In the foothills of the Swabian Alb in the Echaz River Valley lies Pfullingen. It’s a town that dates back to around 937 by Emperor Otto I, lost its city privileges at the end of the 14th century when it was conquered by, what was then, the Imperial Free City of Reutlingen. It didn’t gain them back for almost 300 years, in 1699.
Pfullingen is such a pretty town and centrally located near Stuttgart. You can see just about the entire region when you’re up on George Mountain, a Swabian volcano. On a clear day, you can even see the edges of the Black Forest.
Also up in the mountains, is the Schönbergturm, an observation tower rising some 793 meters, having been built at the end of the 19th century. You can enjoy a wonderful mountain picnic at the bottom of the tower where there are tables available for some great food with the great scenery of the countryside.
In the center of town while visiting the market, you’ll be able to see the two city halls, dated from the 16th and 17th centuries. There’s the Martinskirche and all its many changes, the original wooden church dates from the 7th century and then built from stone in the 8th.
In the 10th century, the church was made into an early Roman style and much of what you see today is from the Late Gothic period from 1463. A Baroque-style Tower was added in 1773.
The Monastic Church, a much more austere structure than Martinskirche, dates from the 13th century. Concerts are now held here and a quite the contrary to when speaking was forbidden. Though, speaking was allowed in certain circumstances and you’ll see the “speech lattice” where only foreigners were allowed to speak through, of course only with permission and supervised.
Make the extra effort to see the Schlössle, dating from 1450, a half-timbered structure that now houses the city’s local history museum.