Help for refugees in Tübingen at the new location

The Social Welfare Department of the City of Tübingen has moved. It is now located at Derendinger Straße 50. It is about a ten-minute walk from the main railway station. Lines 2, 5 and 16 take about four minutes from the station to the Hegelstraße bus stop. The building is barrier-free and has a lift. In the department for assistance for refugees, the staff advise on all questions of daily life—for example, language acquisition, education, work integration as well as housing, education and participation. Office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8.30 to 11.30 a.m. and by appointment. Appointments must… Read More

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Program during the autumn break for students

Crafting, making a movie, editing pictures or learning free speaking in English: During the autumn break from October 31 to November 5, the City of Tübingen is organizing a holiday program, along with other external providers. Among others, the German-American Institute (d.a.i.) offers preparation courses for the Abitur as well as student courses in English. In the Pixel Medienwerkstatt (Pixel Media Workshop), a variety of courses will take place, for example on how to professionally edit pictures with the smartphone and tablet, make an animated movie or design cloth bags and T-shirts. Participants who have the KreisBonusCard Junior get a… Read More

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Rapid tests in Entringen free of charge

The German Red Cross (DRK) Ammerbuch is offering Corona quick tests in Entringen every day in October, according to the DRK. At the test centre in Rollengasse 10, for example, pregnant women, nursing mothers, people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, children and adolescents up to and including 17 years of age, anxiety patients and holders of a district bonus card can have themselves tested free of charge and receive a certificate. All others can also take a quick test with a certificate. However, they have to pay 15 euros for it. Appointments can only be booked online at… Read More

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Unvaccinated people have to stay outside in the 2G-model

The state government of Baden-Württemberg has changed its corona regulations. It is in effect starting Friday, October 15. The vaccination coverage is “still not high enough,” according to the state government. Consequently, not all restrictions can be lifted. Especially unvaccinated people fall seriously ill and have to get admitted to the hospital. Restrictions will only be loosened for vaccinated and recovered people. This is new: Organizers of concerts, theaters and city festivals as well as service providers (for example gastronomy and hairdressers) and distributors may operate under the 2G-model, if they want to. This means that they can decide to… Read More

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Free courses for women

The Tübingen Family Educational Centre (FBS) is offering open intercultural courses free of charge from October onwards. The course “Fit & Fun for the Family” is designed to encourage women to exercise and thus strengthen their health. It also addresses topics such as healthy eating. In a sewing project on nine dates, women learn the basics of sewing. The sewing room at the FBS is equipped with good machines and materials, according to the FBS. The courses can be found on the homepage of the Family Educational Centre under “Projects and Open Meetings”. Because of Corona, interested people have… Read More

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Vaccination campaigns in the districts of Tübingen and Böblingen

From Thursday to Saturday, the mobile vaccination team from the university hospital Tübingen will be in Hirrlingen, Bodelshausen and Böblingen. This was announced in a press release by the hospital. People who want to get vaccinated against the coronavirus for free, can go there by showing their ID without having to make an appointment. Booster vaccinations are also possible. The vaccines Biontech/Pfizer and Janssen (“Johnson&Johnson”) are available. Only one vaccination is needed for the Janssen vaccine. These are the exact dates for the vaccination bus: Thursday, October 7, at the Schlossweiherplatz Hirrlingen, Am Schloss, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm… Read More

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Asylum center interviewed candidates for the Bundestag

What is your opinion on an asylum procedure / a social consultation that is independent from the state? What is your position on state-organized sea rescue? And: How can the federal government support / simplify the willingness of many cities and federal states to accommodate refugees from camps with terrible living situations? These questions were posed to four Bundestag candidates by the Tübingen asylum center prior to the federal election on Sunday, September 26th. Their answers are available as podcasts and in written form on the website of the asylum center. Annette Widmann-Mauz (CDU), Chris Kühn (Greens), Martin Rosemann (SPD)… Read More

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Help for refugees not available for a week

The social department of the city of Tübingen is relocating. This affects the departments help for refugees, social assistance and social planning. During the week from Monday September 27th to Friday October 1st, the employees are therefore not available. The new address after the move is: Derendinger Straße 50, 72072 Tübingen. That’s in the south of town. From the beginning of October around 65 employees will be working there. Their phone numbers and email addresses will not change. tun21092106 Der Fachbereich Soziales der Stadt Tübingen ist ab Oktober 2021 in der Derendinger Straße 50, 72072 Tübingen zu finden. Foto: tünews… Read More

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Intercultural Weeks from 23 September to 3 October

