City of Heidelberg (Baden-Württemberg)

The city of Heidelberg is included to the state Baden-Württemberg and to the county Karlsruhe

Presentation of the destination

The most romantic city in Germany

Heidelberg is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Germany. It is located in the Neckar valley, just over 100 kilometers from the French border. The city is well known for its castle but also for the University of Heidelberg, one of the oldest in Europe. In addition, the city was part of the Protestant Reformation and hosted Martin Luther King in 1518. It is also considered one of the healthiest cities in Germany and is partly due to its remarkable public transport network that makes that tourism through the city is much simpler. The historical district of Heidelberg, the Altstadt, is full of churches and historic and baroque buildings. It is a pedestrian center that also includes the university and the main street of the city. Peer through the streets of the old town and wander through them, it will undoubtedly be a magical experience.

Points of interests / things to see

The castle of Heidelberg

This castle is not only the main feature of this city and epitome of German romanticism, but also one of the most famous ruins in the whole country. It consists of several buildings including the Dicker Turm (â € œthe fat towerâ €) that exploded and the garden, from where there are wonderful views of the valley and the city. It is the most famous postcard of Heidelberg, its castle and from it we can see the entire Neckar valley, which is where the city is located. Inside the castle we find the German Pharmacy Museum and also the large barrel of the castle. The park that surrounds it is famous for having had Goethe among its strollers. In addition, each year the Castle serves as a stage for dances and theatrical shows providing the city with one more of all the cultural activities that takes place. You can get to the castle by taking a walk but also climbing the funicular. More information: Contact: Address: Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 69115 Heidelberg / Marktplatz 10, 69117 Heidelberg Time: 08:00 a.m. to 18 p.m .: 00 Admission: general adult 6â,¬ + audio guide 4â,¬

The oldest university in Germany

The University of Heidelberg has as its motto â € œthe tradition to the futureâ € and has been so for more than 600 years. Founded in 1386, this university is home to great names that shaped history including the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, the chemist Robert Bunsen, the physicist Hermann von Helmholtz, the economic and social scientist Max Weber or the philosopher Karl Jaspers. Currently there are about 30,000 students enrolled and its most outstanding fields are the life sciences, physics, chemistry and mathematics, although any discipline that studies at this university will be recognized worldwide. Strolling through the center of the city, through the Altstadt, you will meet the University. Once you are in the university plaza you will find the old and new buildings (created with the help of the Americans) facing each other but the most recommendable thing is, without a doubt, to visit the student jail. In it passed from 3 days to 3 months the most rebellious students of the ancient era. More information at: Contact: Address: Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 69115 Heidelberg / Marktplatz 10, 69117 Heidelberg

The path of the philosophers

Crossing the bridge of Carl Theodor we can go up the path known as the Philosophers walk that has a beautiful viewpoint. This road was formerly a simple path that crossed the vineyards during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is located in the northern belt of the Neckar and is now called because the philosophers who lived in Heidelberg walked with teachers along this road while discussing issues of current affairs and philosophy. From the road there is a nice view over the old town and the castle. In addition, this path also offers the possibility of seeing an ancient Celtic fortress that is located in the area. Perhaps the best time to follow this path is spring to enjoy the splendor of nature. You must always follow the instructions so as not to get lost when crossing other roads. It is possibly one of the best paths to get to know the city and get the best views. Without a doubt, it is very worth the walk! More information: Contact: Address: Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 69115 Heidelberg / Marktplatz 10, 69117 Heidelberg

Alte Brucke: old bridge

This beautiful bridge bridge was built in the 18th century. Known as Atle Brucke or Carl Theodor Bridge (or Old Bridge, depending on the language) in honor of the man who built it, it is a bridge that has been immortalized by numerous artists, both writers and painters. It is formed by nine arches of red sandstone that cross the Neckar River and blend harmoniously in its surroundings, framed by the river and the mountains. Despite being called Old Bridge, this bridge was preceded by many older ones built in wood, the first of them in 1284, but they all fell because of that they decided to build one with stone. However, in 1945 during World War II the German soldiers exploded all the bridges that crossed the Neckar River, including this one. But it was thanks to a campaign to collect donations that between 1946 and 1947 the bridge could be reconstructed and maintained as we find it today. If we want to make the path of the Philosophers we must cross it, but even if we do not do it, it is advisable to go through this part of the story. More information: Contact: Address: Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 69115 Heidelberg / Marktplatz 10, 69117 Heidelberg

