Top things to do in Tübingen

Top Choice Castle 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 to t…
Top Choice Museum 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 st…
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 Schönbuch, i…
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 of …
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 wins…
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 No …
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 an…
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 in …
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 past…