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A virtual guide to the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.


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Official Name: Baden-Württemberg
Nick name(s): Musterländle (model state), Schwabenland ()
Motto: Schaffe, Schaffe, Häusle baue... (work hard and build a little house)
Slogan: "We can do anything. Except speak standard German."

Abbreviation: BW

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Capital City: Stuttgart (pop. 600,000)

Other Cities: Freiburg, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Konstanz (Constance), Mannheim, Tübingen

Location: southwestern part of Germany, bordering Switzerland in south and France in west.
Area: 35,752 km²

Climate: four distinctive seasons, warm summer, cold winter, around Lake of Constance almost subtropical, mediterranean.

Population (2013): 10.8 million
Ethnic Groups: Schwaben, adj,: Schwäbisch (Swabian), Badenser, other
Languages: spoken languages are the distinctive Allemanic dialects of Swabian (Schwäbisch) and the Baden dialect (Badenser, Badisch)

Natural resources: Granite, limestone, ironstone, salt and potter's clay.

Agriculture products: Oats, spelt, rye, wheat, barley, hops, wine, cherries and apples.

Industries: High-tech, car industries, fashion.

Baden-Wuerttemberg is located in the southwestern part of Germany to the east of the Upper Rhine, itis the third largest of the 16 German federal states in both area and population.
The current 'Land' Baden-Wuerttemberg combines the historical states of Baden, Hohenzollern and Wuerttemberg, it is the only one of Germany's federal states to have evolved on the basis of a referendum (in Dec. 1951).
BW is divided in four Administrative Districts (Regierungsbezirke): Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, and Tübingen.

The state shares international borders with Switzerland to the south, and France to the west, and it borders the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate (in northwest), Hesse (in north), and Bavaria (in east).

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Official Sites of Baden-Württemberg

The state portal of the Land Baden-Württemberg.

Landtag von Baden-Württemberg
The official website of the parliament of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg
State office for statistics Baden-Württemberg (in German).


profile Map of Baden-Württemberg
Map showing the Land Baden-Württemberg.

Google Earth Google Earth Baden-Württemberg
Searchable map/satellite view of Baden-Württemberg.
Google Earth Google Earth Stuttgart
Searchable map/satellite view of Baden-Württemberg's capital.
Google Earth Google Earth Bodensee
Searchable map/satellite view of Bodensee (Lake Constance).

 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany 


Baden-Württemberg newspapers online (in German)

Badische Zeitung
Baden News, Freiburg i. Br.

Eßlinger Zeitung
ez-online, Esslingen.

News from Heidenheim.

Heilbronner Stimme
Newspaper from Heilbronn.

Mannheimer Morgen
Newspaper from Mannheim.

Nürtinger Zeitung
Regional News from Nürtingen.

Pforzheimer Zeitung
Pforzheim news.

Rems-Zeitung / Gmünder WochenBlatt
Newspaper from Schwäbisch Gmünd.

Reutlinger General-Anzeiger
Newspaper, Reutlingen.

Schwäbische Zeitung
Swabia News.

Schwäbisches Tagblatt
Newspaper Tübingen.

Schwarzwälder Bote
Black Forest News.

Stuttgart Journal
Daily News.
great site Stuttgarter Nachrichten
Stuttgarter Zeitung
News from Stuttgart and Baden-Württemberg.

Südkurier (Konstanz)
Tageszeitung für Bodensee, Schwarzwald und Hochrhein.

Südwestpresse Ulm
News from the Ulm region.

Zollern-Alb Kurier
zak online, Balingen.

Südwestrundfunk (SWR)
Public radio and television.
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Arts & Culture

Kultur Baden-Württemberg
Culture in Baden-Württemberg, official guide to the state's art and cultural institutions.

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
The Center for Art and Media, reflects the rapid developments in information technology and today's changing social structures.

Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe
State museum for culture, art and regional history (in German).
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Important picture gallery with paintings from the baroque era and of the romanticism.
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Stuttgart's Museum of Modern Art.
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
The Staatsgalerie might be Baden-Württemberg's most famous museum of art.
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Shows German and international contemporary art.

Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Official website of the theater (in German).
Nationaltheater Mannheim
Founded in 1779 and is the oldest "Stage" in Germany. In 1782 the premier of "Die Räuber" written by Friedrich Schiller was shown.
Schauspielbühnen in Stuttgart
Theater in Stuttgart with the ensembles of the "Altes Schauspielhaus" and the "Komödie im Marquardt".
Staats Theater Stuttgart
State Theater with opera, ballet and theatre.

A guide to all the museums and exhibitions in Baden-Württemberg.

SWO Kunstportal Baden-Württemberg
A guide to art in BW, (in German).
Schloss Sigmaringen
Schloss Sigmaringen
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Business & Economy

L-Bank; Staatsbank für Baden-Württemberg
State Bank

Investor's Link
The Baden-Württemberg Business Portal, provided by the state government.

