Colorful Tübingen, Cradle of Romanticism

Colorful houses reflecting in the river Neckar, pretty alleys bordered by houses with their typical pointed roofs, beautifully decorated facades in the old town and café, pubs and wine bars vibrant with life.

Tübingen Colorful Houses

The tradition of Tübingen as a university town dates back to the 15th Century, when  Eberhard I, Duke of Württemberg, founded the Eberhard Karle University in 1477.

Tubingen Old Town

Tübingen was one of the most important centres in Europe for Romanticism and modern philosophy

Tübingen, The Town Centre

With the founding of the Tübinger Stift in 1535, the city became the cradle of Theology and Philosophy in Europe, homing some of the most important scientists, philosophers ,writers and poets of the past. Famous ‘Stiftlers‘ – students at the Stift – include the astronomer Johannes Kepler, the poets Friedrich HölderlinEduard Mörike and philosophers Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Schelling.

Tubingen Old Town, Collage

Although they did not study in Tübingen, the town counted for short or longer periods important residents like Alois Alzheimer (the man who first identified the terrible disease that bears his name), J.W. von Goethe and Hermann Hesse, the author of Siddartha.

Tubingen Decorated Houses

Luckily, the city was largely unscathed from WWII bombings

Unlikely many German cities, Tübingen was mostly spared during World War II from the bombings and the historical centre is very well kept and mostly authentic.

Tubingen Historical Centre

Extremely popular as a university town (students account for about  one-third of the total population) Tübingen, like most of the Baden-Württenberg region to which it belongs, is little known by foreign tourists although well worth a visit to get a taste of typical Southern Germany in a vibrant little city.

Tubingen Collage

Practical Information:

Getting there: Tübingen is very well connected by train from Stuttgart (from there, the journey is about 55 minutes), Lake Constance, the Swabian Jura and  the Black Forest.

When to go:  Tübingen and the Baden-Württenberg region can be visited any time of the year. However, late Spring and Summer are certainly the best months to enjoy the most of the area (including a ride along the river).



Note: I visited Tübingen and Baden-Württenberg as a guest of Deutsche Bahn and the regional Tourism Board. As always, Wild About Travel maintains full control of the editorial content.




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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Content Creation. Besides travel writing Simon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

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