Germany Trip Plan:
Tübingen - Discover the charming Historical Town on the River Neckar

Germany trip plan: Tübingen - Discover the charming Historical Town on the River Neckar
Tübingen
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Tübingen with its completely intact, most beautiful historical old town center has the youngest average population in Germany with around 22.000 students, or a quarter of the whole town's population. Discover local hospitality, castles, museums and the scenic location between forests, River Neckar and the Swabian Jura.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Stuttgart Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Tübingen with its completely intact, most beautiful historical old town center has the youngest average population in Germany with around 22.000 students, or a quarter of the whole town's population. Discover local hospitality, castles, museums and the scenic location between forests, River Neckar and the Swabian Jura.

Tübingen, near the geographic center of Baden-Württemberg, about 20 miles southwest of Stuttgart, is one of five classical university towns in Germany. It is a very family friendly with bicycle lanes along the road system, buses connecting surrounding hills and valleys, late night services, areas of the town that can be reached on foot and the car-free zone of the old town, leading up to the castle. Many attractions and leisure activities in and around the town guarantee a perfect holiday to remember.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $447 for 1 person / 2 days
Admissions: starting at $450 for 7 persons / 2 days
Car Rental: starting at $429 for 7 persons / 0 days
Gas: starting at $150 for 7 persons / 0 day
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1476 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $2126 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Town Hall Tübingen, author Der gestiefelte Kater
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Convenient located in the north of Tübingen your host and a perfect holiday apartment awaits your arrival either by rental car or public transport system. All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen and you might like to go shopping and familiarize yourself with your new home from home. The downtown center of Tübingen is only a 10 minutes drive away in case you might like to dive in the nightlife with its many restaurants and night spots.


Day 2: Tübingen, the Historical Town

Day 2: Tübingen, the Historical Town
Tübingen - Historic Old Town
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The silhouette of old Tübingen is shaped by many picturesque buildings from previous centuries and the River Neckar. Landmarks include the visually dominating Town Hall on the Market Square with it's, in the year 1511 constructed, astronomical clock by Johannes Stöffler. The still functioning clock shows the course of the stars and the phases of the moon. Below the Rathaus lies a quiet, residential street called the Judengasse, the former Jewish neighborhood of Tübingen until the town's Jews were expelled 1477. The center of Tübingen is the site of weekly and seasonal events, including regular market days on the Holzmarkt by the Stifts-Church and the Market Square by the Town Hall. The above Hohentübingen-Castle is a great spot to view the city, as well as the Neckar and Ammer valleys and the extended region up to the horizon of the Swabian Alb in the south. It also houses a museum with a university collection from the past 5 centuries, accessible to the public. Small steps and narrow alleys with numerous sidewalk cafes, wine taverns and cozy students' pubs, special shops, restaurants and taverns invite you to stroll around and to pause here and there. If you like to learn more about the town history a guided-tour can be arranged. You might like to conclude your day at a cozy Beer Garden and mix with the locals.


Day 3: Tübingen, on the River Neckar

Day 3: Tübingen, on the River Neckar
Neckarfront and Hölderlin Tower, GNU, author Andreas Praefcke
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In downtown Tübingen, the Neckar River divides briefly into two streams, forming the elongated 1,500 meter-long Neckarinsel, or Neckar Island. It is famous for its sycamore tree parkway, some of which are over 200 years old. Pedestrians can reach the Island via stairs leading down from two bridges spanning the Neckar. Take a boat trip in a famous Stocherkahn; a boat exclusive to Tübingen and navigated by a long wooden pole. It offers a scenic view of the picturesque Neckar waterfront with the famous Hölderlin Tower. The poet Friedrich Hölderlin studied in Tübingen from 1788 to 1793, and returned in 1807. After his stay in a hospital he moved to this tower and lived there until he died in 1843. The Neckarfront with Hölderlin's Tower is the most photographed view of Tübingen. For those who would like to spend more time at the Tower, the museum offers insightful views on Hölderlin's life in Tübingen. Another, private owned museum, is located in the Brunnenstraße and definitely something for the whole family. It's called Boxenstop and displays on 900 square meters 70 historical cars, motor bikes, bicycles and over 1,000 toys.


Day 4: Fairy-tale Castle Hohenzollern

Day 4: Fairy-tale Castle Hohenzollern
Castle Hohenzollern, author Böhringer Friedrich
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It's an easy day trip to visit the Burg Hohenzollern, a fairy-tale castle dramatically set on top of a conical hill in the Swabian Albs. It is considered the home of the Hohenzollern family that came to power during the Middle Ages and ruled Prussia and Brandenburg until the end of World War I. The castle lies at an elevation of 855 meters above the town of Hechingen and close to Bissingen. It was originally constructed in the first part of the 11th century. It was completely destroyed after a 10-month siege in 1423 by the imperial cities of Swabia. A second, larger and sturdier castle was constructed from 1454 to 1461 and served as a refuge for the Swabian Hohenzollern family during wartime, including the Thirty Years' War. By the end of the 18th century, however, the castle was thought to have lost its strategic importance and gradually fell into disrepair. The third version of the castle, which stands today, was constructed by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV between 1846 and 1867, based on the design of the English Neo-Gothic style as well as the castles in the Loire region. Nowadays Hohenzollern Castle has over 300,000 visitors per year, making it one of the most visited castles in Germany.


Day 5: Cannstatter Beer Festival

Day 5: Cannstatter Beer Festival
Chairoplane, Cannstatter Festival 2008
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Stuttgart hosts the annual second largest Beer Festival in Germany, this year from the 25th of September to the 11th of October. Join the crowd and the organized trip from Tübingen. The package includes seats in the festival tent, roasted chicken and a pitcher beer. Cannstatter Wasen, as the locals call it, offers gastronomic delights, fair ground attractions and nostalgia. Traditional costumes and typical German Brass band music as well as an open air market will guarantee a lasting experience for every visitor.

If you miss this festival take a whole day trip to Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg. Beside some historical buildings the Zoological and Botanical Gardens in the Neckartalstraße, Bad Cannstatt, is great fun for the whole family and if you are more interested in cars, the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Mercedesstraße 137/1, Bad Cannstatt, is a must see.


Day 6: Countryside and Monastery Bebenhausen

Day 6:  Countryside and Monastery Bebenhausen
Village Bebenhausen with its famous monastery, GNU, author Lukas Riebling
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Why not take a bicycle and discover the Schönbuch Forest Reservation, north of Tübingen! An easy 4 miles long trail will lead you to the old Cistercian Monastery Bebenhausen, founded in the year 1187. The monastery experienced its full glory between the 13th and 15th century when it was one of the wealthiest in Württemberg. Later it was used as a protestant monastery school and as a hunting palace for the Württemberg kings. The monastery and palace are open all year round to visitors. For example the Kings chamber is still preserved in its original state. Guided tours provide information on the life of the monks and monastery students or are devoted to the special architectural features of the complex.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Tübingen and River Neckar, author Der gestiefelte Kater
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Have a last look around beautiful Tübingen and maybe take some local delicacies home with you. In case you travel in December don't miss the Christmas market, which takes place in the whole Historic Town Center on the third Advent weekend from Friday to Sunday.


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Tübingen

Tübingen
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