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Tübingen from the Stiftskirche bell tower.
Tübingen from the Stiftskirche bell tower.
Coat of arms of Tübingen
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Tübingen
 • Lord Mayor Boris Palmer (Greens)
 • Total 108.12 km2 (41.75 sq mi)
Elevation 341 m (1,119 ft)
Population (2006-12-31)
 • Total 87,540
 • Density 810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 72001–72099
Dialling codes 07071
07073 (Unterjesingen)
07472 (Bühl)
Vehicle registration
Website www.tuebingen.de

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.

History[change | change source]

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.