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Häuserensemble am Tübinger Marktplatz

The historic town center

Tübingen is a small, traditional university town that has a distinct quality – and culture – of living. The town is characterized by both its historical charm as well as its youthful, conscious, sustainable way of life. The summer and fall months offer many ways to experience the culture, nature and flair of this vital, bustling town.

Small steps, narrow alleys, large parks and pointed gables make up the townscape of old Tübingen. Narrow cobblestone alleys wind between countless timber-framed houses dating back to the 15th and 16th century. The streets are lined with numerous outdoor cafés, wine taverns and student bars as well as unusual small shops.  On warm summer evenings, the market square is a popular hangout with a Mediterranean flair.

The Swabian university city with its over 90.000 inhabitants and almost 30.000 students combines the flair of a lovingly renovated city centre dating back to the Middle Ages with the colourful, bustling and vital consciousness of a young and cosmopolitan student city. Single travellers, families as well as groups can explore and experience the unique culture of living that the town’s residents, merchants and students cherish and uphold.

Schloss Hohentübingen

Exhibitions at Tübingen’s famous art galleries and museums, as well as theatres, cinemas and festivals emphasize the diversity of Tübingen’s cultural aspects.  On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the weekly food market entices you to browse and shop at the stalls. 

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 in a famous „Stocherkahn” (punting boat).  It offers a scenic view of the picturesque Neckar waterfront with the famous Hölderlin Tower. During the summer, guests can take „Stocherkahn” tours daily at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 pm, as well as after-work events on Thursday and Friday at 6:30 pm. Please ask at the touristinformation of Tübingen on the Neckarbridge!

Whatever you do in Tübingen, you're always part of the life of a city with a unique lust for life. Whether you're on a tour of the lively old town, shopping in the city's small, individual stores, staying in one of the plethora of family-run hotels, eating and enjoying the entertainment in the array of restaurants and student bars or visiting one of the numerous markets, festivals and cultural events.

Tübingen looks forward to seeing you!

Blick vom Turm der Stiftskirche