Under the motto “#offengeht” (“#openworks”), the Intercultural Week starts nationwide on Thursday with a wide range of events. In the district of Tübingen, 30 events offer examples of peaceful coexistence and good social interaction: the lectures, readings, exhibitions, cooking meetings, cultural offerings, church services and workshops deal with topics such as prejudice, discrimination and racism. “The intercultural week creates a platform for contacts and encounters. It stands for a culture of togetherness in diversity, for creativity, solidarity and mutual respect …”, says Luzia Köberlein, Integration Officer of the City of Tübingen. In Rottenburg, the exhibition and reading “Volunteer Stories from… Read More

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Support for relatives in Afghanistan in the Tübingen asylum center

Because of the current threat situation, many people are worried about their relatives and friends in Afghanistan, who are still in the country. The Tübingen asylum center is offering consultation appointments and support: all data of the affected person in Afghanistan as well as a statement about the threat level, if possible with proof, is recorded in a form. The asylum center then sends this form to the Federal Foreign Office. During a press conference on 25th August, the Federal Foreign Office stated “that the end of the airlift, the end of the military evacuation operation, doesn’t mean the end… Read More

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Vaccination campaign of the Asylum Centre Tübingen

The Asylum Centre Tübingen is organising a vaccination campaign together with the Department of Assistance for Refugees of the City of Tübingen on the initiative of Dr Mickeler. Anyone who would like to be vaccinated can come to Europastraße 37, room 25, on Wednesday, 1 September between 4 and 6 pm. The vaccinations will be carried out with Biontech. Those who would like to be vaccinated should bring their vaccination card with them. There will be language mediators and interpreters for the languages Dari, Farsi and Arabic, among others. Further information and invitation videos in German, Dari and Sorani at:… Read More

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Vaccination without appointment in the District of Tübingen

The vaccination bus from the Tübingen vaccination center is currently driving to many places within the District of Tübingen. Doctors in mobile teams from the German Red Cross (DRK) vaccinate on-site without an appointment. Those who want to get vaccinated only have to bring an identity document. First as well as second vaccinations are possible. Available vaccines are Biontech/Pfizer and Janssen (“Johnson&Johnson”), from which you can choose. From now until 5th September, stops in Starzach, Hirrlingen, Rottenburg-Dettingen, Bodelshausen, Mössingen-Öschingen, Kusterdingen and Tübingen-Hirschau are planned. You can find the current destinations and times of the vaccination bus online under tun21082601… Read More

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Whether hairdresser or the gym: unvaccinated people need corona tests

The state government of Baden-Württemberg has published the new Corona rules. They will apply from Monday, August 16th. There are no longer any restrictions for private meetings and celebrations. Masks are also no longer not required to be worn during these. However, the mask requirement still applies to all enclosed spaces such as stores. Everyone must also wear masks outdoors if they cannot maintain the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people. Children up to and including the age of five still do not need to wear a mask. Once school starts, students will have to wear masks in… Read More

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Reachability of the Tübingen foreigners’ office restricted during the summer

During the summer holidays, the reachability of the foreigners’ office in Tübingen by telephone is restricted. These are the new times: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. People who pose an inquiry through email or mail can expect long waiting times. If the inquiry is especially urgent, the reasons for the urgency can be explained via phone or in the written inquiry. There also needs to be proof for the urgency. In these cases, the foreigners’ office will try to process the inquiries promptly, however, there is no assurance for this. This was announced in a… Read More

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Holidays in the branches of the Tübingen public library

The branches of the Tübingen public library close each year during the school holidays. Starting Monday, 2nd August and going until Monday, 13th September (inclusive), the branches in Derendingen, Waldhäuser-Ost and Wanne are closed. The return box in Derendingen can also not be used during this time. The main library in Tübingen will be open continuously during the holidays. If you want to borrow books, DVDs for bad weather, travel guides or audio books for long drives before the holidays, you can use the extended opening times in the Derendingen and Waldhäuser-Ost branches on Friday, 29th July and Saturday, 30th… Read More

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Rottenburger Sprachcafé has reopened

In the language café in Rottenburg, refugees and migrants can improve their German skills with volunteers. The Sprach-Café opens every Wednesday from 5.30 p.m. It is in the Atrium building next to the high building on the former DHL site. The visitors determine what and how is learned. There is coffee, cake, pastries and fruit as well as child care. The entire offer can be used free of charge. If you want to come, you have to be vaccinated, recovered or tested on a daily basis. The current corona rules must be adhered to. This is what the refugee commissioner… Read More

