Education system in Baden-Württemberg

Now there are many options for accessing higher education, and it’s good to know about them in advance, especially when you have to choose a school after primary school. Let’s see education system in Baden-Württemberg.

In Germany, each federal state itself determines how its children should study. At first I wanted to make a general overview, but it very quickly turned into a huge lump with sticking out legs of numerous features of this or that land, in which one could get lost already in the first two paragraphs. So let’s go by each federal state separately.

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Weinheim

Weinheim

Weinheim is located in a densely populated strip along the Rhine from Mannheim to Frankfurt. Two autobahns, industrial areas along them, the Mannheim – Heidelberg – Weinheim circular tram – having traveled back and forth to Frankfurt and Mannheim, I never imagined that such a cozy town could be hidden at the foot of the mountains.

Extensive green belt around the old town – Hermannshof Garten, turning into the city park and Exotenwald – makes the visit especially lovely. The picture is complemented by two castles: the picturesque ruins of the 11th century and a fresh one from the 20th century, in the style of historicism.

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90+ parks and gardens in Germany on the map

In France, there is a special website that lists all available gardens and parks, down to the smallest amateur ones. It can be difficult to assess the level of the garden there. In Germany, there is no such site, and finding gardens and parks is not so easy: gardening farms will come up with a search.

In this topic I collect German gardens, parks and flower fields that I know. Gardens at palaces, if they are important as an independent unit, are also indicated.

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North Black Forest. What to see map

Sights of the North Black Forest on the map. There are mainly resort and semi-resort towns with thermal pools, relatively low (compared to the High Black Forest), but rather steep hills.

Adjacent maps:
Around Stuttgart
Kraichgau
Alsace. Part 1
Middle Black Forest. Part 1

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Black Forest what to see. 2. From Gengenbach to Wildkirch

Black Forest what to see in the middle part from Gengenbach to Waldkirch. This is a heart of Black Forest, with the most interesting sights.

Maps around
North – Part 1 of the Sights in the Middle Black Forest
East – Swabian Alb
South – High and Southern Black Forest
West – Elsass

enlarge Map data ©OpenTopoMap, ©OpenStreetMap

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Attractions of Black Forest (Schwarzwald). 1. From Altensteig to Gengenbach

Map of the Middle Black Forest, from Altensteig to Gengenbach. There are two cards in the topic.

Adjacent maps:
Nord Black Forest Sights
East – Swabian Alb
South Part 2 From Gengenbach to Waldkirch, South Black Forest Sights
West – Elsass. Part 1

enlarge Map data ©OpenTopoMap, ©OpenStreetMap

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Lake Constance. What to see in Lindau

The harbor of Lindau just asks for a camera. Especially when a pleasure boat gracefully enters it.

The island and the old town are small. In an hour you can slowly walk around all the streets. When choosing a hotel in Lindau without car, make sure that it is located on or near the island. So that you do not have to get to everything by local buses. The coastal part of the city is not small at all.

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Technik museum Sinsheim. IMAX cinema

There are two large technik museums in the region: Technik museum Sinsheim (Link) and Technik museum Speyer. They have different content, but if there is a lack of time, it is quite possible to choose one.

We like museum in Speyer better: that set of exhibits is more interesting to us. But this does not mean that there is nothing to watch in Sinsheim.

The main differences are as follows. Speyer has more large technik, an entire pavilion is dedicated to space, steam locomotives are better represented, there are two ships and a submarine.
There are a lot of cars in Sinsheim, whole lines of Mercedes from the very first car, a lot of military technik, which Speyer doesn’t have. But in Sinsheim there are no ships and space.
Nevertheless, in Sinsheim, there are several locomotives stuck in the corners. And in Speyer there are some vintage cars.

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Autumn in Swabian Tuscany

Swabian Tuscany, this region was nicknamed for tourist purposes because of the warmer climate (here comes the air from the Rhine) and vineyards. Wine, perhaps, is not so good as along the Rhine, but in the end of October this section of the Castle Road becomes an independent destination.

In a not too rainy and cold autumn, all vineyards become bright, but not all are truly picturesque. For this you need a suitable relief – the most rugged hills possible.

