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Although not as well known as the Rhine, the Neckar River has a wonderful charm of its own. After Heidelberg it winds its way through a small valley guarded by castles. It then flows on, bordered by vineyards on its northern slopes, passing the interesting and industrious city of Stuttgart, before it climbs toward the Swabian Hills. You follow the Neckar until the old half-timber university town of Tübingen. The river continues toward the eastern slopes of the Black Forest, where it originates less than 80 km (50 mi) from the source of the Danube.
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