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Tubingen University


University Homepage (english version)

Information for exchange students
Brochure intended for exchange students who stay at least a semester, page 15-21 contain general information about living in Tubingen.
The recommendation in the brochure to open a bank account in Germany does NOT pertain to students of our program!

German Language


http://german.about.com/library/anfang/blanfang01.htm intro to German

Dictionary German <-> English

German Phrases


Free Online Courses of German



Food


Eating out is more expensive in Germany than in the US. Consider cooking together, it is fun and saves money.

Dictionary English <-> German


Restaurants


Bread comes in many varieties in Germany, and you will find a bakery at almost every corner

Note that tap water is not commonly served in German restaurants, you have to ask for it - and the waiter might be not so happy about it, since the restaurants make part of their money with drinks.

Tips: about 10% of the bill.

Cooking


Groceries

  • Green markets
    Auf dem Marktplatz (map): M, W, F, 7 am - 1 pm
    Jakobuskirche (map): Sat, 8 am - 1 pm
TueMarkt.jpg
green market


Bread.jpg
bread and rolls


Travel


Train travel

  • Deutsche Bahn Query
  • How to buy a BahnCard (25% discount on train travel). Estimate of whether it is worthwhile to buy the card: Five round trips to Stuttgart (the nearest big city from Tubingen) using the BahnCard will result in savings approximately equal to the price of the BahnCard.

  • How to buy train tickets
(online or at the train station)
online:
  1. You can use your account which you created when buying the BahnCard to buy train tickets online
  2. Go to www.bahn.de and choose ``USA'' from the language menu (on the top right, it has the German flag by default).
  3. Use the query to get information about your connection
  4. On the site with the list of connections click on ``Travel data'' (top left). If you have bought a BahnCard 25, choose BahnCard 25 (2nd class) from the drop-down menu. This will adjust the prices to reflect the 25% discount.
  5. You can receive an additional discount if you buy a ticket at least 3 days (72 h) in advance, but the downside is that with the additional discount the ticket you buy is only valid for the chosen connection. Regular tickets (even with the BahnCard discount) are valid for all connections of the same train class on the same day.
at the train station:
  1. Look for a ticket machine like the one on the picture
FahrkartenAutomat.jpg
2. Use the touch screen and follow the instructions
3. You can use your credit card to pay. Some ticket machines also accept cash (EUR only, of course! :-)
  • Pass for train travel in GERMANY

German Rail Pass
Note: Prices are in EUR
To see if one of this pass might be a good option for you, please enter queries of trips you are interested in on the Deutsche Bahn Website and compare the prices. Note that the excursion to Munich will take place on June 1st, so please do not plan any trips on this day! Also note that depending on your travel plans you might want to take both, the BahnCard 25 and the German Rail Pass.
Deutsche Bahn Query

  • Pass for train travel in EUROPE

Eurail

You may want to check out the "Select Pass" or "Regional Pass". To see if one of these passes might be a good option for you, please enter queries of trips you are interested in on the Deutsche Bahn Website and compare the prices. Note that the excursions will take place on July 1st, July 8th, and July 22/23rd, so please do not plan any trips on these days! Also note that depending on your travel plans you might want to take both, the BahnCard 25 and the Eurail.
Deutsche Bahn Query

Public transportation


Carpooling


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Leisure


Swimming

3 swimming pools with mineral water in Stuttgart (in German only)
Search engine for swimming pools by city

Chocolate

Ritter Sport Chocolate Factory in Waldenbuch (about 10 mi from Tubingen)

Automobile

Mercedes Benz Museum
Porsche Museum

Ballet, Opera, Classical music

Stuttgart ballet (click on "English" on top of the page for english version)
Stuttgart opera (in German only)

Stuttgart

Stuttgart web page with tourist information

Tubingen

Tuebingen Tourist Information

Inline Skating

Inline skating in Paris

Stocherkahn Race

http://www.stocherkahnrennen.com/

Housing


Apartment 1

Apartment 2

Apartment 3

Apartment 4


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Locations of Student Housing, Class, and Computer Lab on Google Maps