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Although small in size, Reutlingen offers a colourful combination of cosmopolitan flair and old-town tradition. Numerous multinational corporations have set up operations in this town at the edge of the Swabian Mountains. With its vibrant culture, beautiful scenery and hometown feeling, you will most certainly enjoy living in Reutlingen.
Reutlingen is located near the cities of Tübingen and Stuttgart and is home to approximately 110,000 residents. The gorgeous landscape of the Swabian Mountains lies directly at your doorstep. Even beyond Germany’s borders, the Swabian Mountains are known for their distinctive plant and animal life.
Reutlingen offers a charming mixture of medieval half-timber houses and modern architecture. The busy shopping street Wilhelmsstrasse, romantic quarters, a full calendar of cultural events and numerous recreational activities ensure a high quality of life.
The Spreuerhofstrasse is famous for being the narrowest street in the world – only 31 cm wide – a record held since 2007 according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Strolling through town, you’ll encounter numerous buildings and features which date back to times long past. The most famous landmark in Reutlingen is the Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church). It has been officially designated as a national cultural monument. Located about five kilometres away from the centre of town is the , a 707-m high mountain, atop of which is a watch tower of a former castle.
The is internationally renowned for its outstanding degree programmes in textile and design, which is why numerous foreign students study there. In fact, 20 percent of the student body come from abroad. The students always remark about how friendly the atmosphere is on campus – not only between the students, but also with their professors.
The rental prices for apartments or a room in a flat-share can vary greatly in Reutlingen, especially because it’s one of the more expensive student towns in Germany. You can find a relatively inexpensive accommodation in a student residence hall for 167 to 390 euros per month. The university operates five residence halls, one of which is reserved for women only. You can inquire at the university about .
Whether you’re interested in nature, partying, sports or culture, Reutlingen offers something for everyone. Being a rather small city, you’ll quickly become acquainted with other students. Two of the four residence halls on campus have their own bar which opens once a week. If you need to wind down and party after a stressful day of classes, there’s a student pub in the basement of the „Mensa“ (dining hall), called CaRe, open every Monday and Wednesday night.
Whatever sport you’re interested in, you’ll find it in Reutlingen. The university sports programme is free of charge and offers a wide range of sports and athletic activities – they even have a climbing wall, swimming pool and tennis courts.
The franzk at the train station is the place to go if you like poetry slams and enjoy listening to musicians from around the world. If you feel more at home at a typical German rock café, you might want to check out the Kaiserhalle. Almost everyone in Reutlingen knows “Kohla“, the owner of the Kaiserhalle. He’s something of a local celebrity whose advertising slogan is “we are ugly…but we have the music!”
Do you like karaoke? Then you should go to the Irish Pub on Thursday evenings – Reutlingen’s unofficial “international meeting place”. You can dance to live salsa music at Mezcalitos on Wednesday nights. And at the discos Färberei 4, P&K and M-Park, you can party until the wee hours of the morning. And if that’s not enough variety for you, you can also take a quick trip to Tübingen or Stuttgart.
Thanks to its proximity to the Swabian Mountains, Reutlingen offers ideal destinations for daylong excursions. The Hohenzollern Castle offers a marvellous panoramic view of the Swabian Mountains and is one of the most visited castles in Europe. Atop a cliff-faced outcrop lies the romantic Lichtenstein Castle, modelled after the castle in Wilhelm Hauff’s novel “Lichtenstein”. After viewing the castle and its grounds, you can put your climbing skills to the test at the adjacent adventure park.
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