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Tübingen Day Trip...

This was our third consecutive Saturday day trip. The first Saturday we went to Stuttgart, the second Saturday was last weekend with a trip to Heidelberg, and this Saturday trip had us heading south to the historic University city of Tübingen.

We all gathered at the Schorndorf train station to begin our journey at 7:48 in the morning.

Our first stop heading from the Bahnhof (train station) north to the old section of town with the city center was crossing the beautiful Neckar River...

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We passed by the Rathaus (Court House) on the way up the hill to see the castle...

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The castle houses many of the University facilities these days (a museum, a sculpture studio, etc...) and there is no tour of the facility to speak of that I could find. So one explores and sees things on their own. There were plenty of pictures to take, plenty of stairs to climb, and plenty of the castle grounds to explore to occupy more than an hour of our time.

We posed for a group shot...

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On the way down the hill back to the city center, we passed by the house that Goethe lived in...

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And one can view the famous window that says "Here puked Goethe" out the window...

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Maybe he would puke again today were he alive to see the graffiti painted on the lower portion of his house from modern day hooligans? Or who knows, maybe he would contribute something to the expression....?

I turned a corner down a side street and found this house to be quite interesting for a photo...

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We all gathered together at 12:30 for lunch at the famous Neckarmüller Brauerei and Restaurant for a typical Swabian meal and beer...

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There are nice little aquaducts running through town that were actually the early day water delivery system...

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I managed to wander into three or four churches to take a look as I always enjoy seeing the period architecture.

One cathedral had a local organist rehearsing for an upcoming service. He drew a crowd of about 50 of us that sat down to listen for 30 minutes. When he was finished, we all applauded. Not only because we enjoyed the beautiful music, but because he was really good. And who doesn't like the power of a great pipe organ played loudly inside a space such as this...

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The Saturday market was quite busy with vendors selling their produce, breads, cheeses, flowers, snacks, honey, candles, brooms, etc....

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Miles of cobblestone streets kept me busy walking around for at least 2 hours in my free time until I had to sit down for a coffee and a slice of cake to renew my energy. The streets were very narrow and quite charming...

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Later in the day, some of the market square vendors packed up their goods, and left. It was after they left that I discovered two memorials mounted on a wall next to the main church that were hidden by the trucks when we first walked through that area in the morning.

Two bronze bas relief memorials in the city center on the wall by the Stadtkirche that I just had to take a picture of and post up here...

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Let me translate that first one for you as the Tübingen were very sober about their involvement - at least with this memorial...

Sinti and Roma were murdered in the time of National Socialism. Many were forcibly sterilized and persecuted. Tübingen were among the persecuted and murdered.

Members of the University were among the masterminds of the racial madness. Our city residents were among the perpetrators.

And there was a 2nd memorial in bas relief right next to it...



Let me translate that for you...

University town of Tübingen.

To commemorate our expelled and murdered Jewish citizens during the Nazi reign.

To be a daily reminder for us, and as the commitment to fight racial hatred and intolerance.

There was a bookstore near the Rathaus (Court House) that featured books, photographs, and a display in their basement about the silence having been broken with regard to talking about WWII and what happened. Amazing photographs of Tübingen with the SS/SA, Nazi flags flying from every window and house, and being that the streets in the old center of town are really narrow and close together, the photographs will all of the flags and soldiers were quite stunning to view. I nearly bought a book or two, but knowing that I have my luggage stuffed to the gills I held back. Needless to say, the exhibit was quite interesting and I might look for one of those books here in Schorndorf to read.

The University of Tübingen then (under the Nazi regime)...

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Vorbeimarsch von SA-Studenten an der Neuen Aula“. Über TUEpedia.

I walked by that same portion of the University and took a shot from a different angle to show it today...

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The city museum was featuring a photo exhibit of photographs from WWI which I found fascinating. These were all things I found in my free time, but wish the students could have seen as well.

We left Tübingen at 5 and arrived back in Schorndorf at 6:40 making for a full 11 hours - or nearly 12 hours if you count door to door from leaving in the morning until returning. Needless to say, I slept until 8 am on Sunday to recover.

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