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Tübingen from the Stiftskriche bell tower.
Tübingen from the Stiftskriche bell tower.
Coat of arms of Tübingen
Coordinates 48°31′12″N 09°03′20″E / 48.52000°N 9.05556°E / 48.52000; 9.05556
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Tübingen
Lord Mayor Boris Palmer (Greens)
Basic statistics
Area 108.12 km2 (41.75 sq mi)
Elevation 341 m  (1119 ft)
Population 87,540  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 810 /km2 (2,097 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate
Postal codes 72001–72099
Area codes 07071
07073 (Unterjesingen)
07472 (Bühl)

Tübingen is a city in the German state Baden-Württemberg. It has about 83,000 people (2007). Tübingen is a traditional university town. About one in ten people living in Tübingen is a student.


Between 1470 and 1483, St. George's Collegiate Church was built. The collegiate church offices provided the opportunity for what soon afterwards became the most significant event in Tübingen's history: the founding of the Eberhard Karls University by Duke Eberhard im Bart of Württemberg in 1477, thus making it one of the oldest universities in Central Europe. The University of Tübingen became soon renowned as one of the most influential places of learning in the Holy Roman Empire, especially for theology. A Protestant faculty, Tübinger Stift, was established in 1535 in the former Augustinian monastery.