Tübingen main station

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Tübingen main station
Tuebingen 2011-by-RaBoe-003.jpg
Location in the network Separation station
Design Through station
Platform tracks 7 (1–3, 5–6, 12–13)
abbreviation TT
IBNR 8000141
Price range 2
opening 1862
Architectural data
Architectural style Round arch
architect Josef Schlierholz
City / municipality Tübingen
country Baden-Württemberg
Country Germany
Coordinates 48 ° 30 '57 "  N , 9 ° 3' 21"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 30 '57 "  N , 9 ° 3' 21"  E
Height ( SO ) 328  m
Railway lines
Railway stations in Baden-Württemberg
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The Tübingen main station is a local transport hub in Baden-Württemberg and the largest train station in the university town of Tübingen and in the Tübingen district .


Underpass to the south city

The Tübingen main station is located south of the city center on the Neckar side facing away from the old town . Originally built in an open field, today the Tübingen districts of Derendingen and Südstadt adjoin directly to the south . The bus station was set up on the station forecourt (Europaplatz) in 1960 , from here 34 lines of Tübingen city transport connect the station with the entire city area and the surrounding area. The tracks can be reached via an underpass, the exit of which leads to the southern part of the city.


Tübingen main station around 1900. Photography by Paul Sinner
View of the Tübingen depot in May 1970

In 1861 the Obere Neckarbahn (today Neckar-Alb-Bahn) coming from Stuttgart was extended from Reutlingen via Tübingen to Rottenburg am Neckar . The route was then extended in several stages until it hit the Black Forest Railway to Lake Constance in 1870 in Immendingen . From 1861 onwards there was for the first time a rail connection to the capital of the then Kingdom of Württemberg for the then approximately 8,000 inhabitants of Tübingen and the total of approximately 30,000 inhabitants of the associated higher office . In the years 1861/1862 the reception building, which is still preserved today, was built according to plans by the architect Josef Schlierholz . At the same time, a depot was set up in Tübingen . From 1867 to 1874 the Royal Württemberg State Railways built the Hohenzollern Railway (today Zollernalbbahn) from Tübingen via Hechingen to Sigmaringen , which made Tübingen a railway junction . After the Ammertal Railway , coming from Herrenberg , reached Tübingen on May 1, 1910, the current state was largely achieved. In 1916, the underpass to the two island platforms, which is still in use today, was built, the existing station building was expanded to include a so-called exit hall at the western end and the interior was rebuilt, the platforms were roofed over. Apart from the conversion of waiting rooms and storage rooms for shops and restaurants and minor interventions such as the dismantling of the platform barriers, the building fabric has remained largely unchanged since then.

An air raid shelter was set up in the basement of the reception building in 1937 .

Today's operation

Aerial view of the train station

Construction of the station

Tübingen main station looking east

The Tübingen main station now has eight continuous tracks, five of which are equipped with platforms: Track 1 is the main platform , and tracks 2/3 and 5/6 are located on two island platforms. On the island platforms are also the stump tracks 9-12, of which only track 12 was used for passenger traffic. At the western end of the house platform there is another butt track used for passenger traffic, track 13. In the west, the depot and the Ammertalbahn , Zollernalbbahn and Obere Neckarbahn are connected . The former freight station on the Neckar-Alb Railway was connected to the east. Today there are only a few sidings left there, the remaining area has been built with a new city quarter since 2015.

All tracks have LCD train destination displays for passenger information , and there is also a DB ServicePoint and a travel center . There are public toilets on platform 1. There are two dining options and various shopping options available to visitors. In the station there is also a federal police station and a contact point for the station mission .

Main hall of the train station

The platforms of the Tübingen main station have been barrier-free since September 2011. A corresponding development was planned as part of the station modernization program of DB Station & Service for Baden-Württemberg, work began in spring 2010. The platform on tracks 1 and 13 and the platform on tracks 2, 3 and 12 were each connected by an elevator, the platform of tracks 5 and 6 by a ramp. However, the low height of the platforms remained unchanged, so that stepless entry into trains is only possible on platform 13. This platform was the only one that was raised to a height of 55 cm in 1999 when the modernized Ammertalbahn was put back into operation. The increase of the remaining platforms to 55 cm is still part of the station modernization program, but concrete plans and schedules do not yet exist.

