Nestled in a valley of the Odenwald Mountains, Heidelberg has some of the warmest weather Germany has to offer. The city is a popular destination for tourists wanting to enjoy the romantic scenery around the town, discover the history or just go for a pleasant walk along the Neckar River.
Founded in the fifth century, Heidelberg has an impressive history. The town center is full of gothic and romantic architecture, which surrounds beer gardens and cozy cafes. A winding, mile-long pedestrian street offers shopping and will take you to the triumphal arch, Karlstor, which was erected in honor of Prince Karl Theodor.
From here, take the funicular railway up to Heidelberg Castle, which towers above the town center. This famous structure was a Renaissance masterpiece, rebuilt on several occasions, before fires and wars took its toll on the original structures. Now, Heidelberg Castle is an architectural wonder with facades from various historical eras. It is the town's trademark, and considered one of the most important Romantic ruins in the world.
The castle is also home to a beautiful Renaissance garden spread across several terraces on the Königsstuhl Mountain. Before the destruction of the castle and its surroundings, this garden was considered the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Hike there today to enjoy breathtaking views of Heidelberg town and the Old Stone Bridge.
Many of the town’s old structures survived the heavy bombings of the Second World War, though after the war it was occupied by American troops. To this day, Heidelberg is the headquarters for the US military in Europe, which gives the town a large and noticeable American population.
Lastly, it wouldn’t be a trip to Heidelberg without visiting Heidelberg University, one of the oldest universities in Europe. Wander the ancient halls where famous scientists like Jürgen Habermas and Karl-Otto Apel did much of their thinking. The university attracts new students every year, ensuring that this old, romantic town also has a youthful side, from stylish bars to annual music festivals.
Historical Buildings, Castles and Cafes
This ruined Renaissance castle stands majestically on a hilltop and presents incredible views of the Neckar Valley from its beautiful garden.
With some of the city’s most historically and architecturally interesting sites, Germany’s oldest university forms the beating heart of the Heidelberg Altstadt.
Pack a picnic to have on the green lawns, try boating activities and appreciate uninterrupted views of Heidelberg’s Old Town from this riverside park.
Get swept up in the scholarly vibe of the oldest university in Germany as you explore its ancient architecture and fascinating history.
Go for a stroll and view the pretty heritage streetscape around Heidelberg’s traditional market square, which is anchored by an impressive Gothic church.
Heidelberg’s oldest bridge is an architecturally impressive landmark decorated with an imperious gateway, detailed sculptures and a curious monkey statue.
Regarded as one of the most romantic cities in Germany, Heidelberg is a charming place to visit. Enjoy a leisurely tour with an expert guide through this delightfully cultural city famous for its university, Baroque old town, and 12th-century castle.
Spend a day exploring romantic Heidelberg and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on this delightful combination of a city tour and river cruise. Admire some of Germany's most charming sights, from the medieval castles in one of the country's most beautiful cities to a ride on a classic steamer.
Get to know a pair of the most beautiful and historic cities in Germany during a day of sightseeing filled with medieval grandeur. With a look at the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle and the seat of Holy Roman Emperors in Nuremberg, you get a great look at the region's colorful past.
Join an German- and English-speaking guide and explore romantic Heidelberg and the Palace of Schwetzingen on this delightful day-tour from Frankfurt. Heralded as one of the most breathtaking cities in Germany, Heidelberg is an enduring favorite among international travelers.
Two of southern Germany's most charming communities offer a look at the country's medieval charm. This tour shows you the romantic city of Heidelberg and the historic community of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where you can get a look back at the heyday of the Holy Roman Empire.
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