Pockets of charm and a street food fest in Reutlingen…

I was inspired to visit the city of Reutlingen today after someone in one of the local Facebook groups asked about cute towns near Stuttgart to take guests.  A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post about “cute towns near Stuttgart” and mentioned Reutlingen, although it was not one of the towns I’ve spent a lot of time visiting.  Today, I decided I wanted to walk around Reutlingen a bit more, at least so I could use my own photos of the downtown area in my previous post about “cute towns”.

It so happens that there’s a street food fest going on at the Festplatz in Reutlingen this weekend, so Bill and I decided to stop there first for a little lunch.  The street food fest consists of lots of food trucks offering a wide variety of foods– everything from vegan cuisine to beef barbecue.  Below are some photos I got of the festival.  It will continue tomorrow and runs tonight until 10:00pm.

Black Forest cupcakes!

A bouncy house for the kids!

Bill got a chili chocolate brownie at the above truck.  He says it’s probably the hottest thing he’s ever eaten in Germany.

The bathrooms were clean and free of charge to use.  Parking was also free.

We got some killer beef barbecue at this truck.

Portuguese pastries!

We didn’t have any wine… but we could have had some if we wanted it.

We finally decided on barbacoa, which was prepared by someone actually from Mexico.  She was impressed when Bill spoke Spanish to her.  These tacos were spicy and delicious!  They were definitely not German style Mexican!

That killer beef barbecue with spicy and mild sauces, a little kraut, and some carrots…

Obligatory shot of Bill.  After the barbecue, we were ready for sweets…

So Bill got me a Black Forest cupcake.  It was chocolate with whipped cream topping and cherry filling…  It made me smile!

And this was Bill’s super spicy brownie.


After we’d eaten our fill, we decided to drive into Reutlingen and walk around.  The city was pretty crowded today and there was a lot of traffic.

Here we are at a light.  I wanted to get a shot of that awesome church in the background, but kind of failed.

I got these shots of a skate park we passed.  Nice weather for recreation!

We parked the car and walked around Reutlingen.  So many people were out and about, enjoying the sunny weather and doing a little Saturday shopping.  Someone was also getting married at the church pictured below.


I thought this fountain was interesting.

I didn’t realize Vinum was also in Reutlingen.  We didn’t go in there today.  Maybe we should have looked for some more wines.

Reutlingen has “pockets” of charm.  

They were cleaning up after the Saturday market.  

A nice little “Tor” at the edge of town.

A “Lux Baer”…


We probably should have spent a little more time walking around Reutlingen.  It’s a nice town with a lot of interesting stores and restaurants, even if it’s not quite as exciting as neighboring Tuebingen is.  I’d say Reutlingen is a nice place to stop on your way to areas like Lichtenstein Castle or Bad Urach.  I’m glad we went to Reutlingen, if only to satisfy my curiosity and enjoy some really good street food!


2 thoughts on “Pockets of charm and a street food fest in Reutlingen…

  1. That looks like some good food, I'm bummed we missed it! Was there any entry fee? We might try to catch it in Villingen Schwenningen this weekend. Travis has always wanted to go to Donaueschingen to see the source of the Donau, and this is nearby…thanks for posting the website fort he street food fest!

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