Tübingen
Germany
By Libby Wilke

There are few cities in Europe that were left untouched by the devastation of World War II, but luckily for you and travelers like you, Tübingen is one of them.  Narrow alleys and cobblestone paths lead the way around this quaint university town in Baden-Württemburg, enchanting visitors worldwide. From the distinct pointed architecture of the shops and houses in the Altstadt (Old Town) to the picturesque views of the Neckar River, Tübingen is surely one of Germany’s most charming towns.
WhatsCheaper.com invites you to take a break from major cities and opt for a glimpse into the simple life of the roughly 90,000 people who call Tübingen home.  The closest airport to fly into is Stuttgart International Airport (STR), about 18 miles away, where you can catch a bus directly to Tübingen.  Look for great deals to STR on WhatsCheaper.com’s flight booking page (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) and start planning your trip today!  Tübingen offers a variety of hotels and inns, able to accommodate every traveler.  Let WhatsCheaper.com find the right hotel in Tübingen by clicking the following link: (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

The first thing WhatsCheaper.com recommends you see is the Hohentübingen Castle (or “Schloss”) atop the Spitzberg for an unbeatable view of the city of Tübingen and the Neckar and Ammer Valleys. This medieval castle dates from 1078 AD or earlier. Once you have made the well worthwhile trek up to the castle (372 meters above the rest of the city), wander through the castle’s courtyards, and look out on the castles moats.  The castle even hosts a museum featuring pieces from the 18th century and workshops in Stone Age, hieroglyphics and antique costumes.

Below the castle lies Tübingen’s old town (“Altstadt”), where you will find shopping, City Hall (“Rathaus”), and Marktplatz, the market square.  On weekends, the Marktplatz holds a farmer’s market, where vendors come to sell fresh vegetables, fruits, breads and more.  The most prominent feature of the Altstadt is the Stiftskirche, the Collegiate Church of St. George. This magnificent church, built between 1470 and 1493, has maintained many of its original stained glass windows.  A trip to the bell tower, built later in 1529 and reaching as high as 56 meters also provides an amazing view of the town.

Next stroll down past boutiques and bakeries as you make your way onto the Neckar Bridge (“Neckarbrücke”).  Take a little time to some bread to the ducks below, or take the steps from the bridge down onto the island (“Neckarinsel”) that divides the river here.  Along the Neckar’s north bank, you will find the iconic Hölderlinturm, or Hölderlin Tower, where German poet and author Friedrich Hölderlin spent his final days.  The tower now contains a museum displaying both Hölderlin’s artifacts, as well as items documenting Tübingen’s history.

Finally, WhatsCeaper.com believes no visit to Tübingen is complete without a ride in a Punt boat, locally known as a “Stocherkahn.”  This narrow boat ranges from 6 to 12 meters in length and takes riders down the Neckar River propelled by a “Stocherer” (a driver of sorts similar to a Gondolier) with a pole that reaches the river’s bottom. 

After the Stocherkahn, finish your Tübingen visit with a drink and snack (how does a soft pretzel and bratwurst sound?) at the Biergarten,  which sits along the riverbank and serves food and beverages for all ages.

While it does not boast the large population of Berlin or Munich, if you are interested in a look at some German history and beauty, we here at WhatsCheaper.com think Tübingen makes a fantastic destination. Check out the links above and star planning your Tübingen trip today! Auf Wiedersehen!

MUST SEE IN Tübingen LIST:

  • 1. Hohentubingen Schloss
  • 2. Nonnenhaus
  • 3. Neckarinsel
  • 4. Hölderlinturm
  • 5. Marktplatz
  • 6. Old Botanical Gardens
  • 7. Stiftkirche (St. George's Collegiate Church)
  • 8. Bebenhausen Monestary and Castle
  • 9. Geographical Midpoint
  • 10. City Museum and Granery

Tübingen EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. For the Family - March
  • 2. Regional Market - April
  • 3. Georgi Market - April
  • 4. Swabian-Alemanic Festival - May
  • 5. Summer Fair - June
  • 6. Punting Race - July
  • 7. Umbrian-Provençal Market - September
  • 8. Tubingen's Duck Race - October
  • 9. Chocolate Festival - December
  • 10. Christmas Market - December

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