www.wildline.de 

Sigmaringen Castle: Seat of power 

Set on a cliff above the Danube, Germany’s second-largest castle looks like a neo-Gothic fairy tale palace. Yet, here, 90 minutes south of Stuttgart, the Hohenzollerns created the nation of Germany in 1870. Tour some of the 480 rooms, filled with original antiques; have coffee in the café; take home gingerbread, once rated the ‘best’ by Queen Victoria’s granddaughter. This is an ideal stop for cyclists, paddlers and rock climbers exploring the Danube Valley nearby. More details: www.schloss-sigmaringen.de/homepage.html


The old magic: The Black Forest is romantic - and affordable

The Black Forest offers so much more than spectacular mountain peaks, deep blue lakes, wildly romantic gorges and waterfalls, all perfect for hikers and bikers. What makes the difference is the Hochschwarzwaldcard. Book 2 nights in one of 400 selected hotels and get this free pass, entitling you to free entry to 100 Black Forest attractions. That’s anything from golf, bike hire and boat trips to horse riding, cable cars and public transport. Save up to €400 per person. More details: www.hochschwarzwald.de/Sommer, www.hochschwarzwald.de/Card


The Swabian Alb: adventures start here

An hour southeast of Stuttgart, the limestone highlands of the Swabian Alb are perfect for hikers and cyclists looking for more natural, off-the-beaten track holidays. Think endless heathland criss-crossed with 60 clearly-signposted hiking and biking trails, mysterious sinkholes and caves with invaluable archaeological finds (the 40,000-year-old Lion Man carving, featured in the recent British Museum Living with gods show, was found here). From the Albtrauf, a steep escarpment, 1,000 m/3,000 feet high, you can see as far as the Alps. More details: www.schwaebischealb.de/Aktivwww.tourism-bw.com/Regions-in-SouthWest-Germany/Swabian-Alb 



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The Black Forest and Lake Constance, cities like Heidelberg, Baden-Baden and Stuttgart: these are all jewels in the crown of SouthWest Germany. The sunny state in the very heart of Europe is called Baden-Württemberg in German. The SouthWest Germany Tourist Board is the official visitor organization for the region, offering worldwide assistance to tour operators and travel agents. www.tourism-bw.com