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Stuttgart zoo Wilhelma. Flowers

Stuttgart Wilhelma Blüte

The zoo-botanical garden, unique in Germany, was built in Stuttgart in the middle of the 19th century for King William (Wilhelm) 1 of Württemberg. Therefore the name Wilhelma. About 9000 thousand animals are represented. Greenhouses are open to the public: among the most important are collections of orchids, magnolias (March), camellias (winter).

It would seem that over the years we have studied Wilhelma inside and out. And nevertheless, each visit brings at least small, but discoveries.

Wilhelma is a large park. It will take 3 hours to examine it at a fast pace. As it turned out, it also takes time to talk about it, so the topic was divided into botanical and zoological parts.

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Castle Road. 3. From Sinsheim to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Neckarbischofsheim and Heimsheim, which are on the route between Castle Gutenberg and Sinsheim, can be skipped as they are of local importance.

#Castle Road
Autumn in Swabian Tuscany
Part 1 (with map for whole route) Along Neckar from Mannheim to Eberbach.
Part 2 Along Neckar from Zwingenberg to Bad Wimpfen.

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Castle Road. 2. Neckar valley cycle route. From Zwingenberg to Bad Wimpfen

Neckartal

We travel futher along Neckar valley cycle route. Not forgive – it can be also Neckar valley car route or Neckar valley train route. In the first post there were castles and towns from Mannheim to Eberbach. Now from Zwingenberg to Bad Wimpfen

From Neckarsteinach to Zwingenberg it is the most beautiful part of Neckar for cyclists.

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Castle Road (Burgenstrasse). 1. Neckar cycle route Mannheim – Eberbach

Neckargerach Burgenstraße Neckar

If you are looking for real toirist Germany, then you schould forget about big cities. Tourist routes help with it. And Castle Road is one of the best. We explore german part of the route and start from Mannheim. At the beginning Castle Road runs along the Neckar valley. This part of Neckar cycle route is one of the best bike routes I’ve come across.

There are few ups and downs, the picturesque Neckar valley, the road mostly goes separately from cars, and, among other things, there are also enough sights.

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Stuttgart What to see

Apart from Wilhelma, Stuttgart does not have many top sights or architecture. The city was badly damaged during the Second World War.

But if you happen to be here for a couple of days, you will not regret it. Stuttgart is a pretty city with a lot of parks and high hills all around. Children, and many adults alike, will be delighted with Wilhelma. Adults – with plenty of shops concentrated in the center and the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Without tiring yourself too much, you can explore the small center and relax in the thermal pool in the evening.

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Baden-Baden rose garden

Baden-Baden Rosengarten

Baden-Baden rose garden is called Rosenneuheitengarten – that is, rose’s novelties.

There is a garden above the Kurpark – straight from the Kurpark along the street, a rather steep climb. It is very difficult to get there by car along some strange narrow road. There is probably some more “human” road there, but newcomers to this city will have a lot of emotions trying to get to the garden and parks. You can park along the street near the garden, although this is not indicated anywhere. However, there are a lot of people who wish, and free places fly away immediately.

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Schwäbisch Hall. 2. Pie and Spring Festival

The first part was about picturesque old town. Not only buildings here are old, but also the traditions. Pie and Spring Festival (Kuchen- und Brunnenfest) dates from 1316.

Already the Celts discovered a source of salt in these places and founded the first saltworks. Thanks to this source, the city flourished in the Middle Ages.

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Black Forest (Schwarzwald). Schiltach

Schiltach Schwarzwald

Preparing for the travel I rated for myself Schiltach as “a particularly picturesque city” from the descriptions and photographs. Reality confirmed it: Schiltach is indeed a very picturesque town, very half-timbered and very floral. Unfortunately, we got into a break and did not go to the pharmacy museum, but we had a wonderful walk und visited another museum.

The town is located at the confluence of two rivers. To complete the picture, some kind of castle is missing. The castle was, but it is all over. There is only the castle hill, a covered wooden bridge and ruins remained – the rest was sold for building materials at the end of the 18th century.

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Bad Urach Waterfall

Bad Urach – is a small spa town near the outlet town Metzingen. Suitable for day trips from Stuttgart (train) or in conjunction with something else. In the city itself there is an old center, a small palace, a thermal pool. There is a ruine of fortress on the hill. But most of people walk to the waterfall.

There are quite high hills around, limestone, eaten away by holes. With the stream, 5 kg of lime and God knows what else is carried out per day. So you shouldn’t drink the water, despite all its transparent stream appeal.

