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The 'sunny state' in southwestern Germany

The German state of Baden-Württemberg is a relatively recent administrative area - in contrast to the historic existence of the state of Bavaria to the east.

A little over 60 years old, it was actually created after the Second World War by combining the regions of Baden in the southwest, Württemberg-Baden in the north and Württemberg-Hohenzollern in the southeast.

These had been creations of the occupying forces and the historically more accurate administrative areas which were combined would be better known as the Grand Duchy of Baden, the Kingdom of Württemberg and the Province of Hohenzollern (a small area which had belonged to Prussia).

View over Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg
View over Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg

The union was not universally popular, especially among the inhabitants of Baden near the French and Swiss borders. Campaigners fought for their old state until finally a referendum - which had been delayed for nearly 20 years and eventually ordered by the constitutional court - gave a massive majority to those in Baden who wanted to keep Baden-Württemberg as it is.

The state has grown dramatically since the end of the Second World War - the population has risen by 60% - and it is now the third largest German state in both population and size.

The state capital is Stuttgart, a bustling modern city, and the state is renowned for its automobile industry (Daimler, Porsche and Smart all have their HQs here) along with associated engineering companies and parts manufacturers. Software (SAP is the best example) and research companies also play a big role in the local business landscape.

Burg HohenzollernHohenzollern Castle

But tourism is still an important part of the lifestyle of many towns and villages, especially in the historic cities and further to the south in regions such as the Black Forest and the area around Lake Constance.

The towns and villages in Baden-Württemberg covered by German Sights are listed under the Locations link on the top navigation.

The Baden-Württemberg side menu covers information about travel to and around the state as well as some of the natural and cultural sights.

Map of Baden-Württemberg