Tübingen, Germany

RO: Si-apoi daca tot e Tubingen pe-aici, pe-aproape, nu ne-ar strica un al n-lea satuc barnos pe traseu 🙂 Nu de alta, dar pe langa cladirile din barne de lemn, Tubingen-ul are si raul Neckar, cel plin de dragalasenii de case colorate, insirate toate de-a lungul sau, care mai de care mai tipatoare si mai stridenta. Si-n plus de asta, Altstadt-ul, centrul vechi al orasului, e cam printre singurele din toata Germania neatinse de haosul celui de-al doilea razboi mondial. Pai daca bietul oras n-avea el cine stie ce industrie infloritoare, a scapat ca prin urechile acului de bombardamente. Si uite-asa casele din piata centrala sunt originale si ti-e mai mare dragul sa te plimbi printre ele pana pe-nserat. C-ar fi si pacat sa nu le prinzi la golden hour 🙂 Si apropo de orase cu centru istoric intact, si oraselul Bamberg (la vreo 3 ore de condus din Tubingen) face parte din aceeasi categorie. Ba mai mult chiar, e patrimoniu Unesco si arata intr-un mare fel. Casele si colorate, si de lemn, raul, centrul istoric, podul de piatra care slava cerului, nici nu s-a daramat, si nici apa nu l-a luat, toate la un loc explica de ce-i atat de faimos in Bavaria. Dap, si-uite asa am pus punctul pe i si-am gasit scuza perfecta care sa explice de ce nu am ajuns nici acum acolo, desi era planificat in topul listei: pai noi vedem vecina Baden Wurttemberg, nu landul bavarez! Asa ca scoatem la iveala replica svabilor in materie de orasel demn de Unesco, desi nu e inca (dar si-a depus candidatura candva prin 2012), si-anume Tubingen. Baieti destepti svabii, nu degeaba l-au avut pe Albert Einstein. Si nu degeaba au fondat ei prima universitate din oras tocmai la 1477 🙂 N-o fi ea cea mai veche din lumea vestica (Bologna-i in cap de lista, cu universitatea de la 1088), dar n-avem ce sa-i reprosam, e printre cele mai vechi universitati din Germania.

EN: Well if Tubingen is so close, somewhere around here on the Timber Frame Road, it would be quite a good idea to visit yet another timber village 🙂 But besides the timber frame houses, Tubingen also has the Neckar river, full of charming and colorful houses, all aligned on the river’s shore. Moreover, the Altstadt, the old city center, is among the only ones that was not touched by the chaos of the second world war. Which is quite obvious if we think that the city itself did not have any kind of flourishing industry at that time, soooo  that was actually a near go and Tubingen escaped the bombardments. And that’s how the houses from the central market are the original ones and they are so cute and lovely that you simply can’t help wandering around them at twilight. It would actually be quite a pity not to see them in the golden hour 🙂 And by the way, if we’re speaking about towns with untouched historical center Bamberg (three hours driving away from Tubingen) has the same history. Even more than that, this is Unesco world heritage and it looks amazing. The colorful wooden houses, the river, the historical center, the stone bridge, all these explain why s Bamberg so famous in Bavaria. And here’s how we managed to find the perfect excuse that explains why we haven’t visited Bamberg so far: well we’re visiting the Baden Wurttemberg neighbor, not the Bavarian land! So we’re now presenting you the Swabian replica of a small town that worth’s being part of Unesco family (even though it is not yet – but they put in for somewhere in 2012) – and that’s Tubingen! The Swabian people are quite smart (well of course they are, they had Albert Einstein). And they actually founded the first university in town at 1477 🙂 Maybe that’s not the oldest university of the western world (Bologna is on top of the list with its university from 1088), but we have nothing more to say, Tubingen is definitely one of the oldest universities in Germany. 
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RO: Dar facem ce facem si tot la raul Neckar ne intoarcem, ca de case barnoase ne-am tot saturat weekendul trecut 🙂 Cladiri colorate in sirag pe marginea apei, o droaie de studenti misunand de colo colo, tineri cantand la chitara, turnul bisericii Stiftskirche pe-undeva prin spate, o atmosfera fix de Vama Veche si in mod cert o imagine de carte postala. Ce mirror lakes in Noua Zeelanda, de prinzi vreme buna si nici urma de vant ori ploaie, cat sa fie perfect intact Neckar-ul, se vede o reflexie geniaaaala a caselor colorate. Si-a turnului Holderlinturm, ca doar nu o fi degeaba emblema orasului. Pai nu aici a locuit romanticul poet Friedrich Holderlin, mandria orasului? 🙂 Iar de apuci sa vezi casele dintr-o barca de lemn traditionala plata, Stocherkahn cum ii spun localnicii, abia atunci e experienta completa 🙂

