If you’re looking for a new place to venture and fill your wanderlust soul, these 15 photos of Southwest Germany will make you want to pack your bags, grab your passport, and head out the door schnell (that’s fast in German). Look below to see the best places to visit, the most delicious food, and even neat places to stay in Southwest Germany.
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1For some family fun: Sledging Hills in Feldberg-Altglashütten
During the winter, the sledging hills at Feldberg-Altglashütten are covered with fresh snow in Southwest Germany. Sledging is a popular tradition in Germany and you’ll find plenty of places to experience this fun activity. It is for all ages and perfect to do with the whole family.
2A quaint town to visit: Schluschsee
The town of Schluschsee in Southwest Germany is a quaint little town. The snow covered roads and blue skies make you feel like you’re walking into Hallmark Christmas movie. This beautiful little town in the valley is a great place to stay while visiting Germany.
3A place to stay for the whole family: Kuckucknester Apartments
The view overlooking the valley from the window of the Kuckucknester Apartments in Schluschsee will make you never want to leave. From your living room you can see over the entire town, which is covered in snow and looks like a winter wonderland much of the year. It’s a perfect place to sit and have a cup of coffee while getting ready for the days activities.
4A winter lover’s dream: The Black Forest
Walking out of your apartment and just steps from your front door are trails to be explored in the infamous Black Forest. Walking through the Black Forest after a heavy snowfall makes it look just heavenly, and you’ll feel like you’re standing outside Santa’s workshop. This is a fantastic little adventure to do with the family and Southwest Germany is the perfect place to do it.
5Gorgeous Homes that Put Joanna Gaines to Shame
All throughout Southwest Germany and the Black Forest there are beautiful homes dotted along the hillside. They almost look like mini ski chalets, but are individual homes. The architecture in this part of Southwest Germany and the Black Forest is beautiful.
6An Experience Unlike Any Other: The Christmas Market at St. Blasien Abbey
Germany is well-known for its Christmas Markets. The Christmas Market in front of St. Blasien Abbey, a cathedral which was built in the 9th Century, will make you wonder how you will ever match this Christmas magic again.
7A Religious Experience- St. Blasien Abbey Cathedral
After visiting the Christmas Maket, you will have to venture inside the St. Blasien Cathedral. Its amazing architecture, design, and paintings are gorgeous and reverent.
8An Evening Experience- St. Blasien After Dark
Even if you don’t make it in time for the Christmas Markets, or if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, you can take a walk in the streets of this Southwest German village of St. Blasien after dark.
9Amazing Eats: Gastronomie at the Hotel Schiffe
One of the best things about Southwest Germany is the food. There are so many amazing foods to try, especially at the Christmas Markets. But if you’re looking for a delicious and relaxing dinner you can enjoy a fresh meal in the cozy restaurant of Gastronomie at the Hotel Schiffe.
10Classic Family Fun- the Ice Park in Stuttgart
Ice skating is classic winter activity and what better way to do it than surrounded by Christmas decor and celebrations. Rent some ice skates and ice skate in the park located in the city center of Stuttgart. There are endless kids activities to do around the Christmas Markets in Stuttgart, Southwest Germany.
11Holiday Magic- Visit the Christmas Markets
The magic of Christmas is unlike any other in Southwest Germany. There are markets in almost ever city with food, crafts, gifts, and more. No matter which city you are visiting you will find endless vendors with gifts and great food at the Christmas Markets in Southwest Germany.
12Imbibe at the Christmas Markets
There is no doubt that Germany does Christmas right. Between all the delicious food and drinks you will need two hands for all the treats at the Christmas Markets in Southwest Germany.
13Feed the Swans Outside Stuttgart Palace
Royalty is still well and alive, at least in theory, in Southwest Germany. You can even feed the royal swans outside the palace in Stuttgart, Southwest Germany.
14A Piece of Royalty- Palace Sqaure
With a palace that puts Elsa to shame, the Palace Square in Stuttgart is filled with monuments and statues that take you back in time. Check them all out at the Palace Square in Stuttgart, Southwest Germany.
15For the Car Enthusiasts- the V8 Hotel
There is an entire area in Southwest Germany dedicated to the automobile industry. Here you will find the Mercedes Benz headquarters and museum, as well as the V8 Hotel. Here you can sleep in a real car with working lights at the V8 Hotel, Stuttgart, Southwest Germany.
Southwest Germany is an amazing place to visit, especially in the winter time. It is filled with Christmas magic, beautiful winter wonderland landscapes, and delicious food and drink. The entire family can enjoy their time there and it will be a winter holiday you will never forget.
To learn more about things to do in Southwest Germany check out “German Holidays: The Best Cities to Visit in Southwest Germany“