The element tungsten (W) has been receiving increasing interest from researchers in recent years due to rising industrial and military use. Despite this, its behavior in the environment is still poorly understood. The aim of the present work was to establish suitable methods for measuring W in soil samples in our laboratory and to investigate the behavior of W in the soil environment, especially in relation to physico-chemical soil properties. In a first step, we developed a method for measuring W using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). In a second step, we tested different methods of acid digestion to determine total W concentrations in soil. To investigate the effect of soil texture and pH on W availability in soil, we spiked one acidic sandy and one acidic clay soil with different concentrations of W and CaCO3 and measured W recovery in soil water extracts. Finally, we adapted a sequential extraction procedure originally developed for arsenic in order to assess the partitioning of W between different mineral soil phases. Method comparison revealed that the addition of concentrated phosphoric acid to the aqua regia solution resulted in an improved recovery of acid digestible W. Results showed a high dependency of W adsorption on soil pH, with much lower adsorption under alkaline conditions. The sequential extraction further revealed that the majority of W (40-80 % of total extracted W) was held by hydrous oxides of Fe and Al. Other than pH, we found soil texture to be a determining factor for W availability, with more W being held by clay-rich soils. Overall we found that the behavior of W in soil was similar to other anions such as phosphate, molybdate or arsenate.