EN: But no matter what we do, we keep coming back to the Neckar river, as we had enough timber frame houses last weekend 🙂 Colorful houses all aligned on the river’s shore, lots of students wandering around, young people playing their guitars, the Stiftskirche church’s tower somewhere behind, an atmosphere that reminds us of Vama Veche and definitely a postcard image. What mirror lakes in New Zealand, if you are lucky enough to have good weather and no trace of wind or rain, so that the Neckar can be perfectly still, you can see a gorgeooooous reflection of the colorful houses in the water. And the Holderlinturm tower, as this seems to be the iconic building of the city. Well that’s exactly where the poet Friedrich Holderlin, the pride of the town, used to live 🙂 And if you get to see the town from a traditional wooden boat, stocherkakn as the locals call it, then that’s when the experience is complete 🙂 
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RO: Cert e ca e plina Germania de orasele mici, absolut superbe, care merita vazute. Iar Drumul Caselor din Barne de Lemn (Timber Frame Road), cel care incepe din sud, de la lacul Constanta pana-n nord, in Saxonia Inferioara si se intinde pe mai bine de 3000 de kilometri distanta e plin de orasele precum Celle, Brunswick, Einbeck, Hildesheim (in Saxonia Inferioara) sau Tubingen si castelele Hohenzollern si Sigmaringen din imprejurimi (in Baden Wurttemberg) ori Rotenburg ob der Tauber, Bamberg, Fussen ori minunatia de Dinkelsbuhl (in Bavaria), toate sunt demne de cel putin o vizita. Si fie ca exageram sau nu mergand pentru a treia (ori poate a patra?! :D) in Germania in mai putin de 2 luni, abia asteptam plecarea de la sfarsitul lui mai, pentru care deja avem o lista lunga de satuce fabuloase. Ei bine, cum s-alegi tu intre Wurzburg (nu-i chiar satuc, insa dragalasenia orasului il face eligibil si ca sat :D), Kassel, Erfurt, Marburg, Frizlar, Gottingen… hmm… e clar, vrem sa facem intregul drum al povestilor Fratilor Grimm! Pai nu spuneam noi intr-un articol mai vechi ca nemtilor le place sa se laude cu drumurile lor tematice (nu doar cu autobahn-urile perfecte?) 😛 Un drum romantic, un drum al vinurilor, un drum al caselor din barne de lemn, de ce sa nu existe si un drum al povestilor? 🙂

EN: One thing is for certain, Germany is full of small towns, absolutely gorgeous ones, which totally worth seeing. And the Timber Frame Road, that starts from the south, from Lake Constance, and goes up north in the Lower Saxony for more than 3000 kilometers, is full of towns like Celle, Brunswick, Einbeck, Hildesheim (in Lower Saxony), or Tubingen and Hohenzollern and SIgmaringen castles from around (in Baden Wurttemberg), or Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bamberg, Fussen or the amazing DInkesbuhl (in Bavaria), they all worth a visit. And even if we exaggerate or not with visiting Germany for the third time (or maybe the fourth?! :D) in less than two months, we simply can’t wait our trip from the end of May, as we already prepared a loooong, long list of fabulous villages. Oh well, how can we choose from Wurzburg (that’s not actually a village, but that’s such a cute city that we can include it in the villages category :D), Kassel, Erfurt, Marburg, Frizlar, Gottingen… hmmmm… ok, we seem to be willing to visit the entire Grimm Brother’s Fairy tale Road! Didn’t we say in an older article that the German people like to brag about their themed roads (not only with their perfect autobahns?) 😛 A romantic road, a wine road, a timber frame road, why not a fairy tale road? 🙂 

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