Gengenbach and Beyond

We chose to spend a night in Gengenbach because it sounded like an echt-Schwarzwald sort of experience. And oh boy, is this town adorable. A picturebook kind of place, with wonderful town gates, main square, and mysterious little alleys leading to storybook houses. Let’s look around.

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In towns like this, history is very near the surface. On one house, a plaque serves as a reminder of the deportation and murder of Jewish citizens during the Third Reich.

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Time for dinner. The menu at the Winzer Stüble sounded like hearty fare. Was it ever. Check out the Flammkuchen and the Spaetzle with mushrooms.

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For some reason it seemed like a good idea to get another beer at an outdoor terrace nearby.

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Then a ramble around town became a ramble up above town. A splendid look down into the river valley.

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A lovely dusk. Next morning, we hung around town long enough to look at the grounds of the abbey and shop the outdoor market. Got a box of cherries for the road before we left.

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Now to cover some ground. We had time for a little walking before we arrive in Tübingen for the evening. The road crossed the Westweg again, so we checked out another section of that long-distance path. Here the German enthusiasm for signage is much on display.

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Then it was on to Tübingen. And what a delightful (college-dominated) town it turned out to be.

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And again, time for food. More quintessentially German ambiance and flavor at the Wurstküche.

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Then, another nice dusk to savor. We walked down to the Neckarinsel (Neckar Island) and through the Plantanenallee, a row of plane trees. The boat drivers were finishing their day ferrying people along the River Neckar.

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Very pretty. And one of those places you determine to visit again some day. Tomorrow: We’d drive north to Stuttgart, return the rental car, and take the train to Rotterdam. That sounds easy. It sounds easy.

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