Neckarfront mit Hölderlinturm und Stiftskirche.
Photo: By Photo: Andreas Praefcke (Own work own photograph) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: By Ramessos (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
We first take a look at Tübingen and its surroundings from above, before we make our way along the narrow streets through the old town, which is well worth seeing.
Distance 5.7 km
Highest point432 m
Lowest point316 m
From the Österbergturm you can enjoy great views of Tübingen. Some of the buildings we will pass later can already be seen from up here. In the old town, we see the town hall, the castle, the collegiate churches and the Hölderlinturm.
We start this tour at the main station in Tübingen, keep to the right (Europaplatz), cross Karlstrasse and turn right at Friedrichstrasse. After crossing the Steinach river, we turn left (Bismarckstrasse) and walk along the banks of the Neckar. Enjoy the views of the old town of Tübingen and the Österberg (438 m). On the southern slope of the hill are the student houses, which are well worth seeing and which we pass later on. At the weir (1) we reach the other side of the river. Walk straight ahead for a short distance before turning right into Gartenstrasse. At number 105, a narrow staircase leads uphill. The higher we climb, the better the view of Tübingen and the Swabian Alb. At Scheefstrasse and Stauffenbergstrasse we turn left. At the next opportunity, turn right onto the asphalted road and keep left a few metres further on. Steps now lead us directly to the Österbergturm (2) with its transmitters. Unfortunately, the tower is not open to the public. Nevertheless, we enjoy a wonderful view of Tübingen and the Neckar and Ammer valleys. After a long rest, we descend the slope of the Österberg to Stauffenbergstrasse, which – if we keep to the right – finally merges into Österbergstrasse. Here you will find the large villas of the traditional student fraternities. We then cross Mühlstraße and arrive in the old town of Tübingen via Hafengasse and Collegiumsgasse. At the market square we can admire the town hall (3) and take a break in one of the many cafés. It is also worth making a detour to Hohent-Bingen Castle (4), which can be reached in a short time via the Burgsteige. The origins of today's castle date back to the 11th century. As the premises are now part of the campus of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, they are not accessible except for the museum. From the castle we return to the old town. Our next destination is the collegiate church, which is well worth seeing. After a look inside, we head towards the south and walk to the banks of the Neckar. There we can marvel at the Hölderlinturm (5, TopTipp). It was named after the poet who lived in Tübingen in the 19th century. The Hölderlinturm is one of the most photographed landmarks of the city. We walk along the banks of the Neckar to Eberhardsbrücke, cross the river here and turn right at Uhlandstrasse. Walk through the park back to the station.