The swampy Mississippi Valley of Louisiana is one of the most beautiful areas
in the entire United States, and New Orleans, the largest city in Louisiana, is
one of the country's most popular travel destinations. New Orleans is famous for
its Dixieland jazz, architecture, great cuisine and unique French Quarter. There
is also a large selection of museums and galleries to discover.
Other places of interest in Louisiana are Lafayette, a city with magnificent
gardens, where the 40 km Azalea Trail begins; the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest
and most accessible marsh in the United States; the salt dome island of
Avery; and the city of Alexandria, surrounded by forests and parks. The 138 m
high capitol building, which was built from limestone, is located in Baton
Louisiana was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and is still marked by
Katrina to this day. Nevertheless, the population is always looking ahead and in
2018 the city of New Orleans celebrated its 300th birthday with great festivals,
concerts, exhibitions and many other unique events.
Land area: 112,836 sq km.
Population: 4,648,794 (2019 estimate)
Population density: 39 per sq. Km.
Capital: Baton Rouge.
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Attractions in Louisiana
Monroe, close by, is another river town with many historic
houses and a museum. Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo (Monroe)
is a 40-hectare park with moss-covered oaks, gardens, and winding
waterways. The Dogwood Trail Drive, 29 km, leads over the state's
highest hills, past flowering dogwood, which reveals the region's unique beauty.
Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, is located in the middle of the
plantation region. The blues plays an important role in the history of
the city, it was sung by the slaves during the cotton harvest. Many famous blues
musicians of the USA were born in Baton Rouge. Numerous clubs, concerts and
festivals pay homage to this melancholic music.
The 135-meter-high marble Capitol Building is a 34-story building with
a viewing platform overlooking the 11-hectare gardens of the Capitol
property; the Old Capitol is a mixture of Norman, Gothic and Moorish
architecture. The Governor's Mansion has exhibits from art, natural
history and ethnology. The 56 haBaton Rouge Zoo is home to over 400
animals. The Louisiana Arts and Science Center Riverside is in a
replica train station; the open-air museum The Rural Life Museum on the
site of a former plantation gives an insight into the working methods of the
There are many impressive old plantation houses in this region, some of which
offer bed and breakfast and sightseeing tours. The most beautiful plantation
house, Le Petit Versailles, belonged to the planter Valcourt Aimé in
the 19th century, known as Louis XIV of Louisiana.
Lafayette, a city with beautiful gardens and the venue for Mardi Gras,
is also worth a visit. 100,000 people live in the industrial and cultural center
of the "Cajun" country, many of whom speak French. The first settlers came here
from Nova Scotia (Canada) in 1764 fleeing the British after refusing to renounce
their Catholic faith and to swear allegiance to the British crown. They were
originally called "Acadians", which was later shortened to Cajuns. The
consists largely of swamps and swampy river arms. In Acadian
Village and Vermilionville there are true-to-original replicas of
old Cajund villages.
From the city of Houma, you can take numerous trips to the Atchafalaya area,
the former Mississippi Delta. This vast swamp area is crossed by hundreds of
canals where you can hopelessly get lost without a guide. Here you can see
alligators, snakes, waterfowl and many other animals in the wild. New
Iberia is home to the world famous Tabasco sauce. You can take tours of
subtropical gardens, visit state mansions from before the Civil War, rice mills
and the farms and factories that make Tabasco. St. Martinville
is a quiet and elegant city that was formerly known as "Le Petit Paris" because
it was home to luxurious balls and operas on a grand scale. The Cajun Museum and
church are well worth a visit, as is the Creole Nature Trail near Lake
George, where you can see ducks, geese, alligators, beaver and musk rats in the
The oldest city in Louisiana lies on the Cane River and was founded in 1714
as a fort and trading post to keep the Spaniards from invading the French
colony, and is now an agricultural center with an eerie flair. Most of the
countless historical buildings offer bed and breakfast. The city is surrounded
by pecan trees, cotton farms and 18th-century mansions. The area around
Natchitoches is known as the Crossroads region because it combines the
Spanish and French cultures of the south with the pioneering spirit of the
north. It is also a stronghold of country music and has produced artists such as
Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley. A violin competition is held every year in
New Orleans, still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which
devastated and flooded the city in August 2005, is world famous for its unique
charm and is a melting pot of many different cultures, including French,
Spanish, African, Caribbean and German. These influences are reflected in a
fascinating mix of the city's excellent cuisine, architecture and culture. There
are countless museums and art galleries to visit. The city is the cradle of jazz
and cocktails, typical of their lifestyle. The unique French Quarter is
a very popular tourist destination with its colonial buildings, hidden
courtyards, interesting wrought iron railings and the New Orleans Jazz that
sounds through the streets. Jackson Square, the linchpin of the French
Quarter, is a meeting place for pantomimes, musicians, tap dancers and other
artists. There are many excellent restaurants, bars and night clubs. The city
lies at the mouth of the Mississippi and invites you to go for nice walks along
the river or on the esplanade, which overlooks the Atlantic.
The historic purchase of the state of Louisiana took place in Cabildo,
a former Spanish rulership; Casa Hove is a fine example of Creole
architecture. Other points of attraction are theInternational trade mart; Dueling
Oaks (duels took place here in the 18th century); the Conti Wax
Museum; Audobon's House, where the famous painter lived and worked; the Audubon
Zoo and Zoological Garden; the Aquarium of the Americas (four
biotopes with different fish and flora); Vieux Carré; Orleans Ballroom and St.
Louis Cathedral. French pastries are served in the excellent cafes of the
French market on the river bank. Pontalba House is an interesting state
museum with antique furniture and decorations. The Preservation Hall is worth
seeing, where original New Orleans jazz is played every night, and The
Garden District, which houses mansions with white columns surrounded by
beautiful oak gardens and elegant wrought-iron fences. At the end of Canal
Street is the dock for numerous ferries that cross the Mississippi or go up and
down. 1-11 day cruises are also offered. Steamboat Natchez offers
harbor and evening cruises and John James Audubon a zoo cruise between
the aquarium and Riverfront Park to the Audubon Zoo. The Cypress Swamp Tours offer
special cruises through the Louisiana swamps. The New Orleans Steamboat
Company provides information about Mississippi cruises
(see international travel).
Shreveport is an important natural gas and oil center near the Texas border
and is considered to be typically American. The city is also a well-known
commercial and entertainment area with three major events a year that draw
visitors from near and far. There are various nightclubs, restaurants and shops
on Shreve Square. The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum with dioramas, an
art gallery, historic murals and archaeological finds is also worth seeing, as
is the RW Norton Museum, which exhibits Old West artists, and
the American Rose Center.
This area is known as an athlete's paradise because of the many forests and
lakes that offer excellent fishing, canoeing and hiking opportunities. Active
holidays are offered. A fishing tournament takes place in Toledo
Bend every year. The Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred Racetrack, on
the other side of the Red River in Bossier City, is open for
horse racing from late spring to autumn. The Poverty Point State
Commemorative Area is an old Indian settlement from around 1700 BC. BC and
one of the most important archaeological sites in the United States. The spa
town of Hot Wells is also worth a visit.
Louisiana Tourist Office
Address: Scheidswaldstrasse 73, 60385 Frankfurt / M.
Telephone: +49 (0) 69 25 53 82 70.