Reutlingen, a city worth exploring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. We spent the afternoon walking around its streets to get an initial feel for the city. Today is a Sunday and a holiday so we’ll probably have to visit again on a nicer, sunnier day when most of the stores and restaurants are open.
For more info: (copy and paste to google chrome for translation) https://www.reutlingen.de/willkommen
We parked in the parking structure closest to the Marienkirche or St. Mary’s church. It’s a Gothic style church built in 1247-1343.
The Marienkirche is known to be one of the most distinct Gothic architecture in Schwaben or Swabia. This is one of the times I wish I had a good camera to capture the size and details of this church. Marienkirche was so damaged during a fire in 1726 that it was rebuilt in the Neo-Gothic style in 1893.
Next to this church stands a fountain with the statue in the center. It’s a statue of Emperor Frederick II, king of Germany in 1212 who gave the city its charter.
Around the corner from this church is the Zunftbrunnen (translates to guild fountain) which reflects the 12 guilds or trades that have supported this city.
We walked around the town and discovered more interesting buildings and fountains.
This market fountain or Marktbrunnen was built in the 16th century. The statue is of Emperor Maximilian II. He played an important part in bringing back the independence of this city.
The building next to the fountain of Emperor Maximilian II is the the Spitalhof (pic above). The word Spital translates to hospital. This building was built as a hospital in the 14th century and rebuilt in the 18th century.
As we continued our walk, we came upon another fountain.
The Gerber und Farberbrunnen (Tanners’ and Dyers’ fountain) built in the 1920’s reflects two of the trades in this city. It sits next to a small chapel which is now Café Nikolai. Reutlingen currently has a textile and leather goods industry.
We continued to explore some of the big and narrow streets lined with stores and beautiful foliage.
The Spreuerhofstraße is also in this town. It’s one of the world’s narrowest street. Unfortunately, it’s so narrow we missed it. From reviews we’ve read, we’re not missing out on much. It will just be another reason to come back😉.
We ended our day with an early dinner at the Pancake House. We love having breakfast for dinner.
We had to try this place. It serves pancakes unlike the ones we’ve had before. Check out the menu.
Yes, you read it right. Pancakes with everything from Nutella, fruits, turkey, olives, cheese… all the way to tuna fish! My husband had the pancake with ham, olives, mushrooms, and cheese. I had the one with hot raspberries and a scoop of ice cream, and my daughter had Nutella and banana.
The pancakes were thick and soft. My daughter and I had regular tasting pancakes but a little on the bland side. My husband’s pancake smelled like pizza. It also tasted like pizza but with the consistency of a pancake. The flavor was good except it wasn’t on a pizza crust. The bill came to €31 for three pancakes and three drinks. I don’t think it’s worth it. We’ll stick to our homemade buttermilk pancakes.
Overall, we had a pleasant experience in Reutlingen even on a cloudy day. It’s definitely worth a half-day visit.