There’s a lot more to Germany than Bavaria and Berlin.
Germany is one of the most under-appreciated countries in Europe. It ranks fifth in visitors, well behind France, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The truth is I’ve been to all of these countries a number of times and I would rank Germany in the top tier. It has a very different feel from other European countries, an interesting cuisine, engaging people, and more than its fair share of beautiful medieval villages and towns. Although a number of these had sustained major damage during the war, their historic centers have been restored to their original, and you won’t even notice the difference.
This particular itinerary focuses on the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany’s southwest corner, and includes 6 towns, with a round-trip total of 264 miles. Stuttgart is used as the starting point, because it’s a large town with lots of hotels that sits right in the middle. It’s also a destination in its own right, although as an American you probably haven’t heard much about it.