Tϋbingen: Charming Small Town in Germany
Between the favourite big cities like Paris and Rome on any Europe trip, is a charming small town in Germany called Tϋbingen. Located 30km south of Stuttgart, Tϋbingen is a tradition university town with cobblestone walkways, rich in history, surrounded by mountains and green scape, and picturesque in every way.
Imagine looking out your window onto the charming streets on an old town thriving with young university students, charismatic shops and buildings with decorative flare and then from the kitchen comes the smells of fresh baked bread, local fresh fruit and steaming coffee brewing on the stove top. All of this was thanks to my travelling companion’s warm and gracious friend who hosted us for our stay in Tϋbingen.
What more could you want? There was so much more in store for us like mornings sitting around the table chatting about our days plans, nights spent with new friends at pubs with drinks poured and friendly chatter flowing and days exploring this wonderfully intriguing town and its surroundings. It reminded me of a fairy tale.
Walking through the streets of Tϋbingen was exactly how I pictured Germany to be, charming old buildings with wood accents, colourful and surprisingly it smelt like my childhood Strawberry Shortcake dolls. In the Market Place stands the Rathaus (town hall) that is more than 500 years old. It’s stunning façade also is home to an astronomical clock that still functions today. In front stands a stunning fountain of Neptune from the 17th century. Another highlight of Tϋbingen that stood out to the nature lover in me was the beautiful and peaceful river running through it, with stellar 200-year-old tree-lined paths, a giant bird house and serenity only the wilds of nature can afford. There were even gondola-like boats, called Stochekahn, gracefully touring along the river.
One of our first adventures was to Schloss Hohentϋbingen, a castle built in the 16th century right here in Tϋbingen. Could you imagine a castle in your own backyard? Going through cave-like passageways and up to it’s top that provides amazing views of Tϋbingen and the green landscape that surrounds it.
We even took a couple of day trips that proved to be more great finds. Our first was to Hohenzollern Castle, about 25km from Tϋbingen, over 2,800 feet above sea level on top of Mount Hohenzollern. Needless to say it was a steep trek uphill but totally worth it. First built around 900 years ago, the castle was destroyed in 1423 but a larger and more fortified one was built starting in 1454. Crossing a drawbridge and onto the grounds we were overwhelmed by the absolute glorious views, it felt like we could see all of Germany from there. The courtyard and grand rooms throughout were stunning.
Another day trip took us to Bebenhausen Abbey, probably one of my favourite places I’ve ever visited. Founded in the early 1180’s, Bebenhausen Abbey is a beautiful abbey with gorgeous gardens, intricate and decorative ceilings, right in the midst of nature with a calming pond and pathways. It felt so peaceful to walk around the abbey, especially since we were the only visitors, it was almost like time stood still.
From the hustle of busy, big cities with crowds of tourists at every attraction, the relaxing feel of a charming small town, like Tϋbingen, really helps to recharge your batteries on any long trip.