Tübingen Travel Guide

  • View from Eberhardsbrucke, Tubingen
    View from Eberhardsbrucke, Tubingen
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  • Anlagensee, Tubingen
    Anlagensee, Tubingen
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  • Universitatmuseum, Schloss Hohentubingen
    Universitatmuseum, Schloss Hohentubingen
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Tübingen Highlights

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    Callavetta says…

     Tubingen is a wonderful Southern German University Town 

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    jayhawk2000 says…

     not much art or architecture you'd call great 

  • In a nutshell
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     a nice day's diversion from Stuttgart 

Tübingen Things to Do

  • Wonderful old town

    Tübingen is famous for its wonderfully preserved old town. Located on a hill, narrow streets wind through hundreds of old brick buildings. If you're lucky you can even see the market taking place in the middle of the old town. Go there and experience Germany as it used to be!

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  • View from the castle

    Ascending the steep hill of the castle will reward you with a marvellous view over Tübingen's old town. The castle itself didn't appear too interesting to me, so I only enjoyed the view - which is best from the little garden next to the entrance gate.

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  • Neckar Island

    The long-stretched Neckar island is situated just next to the old town and is probably the best spot to relax after long and exhausting walks through the town's cobblestone streets. You've got a great view from here - the river front houses with all their beauty and the famous Hölderlin tower, in which the poet lived for several years, are just in...

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  • Evangelisches Stift

    Easily missed at the end of Burgasse, this building was founded as an Augustine monastery in the 16th century, and later incorporated as a theological faculty of the university. Some famous names in the German intelligentsia studied here, including the great astronomer Johannes Kepler, and the philosopher Hegel.

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  • Universitatmuseum

    This museum is vast beyond its initial looks. It starts off in a relatively modest way, with a collection of some of the earliest sculptures ever found, dating from around 40,000 years BC, to the scarily life like collection of Greek statues. My favourite parts were the coins, some with the most incredible detail and a small shelf of Mycenaean face...

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  • The Markt

    Continuing east from the Holzmarkt, you can move up to the Markt, which is dominated by the Rathaus, in the same way as the Stiftskirche St Georg dominates the Holzmarkt. To the north of the Markt is a road that leads directly to the old Kornhaus, and thus Kornhausstrasse. To the south you can walk up the hill slightly to Burgsteige, for the steep...

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  • Schloss Hohentubingen

    A steep walk up Burgsteig, a road that can be found to the south of the Markt, and you will find yourself at the entrance to the Schloss Hohentubingen. This building offers fine views over the town and surrounding countryside, even if it is nothing much to look at itself up close. Inside the central courtyard you will find the Universitatmuseum,...

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  • July 4th (6th) American Celebration

    Alternative to July 4th celebration. You can still take in a July 4th celebration in Tübingen, where the German-American Institute Tübingen will host its summer party on Sunday, July 6 2008 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. This will be an American-style summer BBQ fest with live music performances by “Louisiana Funky Butts” with their New Orleans brass...

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  • Stiftskirche - Collegiate Church

    This church was first mentioned in the 12th century and has been enlarged ever since! A little about its history can be found in the link below. The church is huge and there are a couple of excellent pieces of artwork inside, like the pulpit, the choir stalls and the altar.It is possible to climb up the tower (172 steps!!!) and that is something...

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  • Holzmarkt/Lumber Market

    The square in front of the Collegiate Church is called the Lumber Market. It is surrounded by beautiful half timbered houses (some are houses, some are stores, some are cafés). In the middle there is a beautiful well and they do have market days there as well (but not when we visited!). It is a very vivid square, so in case you decide to sit in or...

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  • Hohentübingen castle

    Hohentübingen Castle was first mentioned in the 11th century. What you can see and visit now dates back to Renaissance times (16th century).We did not visit the castle, but from what I read it really seems to be worthwhile visiting, not only for the views, but also for the castle itself and the museum.There are quite a few University institutes...

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  • Townhall

    When we looked around from the tower of the Collegiate Church, we instantly noticed a building with stunning outside decoration. It turned out to be the Townhall on Market Square.The townhall was first built in 1435 and continuously expanded. Be sure to have a close look at the Astronomical Clock, the facade of the Town Hall, the Neptune fountain...

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Tübingen Restaurants

  • re: Bakery (name forgotten)

    I think the bakery referred to above is Padeffke. Maybe not, but this is still a great place to enjoy coffee and cake.The portions are generous and the prices fair (I got a cappuccino and slice of cake for less than 5 Euros). The restaurant is entirely self-service, so you don't need to worry about a small tip inflating your bill.My problem with...

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  • Beer, great atmosphere, and great food

    I really love this brewery. There are various rooms that have different ambience plus an outdoor beer garden. The help is very very courteous. I had a "kleiner" dish (small dish) that was just a perfect size since portions in Germany are just way too much for me. It was 3 small sausages, potato salad, and a jus. And it was perfect. My husband had...

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  • Indian vegetarian food

    This is mostly a place to take your food away. He makes just a few things a day. There are tables to stand up and eat at. One table to sit at, on a window ledge I believe. It's vegetarian and it's highly flavored and it's good. Pakoras were very flavorful, chickpea curry, chapati bread, samosas. It's all good. 3.50 euro to 5.00 euro.

