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Tübingen Altstadt from the Stiftskirche bell tower.
Tübingen Altstadt from the Stiftskirche bell tower.
Coat of arms of Tübingen
Tübingen is located in Germany
Coordinates 48°31′12″N 09°03′20″E / 48.52°N 9.05556°E / 48.52; 9.05556
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Tübingen
Lord Mayor Boris Palmer (Greens)
Basic statistics
Area 108.12 km2 (41.75 sq mi)
Elevation 341 m  (1119 ft)
Population 87,540  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 810 /km2 (2,097 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate
Postal codes 72001–72099
Area codes 07071
07073 (Unterjesingen)
07472 (Bühl)
Website www.tuebingen.de
Tübingen, Neckar front. Left: plane trees growing on the Neckarinsel. Far end: the yellow tower where Hölderlin lived in utter seclusion.
Shops lining town square.

Tübingen is a traditional university town in central Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated about 45 km (28 miles) southwest of the state capital, Stuttgart, on a ridge between the Neckar and Ammer rivers.



Immediately north of the city lies the Schönbuch, a densely wooded nature park. The Swabian Alb mountains rise about 20 km to the southeast of Tübingen.

The Ammer and Steinlach rivers discharge into the Neckar river, which flows right through the town, just south of the medieval old town in an easterly direction. Large parts of the city are hilly, with the Schlossberg and the Österberg in the city centre and the Schnarrenberg and Herrlesberg, among others, rising immediately adjacent to the inner city.

The highest point is at about 500 m above sea level near Bebenhausen in the Schönbuch forest, while the lowest point is 305 m in the town's eastern Neckar valley. In the Botanical Gardens of the city's university, in a small forest called Elysium, lies the geographical centre of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Regional structure

Tübingen is the capital of an eponymous district and an eponymous administrative region (Regierungsbezirk), before 1973 called Südwürttemberg-Hohenzollern.

Tübingen is, with nearby Reutlingen (about 15 km (9 miles) east), one of the two centre cities of the Neckar-Alb region.

Administratively, it is not part of the Stuttgart Region, bordering it to the north and west (Esslingen district in the north and Böblingen district in the west). However, the city and northern parts of its district can be regarded as belonging to that region in a wider regional and cultural context.


The area was probably first settled in the 12th millennium B.C. The Romans left some traces here in 85 AD, when they built a Limes border wall at the Neckar. Tübingen itself dates from the 6th or 7th century, when the region was populated by the Alamanni. There are even some arguments that the Battle of Solicinium was fought at Spitzberg, a mountain in Tübingen, back in AD 367, though there is no evidence. The city officially first appears in records in 1191, and the local castle, Hohentübingen, has records back to 1078 when it was besieged by king Heinrich IV of the Holy Roman Empire). By 1231, the city was a civitas indicating recognition of civil liberties and a court system. Its name ends with the familiar suffix -ingen, indicating it was originally settled by the Alemanic tribes. In 1262, an Augustinian monastery was established by Pope Alexander IV in Tübingen, in 1272, a Franciscan monastery followed. The latter existed until Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg disestablished it in 1535 in course of the Protestant Reformation, which the Duchy of Württemberg followed. In 1300, a Latin school (today's Uhland-Gymnasium) was founded.

In 1342 Tübingen was purchased by count Ulrich III from the Counts of Tübingen and incorporated into the County of Württemberg and has since been part of the Duchy of Württemberg (1495-1806), the Kingdom of Württemberg (1806-1918), the Free People's State of Württemberg (1918-1945) and Baden-Württemberg (since 1952).

Between 1470 and 1483, St. George's Collegiate Church was built.

The collegiate church offices brought the opportunity for what soon afterwards became the most significant event in Tübingen's history: the founding of the Eberhard Karls University by Duke Eberhard im Bart of Württemberg in 1477, thus making it one of the oldest universities in Central Europe. It became soon renowned as one of the most influential places of learning in the Holy Roman Empire, especially for theology (a Protestant faculty (Tübinger Stift) was established in 1535 in the former Augustinian monastery). Today, the university is still the biggest source of income for the residents of the city and as one of the biggest universities in Germany with more than 22 000 students, it is by far the most important institution in the city and students make up the biggest chunk of the city's population.

