The classic “Stocherkahnfahrt” or punt boat trip starts from the dock at Hölderlin Tower and makes a nearly 1 km (½ mile) trip around the Neckar Island. It is a unique Tübingen experience!
Punts of this kind have been used for hundreds of years in Tübingen for fishing or as ferries. A Kahn is a slender wooden boat, which can be up to twelve meters long. The “driver”, or “Stocherer” in German, stands on the stern of the boat with an almost 7 meter long stick, which he or she (although traditionally he) uses to push the boat along. If you are lucky enough to be here on the second or third Thursday in July you can enjoy the annual Stocherkahn Race. At 2 p.m., around 50 teams of 8 persons each race around the Neckar Island from the western tip of the island, downriver and then back upriver. The race gets interesting at the“eye of the needle”, the narrow space between the island and the middle support of the bridge on the east side of the island (under the stairs from the bridge to the island). Here the boats must navigate a figure-8 course, through the “eye of the needle”, once around the supporting column and back through the “eye”, which, if you take a moment to imagine it, leads to complete chaos and sometimes serious injury. After this climatic moment, the boats (and most of the crowd) head back upstream to the finish line where the prizes await. The winning team is awarded the “Challenge Cup” and a keg of beer. The losers have to drink a half-liter of cod liver oil to “strengthen” them for next year’s race. For all those teams in the middle, there is still the hope of winning the prize for best costume, an antique clock.
Public Punting Trips: April to October daily at 1 p.m., Sat also 5 p.m. Group trips on a Stocherkahn can be organized through the Tübingen Tourist Agency on the Neckar Bridge (Tel. ++49 (0)7071 / 9136-0).
Adult Children up to 12 years (only when accompanied by an adult) 12,00 EUR 10,00 EUR