Tubingen Travel Guide

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Tübingen, a traditional university town in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, is situated 30 km (19 miles) southwest of Stuttgart. It is a beautiful mix of restored medieval town centre and bustling modern university town. Located between the Neckar and Ammer rivers, Tübingen invites you to take a "Stocherkahn" punt along the Neckar right through town.

The Altstadt (old town) has narrow walkways and paths that lead up to the town's castle. On the way there are a multitude of shops ranging from clothing to stationary. Restaurants offer lots of different cuisines.

The city dates back to the 6th or 7th century, but officially first appeared in records in 1191. The castle dates back to 1078. Tübingen has also been home to many famous people, such as: Alois Alzheimer after whom Alzheimer's disease is named, Friedrich Meischer who first discovered DNA, Wilhelm Schickard who made the first mechanical computer, and Johannes Kepler who is a famous physicist.

A great place to go and relax or have a walk is in the centre of town where the Neckar river divides briefly into two parts, forming the elongated 1500-metre long Neckarinsel (Neckar Island), famous for its plane tree boulevard. Some of the trees are more than 200 years old.

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