Between 1622 and 1625, the Catholic League occupied Lutheran Württemberg in the course of the Thirty Years' War. In the summer of 1631, the city was raided. In 1635/36 the city was hit by the Plague. In 1638, Swedish troops conquered Tübingen. Towards the end of the war, French troops occupied the city from 1647 until 1649.

In 1789, parts of the old town burned town, but were later rebuilt in the original style. In 1798 the Allgemeine Zeitung, a leading newspaper in early 19th century Germany, was founded in Tübingen by Johann Friedrich Cotta. From 1807 until 1843, the poet Friedrich Hölderlin lived in Tübingen in a tower overlooking the Neckar.

In the nazi era, the Tübingen Synagogue was burned in the Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938. The Second World War left the city larged unscathed, mainly due to the peace initiative of a local doctor, Theodor Dobler. It was occupied by the French army and became part of the French occupational zone. From 1946 to 1952, Tübingen was the capital of the newly-formed state of Württemberg-Hohenzollern, before the state of Baden-Württemberg was created by merging Baden, Württemberg-Baden and Württemberg-Hohenzollern. The French troops had a garrison stationed in the south of the city until the end of the Cold War in the 1990s.

In the 1960s, Tübingen was one of the centres of the German student movement and the Protests of 1968 and has ever since been shaped by left and green political views.

Although it is largely impossible to notice such things today, as recently as the 1950s Tübingen was a very socio-economically divided city, with poor local farmers and tradesman living along the Stadtgraben (City Canal) and students and academics residing around the Alte Aula and the Burse, the old university buildings. There, hanging on the Cottahaus a sign advertises Goethe's stay of a few weeks while visiting his publisher. The German tendency to memorialize every minor presence of its historical greats (comparable to the statement "Washington slept here" in the United States) is parodied on the building next door. This simple building, once a dormitory, features a plain sign with the words "Hier kotzte Goethe" (lit.:"Goethe puked here").

In the second half of the 20th century, Tübingen's administrative area was extended beyond what is now called the "core town" to include several outlying small towns and villages. Most notable among these is Bebenhausen, a village clustered around a castle and Bebenhausen Abbey a Cistercian cloister about 2 miles (3 kilometers) north of Tübingen.


In 2002 the city had 82,885 inhabitants, including approx. 22,000 students. Tübingen is best described as a mixture of old and distinguished academic flair, including liberal and green politics on the one hand and traditional German-style student fraternities on the other, with rural-agricultural environs and shaped by typical Lutheran-Pietist characteristics, such as austerity and a Protestant work ethic, and traditional Swabian elements, such as frugality, order and tidiness. The city is home to many picturesque buildings from previous centuries and lies on the river Neckar.

In 1995, the German weekly magazine Focus published a national survey according to which Tübingen had the highest quality of life of all cities in Germany. Factors taken into consideration included the infrastructure, the integration of bicycle lanes into the road system, a bus system connecting surrounding hills and valleys, late night services, areas of the town that can be reached on foot, the pedestrianised old town, other amenities and cultural events offered by the university. Life in the city is dominated by its many students; Tübingen is the city with the youngest average population in Germany.

Main sights

In central Tübingen, the Neckar river divides briefly into two streams, forming the elongated 1500 meter-long Neckarinsel (Neckar Island), famous for its Platanenallee with high plane trees, some of which are more than 200 years old. Pedestrians can reach the island via stairs on the narrow ends leading down from two bridges spanning the Neckar. During the summer, the Neckarinsel is occasionally the venue for concerts, plays and literary readings. The row of historical houses across one side of the elongated Neckarinsel is called the Neckarfront and includes the house with adjoining tower where poet Friedrich Hölderlin stayed for the last 36 years of his life as he struggled with mental instability.

View from the Stiftskirche.
Tübingen town hall.
Neckar and Hölderlinturm.

Tübingen's Altstadt (old town) survived the Second World War due to the city's lack of heavy industry. The result is a growing domestic tourism business as visitors come to wander through one of the few completely intact historic Altstädte in Germany. The highlights of Tübingen include its crooked cobblestone lanes, narrow-stair alleyways picking their way through the hilly terrain, streets lined with canals and well-maintained traditional half-timbered houses.