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State government amends Corona regulations

Baden-Württemberg has simplified its Corona regulations. It will be effective as of Monday, July the 26th. For the district of Tübingen, this does not mean any change as long as the number of infections does not increase. In this region, fewer than ten people per 100,000 inhabitants are being infected within the span of one week (incidence level 1). However, it is further required that everyone over the age of 6 must wear masks indoors. Exceptions are made for private meetings and parties, as well as restaurants and canteens during eating, drinking, and exercising or participating in sporting activities. Outdoors,… Read More

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The exhibition shows: Understanding succeeds even without words

“Many languages—one world” is the title of an exhibition in Dußlingen. It will open on Monday, July 26th, at 6 p.m. in the town hall. It shows that the diversity of the world can also be found in Dußlingen. Citizens who speak more than one language answered questions for photos using only their facial expressions and body language. With her portraits, the Tübingen-based photographer Natalia Zumaràn wants to show “that human feelings are universal and can also be understood without words”, as the press release says. After the opening you can talk to the photographer and some of the people… Read More

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All vaccines available / wait between appointments can be shortened

The Tübingen vaccination center is expanding its range of services. First vaccinations of Biontech, Moderna and Astrazeneca are available now. A vaccination with the Janssen vaccine (Johnson and Johnson) can also be booked, which only needs to be injected once. It is recommended for people aged 60 and over. Initial appointments for a vaccination can be booked at and the vaccine can be selected by the individual. The date for the second vaccination can be set directly at the vaccination center in the Paul-Horn-Arena on the Tübingen festival site. There are also new regulations for the second vaccination. Those… Read More

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Tübingen vaccination center open again

After the heavy thunderstorm at the end of June, the Tübingen vaccination center in the Paul-Horn-Arena closed. Starting Monday, July 12th, vaccinations will again be given in the gym at the festival place. This was announced by the vaccination center on its website. There are new recommendations on the intervals between the first and the second vaccination. They can be shortened. An earlier appointment for the second vaccination with the vaccines Biontech, Moderna and Astrazeneca can be booked over a link on their website. The link for the first vaccination can also be found there. Dr Martin Hollerried from the… Read More

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Overview graphics on Corona regulations available in many languages

The Ministry of State of Baden-Württemberg has produced information graphics showing the Covid regulations. The graphics are available in the languages English, Arabic, Farsi, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, Romanian and Russian. They show which rules apply when the incidence of corona cases is less than 100, less than 50 and less than 35. They also indicate the conditions under which further opening steps are possible if the incidence is less than 100. Currently, the incidence in Tübingen is below 35. tünews INTERNATIONAL regularly informs about the current regulations. Click here for the overview graphics: tun21061501 Das Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg… Read More

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Register for the Rottenburg game city

There will be an ecumenical game city in Rottenburg again. This holiday program is taking place in the first two weeks of the summer holidays, from 2nd to 13th August, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. It’s directed at all children between the first and sixth grade. The children can handcraft, play, move around and experience adventures. The last possible days to register is on Friday, 25th June, from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Protestant community hall in the Kirchgasse 18. For children with the KreisBonusCard, half of the minimum fee for participation is being… Read More

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Mask requirement at schools loosened, tests remain

A low number of new infections with the coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg brings further easings of restrictions. From Monday, 21 June, the obligation to wear masks at schools will be loosened. From that day on, pupils in districts with less than 50 newly infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants in a week will no longer have to wear a mask outdoors. The mask can also be dispensed within class if the number of new infections in the district per 100,000 inhabitants in a week is below 35 (as is currently the case in the district of Tübingen) and there is no case… Read More

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Fewer Covid Test Stations in Tübingen

In more and more areas, Corona testing is no longer compulsory. That is why some test stations are closing in the city centre of Tübingen. The test stations will remain open on the market square, at Haagtor, in Friedrichstraße, in front of the public library, in front of the pharmacy in Neue Straße, in the E-Center in Eugenstraße and in the Lustnau centre. There is also a test station in front of the open-air swimming pool. The test stations at Neckarbrücke and Kelternplatz have already been terminated. The test stations at Europaplatz and at the Zinser fashion store are to… Read More

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Summer holiday programme of the City of Tübingen

Registration for the summer holiday programme of the city of Tübingen is possible online from now on until July 5th 2021. The programme is directed at children and adolescents aged six to 15. Every day during the summer holiday, exciting classes will take place – from city rallies and film workshops to adventure days with horses, there is something for everyone. Some courses are separated by boys and girls, others are mixed. Those who have submitted the online registration form will only receive a confirmation of receipt of their registration request – but the places will only be drawn and… Read More

