For most non-Germans, the immediate association they have with the country is with Southern Germany and in particular Bavaria. Most of the clichéd images of lederhosen-clad Germans come from this identification of the whole of Germany with that part of the south. However, the region has much more to offer than the superficial icons of the Alpine region. For our purposes, southern Germany comprises the two Federal States of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, a mecca for tourists from all over the world. From the spectacular rides at the Europapark amusement park in Rust on the French border in the west to the Alpine lakes and mountains in the east, the region has something to offer every visitor.
Spectacular landscapes, large modern cities such as Munich, Stuttgart and Nuremberg, small towns with wonderfully preserved or restored historic buildings such as Heidelberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Wasserburg am Inn, Regensburg or Passau, the huge and breathtakingly beautiful Lake Constance: southern Germany is as rich in variety as it is economically prosperous. Outdoors types will love the skiing and hiking, while there are plenty of more leisurely ways of spending your time in the south of Germany, from steamboat trips on some of the lakes to the many world-class museums and galleries the region has to offer. And no visit to the south would be complete without a trip to one of the automobile museums - with BMW, Mercedes and Porsche among the most prominent choices.
At the end of the day there is no better way to wind down than in one of the many beer gardens or wine taverns while enjoying some of the many regional culinary specialties.