Neckarfront with Stiftskirche and Alte Aula
It's been 16 years since I left Germany for California, exchanged the beautiful medieval town of Tübingen in the Southwest of the country for a non-descript and not in the least pretty city in gorgeous Sonoma County. Even though I enjoy living in this stunningly beautiful part of Northern California I sometimes miss the crooked alleys of Tübingen, the uneven pavement and the old buildings, some of which look like they won't make it another year (they will though; they have been there for 500 to 600 years).
I used to know every little alley, every street, every corner and every little nook in this town. On Saturday mornings I would walk down the Schloßberg (castle hill) where I lived and wander along the streets, go into some shops and sit in a street café drinking cappuccino and watching people.
Usually I had my camera with me because there was always something I found interesting or weird enough to photograph. The result is an abundance of Tübingen photos.
This is the castle, sitting high over the town. From up there we enjoyed great views over the terracotta roofs of the old buildings and beyond to the Schwäbische Alb (where I would often go to hike).
This is the path leading up to the castle from the far side of the town - the long back of castle hill at which end I lived.
Coming down from the castle there were so many little streets I could stroll along.
Some were very narrow and more like passages between buildings. You could easily get lost if you didn't know your way.
This is Münzgasse with the domineering Stiftskirche at the end of it.
The pavement in front of the church...
... and this is the side toward the river.
A glimpse of the town hall with its beautiful Renaissance facade, seen from Wienergäßle.
The German poet Friedrich Hölderlin (I wrote about him here) lived in this tower which is right on the river Neckar and is part of the famous Neckarfront which is the most photographed location in Tübingen.
The bigger picture - in summer... (if you want to know more about the punting boats, I wrote about them here)
... and in fall.
This place is beautiful in every season. Yes, I do miss it.