Old town landmarks include the Rathaus (City Hall) on Marktplatz (Market Square) and the castle, Schloß Hohentübingen, now part of the University of Tübingen. The central landmark is the Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church). Along with the rest of the city, the Stiftskirche was one of the first to convert to Martin Luther's protestant church. As such, it maintains (and carefully defends) several "Roman Catholic" features, such as patron saints. Below the Rathaus is a quiet, residential street called the Judengasse, the former Jewish neighborhood of Tübingen until the town's Jews were expelled 1477. On the street corner is a plaque commemorating the fate of Tübingen's Jews.

The centre of Tübingen is the site of weekly and seasonal events, including regular market days on the Holzmarkt by the Stiftskirche and the Marktplatz by the Rathaus, an outdoor cinema in winter and summer, festive autumn and Christmas markets and Europe's largest Afro-Brazilian festival.

Students and tourists also come to the Neckar river in the summer to visit beer gardens or go boating in Stocherkähne, the Tübingen equivalent to Oxford and Cambridge punts, only slimmer. A Stocherkahn carries up to 20 people. On the second Thursday of June all Stocherkahn punts take part in a major race, the Stocherkahnrennen.


Tübingen has a notable arts culture as well as nightlife. In addition to the full roster of official and unofficial university events that range from presentations by the university's official poet in residence to parties hosted by the student associations of each faculty, the town can boast of several choirs, theatre companies and nightclubs. Also, Tübingen's Kunsthalle (art exhibition hall), on the "Wanne", houses two or three exhibits of international note each year.

Famous residents past and present

Famous Tübingen residents include the poet Friedrich Hölderlin, Alois Alzheimer from whom Alzheimer's disease takes its name, Friedrich Miescher who was the first to discover DNA, and Wilhelm Schickard who developed the first mechanical computer, was born in nearby Herrenberg. Hegel, Schelling, David Friedrich Strauss, Eduard Mörike and Johannes Kepler studied in Tübingen, and Joseph Alois Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) held a chair in dogmatic theology at the University. Hermann Hesse worked in Tübingen as a bookseller trainee from 1895 to 1899.

Tübingen also is the home of scholars of international renown such as the philosopher Ernst Bloch, the theologian Hans Küng, famous author Walter Jens, as well as Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, a Nobel laureate for medicine. Slovene refugee Protestant preacher Primoz Trubar published the first two books in the Slovene language Catechismus and Abecedarium in Tübingen in 1550; Trubar is buried in Derendingen.

Tübingen is also the hometown of former track and field star Dieter Baumann, winner of the 5000m at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Tübingen (lower right) on the Neckar, in southwest Germany.


Tübingen is divided into a town core and ten outer districts (suburbs):

Historical population

Year Population
1871 16,176
1880 19,378
1890 20,913
1900 23,425
1910 28,499
1925 29,971
1933 34,112
1939 35,963
1950 44,221
1956 51,454
1961 58,768
1962 61,068
1963 61,484
1964 62,454
1965 63,450
Year Population
1966 64,886
1967 65,846
1968 67,054
1969 67,947
1970 66,788
1971 68,231
1972 69,650
1973 70,993
1974 71,175
1975 71,348
1976 71,558
1977 71,820
1978 71,193
1979 72,167
1980 73,132
Year Population
1981 74,500
1982 74,766
1983 75,013
1984 75,333
1985 75,825
1986 76,122
1987¹ 71,701
1987 72,936
1988 76,046
1989 78,643
2001 82,444
2002 82,885
2003 83,137
2005 83,496
2006 83,557

¹ census result

Twin towns — sister cities

Tübingen is twinned with:

In November 2009 Tübingen's city council voted to enter into talks with the city of Moshi in Tanzania, with the aim of Moshi becoming Tübingen's eleventh twin city.[4]

For their commitment to their international partnership, the Council of Europe awarded the Europe Prize to Tübingen and Aix-en-Provence in 1965.[5]. The city's dedication to a European understanding is also reflected in the naming of several streets and squares, including the large Europaplatz (Europe Square) outside the railway station.

Higher education

Tübingen University Main Building (Neue Aula)
Tübingen student

The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen dates from 1477, making it one of the oldest in Germany. The city is also host to several research institutes including the Max Planck Institute for Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the MPG, and the Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research. The university also maintains an excellent botanical garden, the Botanischer Garten der Universität Tübingen.


More than 10,000 children and young adults in Tübingen regularly attend school. There are 30 schools in the town, some of which consist of more than one type of school. Of these, 17 are primary schools while the others are for secondary education: four schools are of the lowest rank, Hauptschule, three of the middle rank, Realschule, and six are Gymnasien (grammar schools). There also are four vocational schools (Berufsschule) and three special needs schools.

Primary schools

  • Freie Aktive Schule Tübingen
  • Grundschule Innenstadt / Silcherschule
  • Grundschule Weilheim
  • Ludwig-Krapf-Schule
  • Grundschule Hügelstraße
  • Französische Schule
  • Dorfackerschule Lustnau
  • Grundschule Hirschau
  • Grundschule Hechinger Eck
  • Grundschule auf der Wanne
  • Grundschule Aischbach
  • Grundschule Winkelwiese / Waldhäuser Ost
  • Grundschule Bühl
  • Grundschule Bühl
  • Grundschule Kilchberg
  • Grundschule Hagelloch
  • Grundschule Pfrondorf
  • Grundschule Unterjesingen




  • Carlo-Schmid-Gymnasium
  • Geschwister-Scholl-Schule
  • Kepler-Gymnasium
  • Uhland-Gymnasium
  • Wildermuth-Gymnasium
  • Freie Waldorfschule

Vocational schools (Berufsschulen)

  • Gewerbliche Schule
  • Wilhelm-Schickard-Schule
  • Mathilde-Weber-Schule
  • Bildungs- und Technologiezentrum


Panorama from the Stiftskirche.


External links

  • Martin Biastoch: Tübinger Studenten im Kaiserreich. Eine sozialgeschichtliche Untersuchung, Sigmaringen 1996 (Contubernium - Tübinger Beiträge zur Universitäts- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte Bd. 44) ISBN 3-51508-022-8

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Tübingen [1] is a small university town, located near the geographic center of Baden-Württemberg, roughly 30km southwest of Stuttgart.
The river front of Tübingen.
The river front of Tübingen.


Tübingen's population of about 85,000 people is a mixture of students, researchers and academics, medical specialists and "Gogen" (the people whose families have been there since forever). The university and its network of hospitals are its economic lifeblood (and the biggest employer in southern Württemberg); Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet, founded in 1477, is reputed to be one of the top 5 German universities for studies in German, medicine and law, and Tuebingen serves as a regional medical service hub (they even have a malaria clinic).

About 20,000 students fill Tuebingen's pubs, cafe patios and university lecture halls during "lecture time" (mid of October until mid of February and mid of April until mid of July). Meanwhile, the high concentration of educated folks with lots of free time means that there are plenty of things to do for the size of the town - 16 choirs; 3 theatres; a fine little art gallery; special lecture series at the university; and, of course, constant parties hosted by the student associations of the various departments (it's almost a competition to see whether the chemists or the anthropologists do it better). The town does get quiet, though, in the breaks between semesters (Feb 15 - Apr 15, Jul 15 - Oct 15).

The city dates back to 1078 A.D. and is remarkably well-preserved; only one bomb fell in Word War II - on the house where Goethe lived (or was it Schiller?). The "old town", which lies along the Neckar river, looks much as it would have in the 1600s - its crooked, cobblestoned streets will have you walking in circles, when you're not climbing up and down the stairs built into the sidewalks! The Arts campus of the university lies nearby, while more modern science faculties and student residences perch on the large hills that surround the centre of town. Everywhere you go, there are signs of those who went before, sometimes literally ("Dr. Alzheimer worked in this building"), sometimes less so - you can find Tuebingen's traces in the writings of Hesse and Holderlin...

Tuebingen has fairly good weather compared to the rest of Germany (slightly worse than Freiburg, though). Sudden changes in the weather can make your ears pop heading up into the hills by bus, or just sitting in the marketplace in the centre of town! The medieval architecture, the students' joie de vivre, the 40% of residents who vote for the Green Party, the absurd charm of the constant festivals that wind through the streets...it's a unique little spot.

Get in

By Air

Stuttgart Echterdingen is the closest airport. From there, the easiest way into Tübingen is the 828 Sprinter bus, which runs hourly and takes approx. 48 minutes to about an hour. For bus schedules, go to www.naldo.de. At the bottom left of the page under Mini-Fahrpläne, type in 828 and choose the one with the RBS company.

Alternatively, take the train to Herrenberg, and then the S-Bahn train from there to the airport.

If coming from Frankfurt, it takes about 2 to 2.5 hours with at least a change in Stuttgart and sometimes in Mannheim as well. See www.bahn.de and click on the 'international' tab for English pages.

By train

The train from Stuttgart takes about 45min by IRE train or around 1hr by normal train. If you arrive at the main station of Tübingen, don't let the ugly and uninviting surroundings of the train station put you off. Just leave the station behind and keep going (north) and after 10min. walking you'll be right in the old town center.

By car

With Tübingen's terrible traffic system, lots of one-way streets and some eager ticket officers, it is best to park your car as soon as possible and then explore the city on foot or bicycle.

Get around

Best way to get around Tübingen and its surroundings is by bicycle, just like thousands of Tübingen's students. Tübingen is fairly hilly. Just don't forget to lock your bike!

Tübingen has a solid bus system, and a day pass gets you unlimited rides from 8:30AM. As of January 1, 2008, day passes cost 4€ for 1 person or 7.50€ for 2-5 people. After the buses stop running on Thursday through Friday nights, certain night bus routes are available throughout the city (check the posted schedules at the respective bus stops to see which bus routes stop where and when). On other nights, it is possible to call for a very inexpensive ride on the shared cab service (Sammel Anruf Mietwagen, or SAM) (page in German only).

Bus tickets can be bought on board every bus (with coins or GeldKarte/ATM Cards only - no paper bills accepted) from the machine behind the driver, or at machines at selected bus stops (but only with a GeldKarte). Note that if you already have a ticket, you can board a bus through any of the doors, as the driver does not inspect tickets upon boarding; rather, fare inspectors patrol the buses at random points during the route. If caught without a valid ticket, fares are a hefty 40€.


Tübingen's scenic location between the forests, the Swabian Jura (Schwäbische Alb) and the river Neckar make it a beautiful stop in south-west Germany. Its flair is comparable to cities like Heidelberg or Freiburg, although Tübingen is smaller than those cities. The primary attraction is the unspoiled Altstadt (city centre) and the lively student population.

  • The city centre, full of crooked half-timbered houses, small alleys, cobblestone roadwork and some nice old churches.
  • The river Neckar next to the city center, on which the students go punting (similar to what they do in Oxford or Cambridge) in summer time, occasionally with a barbecue and a crate of beer on board.
  • In June, there is a famous punt boat race (Stocherkahnrennen) in which more than 40 punting boats race along the river, trying not to come in last, as each crew member of the last boat has to drink half a litre of cod-liver oil. Traditionally, most of Tübingen's student fraternities participate in the race, but also private crews are allowed.
  • About 6 km north of Tübingen, right in the Schönbuch forest reservation, is the old cistercian monastery (founded 1187 A.D.) of Bebenhausen (http://www.bebenhausen.de/) with a small village next to it, especially nice to visit at night when part of the monastery is illuminated.
  • The Schloss, or castle, can be a fun place to wander around. Look at the intricately carved gate at the entrance. Skip most of the center courtyard and head up the stairs on the back side of the courtyard. This leads to a beautiful garden/courtyard, with some beautiful views from atop the wall to the left. Alternatively, go through the tunnel on the backside of the main courtyard that will take you through the backside of the castle, a much more medieval and beautiful part of the Schloss. From back here there is a path that will take you along the wall of the castle and through the woods, ending up on Haagasse very near the Marktplatz.
  • It's an easy day trip to see the Burg Hohenzollern [2], a fairytale castle dramatically set on top of a conical hill.
  • Tübingen is situated at the southern rim of the Schönbuch[3], a large forest reservation area which offers some beautiful scenery for hiking, cycling, etc.
  • If you arrive in Tübingen at summer, make sure you take some time to stroll along the Neckar river, maybe get some ice cream and sit on the old city wall above the water.
  • If you are more adventurous, you might try yourself at punting: push a large wooden boat with up to 14 passengers along the river using a long wooden pole. It's not as easy as some of the professional punters make it look.
  • The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen [4] dates from 1477, making it one of the oldest in Germany.
  • Vivat Lingua [5] offers language courses including German as a foreign language.
  • The city is also host to several research institutes including the Max Planck Institute for Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics [6], Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology [7], The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the MPG [8], and the Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research [9].
  • Vinum, on Lange Gasse, across from the Stiftskirche, has many wines, spirits, and other things, and a great atmosphere to boot. A great place to buy a gift for someone.
  • Mokka, on Collegiumsgasse near the Wilhelmstift, is a great place to buy teas, coffees, and chocolates. Again, a great place to buy gifts for someone.
  • There are a some tourist shops that sell souvenirs (mugs, T-Shirts etc.): one at Holzmarkt and the other at Marktplatz, furthermore one in tourist information at Neckarbrücke.
  • University Shop, Neue Aula, Wilhelmstr.. Across the street from the Neue Aula (right by the Neue Aula bus stop) is a university shop, selling sweaters, mugs, hats, and other things with the University logo printed on it.  edit
  • One of the most popular places in Tübingen is the Neckarmüller, serving a regional beer brewed in Mössingen with the Swabian specialty Brezeln or an onion dish called Zwiebelkuchen. You can sit outdoors in the beergarden and enjoy the view of the Neckar and its stalk boats. [10] [11]
  • Right after the Neckarbrücke (neckar bridge) on the corner to Gartenstrasse, facing the Neckarmüller there is a Turkish restaurant called Kalender, where you can order high quality döner kebap called "Scheibendöner".
  • One of the more special places to eat is the Mauganeschtle, right next to the castle, with a nice small garden above the city. It specializes in a special Swabian dish called "Maultasche" which is basically a large ravioli and comes in all different kinds of flavors. The restaurant is a bit posh and a little on the costly side, though. [12]
  • An excellent but usually overbooked Italian restaurant is the Al Dente below the main church; try the pizza with fresh tomatoes.
  • Get the best french fries in town from X on Kornhausstrasse (take Marktgasse off the Marktplatz, it will take you straight to it). In summer time, hundreds of students do this, and take them along with a beer to the market place and spend a warm summer's night right there, squatting on the cobblestones.
  • Manufaktur, on Haagtorplatz, serves large pizzas for about 5 euro.
  • Istanbul, just on the south side of the Neckarbruecke, serves some of the best Turkish food in town.
  • Across the street from the city administrative building is a Thai market that serves dishes for about 5 euro. Standing room only.
  • On Lange Gasse, just below the Stiftskirche, is an Indian market/restaurant that has inexpensive lunch specials.
  • Wok In, on Wilhelmstr. just by the Lustnauer Tor bus stop, serves filling, if mediocre, Chinese dishes at bargain prices.
  • El Chico, in the same building as the Neckarmueller, serves passable Mexican food by German standards. Prices are about 10 euro per dish.
  • Kichererbse, on Metzgergasse, serves tasty vegetarian Lebanese food.
  • Eiscafe San Marco, in the Nonnenhaus, serves huge ice cream dishes, including a plate of spaghetti made of ice cream, ice cream "hamburgers" etc. Eiscafe San Marco
  • At night, there are only a few places where you still can get something to eat: "X" near the marketplace, McDonalds Drive-Through on the road to Reutlingen, Burger King at the train station, a small Italian take away in Mühlstrasse, a Döner Kebap next to the Epple-Haus (central bus station) is opened until 4 a.m. on the week-ends, and of course any fuel station.
  • Stern, Lange Gasse 4. Their kitchen is open past midnight and the food is good and cheap (around 5 Euro per meal). They have pizza, pasta, and a few other things. Doubles as a bar and live music venue. Nice atmosphere.  edit


There are a few places that deliver food, which may come in handy if you choose to study here for any length of time.

