The former Free Imperial City of Ravensburg was once a major trading town that was bisected by two international trading routes. During the 14th and 15th centuries, it was a flourishing town that had trading links throughout Europe, and here the Great Ravensburg Trading Society was formed. It was during this time that many of the towers, Ravensburg's trademarks, were built, and over a dozen can still be seen today to give the town its nickname of 'The city of towers and gates'. Still an important trading city of the region, Ravensburg is now a shopping hub, and is the Swabia district's economic centre that offers attractive boutiques, shops, cafes, and restaurants to the visitor.
Location: Where four countries meet
On Germany's borders with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Austria, Ravensburg is in an ideal spot to explore what this beautiful area has to offer. Lake Constance, or Bodensee in German, is less than 20 minutes away by car to the south-west, and the city is skirted by the B30, B32, and B33 main roads, which connect easily to the major routes that take you throughout Europe. Getting here by air is relatively simple too, with Friedrichshafen Airport 20 kilometres south of the city.
Business: Close to a first-class conference centre
Ravensburg is less than 5 kilometres from Weingarten's Culture and Conference Centre with its 1,500 square metres of multi-functional space. Good road links mean that the accommodation of Ravensburg is just minutes away, and the venue is even close enough to walk to from many hotels and will allow you take in the fresh, clean air of the Allgäu Mountains. Munich, Zurich, and Stuttgart are also all within a two-hour drive of the city.
Culture: A city of museums and play
Ravensburg has long been associated with board games, jigsaw puzzles, and books, and the former building that housed the games company is now the Museum Ravensburger, where you can explore the history of the town and the company. Each September, the town hosts the 'Ravensburg at Play' festival, where young and old come together to delight and reacquaint themselves with some of the old games and be introduced to new ones. The city also has a passion for music and theatre, with four marvellous venues, the Concert Hall, the Zehntscheuer, the Old Theatre, and the Ravensburg Theatre to choose from.
Activities: Theme parks, open air, and spectacular views
For a fun-filled day out, the Ravensburger Spieleland Theme Park has a wide range of rides and attractions that will excite and enthral both young and old. Found just outside the city, it has a regular bus service that makes it simple and quick to find. The region also plays host to some excellent walking and cycling trails that get you up in the hills and allow you the opportunity to look down upon Lake Constance and across to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps.