Tübingen: Five centuries of tradition

Pope Benedict XVI was a professor here, while Germany’s current president studied political science.

City profile

The quintessential German university town, Tübingen is situated some 25 miles southwest of Stuttgart on a ridge between the Neckar and Ammer rivers in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Founded more than five centuries ago, the University of Tübingen is one of the oldest universities in Germany. The city also hosts several top research institutes, including the Max Planck Institute for Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

Overview of the universities

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

Founded in 1477, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen is one of Germany's oldest and best schools, attracting students to its internationally renowned programs in medicine, the natural sciences and the humanities. Innovation is a tradition here: In 1863, it became the first German university to establish a faculty of natural sciences.

Tübingen has for decades attracted some of the world’s top professors, many of whom have become Nobel laureates, especially in the fields of medicine and chemistry.

The Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research focuses on general, cognitive and cellular neurology as well as neuro-degeneration. The Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Research deals primarily with cell biology in diagnostics and therapy of organ system diseases.


Did you know?

Siddhartha author Hermann Hesse worked in Tübingen as a trainee bookseller from 1895 to 1899.

In 1868 the faculty’s Friedrich Miescher paved the way for the discovery of DNA.

Things to check out

Taking a boat trip in a famous "Stocherkahn" — the boat exclusive to Tübingen that is propelled by a long wooden pole — offers a scenic view of the picturesque Neckar waterfront with the famous Hölderlin Tower.

Useful links

DAAD’s University Ranking gives you up-to-date rankings of Tübingen’s university. 

Studenten-Wohnung.de is a network through which students can search for (or advertise) cheap rooms and shared apartments in Tübingen. 

Tübingen’s webpage offers a wealth of information in English.