HeidelbergGermany

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4.5/5Top Destination

Explore Heidelberg: its castle, history, library, and more!

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.

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Historical Buildings, Castles and Cafes

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Where to stay in Heidelberg

Bergheim
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Bergheim

Historical Buildings, Friendly People, Walking

4.5/5 (31 Ratings)

Bergheim is known for its ample dining options, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Heidelberg Seegarten Tram Stop.

Rohrbach
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Rohrbach

3.5/5 (7 Ratings)

Get a feel for residential life in Heidelberg at a neighborhood set at the foot of forested hills, sprawling meadows and vineyards. 

Neuenheim
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Neuenheim

Castles, Luxury, Fashion

5/5 (12 Ratings)

Though “New” is in the name, this is one of the oldest districts of Heidelberg, with natural havens just across the river from the Altstadt.

Top Hotels in Heidelberg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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NinetyNine Heidelberg City
3 out of 5
Czernyring 26, Heidelberg
$196/night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.6/5Wonderful! (130 reviews)

Situated in Heidelberg, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Neckarwiese and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Heidelberg Castle. University of Heidelberg New Campus and Botanischer ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (130 reviews)

"Myself and my fella stayed for 5 nights and we'd highly recommend, staff were very friendly, the room was very clean and had the best pillows ever, bathroom was great and had the best shower gel and hand soap, loved the fruit infused water at reception, only suggestion for improvement is, breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

NinetyNine Heidelberg City
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Star Inn Hotel & Suites Premium Heidelberg, by Quality
3.5 out of 5
Speyerer Straße 9, Heidelberg
$85/night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.3/5Excellent! (348 reviews)

Situated in Heidelberg, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Neckarwiese and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Heidelberg Castle. University of Heidelberg New Campus and Botanischer ...

4.3/5Excellent! (348 reviews)

"Comfortable. 5 min walk from Hbf. There is an S bahn station close to the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Star Inn Hotel & Suites Premium Heidelberg, by Quality
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Holiday Inn Express Heidelberg - City Centre
3 out of 5
Kurfuerstenanlage 23, Heidelberg, BW
$81/night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.1/5Very Good! (882 reviews)

Located in the heart of Heidelberg, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Neckarwiese and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Heidelberg Castle. Heidelberg University Library and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (882 reviews)

"Our stay was very nice and the staff was most helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Heidelberg - City Centre

Popular things to do in Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle
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Heidelberg Castle

5/5 (118 Ratings)

This ruined Renaissance castle stands majestically on a hilltop and presents incredible views of the Neckar Valley from its beautiful garden.

University of Heidelberg Old Campus
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University of Heidelberg Old Campus

4.5/5 (22 Ratings)

With some of the city’s most historically and architecturally interesting sites, Germany’s oldest university forms the beating heart of the Heidelberg Altstadt.

Neckarwiese
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Neckarwiese

4.5/5 (6 Ratings)

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.

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität
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Ruprecht-Karls-Universität

5/5 (1 Rating)

Get swept up in the scholarly vibe of the oldest university in Germany as you explore its ancient architecture and fascinating history. 

Marktplatz
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Marktplatz

5/5 (10 Ratings)

Go for a stroll and view the pretty heritage streetscape around Heidelberg’s traditional market square, which is anchored by an impressive Gothic church.

Karl Theodor Bridge
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Karl Theodor Bridge

5/5 (7 Ratings)

Heidelberg’s oldest bridge is an architecturally impressive landmark decorated with an imperious gateway, detailed sculptures and a curious monkey statue. 

Top activities in Heidelberg

Heidelberg Tour incl. Castle entrance & Wine barrel
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Heidelberg Tour incl. Castle entrance & Wine barrel

$87

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.

Combo Tour: Heidelberg & Upper Middle Rhine Valley
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Combo Tour: Heidelberg & Upper Middle Rhine Valley

$180

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.

Heidelberg & Nuremberg Full-Day Tour
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Heidelberg & Nuremberg Full-Day Tour

$273

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.

Full-Day Heidelberg & Schwetzingen Palace with entrances
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Full-Day Heidelberg & Schwetzingen Palace with entrances

$218

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.

Rothenburg & Heidelberg Full-Day Tour
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Rothenburg & Heidelberg Full-Day Tour

$273

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.

Grape Escape Pfalz "The Tuscany of Germany"- Heidelberg region
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Grape Escape Pfalz "The Tuscany of Germany"- Heidelberg region

$269

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