Select a Region to Explore in Detail
The region sits at a strategic point between the Alps, the Danube, and the Rhine. From here trade could flow to all corners of Europe. The city of Konstanz defines the region and was originally part of the Swiss Cultural sphere. Even today, the dialect is closer to Swiss German than Swabian and the architecture reflects this.
The ancient conflict between the Welf and Staufen dynasties left the region without a ruler by the end of the Middle Ages. In the vacuum arose countless city-states and principalities, many of which existed as independent states for centuries. Sundered again by religion, the region is united only by language and a shared Swabian identity.
Württemberg was a unified state for most of its history, in stark contrast to the rest of Swabia. The differences only become more apparent, as the region was largely Protestant and bound to the Rhineland by the Neckar. This Rhenish-Swabian cultural fusion makes Württemberg one of the most unique places in Germany.