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No more test requirement outdoors

Life is getting easier again. Starting Thursday, June 10th, new relaxations go into effect. Among others, a test for open-air events, outdoor gastronomy and outdoor pools and sports is no longer required. This was announced by the Tübingen District Office. Celebrations in restaurants can be with up to 50 people, both in- and outdoors. However, a test or proof of recovery or full vaccination is required for this. Up to 750 visitors can go to theaters, cinemas and outdoor concerts without a test. A test is also no longer required for a hairdresser appointment. The regulation that the gastronomy can… Read More

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In four languages: Everything about fair employment

Which rights do employees have in Germany? And which duties? Those questions will be answered at an event on fair employment for refugees and migrants. The event is taking place—only for those who registered in advance—on Wednesday, June 23rd at the Rottenburg Rettungszentrum at Sülchenstraße 24 and begins at 5.30pm. Registrations will be accepted until Friday, June 18th via email at A solicitor of the association “mira” informs about topics such as employment contract, wages, worktime, vacation, termination, and insurance. Interpreters for Arabic, Farsi and English will be translating. Questions can be asked in those languages. The counseling center… Read More

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Start with a friend in Tübingen

Since October 2017 the organisation “start-with-a-friend” unites refugees and locals in Tübingen. They connect interested persons who exchange ideas in tandems and participate in intercultural programs. A team of 11 full-time staff, 25 fellows and more than 300 volunteers has arranged over 6000 tandems in more than 20 cities across Germany. In Tübingen, “start-with-a-friend” can be contacted via email at More information can be found on the webisite: tun21060801 Die Stadt Tübingen am Neckar. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian. Latest information on Corona: Click here  3,433 total views

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More relaxations for children, culture and sports

Girls and boys can be happy. Starting Monday, June 7th, they can meet with more friends. Until now, meetings of ten people from three households, plus children of those households under the age of 14, were possible. Now, up to five more children from any number of households can join. This was announced by the Tübingen District Office in a press release. Because of this relaxation in the corona regulations, families can again celebrate their children’s birthdays. Less and less people are getting infected with the corona virus in the District of Tübingen. Consequently, the regulations are being relaxed in… Read More

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Alcohol prohibited at night in Tübingen’s historic center

The City of Tübingen is prohibiting alcohol in public places between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. in the historic center. At night, alcohol can only be consumed in outdoor dining areas from restaurants. This regulation goes into effect starting June 2nd, and for now applies until July 4th. The following areas are affected: the Belthlestraße, the Kelternstraße, Am Stadtgraben and a part of the Wilhelmstraße, the Wilhelmstraße in direction Mühlstraße, the Mühlstraße, a part along the Gartenstraße and the Neckar to the Eberhardsbrücke and on both sides of the bridge, as well as on the path along the Neckar across… Read More

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Meeting more people, fewer tests, in-person classes

In the District of Tübingen, the number of people infected with corona is sinking and has steadily been below the limit of 50. Consequently, there will be further relaxations starting Monday, May 31st, as the Tübingen District Office announced. Now, ten people from three different households can meet in private. Children from these households under the age of 14, recovered and fully vaccinated people don’t count. Shopping is again possible without appointment. A test is not required anymore for retail. Contact information also don’t have to be left anymore. Before visiting a restaurant or pub, guests have to get tested.… Read More

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New corona rapid test stations in Tübingen

Many people want to take corona rapid tests. Consequently, there are additional test opportunities during the Pentecost holidays in Tübingen. The test center at the train station / Europaplatz in front of the Café Lieb is new. Until June 5th, it is open Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The test station in the Keltnerstraße is now also open Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and during the public holiday, June 3rd, from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All locations and opening times can be found under Tests can… Read More

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Swimming possible again

The Tübingen open-air bath opens again on Saturday, May 22nd. Only those who are fully vaccinated – meaning two weeks after the second vaccination for most vaccines –, recovered from corona or can show a negative test result can enter. This test can’t be older than 24 hours. There are three strict time frames between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets can be booked and bought online over the municipal utilities’ website Prices: normal 3.50 Euro, reduced (for example students) 2.50 Euro and families (maximum of two parents and one paying child) 2 Euro per person. tun21052002 Das Freibad… Read More

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Rottenburg open-air bath opens

