The Impossibly Tall Gabled Medieval Buildings
Favorite thing: My first visit to Tubingen was so long ago that I barely remember any of it, and I was surprised to find little that jolted my memory when I returned 18 years later (good God was it that long ago). What I do remember of the town the first time around, clearer than anything, were the tall gabled houses, which were like nothing I had ever seen before. They stretched impossibly into the sky, leaning over the tight alleyways of the town, like they would collapse in on you at any moment. Some would be seven or eight stories tall, incredible for their age, and then you would see them from the banks of the Neckar river, climbing up the side of hills. Their sheer drops at the base of the house, and the reflections in the river, would make them seem twice as high again.
Aerial views of Tübingen
Favorite thing: If you like to enjoy some truly breathtaking views of Tübingen, you will have to climb up the 172 steps of the tower of the Collegiate Church (Stiftskirche), which is a little strenuous, but definitely worthwhile! You can see the river Neckar from there, the castle, the townhall and all those roofs of the old city of Tübingen.
Entrance fee is 1 € (and that ticket also entitles you to visit the tombs inside the church)!
Favorite thing: There are a couple of very informative websites in the net that make planning a trip to Tübingen much easier! Some of them are in German only, but I have tried to find both German and English sites! Here we go:
Websites in German
Websites in English
accomodation in Tübingen
The address of the Tübingen Tourist Information is:
Tourist information office
Bürger- und Verkehrsverein Tübingen
An der Neckarbrücke 1
Tel.: +49 (0) 70 71 / 91 36 0
Fax: +49 (0) 70 71 / 35 07 0
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Small but beautiful
Favorite thing: You should walk - if you come by train from the mainstation, if you come by car from the parkhouses Metropol or Neckarparkhaus - through the old part of the city. At the corner of the Neckarbridge you find the touristoffice, were you can get plans and information.
The Hölderlinhouse, the Stiftskirche, the house of Lordmayor, the castle with a view over the city an the landscape.
You are interested in culture and history.
In the castle you find some museums. And maybe the oldest musicinstruments of the world -three flutes 35000 years old. The Kunsthalle - up on the hill called Wanne - there are allways interesting exhibitions.
A Note on Mineral Water
Favorite thing: I've heard Americans are known for carrying bottles of water around with them, and I am no different. I quickly discovered that in Baden-Wurttemburg, mineral water may actually taste like minerals - it was like drinking water from a hot springs (at least to me). It's also often carbonated. Apparently this is popular here, and it's all that's available at some restaurants and bars. I tried it a few times but it didn't seem to suit me, so I quickly learned to buy my own bottle of plain water to carry with me, after spending my first day feeling rather parched.
Maybe if I stayed here awhile I would eventually get used to it, you never know...
Fondest memory: Tubingen is a great place to spend the day just wandering around. All of the AltStadt (Old Town) area is very attractive and enjoyable, with many half-timbered houses. Some of my favorite places were the Stiftkirche (church), the view from the old Renaissance castle, and the Rathaus (Town Hall).
Also I can recommend the salads at a restaurant called Wurskuche, along with a wonderful apple cobbler & liqueur dessert.
picture courtesy of The Wolfman
The Neckar River
Favorite thing: The Neckar River goes through Tubingen and there's a walkway along side of it where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll under some trees, taking in the views of the colorful half-timbered houses here. There are also some riverside restaurants and bars where you can stop in to warm up during the winter, and enjoy nice views of the water.
Favorite thing: The Marktplatz with the beautiful Town Hall, it was built in 1435. The astronomical clock showing the sun and lunar phases by Johannes Stöffler was added in 1511. When the university celebrated its 400th anniversary in 1877 the beautiful facade was made.
Fondest memory: Sitting in a beergarden or cafe and enjoying the lively atmosphere
The best thing I did in...
Favorite thing: The best thing I did in Tubigen was relax. I was getting near to the end of my trip and I was really exhausted! I enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere of the city and surrounding areas so much that I stayed for 2-1/2 days.. There were only two people in my whole youth hostel, and the city had virtually no tourists at all.
Fondest memory: The best part of the city is the river island that runs through the city. It's the perfect place to take a peaceful walk, eat a meal, or write up in your travelogue. Another great place in town was out of the center up in the hills. There are some trails for walking that no one seems to use. They lead you up and around the hills for some spectacular views.
Favorite thing: TÜBINGEN is on the geographical centre of Baden-Württemberg State and about 70 or 80 km away from Stuttgart.
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