About the City: Tübingen

City History

A nearly thousand- year history of the city is attested by university town of Tübingen  with its castle, its old town and many historical buildings.

Tübingen has almost doubled from 45,000 to 89,614 inhabitants since the Second World War. The percentage of foreigners has increased considerably since 2015 and is currently around 16.04%.

The ambitious goal of increasing the population to 100,000 in the coming years has presently been set by Lord Mayor Boris Palmer.

The university was established in 1477 with the theme “Attempto-I dare” by Count Eberhard in Wuerttemberg. The city survives on the energy coming from the conflict between history, civil society and university to this day.

The Eberhard Karls University with around 27,500 students is the largest educational institution in Tübingen. Around 8,000 students attend the general education schools.

Where should you see in Tübingen?

Explore the hidden historical secrets, the Lutheran monastery, where a study room was shared by Hölderlin, Schlelling and Hegel. Or the city hall, more than 500 years old, at the market square. The Hölderlinturm in the Neckar invites you to rest; the unique tip of the Neckar is located at its banks.

The German and European City Prizes were awarded to modern young districts such as the French Quarter. The Botanical Gardens on the Morgenstelle with its plants from all over the world give a wonderful view over the green hills of the Swabian Alb and Hohenzollern.

Famous people who lived in Tübingen

The poet Friedrich Hölderlin, the neurologist Alois Alzheimer, whose name is Alzheimer disease, and Friedrich Miescher, who was the first to discover nucleic acids, are amongst the notable Tübingen residents and scholars. The following study groups were present in the Tübinger Stift: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Friedrich Schelling, David Friedrich Strauss, and Johannes Kepler. Between 1895 to 1899, Hermann Hesse worked as a trainee librarian at Tübingen.