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You know when you’re scrolling for hours upon hours on Pinterest because you.just.can’t.stop? Ya, that happens to me quite often! And one of those days, I found a pretty picture of a small house with bright, turquoise water and I knew I had to pin it. I never thought I would actually make it there, but there it sat for a long time in my Germany Bucket List on Pinterest.

I saved it because I knew one day I would find a reason to go. Well this weekend, we finally decided to take a little road trip (3 hours away – which is like an eternity for Germans and therefore should actually be turned into a weekend vacation, but us Americans can get’er done in a day) to see Schloss Lichtenstein. Not wanting to just go to the castle, I searched through my Germany pin board for things which might be near the castle we could squeeze in, not far from either Ulm or Tübingen.

Low and behold: the small town of Blaubeuren.

Now, I assumed this would be a ten minute stop, snap a picture and get back in the car and continue on to the castle.

Nope. How wrong I was…

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Ok, so I guess we should have researched the town a bit more. I assumed it would be a small town and somewhere within would be this stunning picturesque must-see-sight and that would be it.

Well, we stopped at the tourist center (**First hint that the town was probably more popular than I imagined) to grab a map. Well turns out there was actually more to see than just the Blautopf. So, we followed the map’s walking tour and found that the town was actually a hidden gem! Turns out, Blaubeuren lays right along the Deutsches Fachwerkstrae (German Timber-Frame Road)  – a scenic route in Germany stretching from the Elbe River in the north to Lake Constance in the south, lined with half-timbered houses. I hope to drive this all one day!

On Webergasse were two beautiful half-timbered houses, “Groes Haus” (Big House) and “Kleines Groes Haus” (Little Big House). I just loved the names! And what was interesting, is that on the historic houses, the history of the house was painted on the side.

Further ahead at Marktplatz was the small main square of the town and the City Hall with a pretty little water fountain. IMG_5869

As we reached Blautopfstrasse, we found an adorable little hotel call Waldhorn Gasthaus near the Blaubeuren Abbey which was founded in 1085.

Inside the walls of the Blaubeuren Abbey was a nice little park and the church which was unfortunately completely covered in scaffolding. Also, there was Badhaus der Mönche (Bath house for the Monks) which is now a museum and is Germany’s only Bath house for Monks.

Blautopf literally translates to “Blue Pot”, therefore, as you make your way to the town’s main attraction, you’ll easily be able to find your way as there are blue pots everywhere with an arrow pointing you in the right direction. IMG_5860

Finally, we reached the most magical and enchanting part of the entire town, which at the beginning looks more like a restaurant and a tourist hot spot. That’s how we knew we were in the right place! Plus, we discovered it’s a biker’s stop for both bikers and cyclists! IMG_5882

We took so many pictures because every.single.angle was just BREATHTAKING! It reminded me of a fairy tale like Little Red Riding Hood with the forest surrounding the Blautopf and a small half-timbered house with it’s water wheel endlessly turning.

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There is a little path that goes up and around the Blautopf which offers more amazing views, as if it could get better.

The stunning blue water is a a spring which is the source of the river Blau which forms has formed caves due to its high pressure. The stunning blue color of the water varies depending on the weather and the flow of water, which is the result of the limestone in the water. Every now and then, the spring boils over gushing out 32,000 liters/second, more than the average 2,300 liters. It has a similar effect as at the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland.

So far, speleologists have explored and mapped more than 11 km of passages and shafts, however, their explorations are not yet finished!
 
While researching, I discovered that there are actually a few myths and legends about how the spring got its beautiful blue color and this is what I found according to Wikipedia:

“Its characteristic colour was explained by the account that every day someone would pour a vat of ink into the Blautopf. Another myth stated that every time someone tried to measure the Blautopf’s depth with a leaden sounding line, a water nix stole the sounding line. Therefore, it was not possible to determine the depth of the Blautopf. Because of this tale, there is a rock called Klötzle Blei (“little block of lead” in the local dialect)”

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I couldn’t stop staring that we ended up sitting down and enjoying brunch, taking in the sound of the small waterfall and the turning of the water wheel.

There is also a chance to dive in the spring, but only for well-trained divers as the entrance to the spring is about 60 feet (18 meters) deep. Unfortunately, it is restricted only to the well-trained divers and certain clubs as there have been a few losses of life.

After we were done walking around the spring, we headed back into the town and wound our way through the streets back to our car. Along the way, we found Hoher Wil (Steep Roof) along Achgasse. Apparently, in the old days, the tanners who lived along this alley used to dry their animal hides on their roofs. The house alone was exciting to look at as you wondered how on earth it is still standing and how terrifying it must be to stand on the wooden balcony.

For More information on Blaubeuren click here!

Other sights to see in the area:

Ulm and the Wiblingen Monastery Library

Schloss Lichtenstein

Burg Hohenzollern

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Replies to Blaubeuren’s Blautopf

  1. German towns are so beautiful. I love the back story to this, what a great example of pinterest at its finest. The blue pots are super quirky too. You’d also love Lake Constance if you get a chance to return. #citytripping

  2. Adding this to my must see places in Germany now too. I love all your posts about places in Germany. So helpful to us in finding places to spend our off days. Now to tell the husband the summer list just grew again… hehehe #CityTripping

  3. This place is incredible!! Wow! So much beauty in one place. I love the half-timbered houses and the beautiful blue water! Definitely worth the three hour drive! Thank you for linking to #citytripping

  4. I am guilty of spending too much time in Pinterest too. I keep discovering interesting places there.I am glad you got surprised by this town and region. I love when that happens.

  5. Wow Blaubeurens Blautopf looks so stunningly beautiful! I agree with you that I could totally see a fairy tale character walking among all of those picturesque houses! And you’re so right that as Americans we would view the 3 hour drive as a day road trip!

  6. You definitely did find a true gem there! This place looks amazing and although I’ve never heard of it before, I know that there’s lots of places like this along the Fachwerkstrasse. I grew up near it further north and my hometown has houses like these too. They’re just gorgeous, aren’t they?!

  7. Look at that water – amazing! And how lovely to discover there’s so much more than the star attraction, this looks so pretty to walk around. Thanks for joining up with #citytripping

  8. Haha.. Big house and Little big house? This is so funny! And the blue pot direction signs are pretty genius. I think I would love this town. They seem to have a sense of humour! But the part on divers dying in the spring is scary. #MondayEscapes

  9. OMG, this city is soooo pretty! I swear I’ve never heard about it until now, so I thank you for that 😀
    Already added it on my list!
    It was great seeing you on Saturday, even though it was for a short time 😀

    #MondayEscapes

    1. Oh now you’ll definitely need to go! Ya it was a shame we couldn’t catch up longer! We’ll have to meet again soon! We’re in Munich quite often at the moment for wedding preparations so maybe we can grab dinner or something one day!

  10. Oh man! Another great tip. I look forward to visiting here, too. By the way, I can not remember the last time a saw a photo of Leberkäse. Nice!

  11. It really is like a fairy tale. That house is so cute and love the color of the water. Thanks for sharing this town that I probably would have never heard of otherwise. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  12. Wowww!!! So beautiful. I haven’t heard of this city before, but I would love to go there. Thank you so much for linking up this week in the Weekend Wanderlust community! <3

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