“What are your plans for the weekend?” Almost every week we face this question from our friends and co-workers and we often answer with, “I don’t know yet, meet friends probably and just hang out”. Especially when you’ve just moved to Tübingen, it can be difficult to find fun activities on the weekends. So let’s start with Friday night.
What about a relaxing visit to the movies or the theater? Tübingen offers a good number of movie theaters: Blaue Brücke, Kino Museum, Atelier or Café Haag which play movies in German as well as other languages. All of them are close to the city center and therefore easy to reach. There are theaters as well. The LTT (Landestheater Tübingen) or the Zimmertheater offer plays throughout the weekend. The season schedule can be checked online.
On Saturday morning, one should definitely visit Tübingen’s farmer’s market. It can be found by the Stiftskirche in the city center and offers a great variety of cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as other products. Afterwards, the opportunity should be taken to go for a walk in Tübingen’s old town and along the Neckarinsel, located in Tübingen’s Neckar river. On your way back, don’t forget to walk by the “Anlagensee”, the beautiful lake close to the main station.
In the afternoon when the sun is at its highest point, there is nothing better than cooling off. Beginning at the end of April, the public pool or ‘’Freibad’’ in Tübingen re-opens and is surely worth a visit. It has several pools and slides and is surrounded by a large park. In case you forgot to bring something to drink, no problem! There are two cafés that offer ice cream, drinks and snacks.
Photo: Gerhard Launer
If one prefers a more natural ambience, again no problem! Visit the lakes in Hirschau or Kirchentellinsfurt. Both are close by and can be reached by bike or public transportation.You will always find groups of students there that you can join if you haven’t made many friends yet.
After a long day of walking and sun, it is time for dinner. Close by the Neckar, there is the Neckarmüller with typical German food or for something less German I recommend El Chico. If it’s pizza pasta you’re after then I recommend either Manufaktur or Zum Alten Fritz. Naturally, you will also find a variety of other international restaurants like Africa Bar Restaurant or Aspendos Turkish Restaurant.
Saturday night is perfect for going out. Tübingen offers many restaurants, bars and places to dance. If you feel like going for some drinks, you could visit the cocktail bar Asmara, located close to the Stiftskirche. Additionally, there is Collegium, Ratskeller or Bären also in the old part of the town. For those of you who like to dance, you can go to Top10, which has weekly themes or the student clubs Kuckuck and Butter Brezel.
With Friday and Saturday behind us, let’s start our Sunday with a nice and cozy breakfast either at Collegium, El Chico or Café im Hirsch. There are, of course, also other places that offer a rich breakfast so go and explore! From there, if you haven’t signed up for any Unisport classes, you definitely should. The prices are adapted to a student budget and there is a great variety of options. On Sundays, you can go jogging, mountain biking, or even windsurfing. Naturally, this is a great opportunity to meet other students!
As an alternative, you and your friends could rent a Stocherkahn and partake in the famous punting on the Neckar river. There is space for up to 14 people in one Stocherkahn. It is possible to rent them at different places, for example here or here. Feel free to bring food and drinks and get ready to enjoy some sunny hours on the river.
To end the day, I would recommend visiting the Old Botanical Garden or ‘Bota’ as it is often called. It is in walking distance from the city center and a beautiful location to relax or have a barbecue together with your friends.
Have a great weekend!
Laura Dudek can be found teaching Zumba and riding her old bike around Tübingen.