Trippin’

You have not been alive when you can’t say that you once travelled on the Suebian railway (“Schwäb’sche Eisebahne”). So join me on a photographic journey from Neckarsulm to Metzingen. We start in Neckarsulm (Ger., Eng.), that dates back to a Roman foundation. Today it is mostly known for its automotive industry.

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Neackarsulm station in all its renovated glory

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Next we will reach Heilbronn (Ger., Eng.), a former Reichsstadt. The city is mostly indescribable, simply because (with the notable exception of the KIlianskirche (Ger., Eng.)) there is nothing worth to be described. Here usually strange people enter the train, humans wearing training gear, who have no qualms to describe intimate personal “things” in a fully seated railway carriage. Conversations may start with “Yeah, I’m out on probation now.”, phone calls may include “Only ten grams ?! Make it fifteen shithead, and we’re good. You owe me …” You get the idea.

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Heilbronn. There is always a train outbound.

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Next stop is Nordheim (Ger., Eng.). Obviously they like to leave assuring, positive messages on the walls.

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Nordheim says “Be positive” !

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Our next stop is Kirchheim (Ger., Eng.). They like their Abstandsgrün here.

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Kirchheim am Neckar. The river must be somewhere behind the greenery.

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Now we fly into BIetigheim-Bissingen (Ger., Eng.), where we are greeted with modern architecture.

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Bietigheim-Bissingen has one of these modern “Turmhäuser”, tower houses.

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Next is Ludwigsburg (Ger., Eng.). It was founded in the early 18th century, it is a planned settlement (“Planstädte” (Ger., Eng.), and shows how an 18th century ruler wished a city should look. Many barracks.

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Ludwigsburg

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Now we reach Stuttgart (Ger., Eng.), the Suebian capital The station is a terminus, but they are not satisfied with that, and dug a large hole, where billions of € vanish. They promised to keep the old (pretty ugly, but architecturally & historically relevant station building), but astoundingly a lot of it had to be cut down. Now some rumours of corruption go round (Ger.), a fool who thinks bad about it.

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This is still above ground, the new station will mainly be below ground. Nobody said that it would look any better.

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And now we leave, I just had to sit on the opposite seat to avoid unwanted bodily reactions.

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Leaving Stuttgart

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Wendlingen (Ger., Eng.), here we come !

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Wendlingen

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Oberboihingen (Ger., Eng.). Where is Unterboihingen ? Every time I pass one of these pubs along the travel route, I feel the urge to stop and walk into the establishment. Of course I never do.

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Oberboihingen and its promising pub.

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I can not say something about our next stop, Bempflingen (Ger., Eng.). The structure in the distance is the Schwäbische Alb, a good place.

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Bempflingen

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And finally we reach the end of our little journey, Metzingen (Ger., Eng.), where they produce clothes.

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Metzingen. The cheap casino is on the other side of the track.

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And finally one last picture, somewhere in Suebia.

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Looks like snow.

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9 thoughts on “Trippin’

  1. Yes, “Stuten Garten” / “Garden of Mares” is a nice place to visit. Their horrible constructing site makes it a nightmare place to travel nowadays. But they want to have finished the project in 2025. One may hope.
    Besides, this it is a not too bad place to live, of course not so posh like Munich, or so rattatatt like Berlin – one could say a little sedate, but that would not do justice to the place.

    Thank you Savannah, I hope I can do (and bring) a little bit more photography in the future.
    I hope you feel well.

    WordPress seemingly changed something, I have to get my head around it – I wanted my pics to come out larger, clickable for emiggerment. This was a standard, but it’s changed – I think Dinahmow had similar difficulties. Ah yes, improvement is not always progress …

  2. Wrapped and masked, the masked wrapper, dear MsScarlet. The journey was undertaken on 10th of November. We are promised to see the first snow over the coming days. I read Devon has to wrestle with a severe storm, all the best !

  3. Mago’s Travelogue! (Yes, I am still alive.) Those are some glowering skies. Did you get snow soon after you took this trip? It is winter here in Central Canada. We have snow and ice, the temperatures are below freezing (but not drastically… it is only -3C right now, although with the wind it feels like -9).

  4. Careful IDV, this can end badly

    I wait for the promised snow Ponita, but all I got is cold air, wind, and nightly rain.
    Great from you to show up !

    Edit :
    There is clearly something changed with the photo settings. Sorry IDV, I have right now no means to change the linked picture’s settings. In fact I am glad that the link works …

  5. Ah, what a nice surprise! A train ride with Mago! I have no concept of what modern Germany looks like aside from small cameos in movies and what not. I do imagine it rather gray and drab though. Your pictures have not changed my perception of that. Why does the modern German seem to have such an aversion to color? No yellow buildings? Ivy-covered walls? Bring back the brick work! I do really like the first picture and at least the pub pictured is trying to add some dimension and texture to its exterior.

  6. Germany, in a certain way, becomes something of a pale mother again, die bleiche Mutter der bleiernen Zeit … I do not want to think about this, sorry Melanie.
    The outlook is grey.

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