Swimmers in Rottenburg can gather their swimming things. The open-air bath opens on Tuesday, May 25th, however, only between 12.30 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the Pentecost holidays. This was announced by Rottenburg’s municipal utilities on their website. Only those with a negative test result, those recovered from corona (at least 28 days and no more than six months after infection) and fully vaccinated (14 days after the second vaccination for most vaccines) can enter. Everyone must have proof. Entry to the open-air bath is only possible with registration. This will be possible starting Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd, online under… Read More

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Whitsun holiday programme for children

In Baden-Württemberg there are Whitsun holidays from 25 May to 6 June, 24 May is a bank holiday and also free of school. During these two weeks, various providers organise holiday programmes for children: The city of Tübingen offers, among other things, handicraft and art workshops, English courses and sports events for girls and boys separately or together. Among them are workshops by the media workshop PIXEL. Some offers are free, others are discounted with the KreisBonusCard Junior. Safety distances are observed, for all events you have to register in advance and take a Covid quick test. Further information and… Read More

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Earthquakes in the District of Tübingen? Yes!

By Michael Seifert Here’s something that many don’t know: between Tübingen und Balingen, we live in a region in which the earth shakes frequently. The last time an earthquake occurred was on Sunday evening, March 21st, at 6.38 p.m., and it had a strength of 3.6. In the region Tübingen/Reutlingen, you could hear a bang like an explosion and feel a short tremor. The mayor of a township on the edge to the Swabian Alps, where the center was, said: “It was as if a car drove into my house.” Only in December 2020, there was a similarly strong earthquake… Read More

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Register now for the summer holiday programme at Steinlachtal

The summer holiday programme for children and adolescents of all ages in Mössingen, Ofterdingen and Bodelshausen is ready and online. Registration opens on May 15, 10 am. On offer are 231 events from July 22 to September 11. Curious for the programme? Pizza baking, night hikes, self-assertion and self-defense for girls, a journey into the tropical forest or a discovery tour along the Steinlach, looking behind the scenes of the soap bubble factory Pustefix… all that and more the children can do. With the Kreisbonuscard Junior every child can attend to events free of charge. You can apply for financial… Read More

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What is home here?

This is what a YouTube clip is about, which Sameer Ibrahim produced for tünews INTERNATIONAL and has now been published. It is in German with Arabic subtitles. The story: A bus full of homeland collectors toured the Tübingen district on Sunday, June 23 2019. In Unterjesingen, Wolfenhausen, Börstingen and Bodelshausen got out: District archivist Wolfgang Sannwald, 14 refugees from the editorial office of tünews INTERNATIONAL, students and researchers of empirical cultural studies, members of KulturGUT eV. They met people who were familiar with their homeland, including Franz-Josef Schnaidt, Andreas Braun, Monika Laufenberg, Kurt Lacher. And they collected: What do those… Read More

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Educational and participation services in Tübingen

Families with little money can offer their children opportunities in school and free time that they could not otherwise afford. To do this, you can apply for benefits from the education and participation package at the District Office. For example: the transport of pupils to school, learning support (tuition), school trip costs and many other offers. Education and participation benefits are only given to those who are already receiving unemployment benefits, asylum seekers benefit or social assistance. The District Office is responsible for this in the Tübingen district. More information at Contact via email: tun21040303 Das Landratsamt liegt… Read More

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Refrigerator bonus

Anyone who has a KreisBonusCard or a KreisBonusCard Extra from the Tübingen district and buys a new and environmentally friendly refrigerator can apply for a 50 euro grant from the Tübingen district. Only refrigerators that were purchased in 2021 and meet the energy efficiency standard A +++ or B (according to the new classification from March 2021) will be funded. In order to be able to apply for the money, you must first have a free basic energy check carried out at the Agency for Climate Protection in the Tübingen district. In addition, an energy advisor from the consumer center… Read More

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Technical assistance to parents in homeschooling

There is a project called “Homeschooling: aber sicher!” Mentors of the Volkshochschule in Rottenburg offers free technical supports every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Homeschooling-mentors help parents with a migration history. Whoever needs tips and help with dealing with technical issues can simply come to the consultation session without registration. Furthermore, there is the possibility to make a personal appointment and an interpreter can be made available if necessary. The contact person is Yannick Ceutche. Days and times: Monday to Friday (5 pm to 8 pm), Saturdays (9am to 5pm). Cell phone: 0176 38442242, Email: All offers are… Read More

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Women strengthen women

“Female Fellows” is an organization in Stuttgart. It was established in 2018. “Our aim is a society in which diversity thrives and which everyone can help shape equally,” says Female Fellows on its website. Diversity also defines the organization’s team: The women are from different countries and have different focuses in their work. The project for refugee women has developed continuously and has expanded to multiple cities. Eva Maria Lehmann has established this project together with Nour Othman in Tübingen. One of the project’s activities is the “Tandem Project”. It connects migrants and citizens so that they can support each… Read More

