Tübingen, is a delightful town that seems to come out of a fairy tale. It is one of the most beautiful destinations in Germany, let’s see what to see.
Tübingen is a city in Germany that has become an international destination par excellence, with its artistic heritage preserved to perfection and loved by tourists from all over the world.
This city in Germany is one of those places that have a history to remember. It is famous because it was one of those one city spared from the bombs in World War II that over time has become a fairytale place.
Tübingen: the city in Germany that has a story to tell
Tübingen is located in the region of Swabia, 35 kilometers south of Stuttgart near the Neckar and Ammer rivers and has 88 thousand inhabitants. Over the years it has become a bustling university town with a high quality of life, as well as a popular tourist destination.
From Castle to University
Right on the Spitzberg Hill we can see the Hohentubingen Castle rising. This building is of Renaissance origin, which was built on top of an old medieval structure. It is a building that was arranged by Count Ulrich, who took care of having the stone of the fortress polished. What stands out from this structure is the Renaissance castle portal, the work of architect Heinrich Schickartd.
The style is reminiscent of the Roman triumphal arch and in the center is decorated with the ducal coat of arms, almost embraced by the necklace of the French order of St. Michael.
In the 16th century, this structure was abandoned by the Wurttembergs and King William I allocated it to the University. In this regard, the university library boasts 60 thousand volumes and is located in the Knights’ Hall. Instead, the chemical laboratory was placed in the kitchen and the astronomical observatory in the tower. The museum has 4 thousand artifacts that come from the departments of Prehistory and Protohistory, Archaeology and Ethnology.
The collegiate church of Tübingen
In 1476 the church of St. George became a collegiate church. Historically it occurred when Count Eberhard Im Barte moved the convent of the Canons Regular to Tübingen. Today this structure is a symbol of the whole city, in 1550 the count had the idea to use the church as a family tomb, that’s why we have in this structure several sepulchral monuments. A must see is the polyptych by the Nordlingen artist Hans Leonhard Schaufelein.
Marktplatz, square and Neptune fountain
Also worth seeing is the Marktplatz, a square surrounded by stone houses typical of the area. In addition to the town hall with its fine facade, where the open-air market is organized. We can also find the fountain with Neptune, designed following the model of that of the city of Bologna, then rebuilt after the Second World War.
The oldest building on Marktplatz is the town hall, with three floors, the last of which was added only later. An astronomical clock with the original clock face from 1511 and the signs of the zodiac, which is on display in the museum, was also built.
Holderlin’s tower, the city’s symbol
Tübingen has a symbol par excellence, namely the Holderlin Tower, built in the 18th century, its name inspired by the poet Friedrich Holderlin, who lived for a period in the room of the tower.
Tübingen is not only a characteristic city of Germany, inside its buildings, its streets you can breathe a history that few people know. It is the ideal destination to discover a different Germany.