Eye to eye with a lynx in a wildlife park, relaxing in a quarry or strolling among cacti: In the cities of Baden-Württemberg, nature and urbanity lie very close together - refuges for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Here we introduce you to nine oases to switch off.
Table of contents
1. Heidelberg: The place of the wolves
2. Ulm: One with Danube and paddle
3. Pforzheim: Up close and personal with animals in the wildlife park
4. Karlsruhe: Exotic splendor
5. Stuttgart: From quarry to green park
6. Heilbronn: Pure Life on the Neckar River
7. Mannheim: Natural paradise in the Rhine loop
8. Baden-Baden: In the natural kingdom
9. Freiburg: Gardening in the city
According to a Baden legend, a she-wolf once ate a fortune teller here at the former hunting and pleasure house of Elector Frederick II. Wolves exist in the Heidelberg Wolf Well Plant but guests who enjoy their leisure time here in the middle of the forest, just like the poet Goethe and Empress Sisi.
You can find more information about Heidelberg here: Lose heart in Heidelberg
How to get to Heidelberg by train: Plan arrival.
Being outdoors, making distance on the water, leaving everyday life behind on land: When stand-up paddling on the partly natural Danube one experiences the green side of Ulm. And by the way, great views of the cities of Ulm and Neu-Ulm with the old city wall, the leaning Metzgerturm and the Adlerbastei open up to you.
How to get to Ulm by train: Plan arrival.
Moose, llama, wild horse and fire salamander are at home in Pforzheim's green oasis. At Game Park Pforzheim you can observe more than 400 animals from all over the world, many can also be petted. On weekends there are show feedings of the lynxes and otters. Would you rather watch the animals from the air and prove your skills at the same time? Then head for the forest climbing garden: located in the middle of the wildlife park, it offers various courses at heights of up to eleven meters and an eight-meter-high climbing tower.
How to get to Pforzheim by train: Plan arrival.
Who follows the Botanical Garden Karlsruhe The visitor will find himself in a tropical world of blossoms. Among other things, rare citrus species, cinnamon and coffee plants and numerous cacti enchant visitors.
You can find more information about Karlsruhe here: Karlsruhe in the beginning was the castle
How to get to Karlsruhe by train: Plan arrival.
Where once machines quarried travertine stone, today lies an unusual recreational area: the Travertine Park on Stuttgart's Hallschlag. Green meadows thrive between old railroad tracks, restored crane tracks and heavy industrial equipment, where you can have a wonderful picnic and enjoy the view of Bad Cannstatt. Wine grows next door and there are two playgrounds for children. In addition, lizards and bats have found a home in the biotope.
You can find more information about Stuttgart here: Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart: White are all my colors
How to get to Stuttgart by train: Plan arrival.
The Neckar is the green oasis Heilbronn'sThe best way to spend the day is on the water - for example in the coffee bay with sandy beach. Those who like to keep moving can sail across the river in a speedboat or pedal boat, or simply let themselves drift with the current in an inflatable boat complete with integrated grill and sound system on board. The beer garden with sunbathing lawn next to the bay is ideal for relaxing. From a deck chair, you can enjoy the beautiful view over the old arm of the Neckar, surrounded by weeping willows and plane trees. During the urban paddling including guide and canoe you can experience the city from new perspectives.
How to get to Heilbronn by train: Plan arrival.
Mannheim, that's not just the checkerboard-like outlines of the city center, that's also a lot of green. The city at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers consists of one-third nature and landscape conservation areas. The oldest is the Tear Island in the eastern bend of the Rhine loop near Neckarau. In its untouched floodplain forest and dense reeds, about 60 different bird species breed, including such rare ones as the kingfisher and the oriole. From July to February, you can explore the Reißinsel on a circular trail about 4 kilometers long.
How to get to Mannheim by train: Plan arrival.
High above Baden-Baden the ruins of Hohenbaden Castle rise out of the forest on the western edge of Battertfelsen. Steep steps lead up over breathtaking wall protrusions and viewing terraces. The reward: a unique panoramic view of Baden-Baden, the Black Forest and the Rhine plain.
How to get to Baden-Baden by train: Plan arrival.
Greening unused land, growing vegetables, sharing labor and harvest: In Freiburg's urban gardens is about orderly wild growth and togetherness. Numerous such oases have been created, such as the Wiehre forest garden and the WandelGarten Vauban.
You can find more information about Freiburg here: Freiburg: The metropolis of young talent
Cover photo: Remains from the time of travertine mining make the Travertine Park high above Bad Cannstatt an unusual oasis in the state capital © Stuttgart Marketing GmbH - Achim Mende
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