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International Weeks against Racism 2021

On March 21st, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is taking place. Because of this, in many German cities the “International Weeks against Racism” are taking place every year in March. For this occasion, there will also be different events and campaigns taking place between March 15th and 28th in Tübingen. “We want to support the thought of solidarity in everyday life between the local people and show the involvement in our city with this campaign week,” says Luzia Köberlein, commissioner for integration in Tübingen. Starting Monday, March 15th, the board of integration is putting up a… Read More

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Stricter compulsory corona rapid test for stores in Tübingen’s historic city

Starting Monday, March 15th, people who want to visit retail stores or cultural offers in Tübingen’s historic city, the Zinserdreieck or the train station area, need a negative corona rapid test. Now, this also applies to citizens of the city of Tübingen. For this, the city of Tübingen is expanding its test stations. People who got a negative test will receive a virtual “Tübinger Tagesticket (day ticket)”, which they have to show before entering a store, for example. The ticket is not necessary for stores which were already open during winter, such as bookstores, flower shops, news agencies, drugstores and… Read More

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International Women’s Day on March 8th 

The International Women’s Day is a campaign day on which women’s rights and gender equality are being promoted worldwide. On one hand, the day celebrates the achievements in the women’s rights movement, on the other hand it creates awareness on the continuing discrimination and inequality. For this year’s International Women’s Day, the City of Tübingen invites to an online-event which is streamed live from the Tübingen town hall on Monday, March 8th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Under the slogan “The crisis does not hit everyone the same – women’s perspectives on the pandemic” the sociologist Professor Jutta Allmendinger… Read More

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District of Tübingen: corona-relaxations starting March 8th

Starting March 8th, 2021, new corona-regulations apply in Baden-Württemberg. Because of this, the District Office Tübingen is relaxing the regulations from this day on. In the District of Tübingen, the seven-day-incidence has been steadily below 50 new infections per 100.000 residents, as the responsible health office has tested. It amounts to 24.5 on Sunday, March 7th. Consequently, retail stores, other stores and markets in general may open, starting Monday. Additionally, museums, galleries, zoological and botanical gardens as well as memorial places can start operations again. Up to ten people can again exercise together in outdoor sport facilities, if there isn’t… Read More

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Schools open for grades 5 and 6

More students than before are supposed to get in-person learning soon: Starting Monday, March 15th, the fifth and sixth graders can go back to school. The children will be spread among several rooms. The state government of Baden-Württemberg has agreed on this. If the infection numbers should rise again, – to more than 100 infected at 100.000 residents within a week – an “emergency break” will be pulled. This was announced by governor Winfried Kretschmann on Thursday. He again cautioned about the new infectious mutation of the corona-virus from Britain: “If we are now too careless about openings, the infection… Read More

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Crafting material out of a vending machine

The city museum of Tübingen is still closed because of corona. However, it has now installed a cultural vending machine for children. In it, there are materials for crafting. Children can be creative and, for example, spray graffiti on t-shirts, craft silhouettes or build a robot. The crafting sets are packed into bags and cost between two and six euros. The vending machine only functions with two-euro-coins. It is in operation from Monday to Friday, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. and is situated in the vestibule in front of the entrance door of the museum in the Kornhausstraße 10.… Read More

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Final push for votes in the state election

The electoral campaigning in Baden-Württemberg are now visible. In streets and squares, parties and candidates are canvassing for votes in the 2021 state election. The election day is Sunday, March 14. The state parliament in Baden-Württemberg is elected every five years. Parliament and government are located in the state capital Stuttgart. The state parliament is the people’s representation in Baden-Württemberg. Anyone who is 18 years or older, has a German identity card and has been registered as a main resident of Baden-Württemberg for at least three months may vote. Those entitled to vote receive an official election notification. Each person… Read More

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Mandatory mask-wearing in refugee accommodations starting March 1st 

Starting Monday, March 1st, the wearing of a medical mouth-nose-covering is mandatory in the refugee accommodations in the district of Tübingen. FFP2-masks, KN95-masks or surgical masks have to be worn. This regulation applies to all common rooms, in the kitchen, the hallway, the stairwell, the washroom facilities and in the offices of the janitor and the social worker. A medical mask also has to be worn outside, if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can’t be followed. The mask-wearing is not mandatory in one’s own room, except if someone from the outside, such as a janitor, a social worker or… Read More

