What do you get when you cross a historic German city, a river, punt boats, some creative costumes, a bit of friendly competition, and lots of (somewhat drunk) Germans? The Tübinger Stocherkahnrennen – The Tuebingen punt boat race. The race draws thousands of spectators who fill the city to the brim. Lining walls, bridges and riverbanks all to watch the race, and chaos of the day. Once things are over, it’s time to head towards a river side biergarten for some afternoon shade and some yummy käsespätzle
For 2011, the race occurs on Thursday, June 23. Events start at 12:00 noon.
I advise arriving a bit early to try and get a good position. Eberhardsbrücke is a good place to watch from and is the center of most of the action as the boats try to circle the bridge.
Tübingen is located in the center of Baden-Württemberg, on the banks of the Neckar river. Numerous trains run daily from Stuttgart (45 min – 1hr), Reutlingen, Munich, Freiburg, and other larger cities. By car, Tübingen is about 45 minutes south of Stuttgart.
My images are from when I was there in 2008.