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Tübingen is one of the most beautiful student towns in southern Germany. The pretty Altstadt, the river Neckar and opportunities for trips and excursions in the surrounding area make it an attractive place to live and study. The town is defined by the many students and institutions of the renowned university clinic.
A picturesque old town with colourful half-timbered houses and narrow streets define the welcoming character of the compact and cosy town of Tübingen. Perched high above the town is Schloss Hohentübingen, while the river Neckar meanders through the valley.
Tübingen is a young town. The city’s approx. 28,000 students ensure that the town has a very youthful, vibrant feel. The faculties are spread all over Tübingen. Numerous clinic institutions are situated on Schnarrenberg and in the valley. There are more than 4,000 students at the medical faculties.
People from over 140 nations live in Tübingen. For the people of Tübingen, tolerance is a matter of great importance. The town also has an environment-friendly image and most people here are nature lovers. You’ll notice this as soon as you arrive at the station: there are bicycles everywhere. The town wants to avoid too much traffic and polluted air.
Tübingen is located not far from the low mountain range known as the Schwäbische Alb, or Swabian Jura. The river Neckar and nearby mountains make the area the perfect place for trips and excursions. Hiking, boat trips or bike tours are popular activities. At the weekends, you can go punting on the Neckar in a Stocherkahn, a type of flat-bottomed boat. The fairytale castle Burg Hohenzollern near Tübingen fascinates visitors from all over the world.
Tübingen’s Christmas market is also rather special. In the winter, there’s an open-air cinema where local residents and students traditionally watch the cult German film „Feuerzangenbowle“ together. It’s also traditional to drink a mug of „Feuerzangenbowle“, rum punch, which the film is named after. Winter wouldn’t be winter in Germany without a „Feuerzangenbowle“!
Cafés, restaurants, shops and student bars abound in Tübingen.
You can party at lots of bars in Tübingen, especially on a Saturday night. A pub crawl, or „Kneipentour“, is a typical way of spending an evening at the weekend. You can go from bar to bar and enjoy a beer or long drink. A pub crawl usually ends in one of the bars or small dance clubs.
Tübingen is famous for its „Apfelmost“. This is a lightly sparkling, slightly sour wine. The juice is obtained from apples from the region. On Sundays, students like to gather in a bar to watch the cult German TV series „Tatort“.
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