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Warm food for free in the Vesperkirche

People who are poor and in need can now collect warm food for free in Tübingen on five days each week. Religious institutions offer this help as replacement for the “Vesperkirche” until the end of March 2021. The food is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the TOS-Gemeinde (Kronenstraße 9), on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Eberhardskirche (Eugenstraße 26) and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in the Schlatterhaus (Österbergstraße 2). It’s best to bring one’s own dishes for the transport of the food. This was… Read More

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Corona is preventing deportation to Afghanistan

Single, healthy and employable adult men can currently not be deported to Afghanistan. This was decided by the Higher Administrative Court (VGH) in Mannheim. The reason for the deportation ban is the fact that through the corona pandemic, the economic situation has worsened significantly. The deported man could probably not “satisfy his most basic needs, such as food, shelter and hygiene, by legal means,” states the VGH in a press release. However, the court sees the situation differently, if the man, who is supposed to be deported, has a family or social network, is being supported financially or owns enough… Read More

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Rottenburger Tafel is closed until February

The Rottenburger Tafel is closied until January 31, according to its homepage. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it cannot expose its employees to “such a high risk of infection”. Many people from the team belong to at-risk groups. The Leins bakery previously donated unsold baked goods to the Tafel. Now it offers Tafel customers the chance to pick up goods from the previous day. To do so, Tafel customers must register between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. by calling 07472/1671690 and tell how many people are in their household. The baked goods can then be picked up after 11 a.m.… Read More

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Civilian deployment of the Bundeswehr

Soldiers are usually not very visible to the public in Germany. However, they are currently taking on various civilian tasks in Germany during the pandemic. What is the legal basis for this? When is the Bundeswehr allowed to take on tasks inside the country at all? In Germany, the tasks of the military and the police are strictly separated and laid down in the Basic Law. However, according to the Defense Ministry, Bundeswehr support for civilian authorities in the fight against COVID counts as administrative assistance. “All federal and state authorities shall render legal and administrative assistance to each other”… Read More

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Winter road clearance in Tübingen

The city of Tübingen clears public roads during the winter season based on the need and urgency. However, private and business households are obliged to clear the sidewalks themselves. In case of slippery snow and ice, grit must be put down. This applies to all paths and areas with public pedestrian traffic adjacent to the property. In most cases, tenants and leaseholders must fulfill this obligation, not homeowners. More precise details are usually specified in the house rules in the rental agreements. According to the city of Tübingen, all surfaces must be cleared and gritted by 7.30 a.m. on weekdays… Read More

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Corona-vaccination-center Tübingen: homepage about vaccination

On January 4th, 2021, the vaccination-center in Tübingen is supposed to start vaccinating against the corona-virus. As there is a shortage of the vaccine, only certain groups can get vaccinated for now. The vaccination-center is in the Paul-Horn-Arena. For information about it, the administrative district office Tübingen has launched a homepage. On it, there are information and documents to download. It also informs about who can get vaccinated at the moment. A video tour shows, which stations are required for a vaccination. In another video, Prof. Dr. Peter Kremsner, head of the Institute for Tropical Medicine at the teaching hospital… Read More

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Tafel Tübingen and Rottenburg are taking a break

The Tübingen Tafel is taking a break from December 21st to January 8th of the new year. The Tafel in Rottenburg is also taking a break with immediate effect and will reopen on January 7th. This will allow those working there to take a break for the holidays and the new year. However, the Christmas break in Rottenburg began three days earlier than usual this year due to the pandemic situation. In order to protect the volunteers, a one-week self-isolation period is set aside for them before the holidays. There will be no emergency Tafel during this time. tun121504 Impressionen… Read More

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Online consultation for women experiencing violence

November 25th is the international day for the elimination of violence against women. On this day, the Tübingen society “Frauen helfen Frauen” (Women help Women”) started its new offer. The project “Iain” is an online consultation for women who experience and suffer violence. Women from the entire district of Tübingen can privately and anonymously get in contact through the website,, by clicking on “Iain/Online-Beratung”. One can either write an e-mail or book an appointment for a chat. Nobody will find out that a woman contacted the team. The consultation and support by the professional employees is free of charge.… Read More

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No list of “conspicuous” refugees in Tübingen

The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Baden-Württemberg has prohibited the city of Tübingen from using police data for a list of “conspicuous” asylum seekers. This is the result of a press release issued by the data protection commissioner on October 5th. The Data Protection Commissioner has issued a formal prohibition order on the matter. The city of Tübingen had included the data of asylum seekers in a list. These people had allegedly attracted attention through certain types of behavior, mostly brutal crimes (e.g. robbery, assault). The press release of the Data Protection Commissioner speaks of… Read More

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Administrative issues? – Call 115!

