Tübingen city and castle
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Today my landlords Rainer and Carmen had already taken me on a hiking tour in the valley of the seven mills, but they were not done with me yet. After a quick stop at the Tübingen hospital to check on Rainer mother, we were off to explore the University Town of Tübingen, which is south of Stuttgart along B27. Today was Sunday so traffic wasn’t too bad.
We parked near the city center for free; again, it was Sunday. ;) We strolled down a few streets before getting to the pedestrian area. What I’ve noticed about the cities here is that almost all of them have the center closed to cars. In Tübingen some city busses are allowed to drive through these areas.
Anywhere I get to in Baden Württemberg, I see Fachwerk – those houses that have wooden beams showing in a
decorative way. This was just the way houses were built back then. A lot of time and effort is put into preserving these houses today. They are protected under law, and owners of such architecture have to keep to strict regulations
when trying to improve them. Enough about architecture, OH, look! A castle!
Yes, Tübingen has a castle on top of the hill. Where else would a castle be? It overlooks the surrounding area and makes for a nice hike through the old part of town to get to it.
There is VERY limited parking right outside and the incline of the hill is no joke. Before we got to the castle
we passed a lot of interesting buildings, but my favorite by far was the Rathaus. The façade of the town hall is elaborately painted, and looks quite unusual. Rainer informed me that it had fallen victim to recent vandalism, but it seemed as if it had been returned, at least to my untrained eye, to its former glory. Around the market square more Fachwerk tried to hold its ground next to the official building when it came to beauty – mostly successful.
Up a steep set of stairs we were finally on our way to the castle. I can’t believe my legs didn’t give out on
temperatures stayed in midrange between too hot and too cold. We finally reached the castle gate which called for a group picture of all of us. No people around so I had to set the camera on timer and the result is as good as it can possibly be in the situation.
Today, the castle Hohentübingen is part of the town’s university. From the signs I gathered that naked DNA was discovered here in 1869 before getting all dressed up and coded somewhere else. Since 1997 the university grounds are open to visitors and houses some very interesting collection dating back over 200 years of exploration. It is still an active university.
castle. We found a nice spot to watch the sunset with several students who seemed to wind down from a long weekend and wrapped their heads around the upcoming weeks before finals. I was right there with them. Learning about architecture in my recent courses has really opened my eyes to the buildings around me. I still can’t date them accurately, but I try and sometimes succeed.
Our last stop of the day was another beer garden by the water. Perfect end to an eventful day.