  • Joeys [13] is a German chain specializing in American style pizza. The crust is a bit cardboardy but it's an old standby.
  • Da Giovanni Pizzaexpress [14] is another pizza place that also has a more extensive selection of pasta dishes.
  • Pizza+Pasta [15] the name says it all. Except the phone number and address.
  • Wienerwald [16] delivers grilled chicken, spaetzle, and other warm dishes.
  • Goldener Drachen, Philosophenweg 79, 0 7071 66019. Delivers relatively expensive chinese food.
  • Nordring Service, Vogelbeerweg 4, 0 7071 9209202. Falafel, etc.


Best time to visit Tübingen is late spring or summer. Many of the pubs and cafes in the city center then have places to sit outside and hundreds of students populate the central market place until late at night, usually with beer from the nearby chip shop.

  • Schwärzlocher Hof [17]. A really old (1085 A.D.) homestead which is now both a restaurant and a beautiful beer garden just west of Tübingen. Go there when the sun sets and order a "Mostbowle", a local cider drink made from apple, mixed with soda.
  • Neckarmüller, right on the bank of the Neckar by the main bridge, has a beer garden where you can sit outside under the trees and enjoy views of the river on warm nights. Beers run from €2-€2.70. One can also buy Würsts and pretzels.
  • Weinstube Göhner in Schmiedtorstraße, one of several old wine taverns with a restaurant.
  • Storchen is a nice atmospheric place for a few beers. Can get very smoky, though. On Ammergasse, west of the X french fries and sausages place.
  • On warm nights, many students will buy a few bottles of beer or a bottle of wine and go sit in the Marktplatz [18] [19] and drink. Can be a very fun (and cheaper) alternative to a bar.
  • Tangente Jour, on the steps of the Stiftkirche, can be a fun place to drink a beer or cup of coffee and people watch.
  • Schloß Café [20], just below the castle gate, has a cellar bar with a program of live DJs, while upstairs provides a more relaxed environment.
  • Asmara [21], between the Stiftskirche and Marktplatz, has live bands (and a cover charge on weekends).
  • Blauer Turm [22] is a dance club next to the Blaue Brücke movie theater.
  • Mancuso [23], just across the street from the Blauer Turm is a club, that hosts parties and concerts. International and local DJs play a variety of non-mainstream music (eletronic, reggae, soul, hiphop)
  • Little Italy is a bar across the street from the old city wall.
  • Jazz Keller [24], on Haaggasse just past the Marktplatz has an assortment of live music.
  • Pequenita is a little cosy bar at the Sternplatz with a relaxed atmosphere and sometimes DJs
  • Sudhaus [25] on the outskirts of town is big a concert and party location. In the summer a very nice beer garden.
  • Epple Haus [26] youth center. Punk, Reggae and other parties and concerts. Cheap
  • There is a youth hostel right next to the river, not too far away from the city center (10 min. walk) (http://www.jugendherberge-tuebingen.de/).
  • Another possibility, especially in summer, is the Neckar Camping (http://www.neckarcamping.de), beautifully situated on the shore of the river Neckar and within walking distance (approx. 15 min.) of the old town.
  • A higher end option is the Hotel am Schloss, just below the castle and in the middle of the Old Town. Double rooms are approximately €90.
  • As in most university cities, it is worth checking the blackboards at the main student cafeterias for car sharing ads. Many students take passengers to other majors cities for shared fuel expenses.
  • Hitchhiking to/from Stuttgart is quite common; it's best to use a sign with the city symbol (S for Stuttgart, TÜ for Tübingen)
  • Deutsche Bahn connects the main train station to the rest of Germany and Europe.
  • Kocher Lutz provides bus service to nearby major cities and other tourist destinations (Strasbourg, Munich, Zürich, etc.)
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  1. A city in Swabia, southern Germany, on the Neckar; once capital of Würtemberg-Hohenzollern
  2. A famous university there


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