How do I apply for a child passport? Am I entitled to money to support caring for others? These and many other questions arise when something changes in life and you must submit documents or applications to the authorities. It is often very time-consuming to find the right information about procedures and deadlines as well as legal claims on the Internet. That is why there is the public helpline number: 115. If, for example, questions arise about care, parenthood, moving, studying or other administrative needs, you can call 115 and the staff will give you the answers. For this purpose,… Read More

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tünews nominated for the Integration Award

It’s going to be exciting: On Monday, October 5th, the tünews INTERNATIONAL team will find out whether they will win the National Integration Award of the German Chancellor. Ten projects from all over Germany have been nominated. The award ceremony begins at 3 p.m. in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Due to Corona, only 37 people will be present at the event – in addition to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Annette Widmann-Mauz, the Minister of State for Integration, the jury, and one representative of each of the nominated projects will be present. With the Integration Award, the Federal Government wants to… Read More

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Germany, the immigration country: Migrants underrepresented in better paid jobs

By Ute Kaiser More than every third person in Baden-Württemberg has a migration background. According to the State Statistical Office, this meant about 3.7 million people or 33.8 percent of the state’s population last year. In Baden-Württemberg, their proportion was above the nationwide average. There, 21.2 million people (26.0 percent of the population) had a migration background the previous year. This is an increase of 2.1 percent, however, according to the Federal Statistical Office, it was the weakest percentage increase since 2011. Based on the authority’s definition, someone has an immigration background if they themselves or at least one of… Read More

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Malina receives human rights award

The award arrived per post due to the Corona pandemic. The Tübingen Human Rights Week Association awarded the Tübingen Human Rights Award 2020 to Ruben Malina from the Asylum Center Tübingen. The social worker is the fourth award winner. The jury recognized his commitment. Whether in the Café International, the football project “Bolz am Bach” or in the streetwork project “PASST!”, Malina gives his best everywhere. The Asylum Center sees the award as “great recognition” for his work and that of the entire Asylum Center, according to a statement by them. The honored thanked in a video for the price.… Read More

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Almost 80 million people fled in 2019

More and more people are leaving their homes because of wars or economic collapses. Almost 80 million people worldwide were displaced in 2019. That is about one percent of the entire world population. The number of refugees and displaced persons has almost doubled in the past ten years. Around 40 percent of the refugees in 2019 were children under the age of 18, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR in its annual report. More than two thirds of the refugees who seek protection outside their country come from only five countries: 6.6 million from Syria, 3.7 million from Venezuela,… Read More

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Secret Service prisons in Syria: The Shell

Some consider the novel “The Shell” to be the most important book for understanding Syria. It was published in German in 2019. The author, Mustafa Khalifa, describes his experiences of imprisonment in prisons of the Syrian secret services in the literary form of diary entries. He himself spent 12 years of his life in these prisons, four of them in the infamous desert prison of Tadmor. About 10,000 prisoners are said to be locked up there permanently. Khalifa describes precisely and factually experiences of torture and humiliation in the secret interior of the Syrian regime. This regime bases its power,… Read More

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Corona: Situation in Nigeria

By Bright Edosa Igbinovia Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja is leading the struggle against the Corona virus. The government of Nigeria has drawn consequences from the crisis of Ebola from 2014 and has improved their health care. The first confirmed case of the pandemic of “Coronavirus disease 2019” (Covid-19) in Nigeria was announced on the 27th February 2020. The total confirmed cases: 6175 infected, 1644 survivors and 191 deaths (18.05.2020, source: Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)). The Nigerian government announced a ban on international flights on the… Read More

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Amnesty: Targeted attacks on schools and clinics in Syria

The human rights organization Amnesty International accuses Syrian and Russian troops of war crimes. They had targeted hospitals and schools in the northwest of the country, between May 2019 and February 2020. Amnesty wrote in the recently published report of at least 18 attacks, including two with barrel bombs. The report is based on more than 70 interviews with eyewitnesses, doctors, teachers, but also employees of the United Nations. Researchers also analyzed photos, videos, satellite data and radio communications for Amnesty. tun051201 Foto: Amnesty International wirft syrischen und russischen Truppen Kriegsverbrechen in Syrien vor, tünews INTERNATIONAL, 12.05.2020 Latest information… Read More

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