Embracing The Past: 10 Things To Do In Tubingen, Germany

things to do in tubingen germany

Tubingen is a traditional German town that’s centrally located in Baden-Württemberg, and approximately 19 miles (30 kilometers) south of Stuttgart. Interestingly, the Romans roamed this area almost 2,000 years ago, and the town was home to the Alamanni between the 6th and 7th-century. Certain official records show that Tubingen existed as far back as 1191 and had established a court system and civil liberties by 1231.

Several historic buildings such as Hohentübingen Castle, an Augustinian monastery, St. George’s Collegiate Church, and Eberhard Karls University are part of Tubingen’s heritage. The town also has a tradition of attracting academics for its prominent universities. More importantly, Tubingen is bound to fascinate tourists that enjoy both tradition and modernity!

1. Witness the past at Museum Schloss Hohentuebingen

On the way into Schloss (castle) Hohentuebingen. Inside is an archeology museum, and grounds in and around where the walls and portions of the castle used to be.

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Since Tubingen is such a historic town, it makes sense that it’s home to plenty of good museums. The Museum Schloss Hohentuebingen is quite large and contains a variety of artifacts of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman origin. Descriptions are in both English and German, but predominantly in German and give a reasonable amount of information about the artifacts on display.

Museum Schloss Hohentuebingen

Address: Burgsteige 11, 72070 Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Website: Museum Schloss Hohentuebingen (in German)

2. Admire the Rathaus Town Hall

Rathaus Tübingen
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Right at the heart of Tubingen is the bustling marketplace, which is surrounded by some stunning buildings such as the Rathaus. It will seem as if you’ve stepped back in time as you take in the ambience and architecture of a bygone era.

Rathaus Town Hall

Address: Marktpl., 72070 Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Website: Rathaus Town Hall

3. Relax at Alter Botanischer Garten

Alter Botanischer Garten, Tübingen, 15.05.2014

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Germany is famous for its picturesque green valleys, mountains, and forests. So, it’s not surprising to find that it’s also home to beautiful botanical gardens that are worth exploring. The Alter Botanischer Garten was established in 1805 and located between the northern part of town and university. This is an excellent spot to spend an hour or two, and admire the tulips, tropical plants, and massive trees.

Alter Botanischer Garten

Address: Am Stadtgraben 9, 72070 Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Website: Alter Botanischer Garten (in German)

4. Be charmed by Holderlin's Tower

This is the Hölderlin Turm (Poet Hölderlin's Tower) on the Neckar River. This is a famous view.

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Holderlin’s Tower, or Holderlinturm as it’s better known in German, is a rustic and charming-looking historic building that wouldn’t seem out of place in a fairy-tale setting. It’s located right next to the river and visitors can also view Neckar Island from this point. The interior is fairly sparse with an array of interesting art pieces and a piano. History and culture buffs are exposed to the former living space of one of Germany’s famous poets.

Holderlin's Tower

Address: Bursagasse 6, Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Website: Holderlin’s Tower

5. Enjoy the festivities at Marktplatz

chocolART 2012 - Marktplatz Tübingen

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No visit to Tubingen is complete without visiting the town’s notable market square. It’s truly the heart of this town and is often buzzing with activity, especially during market days when farmers sell their produce. Various festivities are also held throughout the year, which locals, visitors, and the town’s students partake in.


Address: 72070 Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Facebook: Marktplatz

6. Take a calming or romantic boat trip down the river

Ah! a punting boat trip on the River Neckar lets you see Tubingen from the river. With the Holderlin tower in the back ground

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There’s no better way to enjoy Tubingen and its magnificent surroundings than with a relaxing boat trip down the river. Take this trip by yourself, that special someone, or friends and family and enjoy the tranquility, birds, and swans you’re bound to encounter. Most boat operators speak English and regularly engage with their passengers; thus, revealing many interesting facts about Tubingen. A boat trip lasts around an hour and costs approximately 7 EUR (approximately 8 USD) per adult.

Take a boat trip

Address: Bursagasse 4, 72070 Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Website: Take a boat trip (in German)

7. Be inspired by the Collegiate Church

Sarcophagi in the collegiate church Tubingen by Safaribear

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The Collegiate Church is an eye-catching building that truly encapsulates the spirit of Tubingen. It has a distinctive tower that visitors can climb for a fee of 1 EUR (approximately 1.15 USD). The top of this tower reveals a panoramic view of the entire town, which is certainly worth the price of admission. And the interior of the church boasts an altar that’s painted by Dürer’s students and a range of impressive monuments and sculptures.

Collegiate Church

Address: Holzmarkt, Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Website: Collegiate Church

8. Immerse yourself in historic surroundings at Hohentubingen Castle

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There’s just something insanely cool about castles, especially when they’re as old and stunning-looking like Hohentubingen Castle. Moreover, this 1000-year-old castle doubles up as a museum that has an anthropological section. There’s also a courtyard with a garden area, which is often used by the town’s students. Visitors are spoiled by amazing views of the town and river making the castle an ideal observation point.

Hohentubingen Castle

Address: Burgsteige 11, 72070 Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Website: Hohentubingen Castle (in German)

9. Discover something different at Boxenstop

"Boxenstop" in Tübingen.... Nice event...Nice Dinner in here...great idea!!...thank you IBM! ;)

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Tubingen may feature plenty of excellent historic locations, but it also has a quirkier side to it as well. A visit to Boxenstop will reaffirm this notion, as one discovers the diverse range of goodies on display at this specialty museum. The model trains, dolls, motorbikes, and cars here are likely to put a smile on your face, as the nostalgic feelings set in!


Address: Brunnenstra., 72074 Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Website: Boxenstop (in German)

10. Spend an enchanting afternoon at the Cistercian Monastery

PLACES AROUND TÜBINGEN: Monastery of Bebenhausen Located in the lovely landscape North of Tübingen is the former...

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The Cistercian Monastery, or Zisterzienzerkloster, is one of the oldest monasteries in Europe. Therefore, it’s not surprising that it attracts many folks from around the world who come to admire its stunning architecture. There are guided tours available that are in German (English-language tours may be available for larger groups), but visitors are welcome to explore the monastery and the surrounding grounds themselves.

The monastery may be a historic site, but over 90 monks reside on the premises. Visitors are attracted to the beautiful church and the courtyard, which is something of a focal point of the monastery.

Cistercian Monastery

Address: Bebenhausen, Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Website: Cisterian Monastery

The ideal destination for romantic and nostalgic travelers

It’s no secret that Germany is a modern country, and world-renowned for its manufacturing and technological advancements. But there’s also a more traditional and quaint side to this country that’s just as awe-inspiring. Historic student towns such as Tubingen are a great avenue to escape the hustle and bustle of big cities, and to just take things slow!

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