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Top ChoiceCastle in Tübingen

Schloss Hohentübingen

On its perch above Tübingen, this turreted 16th-century castle has a terrace overlooking the Neckar River, the Altstadt’s triangular rooftops and the vine-streaked hills beyond. An ornate Renaissance gate leads...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Tübingen

Museum Alte Kulturen

Housed in Tübingen's hilltop castle, this fascinating archaeology museum houses the 40,000-year-old Vogelherd figurines – the world’s oldest figurative artworks – which were recently awarded Unesco World Heritage...

Monastery in Tübingen

Kloster Bebenhausen

Founded in 1183 by Rudolph I, Count Palatine of Tübingen, Kloster Bebenhausen is one of southern Germany's finest medieval Cistercian monasteries. Beautifully situated on the wooded fringes of Naturpark...

Nature Reserve in Tübingen

Naturpark Schönbuch Nature Reserve

For back-to-nature hiking and cycling, make for this 156-sq-km, lushly forested nature reserve. It's interwoven with 560km of marked trails. With a bit of luck and a pair of binoculars, you might catch a glimpse...

Sports in Tübingen


Students in fancy dress do battle on the Neckar at May's hilarious Stocherkahnrennen punt race, where jostling, dunking and even snapping your rival’s oar are permitted. The first team to reach the Neckarbrücke...

Square in Tübingen

Am Markt

Half-timbered townhouses frame the Altstadt’s main plaza Am Markt, a much-loved student hang-out. Rising above it is the 15th-century Rathaus (town hall), which is opposite the Neptunbrunnen. Keep an eye out for...

Meze in Tübingen

Meze Akademie

Creative riffs on Greek meze (small dishes to share) take centre stage at this slick restaurant, with an open-plan design and bistro-style seating at bare wood tables. The menu seesaws with the seasons, so expect...

Bar in Tübingen

Weinhaus Beck

There’s rarely an empty table at this wine shop and tavern beside the Rathaus. It's a convivial place to enjoy regional and international wines (choose from 600 different varieties) or coffee and cake.

Landmark in Tübingen


The Cottahaus is the one-time home of Johann Friedrich Cotta, who first published the works of Schiller and Goethe. A bit of a lad, Goethe conducted detailed research on Tübingen’s pubs during his week-long stay...

Area in Tübingen


Steps lead down from Eberhardsbrücke bridge to Platanenallee, a leafy islet on the Neckar River canopied by sycamore trees. From here, there are views up to half-timbered houses in a fresco painter’s palette of...

German in Tübingen


It’s a stiff climb up to this restaurant at Hotel am Schloss, but worth every step. Suspended above the rooftops of Tübingen, the terrace is a scenic spot for the house speciality, Maultaschen (pasta pockets),...

Cocktail Bar in Tübingen


A pinch of 1920s flair goes a long way at this stylish little bar with red walls, candelabra and cosy armchairs for conversing. Cocktails are what it's all about here, such as the house special Tübingen Gardens –...

Museum in Tübingen


You can see how the dreamy Neckar views from this silver-turreted tower fired the imagination of Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin, resident here from 1807 to 1843. It now contains a museum tracing his life and...

Food & Drink in Tübingen


It's all about Schokolade (chocolate) at this irresistible six-day festival, with programme highlights including tastings, praline-making courses, cocoa painting, workshops and cookery courses. The event takes...

Gallery in Tübingen


The streamlined Kunsthalle stages first-rate exhibitions of mostly contemporary art; in recent times, everything from Post-Minimalist art to hyperrealistic sculpture has been thrown into the spotlight. Buses 5,...

Bar in Tübingen


'Cuckoo' is the name of this upbeat, student-driven bar and club, with plenty of good vibes and a young, fun crowd. The drinks are insanely cheap – €1.50 for a beer and €3 for a cocktail. It's a 3km trek north of...

Thai in Tübingen

Samphat Thai

Slickly decorated in calming shades of lavender and violet, this sweet, petite Thai restaurant is the real deal. The smiley staff rustle up curries, noodles and wok dishes that are bang on the money and nicely...

Vegetarian in Tübingen


Vegetarians and health-conscious locals squeeze into this hobbit-like cafe for wholesome soups, freshly squeezed juice, organic salads by the scoopful and day specials such as rye pancakes with vegetables, and...

Pub Food in Tübingen


Overlooking the Neckar, this cavernous microbrewery is a summertime magnet for its chestnut-shaded beer garden. Come for home brews by the metre and beer-laced dishes from (tasty) Swabian roast to (interesting)...

Beer Garden in Tübingen

Schwärzlocher Hof

Scenically perched above the Ammer Valley, a 2km trudge west of town, this creaking farmhouse is famous for its beer garden and home-pressed Most (cider). Kids love the resident horses, rabbits and peacocks.