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"Why should someone do a vacation in Reutlingen? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Reutlingen, which everyone visiting Reutlingen should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Reutlingen that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 07/02/2014)

Answer provided by Ralf Hoffmann on 07/02/2014
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Reutlingen has a very nice old town with many shops. It is very close to the Swabian Alb, a fantastically beautiful area for hiking. Even the university town of Tübingen with its castle is only 20 minutes by car, and to Stuttgart, it is only about 30 minutes by car. Both are also easily accessible by train. Several palaces and castles are easily accessible from here, as Lichtenstein Castle, or Burg Hohenzollern. All in all, Reutlingen is a perfect starting point for excursions. We also have a bus route with which one can make very cheap day trips to Munich, Augsburg, and Strasbourg. Come and visit us.
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Good day, what we can recommend in Reutlingen are the events in the Reutlingen city hall. The Achalm's (mountain) very good restaurant and cafe invites you to stop, and of course, it is not far from the Outlet City Metzingen where you can buy inexpensive designer clothes. Bad Urach has a very nice historic district with shops and restaurants. A thermal bath. You should visit the castle and the Hohenurach ruins, and linger. We have a lot of very nice trails such as the Urach waterfall and the Guetersteiner waterfall. Bad Urach and the surrounding area is definitely worth a visit.
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  • St. Mary's Church, Reutlingen
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    St. Mary's Church, Reutlingen

    St. Mary's Church (German: Marienkirche) is a church in Reutlingen, Germany. It was built from 1247–1343 and is one of the most distinct Gothic buildings in Swabia.

    Between the 1520s and 1540s the church was a center of the Swabian reformer Matthäus Alber, who spread the teachings of Martin Luther to Reutlingen and surrounding areas. The church was heavily damaged during a fire in 1726. From 1893-1901 it was rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style. On the 71-meter high west tower shines a gilded angel from 1343.

    The church has been a National Cultural Landmark since 1988.

  • Spreuerhofstraße
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    Spreuerhofstraße is the world's narrowest street, found in the city of Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It ranges from 31 centimetres (12.2 in) at its narrowest to 50 centimetres (19.7 in) at its widest. The lane was built in 1727 during the reconstruction efforts after the area was completely destroyed in the massive city-wide fire of 1726 and is officially listed in the Land-Registry Office as City Street Number 77.

  • Lichtenstein Castle
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    Lichtenstein Castle

    Lichtenstein Castle is situated on a cliff located near Honau in the Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

    Historically there has been a castle on the site since around 1200. It was twice destroyed, once in the Reichskriegs war of 1311 and again by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1381. The castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin.

    In 1802 the land came into the hands of King Frederick I of Württemberg, who built a hunting lodge there. By 1837 the land had passed to his nephew Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Württemberg, who, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff's novel Lichtenstein , added the current castle in 1840–42. The romantic Neo-Gothic design of the castle was created by the architect Carl Alexander Heideloff.

    Today the castle is still owned by the Dukes of Urach, but is open to visitors. The castle contains a large collection of historic weapons and armour.

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Destination Overview

Reutlingen is an industrial city in southern Baden-Württemberg, near Stuttgart (Stuttgart vacation rentals | Stuttgart travel guide). It is home to Robert Bosch GmbH's Automotive Electronics division as well as Reutlingen University (FH Reutlingen). The University is home to the highly-regarded European School of Business, as well as Production Management and International Business schools.

Reutlingen is a city in southern Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is the capital of the eponymous district of Reutlingen. As of April 2008, it has a population of 109,828. It is home to Robert Bosch GmbH's Automotive Electronics division as well as Reutlingen University (FH Reutlingen). The University is home to the highly-regarded European School of Business, as well as Production Management and International Business schools.

Things to See

Major landmarks include:

  • St. Mary's Church ( Marienkirche ), built in Gothic style in the 13th–14th centuries. Nearby is a statue of emperor Frederick II.
  • Marktbrunnen ("Market Fountain", 16th century), surmounted by the statue of emperor Maximilian II.
  • Spitalhof, built as a hospital in the 14th century. Damaged by a fire, it was largely rebuilt in the 18th century.
  • Church of St. Nicholas, built in the 14th century as a chapel.
  • Gerber- und Färberbrunnen ("Tanners' and Dyers' Fountain"), 1920.
  • City Hall, built in 1966.

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More about the History of Reutlingen

The first settlements in the area are believed to date from the 4th or 5th century. Some time around 1030, Count Egino started to build a castle on top of the Achalm, one of the largest mountains in Reutlingen district (about 706 m). One of the towers of this castle still stands today and is open for visitors. The name Reutlingen was first mentioned in writing in the so-called Bempflingen Treaty (German: Bempflinger Vertrag) which is dated approximately 1089–90. Around 1180, Reutlingen received market rights and, between 1220 and 1240 it was promoted to city status and city-walls and fortifications were built. Shortly thereafter, from 1247–1343, the town's landmark, the St. Mary's Church (German: Marienkirche) was built. Reutlingen became an Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire, free from allegiance to the Duke of Württemberg. In 1530, Reutlingen's city council signed the Augsburg Confession, and in 1580 and the Formula of Concord, key documents of Lutheranism. In 1803, in the wake of the French Revolutionary Wars, Reutlingen lost its independence in the German Mediatisation, being restored to Württemberg.

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Known for its textile history, Reutlingen has the interesting fame of being home to the world's narrowest street, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Spreuerhofstrasse was built in the 1720s after the city was largely destroyed by a huge fire, and the street ranges in width from 31 cm to 50 cm. When in Reutlingen, make sure to take in some of the city's cultural sites, such as the Church of the Virgin Mary built in the 1200s and 1300s. The church is now listed as a National Cultural Landmark. You should also see the city's market fountain, the Museum "Im Dorf" Betzingen (an open air museum about 19th century farming culture), the Natural Science Museum, and the Seed Industry Museum. Reutlingen is also home to several music festivals, including a jazz festival that takes place in February. In the summer, the outdoor theater hosts productions of major plays, such as Kiss Me, Kate, and can seat up to 1,000 visitors. The Arbeitsersiedlung Gmindersdorf (Gmindersdorf Workers' Community) is also interesting. It was built between 1903 and 1923 as an early example of socially conscious city planning. Do not leave Reutlingen without climbing Achalm, Reutlingen's hill, which offers a spectacular view of the city and the Schwaebische Alb area. If you have the time, consider taking day trips to the much larger cities of Tuebingen (8 miles) or Stuttgart (22 miles).

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