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  • Excellent Thai food

    Most of the food is already made up and in trays. Usually 6 items made with options to have pad thai and Tom Ka soup. They do have some spring rolls, chicken wings, and such to order as sides also. This is not a "proper" restaurant with tables and chairs but 2 large tables to stand up and eat at. There are only about 4 places to sit and set your...

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  • Great food and atmosphere

    Great food.. I tried the dumplings with sauce, potato and veg salad.. hmmm.. yumyum.. my friend had some pork with noodles.. also nice... For drink.. I had draught beer with banana juice... tasty.. as Seb told me... :)

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  • Tangente Jour

    Tübingen has a lot of pubs and cafés and Tangente Jour is one of them. It is in the very center of Tübingen and if you manage to get to sit on one of those two tables next to the window you have a fantastic view of the Holzmarkt and the Collegiate Church. They also have an outside terrace, but since the weather was a little so/so, we preferred to...

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Tübingen Transportation

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    by antistar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Tubingen is best reached by train from Stuttgart. The journey takes between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on which train route you take. The eastern route is longer, but allows you to stop off in Esslingen, or even switch to the lines running through the Schwabian Jura. The western line is the fastest, but doesn't pass through anywhere interesting. Tickets from Stuttgart cost a little over 18 euros in 2004, or if you are travelling on a weekend you can buy a Land card for the region, for about 20 euros, and you can go where you like in all of Baden Wurttemberg for the day.

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Tübingen Shopping

  • Asian food products

    This is a very large Asian grocery store with products from all Asian countries. Although I didn't see alot of Indonesian items. They even get fresh Asian produce once a week, lemon grass, galangal, durian fruit, thai chilies, bean sprouts (really hard to get here), and more. Fresh asian produce, asian noodles, indian spice pastes, spices, asian...

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  • Bread and sweet rolls

    This shop/bakery is something else:it is in a tiny little house in the Froschgasse, actually it is just one room with a very low ceiling and a maximum of well, let's say 5 customers fit inside!The shop is called: "Backwaren vom Vortag", which means "Bakery products from the previous day". So, here you can buy bread and pastries that are merely one...

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  • Violins anyone???

    Just by chance we walked by this store and saw the owner varnishing a violin - a brand new violin, which he himself had built! This was quite fascinating, because you don't see this kind of handicraft very often anymore! He didn't mind our taking his picture, but he would not pose, since he had serious business to do!In his shop you can purchase...

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Tübingen Local Customs

  • Hardly any places take credit/debit...

    There are hardly any places that take credit/debit cards and this is true throughout most of Germany. I have only been able to use mine at very large department/grocery stores. There are not many ATM's either (Geldautomats), only inside/outiside banks. So stock up on euro or you'll be searching and searching for an atm's especially in the middle of...

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  • Spaetzle

    Tubingen is in the Swabian (pronounced "schway bee an") region of Germany. There is even a Swabian dialect that is quite different from traditional German. Swabian food also has specific characteristics. One of the classic dishes is a spaetzle. Made with a fresh curly pasta and loads of butter, garlic and cheese this comes out of the oven and is...

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Tübingen Warnings and Dangers

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    by antistar Written Nov 2, 2004

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    Tubingen is very safe and relaxed. The few beggars that it has are not aggressive at all, but of a much higher class than you usually find in cities, either sitting quietly or playing instruments to a very high standard. The most dangerous people you are likely to encounter are loud drunken students, but they are no trouble at all either.

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Tübingen Off The Beaten Path

  • The narrow alleys.. always the narrow...

    hehe.. sorry for that.. but to me it's unique.. I enjoyed a lot stroll along the up down small paths.. I really love them...

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  • Times in Tuebingen.

    I love Tuebingen, It's a cool college city sitting nice along the Neckar river in southern Germany. People are really friendly and building and windows of Tuebingen are incredible. So much history. I could take pictures of this city for years. Be careful with your heart there for sure. I love the church bells and bakeries. It's a very central city...

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  • I don't honestly remember how...

    I don't honestly remember how I found my way to wherever I was walking, but I found a set of stairs that led me up to the top of a hill where I found a dirt path that led me up and through hills and forests. There were some really rewarding views like the one in this picture.

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Tübingen Favorites

  • The Impossibly Tall Gabled Medieval...

    My first visit to Tubingen was so long ago that I barely remember any of it, and I was surprised to find little that jolted my memory when I returned 18 years later (good God was it that long ago). What I do remember of the town the first time around, clearer than anything, were the tall gabled houses, which were like nothing I had ever seen...

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  • Aerial views of Tübingen

    If you like to enjoy some truly breathtaking views of Tübingen, you will have to climb up the 172 steps of the tower of the Collegiate Church (Stiftskirche), which is a little strenuous, but definitely worthwhile! You can see the river Neckar from there, the castle, the townhall and all those roofs of the old city of Tübingen.Entrance fee is 1 €...

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  • Tübingen information

    There are a couple of very informative websites in the net that make planning a trip to Tübingen much easier! Some of them are in German only, but I have tried to find both German and English sites! Here we go:Websites in Germanwww.tübingen.dewww.tübingen-info.dewww.tagblatt.dewww.tuebingen.comwww.tuepps.deWebsites in...

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