Tübingen is a college city within the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany (map). Surrounded by forested hills and overlooking the Neckar River, Tübingen is dwelling to one of many few utterly intact Altstädte (previous city centres) in Germany (having survived WWII unscathed). It additionally has one of many oldest universities in Europe, with college students comprising about one-third of the whole inhabitants. There are a lot of issues to do in Tubingen, with its historic homes, atmospheric cobblestone streets and Neckar riverfront as the principle highlights. The previous city may be very compact, making it simple to discover on foot.
Once I deliberate my southern Germany street journey, I made certain to incorporate a day in Tübingen in my itinerary. With hindsight, I needed I’d deliberate an in a single day keep as Tübingen turned out to be one of many highlights of my road trip. I’m an enormous fan of medieval cities, and Tübingen, with its charming previous city, was an absolute delight to discover.
Punting in Tübingen
I began my day in Tübingen with a serene punting expertise alongside the Neckar River. Maybe impressed by their counterparts in Oxford and Cambridge, Tübingen college students launched punting within the tranquil Neckar River within the twentieth century.
The lengthy, slender wood boats (punts) are propelled by pushing the riverbed with a pole. This custom might be loved by guests, and I extremely advocate it!
The views from the water of the historic homes that line the Neckar (the Neckarfront) are completely beautiful.
Guests can e-book a 1-hour tour in a punt on the Tübingen vacationer workplace subsequent to the Eberhardsbrücke (map).
A stroll round historic Tübingen
The perfect factor to do in Tübingen is to easily wander round its quaint streets. After the punt journey, I crossed the Eberhardsbrücke (which additionally gives beautiful views of the Neckarfront) to the previous city. I turned left after the bridge and continued up the Neckargasse in the direction of the Holzmarkt and fifteenth century Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church).
I cherished the historic half-timbered homes that line the streets – it’s wonderful how properly preserved they’re. Tübingen is such a photogenic city that I needed to continually remind myself to place down my digicam!
From Holzmarkt, I continued my stroll to the Marktplatz (market sq.), a picturesque sq. with a fountain of Neptune, and fronted by the fifteenth century City Corridor. The gabled City Corridor options an astronomical clock that also works until this present day.
From the Marktplatz, I roamed aimlessly across the charming streets comparable to Haaggasse, Ammergasse, Münzgasse, Marktgasse and Kornhausstrasse. I made certain to discover the little lanes and slender staircases that join the principle streets on this hilly city.
I ended for lunch at Vegi, somewhat restaurant in Kornhausstrasse that serves wonderful falafel, then continued up Burgsteige to the eleventh century Schloss Hohentübingen (Citadel). A part of the College of Tübingen, the citadel homes the Museum of Historic Tradition. The little mammoth tusk collectible figurines within the museum are among the oldest artworks ever discovered! There’s a big DNA construction within the citadel’s sq., a tribute to Friedrich Miescher who found DNA in 1869. From the citadel, there are stunning views of the crimson rooftops of the previous city.
From right here, I made my means down the hill for a refreshing beer at Martkplatz. It was market day so the sq. was buzzing with individuals looking the numerous fruit, vegetable and flower stalls. There was additionally a marriage throughout the sq. within the City Corridor – the gathering of individuals within the sq. burst into cheer when the newlyweds stepped out onto the balcony for a kiss. The environment was simply fantastic and I soaked it up as I sipped on my beer.
I solely bought to spend half a day in Tübingen however in case you plan to go to, I like to recommend spending an evening there. There’s fairly a couple of issues to do in Tübingen and I can solely think about how magical the city appears within the evenings!
Different issues to do in Tübingen
- Have a style of the native brew and benefit from the native delicacies at Gasthausbrauerei Neckarmüller on the Neckar River, with views of the river.
- Stroll alongside the tree-lined Neckarinsel, a small island within the Neckar River, with a park filled with previous aircraft timber.
- Go to the historic Bebenhausen Abbey, a twelfth century Gothic church and monastery a brief drive north of Tübingen.
How you can get to Tübingen
Tübingen is located about 30km south of Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg. From Stuttgart, it’s a 45-minute drive or prepare journey to Tübingen.
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