Fall is a excellent time of year to travel through southern Germany. Many of the tourists that flock to Germany in the fall are undoubtedly visiting Oktoberfest, but southern Germany has much more to offer. Fall is traditionally an important time of year, dating back centuries, because it is the harvest time of year. Fall is a time for celebrating the hard work and profits of the busy summer growing season. Festivals can be found throughout Germany, but a very specific type of festival can be found in the southwest; wine festivals.
Stuttgart, as the capital of the region, has the largest wine festival with booths set up from numerous vineyards. Many of the vineyards have their own small festival to showcase the fruits of the latest growing season. The new wine is called neue süsse. It is the freshest or youngest wine. It is usually cloudy and tastes very sweet as the wine has not fully fermented. The vineyards are not usually open to visitors, but at this time of year not only do they welcome guests, they also offer a few traditional choices from the kitchen for visitors to enjoy.
Year round there is lots to do and see in Germany, but fall is especially full of local festivals, both big and small.