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Ravensburg

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Town Center, Ravensburg

Ravensburg is a city in Baden Württemberg, Germany.

Get in[edit]

Most major European airlines offer regular scheduled flights to Stuttgart and Munich airports, both of which are approximately 3 hours away by train. There are many intercontinental flights to Munich and Stuttgart has a direct connection to Atlanta in the USA. Ryanair offers direct flights from London, Liverpool and Dublin to Friedrichshafen airport, which is about 20 minutes away by train. Ravensburg has fast road connections to Ulm and Friedrichshafen. The nearest motorway (Autobahn) junctions are at Wangen (20 miles) and Ulm (60 miles).

Get around[edit]

Beeing a small city, Ravensburg's public transport network consists solely of an excellent bus network and a regional train ("Bodensee Oberschwaben Bahn"). As most of the sites and places to stay are located in the city centre and the public transport network serves the city's suburbs, visitors to the city should be able to see everything without having to use the network. The city's train station is a ten-minute walk from the main pedestrian precincts. The main bus station is next to the train station, however, most bus routes also travel across the main square ("Marienplatz").

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Ravensburg's historic city centre is completely intact, due to the city being able to escape bomb damage during World War 2. There is a small city museum in the "Vogthaus" just off the main square. Ravensburg is famous for its many towers and church spires. Two of the towers ("Blaserturm" on the main square and "Mehlsack" at the top end of the city centre) are open to the public for a small fee, however, there are many steep stairs to climb to get to the top. Ravensburg offers a fantastic amount of ancient buildings and churches, some of which are used for retail and some of which are open to the public. The main tourist information office is located just off the main square next to the church of our lady ("Liebfrauenkirche"). The centre of the city is mainly pedestrianised. It is easy to explore the narrow streets, as the city centre is fairly compact. Some of the streets are quite steep.

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There is plenty to do in Ravensburg, there is a fantastic amount of shops, cafes and bars, which are all located on and around the main square. There are several museums dotted around the city and several churches, all of which are open to the public. The "Veitsburg", located at the top of a steep hill overlooking the city, offers fantastic views across the ancient centre.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Ravensburg is famous locally for being a shopper's paradise. There are several large department stores, all located just off the main square. There is also a small shopping centre ("Gänsbühl"), which is a short walk from the main square. There are also many smaller shops selling everything one can think of, however, many of these, particularly the clothes and shoe shops, are very expensive, offering expensive designer articles.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The centre of Ravensburg is absolutely full of restaurants. There is a fantastic Yugoslavian restaurant located at the bottom end of the "Bachstrasse" shopping street. Other restaurants include American, Chinese, Indian, Italian and German establishments. Restaurant food in Germany is very reasonably priced and is usually accompanied by a wholesome salad. There are some "all you can eat" establishments.

For traditional German food, consider Humpis Café, next to the Humpis Museum, on Marktstr. 47. The cafe is a little off of the centre, but within the wall, and seems to be frequented by the locals.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The city centre of Ravensburg is crammed full of bars and pubs.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Ravensburg offers the traveller some good hotels. The "Waldhorn" hotel is a world famous high-class establishment situated on the "Marienplatz" square, offering luxurious food and accommodation, which includes standard rooms and suites. In May of 2012, the restaurant was closed on Sunday night.

There are several more smaller hotels dotted around the city centre, including "Hotel Residenz zum goldenen Mucke" and "Hotel Storchen". The "Goldene Uhr" hotel is situated in the city's suburbs, a short bus ride away from the centre. It offers high quality accommodation at reasonable prices.

Get out[edit]

There are many flight and rail choices available. (See "Get In" section)

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