Baden-Württembergischer Industrie- und Handelskammertag
Chamber of commerce and industry Baden-Württemberg (in German)

Famous Baden-Wuerttemberg Companies

Household appliances, automotive parts and more.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen
Manufacturer of printing presses.
Largest European software enterprise.
Trumpf - high tech group.
Carl Zeiss, Inc.

Hugo Boss


Baden-Airpark - Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
Regional airport of the cities Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe.
Flughafen Friedrichshafen
Regional airport at the Lake of Constance.
Flughafen Stuttgart
Stuttgart's International Airport.


Destination Baden-Württemberg - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Baden-Württemberg: Swabian, Baden, Black Forest, and Lake of Constance.
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, skiing, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more by following the links below.

Tourismus Baden-Württemberg
A travel and tourism guide to Baden-Württemberg.

Reiseauskunft Baden-Württemberg
Touristinformation and travel guide to regions in Baden-Wuerttemberg (in German)

Lake of Constance
Internationale Bodensee Tourismus
Visitors information about Lake of Constance. (in German).

The garden island in Lake Constance.

Schwäbische Alb Homepage
The Swabian mountains, a limestone mountain range - maybe it is truly the last paradise in the south of Germany.

Google Earth Google Earth Bodensee
Searchable map/satellite view of Bodensee (Lake Constance).

Black Forest
Schwarzwald Tourismus
The official Black Forest Hompage, one of the famoust and popular holiday regions in Germany.
Another Black Forest travel and tour guide.

A guide to Baden-Württemberg's palaces, castles, monasteries, churches and gardens.
Schloss Ludwigsburg
Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, the "Swabian Versailles".


The capital city of BW (in German).
Stuttgart Marketing
Official tourist-partner of the state capital.

Official city website with information and news about the spa, casino and music town.
Hermann Hesse's birthplace.
Freiburg im Breisgau
Official website of the university city near the Black Forest.
The medieval university city on the river Neckar
The former Imperial Free City of Heilbronn.
Home of the Football team 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
Seat of the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) of Germany.
The city of Constance.
The city with the greatest and best-preserved baroque palace in Germany.
The second largest city in the state.
The city at the gateway to the Black Forest.
The traditional university town in southwest of Germany, at the Neckar river.
The city of Ulm on the river Danube, famous for the Ulm Münster (1377–1891) with the world's highest church steeple.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information



Universität Hohenheim
Hohenheim , founded in 1818.
Universität Mannheim
Universität Stuttgart
Universität Tübingen
The university of Tübingen , founded in 1477.
Universität Ulm

"Elite" Universities in Baden-Württemberg, Germany's Ivy League.
Heidelberg, founded in 1386.
Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
Universität Konstanz
University of Constance, founded in 1964.

Environment & Nature

Black Forest - Schwarzwald
There are two nature parks in the Black Forest:
Naturpark Schwarzwald Mitte/Nord
Site of the new nature park Schwarzwald Mitte/Nord (in German).
Naturpark Südschwarzwald
Nature park Südschwarzwald.

Danube - Donau
Naturpark Obere Donau
The nature park “Obere Donau” is situated in the south of Baden-Württemberg apart from the metropolitan areas.

Naturpark Neckartal – Odenwald
Includes the Heidelberg castle as well as the history-charged limes (in German).

Naturpark Schwäbisch-Fränkischer Wald
The nature park Schwäbisch-Fränkischer Wald is in the northeast of BW close to the state capital Stuttgart.

Naturparke Deutschland
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.

Swabian Alb - Schwäbische Alb
Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve
Site about the cultural landscape of the Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve encompassing 29 cities and municipalities from two administrative districts and three rural districts.


Baden-Württemberg is the only one of Germany's federal states to have evolved on the basis of a referendum. The majority of citizens resident in the three states of Württemberg-Baden, Württemberg-Hohenzollern and Baden voted in favour of a merger on 16th December 1951. The foundation date of Baden-Württemberg is on 25th April 1952.

Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg
Centre of History Baden-Württemberg (in German).

History and Description of the Land Baden-Württemberg and its Regions
Some information about Baden-Württemberg's history by the state archive of Baden-Württemberg.

History of Baden-Württemberg
Short entry about Baden-Württemberg's history by Wikipedia.

History of Baden, Wuerttemberg, and the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg
An outline of the state's history and of its two parts Baden and Württemberg.

History of Baden
Wikipedia entry about Baden's history.
History of Baden
History of Baden from 1815 till 1871.

History of Württemberg
Wikipedia entry about Württemberg's history (Kingdom of Württemberg).
History of Württemberg
History of Württemberg from 1500 till 1815.

Additional Information about Baden-Württemberg

Wikipedia: Baden-Württemberg
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