The colorful ancient city of Tübingen, Germany – only carry-on luggage
After exploring Stuttgart (and the markets at night) for a day, we decided to leave the city to look for something out of the city.
On the whole, the recommendation was to go to Tübingen, and to be perfectly honest, I was not sure what to expect. I knew there were a number of colorful houses down by the river, but that's about it.
In this sense, we went to Tübingen, expected to spend very little time in the city and mentally planned lunch for the afternoon in Stuttgart.
We started with this beautiful and colorful half-timbered house on the river and they were as picturesque as I expected.
On a whim, we decided that it was probably worth venturing a bit through the old town. We did not drive all the way here, just to spend minutes exploring some colorful buildings.
It turned out that I was so wrong in Tübingen! This city has so much more to offer than we expected, and the old town is certainly one of the most beautiful we have been in Germany.
But instead of describing it, I'll show you exactly what I mean, if we continue …
Tübingen feels like you are immersed in a German fairytale book with its many-colored medieval half-timbered houses. It looks like a gingerbread town.
Tübingen is also a university town, which, despite its age, somehow manages to feel very young and alive. It's just a great mix, with something for everyone. (After a few years in university cities, one can say with certainty that I am for her.)
We decided to go to the cathedral to get a little bit curious …
The figure with the horns on this old church chair / the old pew apparently should not be like that. This was due to a translation error of the then carpenter, who had misread part of the Bible. (I think the chair is like centuries old).
We left the church and continued through the city …
… to the main square, where the market was in full swing.
However, our sights were much higher and so we started, climbed through the city and made our way to the castle Hohentübingen.
The castle is announced by a pretty impressive gate (at which point you can breathe a sigh at the uphill end – though this is not the steepest, and not the longest, way to go uphill) here).
Schloss Hohentübingen is a castle from the 11th century and understandably has one of the best views of the city!
But before you set off to enjoy this view, enter the middle of the castle!
The castle is now part of the university, so you do not have to pay to visit the site. You can just wander around if you feel like it.
Suffice to say, I do not think you can just wander around the corridors at will – except, of course, for the museum (it's a university building, after all), but it's definitely worth a look while you're here.
Finally we made our way to the Belvedere (not sure if it's officially called a Belvedere, but definitely one) to enjoy the view over the city.
When you walk through the old town, you do not really get a sense of how big the city is (which makes sense, you can only see the streets you're on), but from up here you get to I guess Tübingen in all its beauty.
Remember, as I said, that in Stuttgart I mentally make plans for lunch, and all this went out the window, because at that time it was well past lunchtime! The time had passed when I fell in love with the beauty of Tübingen …
Lunch ended with a short bite of falafel right behind the main square, before exploring the picturesque streets and window shopping.
At that time, the market was over and the place was completely cleared – and more of these beautiful half-timbered houses were uncovered.
Suffice to say that I fell head over heels in love with Tübingen when we were on our way back through the city.
It was so much more than I expected – much more than just a row of colorful buildings on a river, and I was wondering what we'd never heard of until a few days ago.