Tübingen city and castle

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Hohentübingen building started in 1050.

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.

Carmen and Rainer
  From the protest signs around I could gather that the town people were not big fans of this regulation.  I can understand why. A lot of these buildings are very old and when a bus rumbles by they might just collapse one day. Who wants that?

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.

Rathaus of tübingen
  I would not recommend driving all the way up. 
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
me.

Us outside the Hohentübingen gate
  We had been walking over 10 kilometers early that day.  The weather had been kind to us.  No rain and the
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.

River cruise in Tübingen
  We didn’t go inside the exhibits, as we wanted to enjoy the last rays of sun on the backside of the
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.

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Hohentübingen building started in…
Hohentübingen building started i…
Carmen and Rainer
Carmen and Rainer
Rathaus of tübingen
Rathaus of tübingen
Us outside the Hohentübingen gate
Us outside the Hohentübingen gate
River cruise in Tübingen
River cruise in Tübingen
Neptune on top of the fountain
Neptune on top of the fountain
Sculpture on the fountain outside …
Sculpture on the fountain outside…
Seems like somebody wants a window…
Seems like somebody wants a windo…
Tower of Hohentübingen from the s…
Tower of Hohentübingen from the …
Fachwerk
Fachwerk
A golden Lion
A golden Lion
Another gorgeous building in tübi…
Another gorgeous building in tüb…
Streets of tübingen
Streets of tübingen
The evangelic church in tübingen
The evangelic church in tübingen
This way to the castle
This way to the castle
Another pretty tower in tübingen
Another pretty tower in tübingen
The tiny parking area outside the …
The tiny parking area outside the…
The second gate inside the castle
The second gate inside the castle
One of the friezes on the gate
One of the friezes on the gate
Looking back outside
Looking back outside
Whats this?
What's this?
Another gate on the inside of Hohe…
Another gate on the inside of Hoh…
A very detailed stone guard
A very detailed stone guard
The main square inside Hohentübin…
The main square inside Hohentübi…
The sun is setting over Tübingen
The sun is setting over Tübingen
Some detail of the castle grounds
Some detail of the castle grounds
Looking down toward the River Neck…
Looking down toward the River Nec…
The houses are nestled together
The houses are nestled together
This sun is saying goodnight too
This sun is saying goodnight too
Another church
Another church
The architecture is very neoclassi…
The architecture is very neoclass…
More interesting architecture in T…
More interesting architecture in …
Yikes, I wonder what he did! This …
Yikes, I wonder what he did! This…
Painted façade in Tübingen
Painted façade in Tübingen
Close-up
Close-up
Neckar river
Neckar river
Its getting dark out
It's getting dark out
Old city wall
Old city wall
Time to go home, bye bye Tübingen
Time to go home, bye bye Tübingen
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