Located around a 40-minute drive southwest of Stuttgart is the small little town of Tubingen.
With a medieval castle atop one of the many hills of Tubingen that dates back to 1078. The founding of Eberhard Karls University in 1477, making it one of Central Europe’s oldest, Tubingen has a wealth of history. In fact, the settlement of Tubingen dates back to the 6th and 7th century.
Luckily during the Second World War, Tubingen was left relatively unscathed and many of the medieval buildings still remain intact. If you willing to take the small hike up a hill to Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss), the reward is spectacular views of the river and surrounding town. While it now houses part of the University, it is the original castle of the dukes of Tubingen.
The Marktplatz or marketplace is a small square with numerous cobbled streets weaving off it. It is home to a busy market during the weekends as well as outdoor cinema screenings and other events throughout the year.
The Swabian Alps sit around Tubingen and many locals speak with the Swabian dialect (which is slower than standard German) and Swabian influences across the food with hearty and traditional dishes such as stews that are worth a try.
The town remains heavily student-populated, with almost every third person of the city being a student! This creates a rather liberal and young energy to this city, almost in contradiction to its medieval beginnings. There is a bustling nightlife, with many bars open late and lots of events open to the public through the universities. The university has been a central feature of the town since it was first built and there is a sprawling campus away from the town centre.
The Neckar river remains an important part of the town and in the summer is the scene of many busy beer gardens. If you fancy your chances a punt down the river in a Stocherkahn. Standing on the bridge there are some brightly coloured picturesque houses that sit along the river bank and has become a picture postcard synonymous with Tubingen.