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Home to a prestigious university and a thriving industrial scene, Reutlingen is a creative and energetic place whose rich and remarkable history emanates from its impressive architectural monuments. Home to the world’s narrowest street which measures only 31cm, the town is a distinctive destination in which to satisfy a variety of travelling desires. With its excellent shopping opportunities and warm, welcoming ambience, visitors are guaranteed to feel involved and inspired by Reutlingen.
Hailed as one of the region’s most significant and stunning gothic buildings, the Marienkirche Church provides an arresting vision of ecclesiastical elegance. Its origin dates back to the 13th century, when the church was constructed as a shrine to the virgin Mary. Inside, a palpable sense of peace permeates, heightened by the impressive altar and remarkable rainbow of light from the stained glass windows.
Despite its quaint and convivial façade, Reutlingen harbours a disturbing past which impressive monuments sensitively commemorate. The Grafeneck Castle was home to a mass euthanasia programme during the reign of the Nazis in World War 2, and now houses a commemorative memorial and enthralling exhibition. The centre displays though provoking exhibitions in which the turbulent history of the centre is documented.
Reutlingen’s cosmopolitan culture means its gastronomic scene enjoys a rich and varied selection of specialities. A restaurant whose Italian influence continues to impress is Il Panino, an exquisite eatery in which sublime Italian specialities are served. Sample small plates that burst with the flavour and flair of Italy before concluding the feast with a creamy and indulgent pannacotta. (Albstrasse 26, 72764, Reutlingen, Germany)