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The southwesternmost corner of Germany, nestled on the borders of France and Switzerland is the Kaiserstuhl (Emperor’s Chair) region, a volcanic outcrop clothed in vineyards that produce some of Baden's best wines—reds from the Spätburgunder grape and whites that have an uncanny depth. A third of Baden's wines are produced in this single area, which has the warmest climate in Germany and some of the country's most beautiful countryside. The especially dry and warm microclimate has given rise to a diversity of wildlife and vegetation, including sequoias and a wide variety of orchids, and dragonflies found nowhere else in the world.

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