How to find us

Max Planck Institute for Biology
Max Planck Institute for Biology


Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen
Max-Planck-Ring 5 - 9
72076 Tübingen, Germany

Arriving by Train

ICE in the train station

Intercity trains, including the high-speed ICE service, will bring you to Stuttgart main station, from where a local train takes about an hour to reach Tübingen. From here the Max Planck Campus can be reached by taxi (10 minutes) or bus (20 to 30 minutes including walking and waiting times). The bus station and taxi rank are both directly opposite the main exit from Tübingen station. 

Time schedule of the trains

Arriving by Bus

Bus in Tübingen

The easiest way to head towards the institute is to take bus number 3 (towards “Ulmenweg” / “Waldhäuserost” and alight at the stop “Max Planck Institute”. If you are taking the bus from the main station, the buses towards the institute leave from busstop “E”.

The stop “Max Planck Institute” is in front of a building. Continue downhill to the end of the building and turn right. On the other side of the road, you will see a carpark and the blue building housing the institute. It takes about two minutes to arrive at the institute’s upper entrance from this stop.

Alternatively, you can take bus no. 4 in the direction of “WHO Ulmenweg” until you reach the bus stop “Corrensstraße” or "Niethammerstraße". Across the road from this bus stop, a flight of steps leads uphill through some trees. Follow these steps until you reach the street called Spemannstraße. Take care in winter as the steps are not cleared. The Max Planck Campus lies to your right-hand side. It takes between five and ten minutes to get to the campus from this stop.

 Information about the bus schedule

Arriving by Car

Map overlooking the surroundings of Tübingen

From the highway A8 (coming from either direction)
The fastest connection to Tübingen is the federal highway B27. Leave highway A8 at the slip road no. 52 "Stuttgart Degerloch" and follow the road signs saying "Tübingen/Reutlingen, B27". The drive to Tübingen takes about 30 minutes from here. The federal highway B27 has four lanes and does not pass through any towns, nevertheless you should expect traffic hold ups during the rush hour.
The approach through town to the Max Planck Campus is described in city route no. 1

City route no. 1: Leave the federal highway B27 at the slip road „Böblingen, Tübingen-Nord, Lustnau" and follow the street called “Stuttgarter Straße”. At the third traffic light (cross road Wilhelmstraße - Pfrondorfer Straße) turn left in the direction of "Zentrum, Kliniken, Kunsthalle". After passing a gas station turn right in the direction of "Nordstadt, ..." and follow the north ring (Nordring) uphill over three crossroads. At the fourth traffic light, turn left in the direction of the "Bundesforschungsanstalt” (National Reasearch Center) and follow the road "Waldhäuser Straße". After passing by the National Reasearch Center and the observatory turn left and follow the road "Auf dem Kreuz". The entrance of this street is marked with a sign saying "Max-Planck-Institute, Max-Planck-Ring 2 - 9". Follow this road until you reach the Max-Planck-Ring.

City route no. 2: If you are driving to Tübingen on the federal highway B464 through Bebenhausen, please turn right after entering Tübingen (cross road Wilhelmstraße/Pfrondorfer Straße) in the direction of "Zentrum, Kliniken, Kunsthalle". Please continue as described in city route no. 1.

City route no. 3: If you are driving to Tübingen on the federal highway B28 through Unterjesingen, please turn left after entering Tübingen. Then follow the signs saying "Hagelloch, Nordstadt, ..." and ollow the road "Hagellocher Weg". At the first big intersection turn right and follow the street signs "Nordstadt, ...". After passing a large crossroad at the top of the hill, please turn left at the intersection Nordring and follow the signs "Alle Richtungen, Kunsthalle, ...". After passing two intersections on the right-hand side, you will reach the crossroad "Nordring/Waldhäuser Straße". Please turn right and follow the street "Waldhäuser Straße". Please continue as described in city route no. 1.

City route no. 4: If you are driving to Tübingen on the federal highway B28a from the direction of Weilheim or Hirschau, please follow the road Europastraße until you see a flyover ahead. Follow the signs saying "B28, Herrenberg, Nordstadt, Kliniken" and turn left after driving under the bridge. After driving through a tunnel, please turn right at the third intersection in the direction of "Hagelloch, Berufsgen. Unfallklinik, ..." and follow the street Hagellocher Weg. Please continue as described in city route no. 1.

Arriving by Plane

A plane about to land

The nearest airport is Stuttgart. After arriving you can take the Airportsprinter (Bus 828) (website with timetable in German), which will take you directly to the main station in Tübingen with a journey time of about one hour. You can also take a taxi. The taxi ride only takes 30 to 40 minutes- prices for the taxi ride start at 65 Euro (if you would like to book a MiniCar in advance call phone: +49 (0)7071-93500).

More Information about Tübingen

Tübingen market square
Tübingen market square

Tübingen, an old university town and administrative center, is located 40km south of Stuttgart between the Schönbuch Forest and the Swabian Hills. The townscape is dominated by historical buildings, large parks and wooded areas. Narrow cobblestone alleys wind between countless timber-framed houses dating back to the 15th and 16th century. Lining the streets are numerous outdoor cafés, wine taverns and student bars as well as unusual small shops. In Tübingen the flair of a medieval city centre combines with the youthful vitality of a student town. Running right through the middle is the River Neckar, where you can take a boat trip in a “Stocherkahn” (similar to the punts of Oxbridge) or stroll along its scenic riverbanks. Exhibitions at Tübingen’s famous art galleries and museums, as well as theatres, cinemas and festivals emphasize the diversity of Tübingen’s cultural aspects.  

For hundreds of years, Tübingen has also been a town of science. Earl Eberhard the Bearded, later Duke of Württemberg, founded the University of Tübingen in 1477. Facilities such as the University Medical Center, the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and the Max Planck Institutes offer an excellent research and learning environment.
Tübingen, the city and its inhabitants