The Bad Urach waterfall is the third highest of those German ones that are outside the Alps (the first two are in the Black Forest), only 87 m.

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Schwäbisch Hall. 1. What to see in old town

An old city with its own traditions, Schwäbisch Hall lies a bit off the tourist track. But it is certainly worth to visit. Schwäbisch Hall is a part of Castle Road (Burgenstrasse) – very good tourist road, with various attractions, although not so gut known as Romantic Road.

In addition to the old city centre, you can see the Darmstadt Madonna – the famous painting by Hans Holbein the Younger (and a couple of other famous paintings), the Comburg monastery and the Wackershofen open-air museum.

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Schwetzingen. Cherry blossom garden

Schwetzingen

Not far from Speyer or Mannheim, on the way to Heidelberg, is the city of Schwetzingen.

There is a summer residence built for the electors of the Palatinate in the 18th century. The palace with the rococo-style theater has been partially preserved, but the main attraction, which claimed to be included in the UNESCO list, is the palace park, modeled after Versailles. In my opinion, UNESCO is maybe a little too much for them, but the park is really picturesque.

A French regular park with a perspective, parterres, trimmed alleys and fountains – gradually, the further from the palace, the more, – transforms into an English landscape park with ponds, picturesque bridges, exotic garden buildings, including a mosque, a temple of Mercury, a bathing house in the style of an Italian villa.

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Bad Teinach Zavelstein Crocus fields

Bad Teinach Zavelstein

Once the inhabitants of the small town Zavelstein thought about the fact that the use of the land kills wild crocuses, and decided to fix it. First, they fenced off a piece of the fiel. Then they achieved that almost the entire field near their village fell under protection. They did not give it away for the construction of houses, did not build a nursing home, did not plow it up for rapeseed. But simply guarded so that once a year you could look at purple fields.

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Ludwigsburg palace and gardens

Ludwigsburg is not so well known. However, apart from Wilhelma, this is the most interesting thing in the region. It is a must-see wenn you are staying in Stuttgart. In this post we see Ludwigsburg palace, gardens around, Favorit park up to Monrepos palace. In the end I tell about Ludwigsburg palace pumpkin festival.

Be sure to check if there are any extra activities. The city hosts a street music festival. While the park hosts musical fireworks and a great pumpkin festival.

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Lake Constance. Meersburg attractions

Bodensee Meersburg

Meersburg is the most beautiful town on Lake Constance, although some might prefer Lindau. Plan at least half a day for Meersburg Castle and the town’s picturesque streets.

Meersburg is located in the very center of the main attractions on the lake.

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Lake Constance map of attractions

Lake Constance (Bodensee) is one of the most favorite places of vacation. And this is its main drawback for everyone who wants to relax. For those who are not disturbed by the crowds of walking, skating, swimming and eating, there are a lot of advantages: clean water, equipped beaches and warm pools, water sports and entertainment, numerous asphalt roads for pedestrians and cyclists along the shore and between vineyards, delicious food, fresh trout from the lake, finally enough attractions if everything else gets bored.

All posts – #bodensee
Maps nearby:
North – Swabian Alb
East – Allgäu
South-East – From Bregenz to Innsbruck
West – Along the Rhine, South and High Black Forest

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Esslingen Old town and map

Esslingen is located in the Neckar Valley near Stuttgart. Behind it the Neckar becomes unnavigable upstream, and from Stuttgart to Esslingen endless factories, plants and power plants stretch along the river.

Therefore, despite the fact that the old city itself is pretty, you can easily replace it with another one. You can find the same well-preserved half-timbered house in less industrial places: in Tübingen, Bad Wimpfen, Besigheim, not to mention the Black Forest.

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Lake Constance Austrian coast (Bregenz) and family holidays

Bodensee

At the end of the overview of all the attractions of Lake Constance, let’s turn to its Austrian part, tell briefly about Bregenz and see what there is in the region for children.

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Lake Constance (Bodensee). 1. Lake Überlingen

Bodensee Überlingen

Lake Überlingen is the most interesting part of Lake Constance: picturesque hilly shores, many attractions from natural to cultural, from parks to castles. This part has towns Überlingen, Uhldingen, Bodman, island Mainau and at the end of the lake Überlingen Meersburg.

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