The main hub of the the Baden-Württemberg region and within a five hour train ride of European favorites like Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Zurich, you'd be silly not to make Stuttgart at least a stop on a European travel itinerary. Then again, the adventures to be had in the area are not to be underestimated. Germany's largest lake (Constance), it's most picturesque river (the Rhine), and the Black Forest are veritable day trip destinations that draw the jealous ire of other German regions.
Because Stuttgart has a more compact city center than many other European cities, you can see everything you'd want to see by traveling on foot. There is a vast selection of green space in the city called Das Grüne U, which is actually a collection of gardens and parks that form a “U” shape around city center. It starts in the Schlossgarten (where the incredible Neues Schloss is located), follows through Rosensteinpark (where you can stop at the zoo, Wilhelma) and Killesberg Park, which is an incredible floral display come springtime.
To the south are two of Germany's natural wonders, the Black Forest and Lake Constance. The Black Forest, which covers much of the southwestern corner of Germany, is a range of low-lying mountains thickly covered in fir trees. There are a lot of hiking and cross-country skiing trails in the region, as well as a few smaller ski resorts that get pretty packed come winter. Lake Constance, which exists at the juncture between Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, is the largest lake in the country and is home to small medieval towns and resorts. Boating, biking, and swimming are big activities in the area. Also, across the border in Schaffhausen, Switzerland are the Rhine Falls, the largest in Europe at 50 meters (164 feet wide) and 23 meters (75 feet) tall; it's a nice day trip if this interests you.
Speaking of the Rhine, it is probably one of the most enticing places within a day trip of Stuttgart. The southern Rhine (the state of Rhineland-Palatinate) and much of Baden-Württemberg is a quite fertile wine region, while the river itself, particularly the middle passage, is known for its prominent castles and romantic boat tours. Hiking to some of the viewpoints on the river can set the stage for some memorable adventures; popular lookouts include the Four Lakes View (near the town of Boppard), the Seven Virgins View (near Oberwesel), and the Loreley View (near St. Goarshausen).
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