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Beautiful town in southern Germany

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Beautiful town in southern Germany


We are a family of five, with children aged 7, 13 and 15 years. We are travelling from Austrian ski fields, Grobming, to Engen then Frankfurt in mid January.

We would love to find a beautiful little town in southern Germany to stay for a few days. We are hoping to find something unspoilt rather than a big city like Munich.

We would be very grateful for any suggestions.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Beautiful town in southern Germany

Between Engen and Frankfurt is Tuebingen ( www.tuebingen.de ), simply our favorite town in Germany, just quintessential Germany, with its hilly cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, castle, interesting nontourist shops (for instance bicycle seat covers in the form of animal heads with ears), one of Europe's oldest universities, and the nextdoor well-preserved delightful medieval Bebenhausen Monastery (in www.schloesser-magazin.de/en ). Nearby are a lovely fairytale-like castle ( www.burg-hohenzollern.com ) which is one of the most meaningful castles in Germany as it is the family seat of the influential Hohenzollern family of Prussian kings and German emperors; the lovely mountain valley spa town of Bad Urach ( www.badurach.de ); on the way there by train, you will pass through Metzingen ( www.metzingen.de ) which has Germany's most factory outlets for some inexpensive shopping; Esslingen ( www.esslingen.de ) has an excellent well-preserved medieval oldtown on the way to Stuttgart by rail; Stuttgart ( www.stuttgart-tourist.de ) is about 50 minutes away by train and is where the automobile was invented and commercialized with the excellent Mercedes Benz and Porsche Museums and Europe's largest combination zoo-botanical garden Wilhelma ( www.wilhelma.de ) set amidst the nice Moorish architecture of this former palace; and another 15 minutes past Stuttgart is Ludwigsburg ( www.ludwigsburg.de ) which has Germany's largest perfectly preserved (all original) palace (in www.schloesser-magazin.de/en ), called the "Swabian Versailles", with several days' worth of interesting things to see including the longest and best palace tours that I've been on in Europe.

So besides Tuebingen which is excellent in itself, there are plenty of other nearby excellent places to visit. And all of these places are unspoilt with few tourists, and almost no foreign ones to give you a "real" German experience.

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2. Re: Beautiful town in southern Germany

> to Engen

The Engen in Germany between Singen and Tuttlingen close to the Swiss border?

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3. Re: Beautiful town in southern Germany

I'm assuming you're getting around by train, as your other posts indicate.

"We would love to find a beautiful little town in southern Germany to stay for a few days. We are hoping to find something unspoilt rather than a big city like Munich."

Besides the route north to Frankfurt via Stuttgart, the one you would take to reach Horb for a change of train Tübingen, there's another route to Frankfurt that takes you northwest through the heart of the Black Forest and to some of the most delightful small towns in Germany. The 9:13 train out of Engen takes you along the scenic Black Forest Railway line to Triberg, Hornberg, Hausach, and Gengenbach. All are a good bit smaller than university-town Tübingen, which is very nice but has a population close to 100,000.

Gengenbach, an adorable old walled town with towers and cobblestones, would probably be my choice. It would probably have the least snow and give you the quickest access to the popular destinations of Strasbourg and Freiburg, should you want to make daytrips by train. The other BF destinations mentioned above and precious Schiltach, on an offshoot line from Hausach, would be easy to get to.


Outings from Gengenbach (and the other villages mentioned above) by train or by bus to nearby cities or villages would be FREE for your family with the KONUS guest card that is issued to you when you check into your hotel, apartment, or guesthouse:


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4. Re: Beautiful town in southern Germany

If you have a hire car, I would suggest Oberamergau or Konnersreuth. I stayed in a beautiful Gasthof in Konnersreuth last week, B & B only 40 euros per night. Both places are very quiet and outstanding scenery.

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