A few facts about the town of Tübingen
Tübingen is known as the 'City of Knowledge', due to the famous scholars who have studied in this beautiful town. People such as:
· Friedrich Hoelderlin
who lived in the famous Hoelderlin Tower.
· Ludwig Uhland,
a famous German poet.
· Alois Alzheimer
from whom Alzheimer's disease takes its name.
· Wilhelm Schickard,
who developed the first mechanical computer was born in nearby Herrenberg.
· Friedrich Miescher
was the first to discover DNA.
· Joseph Alois Ratzinger
(now Pope Benedict XVI) was professor of theology at the University.
· Dieter Baumann,
winner of the 5000m at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
· Ernst Bloch, philosopher.
· Hans Küng,
· Walter Jens
, famous author.
· Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard,
a Nobel laureate for medicine.
· Hermann Hesse,
worked in Tübingen as a bookseller trainee from 1895 to 1899. ¹
Tübingen also has allegedly the most pianos per inhabitant. ²
Tübingen is twinned with the following towns and cities:
Monthey, Switzerland, since 1959
Aix-en-Provence, France, since 1960
Ann Arbor, USA, since 1965
Durham, United Kingdom, since 1969
Aigle, Switzerland, since 1973
Petrozavodsk, Russia, since 1989
Perugia, Italy, since 1994
Villa El Salvador, Peru, since 2006
Kilchberg, Switzerland, only district of Kilchberg, since 1956
Kingersheim, France, only district of Hirschau, since 1963 ³.
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