The renovation of the Tübingen train station is viewed by the DB as a particular priority. The building management team developed the concept with Deutsche Bahn and in close cooperation with the preservation department. The interior with its public uses, the shops and office units, the platforms, the energetic situation of the building envelope and technology are to be improved. The state and railways are coordinating the station renovation program for the next 10 years.

Long-distance transport

Until the timetable change in December 2009, there was no longer any scheduled long-distance traffic in Tübingen. Since then, a pair of trains on Intercity Line 32 on the outskirts of the day has been extended via Stuttgart to Tübingen. The offer initially existed for two years and should then be reviewed. This connection has now been converted into a permanent offer.

course Clock frequency
IC 32 IC 2010/2011 ( Berlin Ostbahnhof - Berlin Central Station - Berlin-Spandau - Wolfsburg - Hanover - Herford - Bielefeld - Gütersloh - Hamm - Dortmund - Bochum - Essen - Mülheim - Duisburg - Düsseldorf -) Cologne - Bonn - Remagen - Andernach - Koblenz - Mainz - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Stuttgart - Nürtingen - Reutlingen - Tübingen 1 pair of trains

Regional traffic

course Clock frequency stretch operator
Stuttgart Hbf - Reutlingen Hbf - Tübingen Hbf 60 minutes Neckar-Alb Railway Abellio Rail Baden-Wuerttemberg,
DB train bus regional traffic Alb-Bodensee
Stuttgart Hbf - Reutlingen Hbf - Tübingen Hbf - Mössingen - Hechingen - Balingen (Württ) - Albstadt-Ebingen - Sigmaringen - Herbertingen - Aulendorf 120 minutes Neckar-Alb Railway, Zollernalb Railway DB ZugBus regional transport Alb-Bodensee
Regional Express
RE 10a / b
Tübingen Hbf - Reutlingen Hbf - Metzingen (Württ) - Nürtingen - Wendlingen (Neckar) - Plochingen - Esslingen (Neckar) - Stuttgart Hbf - Heilbronn Hbf - (Mannheim Hbf) 60 minutes
Neckar-Alb Railway Abellio Rail Baden-Württemberg
Regional train
RB 18
Tübingen Hbf - Reutlingen Hbf - Metzingen (Württ) - Nürtingen - Oberboihingen - Wendlingen (Neckar) - Plochingen - Esslingen (Neckar) - Stuttgart Hbf - Heilbronn Hbf - Osterburken 60 minutes
Neckar-Alb Railway Abellio Rail Baden-Württemberg
The regional express RE10b and the RB18 run (Mon-Sat) alternately, so that every 30 minutes to Stuttgart is run. On Sunday only the RB18 runs every 60 minutes. However, the IRE, which runs every hour, also runs approximately 30 minutes to Stuttgart.
Regional train
Tübingen Hbf - Entringen - Herrenberg 30 minutes Ammertalbahn DB ZugBus regional transport Alb-Bodensee
Most regional trains from Herrenberg are tied through on working days (Mon – Sat) in Tübingen in the direction of Bad Urach.
Regional train
( Tübingen Hbf - Reutlingen Hbf -) Metzingen - Bad Urach 60 minutes (only peak hours) Neckar-Alb Railway, Ermstal Railway DB ZugBus regional transport Alb-Bodensee
Regional train " Kulturbahn "
Tübingen Hbf - Rottenburg - Horb (- Nagold - Calw - Pforzheim Hbf) 30 minutes (to Rottenburg),
60 minutes (to Horb),
120 minutes (to Pforzheim)
Upper Neckar Railway, Nagold Valley Railway DB ZugBus regional transport Alb-Bodensee
Hohenzollerische Landesbahn
Tübingen Hbf - Mössingen - Hechingen - Bissingen - Balingen - Albstadt-Ebingen (- Sigmaringen) 60 minutes (to Albstadt), 120 minutes (to Sigmaringen) Zollernalbbahn SWEG Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs-AG
The shared line Tübingen – Sigmaringen – Aulendorf, which was operated in joint traffic between HzL and RAB until 2013, no longer exists, you have to change trains in Sigmaringen.


