A Day Trip to Tübingen
While spending time in the South of Germany I visited the charming old town that is Tübingen. Situated along the Neckar river are typical old German houses, made even more beautiful by the colourful flower arrangements gracing the river banks. In summer students spend their days and nights sitting on the stone walls by the river, sipping mate or sharing a bottle of wine, overlooking the gondolas floating by.
Further up the hill, houses are nestled among each other, people are sitting outside the numerous cafes having coffee and cake, while others yet wander the streets with a cone of ice cream in hand. Make your way even further up the hill and you’ll find the old castle, overlooking all of Tübingen and surroundings, boasting its impressive features.
While I don’t usually eat “normal” versions of cake, I did indulge in some cherry cheesecake with my decaf while watching people pass by. As my mum said, eating cake is just a thing in Germany (only every now and then, of course). I do believe in practising balance, and the enjoyment of having a good old fashioned German cheesecake far overcomes any guilt of stepping outside of my usual diet.
That being said though, Tübingen isn’t only pretty, but also comes with one of my all-time favourite German shops, Alnatura. This one is particularly amazing - it’s an all-organic health food store, however not like some of the small organic “corner shops” you find in Australia. This one is like a proper supermarket, stocking anything and everything from freshly baked breads to varieties of coconut and cashew yoghurt to endless amounts of organic teas to choices of gluten free pasta to shelves full of vegetable spreads and dips. Even the large wine selection looks amazing and intriguing and made me want to buy it all. Apart from getting me excited about all the food options, the store also has a natural healthcare and beauty section with products from Dr Hauschka and Weleda (two of my favourite natural skincare brands that I always stock up on whenever I’m in Germany).
I could have spent a whole day in that store and bought one thing of everything, that’s how excited I got. Australia’s got some great organic stores, but this one tops them all. If I lived in Tübingen, it’d be the only supermarket I’d ever shop at.
No matter if you’re looking for a sweet treat, a bustling and charming old German town, a place to relax along the river, a walk in nature along old castle walls, or do some health food shopping, Tübingen is well worth a visit while you’re in Germany.