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Tübingen offers you the rare chance to experience an almost completely preserved Old Town of half-timbered houses. You get the best view of the colorful ensemble of historic facades walking along the idyllic Neckar island in the middle of the river: Overlooked by the “Stiftskirche” (Collegiate Church) at the “Holzmarkt” square, sights like the 16th-century “Alte Aula” (old university auditorium), the “Burse”, “Evangelisches Stift” (Protestant hall of residence and teaching) and “Schloss Hohentübingen” (Hohentübingen Castle) line up like pearls to form the picturesque “Neckarfront” (Neckar riverbank). It is romantically set in scene by the famous yellow “Hölderlinturm” (Hölderlin Tower), the town’s landmark.

To enjoy this panorama from above, there is no better place than the tower of the Collegiate Church – the medieval rooftop landscape is a must-see vista! 1,000 years of city history await you under the roofs and behind the colorful facades. Famous poets and philosophers lived and studied in the “Hölderlinturm” and the “Evangelisches Stift”, while “Schloss Hohentübingen” today houses the university – the heart and soul of Tübingen. Since it was founded in 1477, brilliant minds, ingenious scientific achievements like the discovery of DNA, and nine Nobel Prize winners have been an integral part of the city.

In cosmopolitan Tübingen, student lifestyle meets tradition. Intellect and fun go hand in hand, around the market square with its imposing town hall, for example. Here you can amble around the little boutiques and unique shops, enjoy a smoothie in the student café, or traditional Swabian cuisine in a wine tavern: cheese spaetzle (noodles), lentils, Swabian ravioli and a roast are always on the menu. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the farmers’ market entices you to browse and shop at the stalls. On warm summer evenings, the market square is a popular hangout with a Mediterranean flair.

From the market, you pass by antique shops into the winding alleyways of the romantic vineyard quarter, known to many locals as the “Gôgenviertel”. Not to be missed are the sensational UNESCO World Heritage ice age figures in the “Museum Alte Kulturen” (Museum of Ancient Cultures) at “Schloss Hohentübingen”. Just outside the town center, the Cistercian monastery of “Bebenhausen”, founded in the 12th century, beckons with its Blue Hall and Green Hall, a beautiful cloister, and an elegant refectory.

After all these discoveries on land, you should be sure to take to the water, too: no visit to Tübingen is complete without a leisurely trip along the colourful “Neckarfront” riverbank on a punting boat.


The Best Things to See and Do in Tübingen

"In many ways, Tübingen in Germany resembles the town of Oxford in England – both are home to a prestigious university, are studded with historical buildings and on a sunny day, people sail down the river in traditional punts. Here [...]

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  • Bürger- und Verkehrsverein Tübingen e.V.
    An der Neckarbrücke 1
    72072 Tübingen Germany

  • Tourist Information Center
    An der Neckarbrücke 1
    72072 Tübingen Germany

  • Tel.: +49 (0) 7071 91360

  • mail@tuebingen-info.de


© Image Rights: Hölderlin Tower/Collegiate Church – Barbara Honner