A new discovery in Bade-Wurtemberg, South Germany, because of the hiking group I joined when I arrived in this country.
This weekend, the weather was not that great and we decided to stay in the surrounding of Stuttgart for an easy hike around Blaubeuern.
In the heart of the Danube valley and surrounded by forests, the city of Blaubeuern offers many hikes from beginners to confirms in mountains of the Swabians Alps.
Blaubeuern is one of the best preserved historical town in the Bade-Wurtemberg area. Its location along the river Aach gives it a look like a little Venise with a German architecture.
Many museums linked to the history of the city but also, due to its mountains, a good place for geology enthusiasts.
Its other charming advantage is its lake with its intense turquoise color, the Blautopf.
This funnel, with a depth of 21 meters, is the entrance to an underground network of submerged tunnels. It is also the entrance of the largest and longest cave of the Swabian alps Blautophöhle. Today it is evaluated to 3200 meters long.
The color of the lake is the result of highly concentrated limestone dissolved in water, in the same way than the Blue Lagoon in Iceland .
The Rusenschloss, a castle ruin dating from the eleventh century on one of the high surrounding spots, offers beautiful views of the city and the Danube valley.
You will get it, Blaubeuern owned well his nickname The pearl of Swabian Alps and is a perfect destination for a long day between nature, architecture and history.
To put on your to do list if you want to experience an authentic Baden-Wurttemberg.