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Neckarbrücke in Tübingen, Germany

Last week I introduced a new series to my blog – one that shows you photos of bridges! It’s that time of the week again, and so today I bring to you the second post in that series:

Neckabrücke, Tübingen, Germany

I have written about how the Neckar is not a true river to me because I grew up next to a river that was several miles in width and about to open up into the North Sea. But when I first came to Tübingen, that small university town in Southern Germany not far from Stuttgart where I was going to go to grad school, the bridge that crosses the Neckar was one of the places that I liked at once.

It was in the midst of summer when I first set foot in Tübingen, and it was beautiful weather. If you want to walk downtown from the train station in Tübingen, you have no choice but to cross the Neckar Bridge. Its balustrades were decorated with beautiful flowers on both sides, and it felt like a guard of honor for anyone who wanted to cross into town. Later I would see those same flower decorations everywhere in town – on lamp posts. On the town hall windows. In planters by the university buildings. The same flowers in the same arrangements everywhere. It was endearing and felt a tad bit finicky in a cute way, which captures much of the towns character for me.

If you have read My Mission statement, you know why I love bridges. To me they are the most universal symbol of connection, of bringing people together and overcoming anything that may seperate us. I want to present to you pictures of bridges that I really love in places that I really love on my blog every week. If you have a picture of a bridge that you would like to share with my readers as a guest post, feel free to contact me!

9 Kommentare

  1. Plus there’s a bookshop in Tübingen where Hermann Hesse used to work.

    • bridgekeeper

      Januar 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Lol, you know what, I think there’s one of those in every other city in that region! There’s also the birthhouse of Ludwig Uhland, the place where Friedrich Hölderlin died, a placed where Goethe spent a night and, if we may believe the badge, a place where Goethe threw up in Tübingen though!

  2. I love the flowers on this bridge! So will I see this cool bridge when I visit you in Tübingen too?

    • bridgekeeper

      Januar 23, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      If that works out, sure! but we should make that a date for the summer when the flowers are there 🙂

  3. Don’t know about other places but I’m sure H.H. has worked in the mentioned bookshop, it’s a small shop situated next to the market square. At least that’s the way I remember it from my stay in 1992.

    • bridgekeeper

      Januar 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Yes, I know the place, it’s right across from the Collegiate church 🙂 wow, 1992 is a long time ago. You should re-visit!

  4. That’s a very good idea, Mariella, thank you. #revisit

  5. Tübingen is such a lovely and charismatic place! 🙂

    • bridgekeeper

      Mai 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      I definitely agree, Anna. I take it you’ve been there then? 🙂

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