The planned expansion measures for the Herrenberg – Tübingen ( Ammertalbahn , electrification and 2 double-track sections), Tübingen-Metzingen ( Upper Neckar Valley Railway , 4 new stops when the Tübingen-Lustnau stop closes) and Metzingen-Bad Urach ( Ermstalbahn , electrification and newer ) are to be implemented by summer 2022 Dettingen Gsaidt junction station) must be completed, so that from the timetable change in December 2022, electrical operation is to begin every 30 minutes from Herrenberg – Tübingen – Metzingen – Bad Urach. The state of Baden-Württemberg will tender these services in the course of 2019.

The operating concept for the time after the commissioning of Stuttgart 21 provides for four trains per hour and direction to run between Stuttgart and Tübingen. Two pairs of trains per hour with stops in Reutlingen , Nürtingen and Stuttgart Airport are to be guided over the Kleine Wendlinger curve and a section of the new Wendlingen – Ulm line. Two more hourly train pairs are to run via Plochingen . The lines are to be linked beyond Stuttgart to Heilbronn , Mannheim , Aalen and Karlsruhe , so that connections will be free.

Tilting trains will not be able to because of the ban on diesel vehicles in the new Stuttgart main station in the future Stuttgart run. Therefore, the operating concept provides that today's IRE line Aulendorf –Tübingen– Stuttgart ends in Tübingen and there must be transferred to the fast RE trains in the direction of Stuttgart . If the electrification of the Zollernalbbahn between Tübingen and Albstadt-Ebingen, planned as part of the Neckar-Alb regional light rail project , should have taken place at this point, the transfer point for the regional express trains from Tübingen to Albstadt will be relocated to the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport.


Railway depot Tübingen, 2017
Inside the historic hall, 2020

The depot located to the west of the station between the lines to Horb and Sigmaringen is still in operation today. Currently (2013) class 650 railcars are based here. From 2007 to 2009 a new railcar hangar and a new facility for cleaning passenger trains were built. The administration building, which was built around 1915, and the listed water tower will be preserved. In the meantime, a new 230 m long block train hall was planned. DB Regio locomotives and wagons were to be relocated here from Stuttgart. Since the DB did not win the tender for the operation of passenger transport on the Tübingen-Stuttgart route, the empty old hall of the railway depot will not be demolished for the time being and could possibly even be used for cultural events after the oil-contaminated end-grain floor has been renovated.

Web links

Commons : Tübingen Hauptbahnhof  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Bahnbetriebswerk Tübingen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ State Archives Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14636 Tübingen Hbf: platform underpass at km 48 + 731.92 - floor plan of stairs 1 - 3
  2. State Archives Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14647 Tübingen Hbf: Recommended administrative building, extension of the exit hall
  3. ^ State archive Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14621 Tübingen Hbf: reception building canopy platform 2
  4. ^ State archive Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14646 Tübingen Hbf: reception building administration building ground floor plan
  5. ^ State archive Ludwigsburg K 412 IV DO 14653 Tübingen Hbf: installation of an air raid shelter reception building
  6. http://www.tagblatt.de/Home/nachrichten/tuebingen_artikel,-Bahn-Chef-und-Politiker-eroeffnen-die-neuen-Aufzuege-_arid,145799.html
  7. How the Tübingen Europaplatz should look like in the mid-1920s . www.tagblatt.de. September 13, 2019. Accessed March 1, 2020.
  8. Martin Mayer: Finally the green light in the dead end . Swabian daily paper . December 14, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2009.
  9. Dagmar Starke: SPNV 2020 offer concept (PDF) Baden-Württemberg local transport company. October 2010. Archived from the original on October 27, 2010. Retrieved on November 20, 2010.
  10. SMA and Partner: Statement from SMA and Partner AG on the publication of confidential meeting documents ( memento of October 9, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF file, 65 kB). "Version 1-00" of July 28, 2010, p. 6.
  11. Inquiry by Hans Martin Haller, Member of the State Parliament, SPD, 2013, target projection Zollernalbbahn
  12. New works for the future of rail in the country. In: eisenbahn-magazin 10/2013, pp. 30–33
  13. Monica Brana: Taken from the siding. Open memorial day in the former Tübingen depot. Schwäbisches Tagblatt, September 11, 2017.