Tuttlingen Things to Do
If you're lucky enough to be in Tuttlingen on a very clear day, watch out for the yellow flag on Honberg Castle. If it's hoisted up, there is a spectacular panoramic view from nearby Witthoh hill (some 10km from Tuttlingen). Witthoh is the highest hill in the direct vicinity of Tuttlingen (862m) and provides magnificent views to the south, west and east. While you can see Lake Constance in the east and the hills of the Black Forest towards the west, the best panorama is surely that in the south: the Alps. Despite the fact that their highest peaks are some 170km away, you will be able to see them well on a clear day. Switzerland's most famous peaks Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch are easily visible as are countless other snow-covered mountains. In the foreground, some 30km away, you can see the similarly spectacular volcanic hills of the Hegau region near Singen (e.g. Hohenkrähen hill). The view towards the Alps is even more spectacular if you've only seen it on cloudy days so far - basically, there seem to be no Hegau volcanoes and definitely no Alps anywhere. But once the clouds are gone and the air is clear, you'll feel as though you're on a completely different hill.
By the way, Witthoh is also part of the German watershed, dividing those rivers whose waters flow to the North Sea from those whose waters flow to the Black Sea. Interestingly, however, the rivers north of it flow to the south via the Danube whereas those south of Witthoh will reach the North Sea via the Rhine. Moreover, Witthoh serves as a kind of "climate divide". The region south of it benefits from very mild climate influenced by Lake Constance whereas the hills of the Swabian Alps have a much harsher and cooler climate. Now guess where I live...
Honberg Castle is Tuttlingen's most prominent landmark. Located on the Honberg hill, it's visible from almost everywhere in the town. It's quite a picturesque ruin with lots of old trees surrounding it. Built in 1460, it only survived for some 180 years. At the height of the Thirty Years' War, the commander of Hohentwiel Castle (some 30km from Tuttlingen) ordered the destruction of Honberg Castle in order to prevent an attack on Tuttlingen itself. However, some believe that the castle walls had fallen into disrepair by then anyway. In any case, the fortress was destroyed and left to the elements. Over the course of the years, people used the stone blocks for their houses, so when a Society of the Friends of Honberg Castle was founded in the 19th century to rebuild parts of the castle, they had a lot to do. Mind you, they did a good job. The castle's towers were rebuilt, the rest was left as it had been before. Nowadays, Honberg Castle is probably the place with the best panoramic view on Tuttlingen. It's also home to the 2-week open-air festival Honberg-Sommer which attracts lots of great bands and singers and gives the town some international flair. Find out more about the festival here.Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
The park along the banks of river Danube ("Donau" in German) is one of the nicest parts of Tuttlingen. It's teeming with people in summer, and even on cold winter days you will see lots of people going for a walk there. The park stretches along the river for about 2km from the bridge at Untere Hauptstraße all the way up to the bridge at Theodor-Heuss-Allee, Lots of benches under shady old trees look appealing, as does the nice summer bar Golem. Moreover, there are some pieces of art, among them a selection of poems written by a creative writing group based in the town. In summer, you can rent boats at Golem and go for a laid back trip on the river. (Very laid back, I should say, as there is hardly any current!)
In a small side street with the funny name "Hinterm Bild" (Behind the Picture) you can find one of Tuttlingen's best restaurants. "Vinzenz' Weinkeller", often shortened to "Vinzenz", is located in a cellar with lots of old stones and wooden beams. The slightly gloomy character is compensated by the friendly interior and of course the excellent food. The menue ranges from finest meats grilled on lava stones to crisp salads with a twist, from hearty local cuisine to interesting international delicacies such as ostrich with potato wedges. The servings are sometimes quite generous, and always very tasty. In addition, "Vinzenz' Weinkeller" has a lot of wines on offer and the staff is well-trained in advising you about the best accompaniment for your dish.
Favorite Dish: Boeuf Bourgignon was a masterpiece, but I also loved the Gaucho Meat SkewersRelated to:
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
"Engel" is the German word for angel, and once you enter this restaurant you know why they've chosen it: angels are everywhere, from kitschy to artsy-fartsy, from stylish to interesting. Apart from them, the next obvious thing is the towel with a recipe for elephant soup. Swabian-style humour? Who knows! In any case, Gasthaus Engel is a pleasant place to be and offers very good local and Swiss cuisine. While the front part of the restaurant is dedicated mostly to local cuisine, the extra room at the back of it calls itself "Röstirante" and specialises in röstis, the traditional Swiss dish. There are also a few seats outside.
Favorite Dish: So far, I have three favourites: the rösti with bacon and eggs, the so-called Sieben-Schwaben-Spieß (meat on a skewer) and mixed vegetables and beef in an "exotic" sauce. In general, I found that the dinner menu is better and more upmarket.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Friggi is a small place in the city centre which offers a few Italian dishes and pastries. There is normally a lunch menu for € 4.50, which is a good deal even for a place so far off the beaten path such as Tuttlingen. They have a selection of Italian groceries to buy as well.
I often come here for lunch as their pizzas are great - you can immediately see that the owners are Italian and know their profession. Their pastries are a treat, too. I haven't tried to come at other times, but as Friggi is open from 8am to 7pm you can even have breakfast here.
Favorite Dish: PIZZA!Related to:
- Food and Dining
Well, I think this tip's title tells you everything you need to know about nightlife in Tuttlingen. There is basically only one bar which is worth visiting, and that is the Irish Pub. Conveniently located just 100m from my place, it's about as good as it gets in Tuttlingen. Fürstenberg Irish Pub consequently is always crowded. It's also quite an international spot - many of the expats in Tuttlingen enjoy a pint here and you will often hear people speaking English. The selection of drinks is good, the food is tasty, so if you see me hanging out in Tuttlingen, it's most likely here. Give it a try yourself.
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- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Tuttlingen Off The Beaten Path
One of the natural highlights near Tuttlingen is the so-called "Donauversickerung" or "Donauversinkung". In English, this would be the Danube sinkhole - and this is exactly what the river does there: it just disappears underground. Due to the karst structure of the ground, the river runs dry on more than 180 days of the year (pretty much from spring to autumn). The water disappears through gaps in the ground and does something quite incredible. Instead of just seeping away, it crosses a whole mountain underneath and comes out again 12km away in the Aachquelle, Germany's source richest in water. But it gets even stranger - the water that leaves the Danube for the Aachquelle first goes south but then empties into the Rhine to flow towards the North Sea. The water that stays in the Danube first flows north, but then all the way down to the Black Sea. The reason for this is the so-called European watershed between the Danube and the Rhine.
The Donauversickerung / Donauversinkung (both things mean pretty much the same and can be used more or less interchangeably) is well-signposted outside Tuttlingen on the B311 towards Freiburg. Coming from Tuttlingen, you can reach it either from the road to Hattingen near Möhringen or from a later road just before Immendingen. In both cases there is a car park from where it's a few hundred metres to go.
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