The Heidelberg museums

The city of Heidelberg is full of museums, exhibitions, theaters and cultural activities in general. This is due, in part, to the university character of the city that keeps students active and creative. But also, many museums are dedicated to the history of the city, to sciences or to historical figures. Among all of them there are, for example, the Carl Bosch Museum. This man won the Nobel Prize in chemistry but at the same time passionate about many things such as butterflies or astronomy. In the museum, located in the castle of Wolfsbrunnenweg, the visitor can discover different facets of the life of Carl Bosch. For more information consult: Another of the museums that we can visit is the Museum of Earth Sciences that shows objects of Geology and Paleontology and a large mineral collection. Admission to this museum is free and open Monday through Friday. Or we can also opt for the Museum of the University where the whole tumultuous history through which the university history of Heidelberg has crossed with objects, photographs, documents and archives that show us from its beginnings in the 14th century is included in 3 rooms. until today's date. More information:

The wine route

The wine route of Germany is one of the oldest tourist routes in Europe. It includes numerous cities of the country and visits to the vines and wineries in all the areas through which it passes. In this region the predominant wine is the Schnuckelige, which corresponds to the wine route that crosses the Palatinate forests. A good wine route is never complete if it is not accompanied by a tasting, so take the opportunity to taste world-class wines and if you are happy to take one home.

Neckar Valley

In the Neckar Valley we can find many things to enjoy. Among them, and only about 10 kilometers from Heidelberg, we find the route of the four castles and the fortress of Dilsberg. We can get to the beginning of the route either by car, or by boat from the pier of the city. The route offers views and panoramic views of the valley, the river and the surroundings that are enviable. It is a good way to unite leisure with culture in an unbeatable way. In this way we change the location to get to see each of the castles and the views that each offers.

World Heritage in the region

There is a bicycle route that runs through three sites classified as World Heritage by UNESCO and worth discovering. The places are: the Lorsc monastery considered one of the most important pre-Romanesque architectural relics in the world. There is also a place known as Messel archeological site where the richest fossil deposits of the Eocene are found. And finally the Imperial Cathedral of Speyel built by the emperors and chosen as their resting place, is one of the most famous World Heritage sites in the world.

An excursion through the mountains

The great advantage of an excursion on the mountain road is that the climate maintains temperatures above the national average because it is protected from the cold east winds by the Odenwald. The spectacular nature of this road is due to the number of trees such as the almond tree, the peach tree or the apricots that are normally found in southern Europe and, above all, the vines that produce the region's most special wine. But not only the flora invites to stay, also the squares with markets, the wooden houses, the castles and palaces deserve to be discovered on this route.

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Surrounding towns

  • Heidelberg ~1 m
  • Ludwigshafen ~21.7 km
  • Speyer ~32.0 km
  • Weinheim ~21.9 km
  • Sinsheim ~38.6 km
  • Neckargemünd ~13.3 km
  • Viernheim ~24.4 km
  • Waghäusel ~28.3 km
  • Schwetzingen ~10.7 km
  • Oftersheim ~10.1 km

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How to get there ?

How to get there and move

By plane: the closest airport to Heidelberg is Frankfurt: Once there, from Terminal 1 you can take a bus (Lufthansa Shuttle) that takes you to Heidelberg in about an hour. The price of the ticket is about 35â,¬. By train: you can get directly to Heidelberg by taking a train from Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Karksruhe and from Manheim. All of them arrive directly at the city. More information at: The main train station of Heidelberg is located west of the city, near the tourist information office. From there you can walk to the old town or take a bus or tram to any other point in the city. As is characteristic in most German cities, public transport in Heidelberg is well organized and it is easy to travel around the city as a tourist. Although the best way to explore the old areas is by walking the buses and trams are also a good option. But you can also do like the locals, get on a bicycle and discover the city on wheels. For more information on bike rentals: To visit the castle you can use the telephone. For more information:

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