The way to the castle is already worthwhile: After arriving at the main station, one goes across the Eberhard Bridge to reach the historical center of Tübingen. From there visitors ascend through a beautiful fortified gateway from the 17th century to reach the Hohentübingen castle grounds. The present building was largely erected in the Renaissance and stands on the site of an older castle, first mentioned in 1078. Situated central and high above the city, the Castle offers a wonderful view across the Neckar Valley and up to the Swabian Alb. In this fitting environment the museum “Alte Kulturen” opened its gates in 1997, after extensive restorations.
On an area of 2000 m² it shows around 4600 exhibits from seven archaeological and cultural collections of the University of Tübingen, ranging over a period of around 40,000 years of cultural history. Among these objects are the famous Tübingen Hoplite runner, a rare ancient egyptian sacrificial chamber and the largest number of original exhibits of the UNESCO World Heritage Ice Age Art - featuring the oldest artworks of mankind.