Germans need a visa for many countries, but no longer for China

German citizens need a visa to enter some countries. This applies, for example, to India, Brazil, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Namibia, Nepal and Vietnam. For China, however, Germans no longer need a visa for stays of up to 15 days since December 1, 2023. As the entry requirements vary depending on the destination and may be subject to current changes, it is recommended that you check the website of the Federal Foreign Office well in advance of your trip and then apply for a visa: Travel and security advice for your destination country—Federal Foreign Office ( You should also check… Read More

Holidays do not automatically expire

Shortly before the end of the year, many employees ask themselves: Do my remaining days of holiday actually expire if I do not take them by the end of December? In most cases, no. But the details are rather complicated. It is easiest if there is a clear regulation in the company. Often you can then carry over holiday days into the new year and have to take them by 31 March. The personnel department or the works council will know the exact rules. In principle, however, leave is no longer automatically forfeited. This has been decided by the European… Read More

With KBC: D-Ticket for 15 euros is coming

A Germany ticket at a price of 15 euros for KreisBonusCard holders in Tübingen will in all likelihood be introduced on 1 March next year. This was decided by the supervisory board of TüBus. The prerequisite, however, is that the city of Tübingen compensates the Stadtwerke for the lost revenue. The chances of this happening are good: money has already been earmarked for this in the budget for this year. It is “very certain” that this will also happen in 2024, the city’s press office informed Tünews INTERNATIONAL. According to the Stadtwerke, this involves 400,000 euros for one year. There… Read More

Jugendticket becomes Deutschland-Ticket

The JugendticketBW will become a Deutschland-Ticket on 1 December. This is the information provided by Tübingen’s public utility company. Then young adults, schoolchildren, trainees and people doing voluntary service will be able to use buses and trains on local transport throughout Germany for 30.42 euros a month. Until now, this was limited to the state. The Jugendticket BW was previously discounted to 22 euros for anyone living in Tübingen. The municipal council must now decide in the next few weeks whether this will also apply to the new ticket. The JugendticketBW is valid for everyone under the age of 21.… Read More

Holiday time is travel time: Useful tips from the Federal Foreign Office for all travel countries.

The time of the school holidays is travel time for many people. For all foreign destinations, the website of the Federal Foreign Office, the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs, provides important tips on what you should bear in mind when planning a trip abroad. Information is available, for example, on the regulations for entering the country, which travel documents are required, whether a visa must be applied for and where it can be obtained. Customs regulations for goods and objects taken along are also explained, as are regulations for entering the country by car.  An important chapter covers health and… Read More

Free swimming lessons for children

More than half of fourth graders cannot swim safely. The Tübingen-based association “Schwimmen für alle Kinder” (SfaK) wants to change that. That is why it is offering special courses during the summer vacations. They cost nothing for children from families with a KreisBonusCard. An overview of the courses in Tübingen and the free places for beginners and advanced swimmers with Seepferdchen badge can be found under the link: Parents can also register their children there. Information about the association and its goals can be found at: Information gives Sarah Mueller under telephone 0152 27560822 and answers questions in… Read More

Ukraine film series at Kino Atelier continues

The series of Ukrainian films at Tübingen’s Kino Atelier continues. Next up on Monday, July 3 at 6 p.m. is the film “My thoughts are silent” by filmmaker Antonio Lukich. The film series is part of the project “Live Fight Love Rebuild—The Realities of Life in Ukraine”. It was created to familiarize the local society with Ukrainian culture. The films are shown once a month in Ukrainian with English subtitles. The continuation of the film series was made possible by the cooperation of the Atelier cinema, the SonnenBlau initiative, the German-French Cultural Institute in Tübingen and the support of the… Read More

E-scooters are forbidden for children

E-scooters may only be ridden by children over the age of 14. This is regulated by the ordinance for miniature electric vehicles. For children under the age of 14, the small scooters, which can travel at speeds of up to 20 kilometers per hour, are therefore prohibited in road traffic. It is very important to make sure that the e-scooter has an operating permit. A list of approved models can be found, for example, on the ADAC website: Because e-scooters are considered motor vehicles, liability insurance is required. This is evidenced by a sticker that is affixed to the… Read More

Simply join in: sports activities

What to do after the German course, work or as a remedy for boredom? This is a question many immigrants ask themselves after moving to a new city. TünewsINTERNATIONAL has put together a few free activities and events in Tübingen. In Tübingen and the surrounding area, there are a number of sports activities that you can participate in without having to join a club or pay a fee. During the warmer months, for example, there is a sports program in the Old Botanical Garden. The city of Tübingen and the Stadtsportbund invite people over 50 to take part in the… Read More

Culture: entertainment for all

What to do after the German course, work or as a remedy for boredom? This is a question many immigrants ask themselves after moving to a new city. TünewsINTERNATIONAL has put together a few free activities and events in Tübingen. Museums and exhibitions: For example, the city museum at Kornhausstraße 10 can be visited free of charge. It is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and always offers current special exhibitions. The Hölderlinturm or the exhibitions in the Kulturhalle can also be visited without admission. This also applies to the outdoor areas of Bebenhausen Monastery. A… Read More

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