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Regional information:
Stuttgart and surrounding

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My name is Michael, I live with my family in a small town in the southwestern part of Germany. The region is called "Baden-Wuerttemberg".  It was founded in 1952 as a political union between the former independent countries "Baden" and "Wuerttemberg". Another name for Wuerttemberg is Swabian (Schwaben). The native language which is spoken in this part of Baden-Wuerttemberg is Swabian (Schwaebisch) - a special kind of german dialect. Even some people in our region have difficulties to understand that dialect, but the native swabian people are proud of it.


Next to our region are:
- in the northwest Rheinland-Pfalz (part of germany)
- in the north Hessen  (part of germany)
- in the east Bavaria (yes, truely, also a part of germany)
- in the southeast Austria
- in the south Swiss
- in the west France

Our major city is Stuttgart,  which is not as famous as New York or Paris, but Stuttgart is the bridge-head from Schwaben to the States or other countries round the globe and it's the biggest metropolis which we have in Schwaben  ;-)

Click me - and youŽll get a really big panorama of Stuttgart
Just rightclick on that image and you'll
see a big panorama of Stuttgart.

Some interesting places for sightseeing are: the city itself with all of that historical buildings, with churches, castles and shops, the television tower (Fernsehturm), the zoo (Wilhelma), the old main station (Hauptbahnhof), the planetarium, parks, little old restaurants (and a famous Revenue office (Finanzamt) - we love it!). Don't forget the market hall (Markthalle), the Staatsgalerie, the Landesmuseum, the Porsche museum,Porsche Boxter the Mercedes-Benz museumMercedes A-Class and lots of other museums.

In the neighborhood of Stuttgart you'll find some attractive cities as well: Ludwigsburg (which was a residence of the former king of Wuerttemberg), Bad Canstatt, Leonberg, Backnang, Sindelfingen (which is the residence of my brother and his family; now with a own page on my site). You can reach all of those cities very comfortable by a well organized speed train (S-Bahn).

The most popular newspaper in Stuttgart and in the surrounding is the "Stuttgarter Zeitung" - very good for bloody foreigners to train reading the german language.

If you need more information about  the city, events in the city, hotels, restaurants, traveling guides etc. please continue to the Stuttgart Tourist Office.

You wanna see more from the most beautiful part of germany???  I can imagine, really !!
So take your car, a bus or the train and visit
- the Loewensteiner Mountains (Loewensteiner Berge)
- the Murrhardt Forest (Murrhardter Wald)
- historical cities like Aalen, Schwaebisch Gmuend, Schwaebisch Hall
- the Lake Constance (Bodensee) this is the biggest lake in Baden-Wuerttemberg,
   also called the Swabian Ocean.
One of our big castles: Burg Hohenzollern the Hohenzollern castle, which was the ancestral castle of the former
   Kings of Wuerttemberg
- very famous is the German Clock Museum which is located in Furtwangen and is very interesting for friends of cuckoo clocks and the Wine Route in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald).

For more information just click on that following little map and you're connected to a big map of Baden-Wuerttemberg

Map of Baden-Wuerttemberg, linked to Stuttgart Tourist office.

with links to most cities in this region. Unfortunately most of them are in german - take it as a challenge for improving your german knowledge or let them be translated in Alta-Vista's or Worldlingo's translation services.

By the way: sometimes every year, there is a historical market in different places in germany. It is organized by a club named "Kramer Zunft und Kurtzweyl". You can get a really good impression on living and trading in the middle ages of germany. And you can get a good impression on eating and drinking in those days as well, cause you can get several food and drinks which are prepared and offered in the manner of the middle ages. The club members are costumed as in the middle ages and they even speak the german language of those period.

So, you visitors from the americas, from britain, france, italy, japan or other foreign countries: take a good translator with you - but don't miss it  - it's just great !!

And don't forget to taste those famous swabian pastries which is called "Brezel".
You wanna know that romantic story of the Brezel? Click me!
clikck me!

The invention of the Brezel has it's own story; just click on the image to read it. And by the way: it's the only original. There are others like the bavarian degenerate (it's called "Brezen): you can eat them but be sure, they are just only plagiarism.


What does Schwabenland mean ?

This is a question I receive from time to time especially from English speaking visitors and I appreciate that people are asking - it shows that somebody reads my side with interest.

Schwabenland is a region in the southwestern part of Germany which is called in the native language "Schwabenland" or "Schwaben" (Swabia).

"Schwaben" is used for the people living in this region as well, whereas "land" means country or countryside - and yes, besides some bigger cities like Stuttgart, Heilbronn or Ludwigsburg you'll find a lot of smaller villages and towns, farms, grass, trees and the like here in our region.

Schwabenland is part of the state of "Baden-Wuerttemberg". Please find here a map of Germany indicating all  the different counties:



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