Whoever you are..no matter where you come from..there will always be a country outside of your own that you will feel an instant connection with. France, Switzerland, Australia and what have you. For me, that’s dear old Germany.
I first visited it in 2011 and I’ve fallen in love ever since. By some stroke of fate, I keep getting more and more chances to go back! Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining at all! It’s funny, nobody ever teases you or thinks you’re crazy when you keep going back to Paris, because it’s Paris. So why can’t you experience that connection with another place? Germany is a country that is so friendly, open, diverse and unbelievably beautiful! It has something for everyone and it’s honestly one of the most tourist-friendly places in the world!
Now I could go on and on about Germany; football matches on the Fanmeile, Oktoberfest, sausages and all that stuff! But there’s a whole different charm I want to talk about on this post: German towns!
If you were ever fond of fairy tales as a child, these small towns scattered all over germany are a dream come true for you! I had a chance to visit a quaint little town called Tübingen last year for a couple of days. Tübingen is a small student town in the state of Baden-Würtemmberg and is about 45 minutes away from Stuttgart. It’s the absolute perfect example of what a German town is.
Mind you, I was going only for a couple of days amidst a particularly stressful week at work, so this trip could not have come at a better time! I went in the last week of September so it was quite cold, about 4-6 degrees celcius. But I kind of loved the cold weather because the pure, cool fresh air takes all of your stress away instantly!
Tübingen is called Tübingen am Neckar because it rests on the banks of the river Neckar. It’s population consists mostly of students as it is a university town. The best part of this town is the Altstadt, or the old town centre. The road leading up to it is full of winding, cobblestoned streets, in true European fashion, and every few steps you will find small cafés, fruit and cheese vendors and tiny little shops to do a quick round of shopping.
The Altstadt’s main attraction is the beautiful old town hall and the church that comes just before it. The town square (yes it is!), is studded with local cheese vendors, butcher stands and fruit vendors with the most gorgeous picks of the season 🙂 it’s the town version of a Farmer’s Market! The large number of students has brought along with it stores like H&M and Dunkin’ Donuts. But that’s not why you’re there!
All 3 of my days started with waking up at 6.30 am for a brisk walk on the Neckarbrücke and ended with a steaming macchiato and fresh baked bread from the cafe across the street just as it was out of the oven 🙂
If you are a city person, Stuttgart, one of Germany’s largest cities is only an hours train ride away. So you can quickly hop on and go see some of the tourist attractions like the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche museum and the 2 palaces in the city’s enter Schlossplatz. Also here is the largest shopping street in the city so great yourself!
My evenings in Tübingen consisted of a nice cup of coffee in one of those cute little cafés and, in keeping with German traditions, a huge slice of the most delicious cakes freshly made each day. Contrary to the size of the town, there are quite a few bars and breweries around so you can have a nice pint to unwind in the evenings. If you feel like doing nothing else, grab a beer and drink sitting on the riverbank at night with the beautiful lit-up town and cool river breeze.
For people who love to vacation in cities and like to have active vacations, you may not want to come here in all honesty! But for all the others, take a trip on the path less traveled and experience a whole other side of Germany that will create unforgettable memories for you for the rest of your life!