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7 sightseeing hot spots in Heidelberg

Visit beautiful Heidelberg for romance on the rolling Neckar river. This lush green city is home to so many sightseeing opportunities and we'll show you our favorites, whether you like tours, attractions or just taking in the atmosphere.

Heidelberg Cathedral

This sight is truly not to be missed - offering panoramic views from its position 300 meters above the city, the brave can hike up, or take the funicular railway for a lazy ride.

Church of the Holy Spirit

Church of the Holy Spirit

In the heart of the market square, this is the city's most famous church, and an interesting place to duck into when you're done shopping. Free to enter, donations welcome.

Heiligenberg

Heiligenberg

Get lungfuls of clean air on this Holy Mountain – an ideal day's excursion for ramblers and nature lovers. The Philosopher's Walk is a popular route. Check weather predictions.

Kurpfälzisches Museum
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Kurpfälzisches Museum

This is the place to learn more about Heidelberg through centuries of art and culture. The museum is closed on Mondays, and open 10:00AM to 6:00PM every other day.

Botanischer Garten der Universität Heidelberg

A calming oasis in the middle of the famed university complex, the botanical gardens are dedicated to preserving wildlife and educating future generations. Small but pretty.

Castle Road
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Castle Road

This famed route, Burgenstraße in German, takes you on a roadtrip through history, passing from Mannheim to Switzerland. Plan well and leave plenty or time to explore each city.

Old Town

Plenty to see, do, buy and eat in this historic Old Town. It's the place to catch the funicular to the castle, or just while away a few hours eating ice cream and people watching.

Planning Your Heidelberg Visit

Get away from the crowd

For a relaxing experience locals enjoy, try a spa/schwimmbad in Heidelberg. Pools, saunas and steamrooms will soak your worries away, although foreigners should check websites to find out exactly how 'German' the experience will be. Some won't allow swimwear.

Eat like a king

For a quick taste of Germany try a currywurst – the nation's best fast food – especially after a few good beers. Ask for "ohne darm" (without skin) for an authentic experience, and soak up your sauce "mit pommes" (with fries).

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    From May to October the temperatures are warm, the city is in bloom, and there are plenty of outdoor festivals on offer.

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What people are saying about Heidelberg

Mr Tony and especially Marcella were fantastic.

It was a wonderful day. Our guide moved seemlessly between languages. She was considerate and knowledgeable. The driver was steady and professional. The scenery speaks for itself. I'd go again.

Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt Reviewed by Anonymous, 16/05/2019

A nice option to get out of the big city for one day

Glad I went in the winter. Chilly temperatures but at least no rain. We had a small group of only 6 people. It was very easy to hear the guide and be able to ask questions.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt Reviewed by Michael, 17/02/2019

Great evening tour with exciting stories and views of the city!

Our worldwide team met in Heidelberg for a bi-annual meeting and we wanted to spend a little time getting to know the city. We booked the tour for after dinner (9pm) which allowed us to walk off some of the amazing German food we consumed. We hit several historic sites and learned a great deal of history while capturing some spectacular photos of the castle and bridge at night. Everyone enjoyed the tour and the time together as a group. I would recommend this tour for any small to medium group (we had 10 people) as it worked well to be able to hear the guide at all times. Overall, our guide was knowledgable and we would recommend this for any visitor to the city.

The castle is magical and our guide (Olga) was so knowledgeable

The Heidelberg castle is a magical place, full of so much history, but we'd never had the full experience of knowledge and understanding of its history had it not been for Olga, our guide. She provided a great tour, in English, with great historical insights. I highly recommend this tour and Olga as your guide.

Guide was knowledgebale, sights were interesting and pertinent, a grea

Guide was knowledgebale, sights were interesting and pertinent, a great experience that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a cliff notes version of the history of Heidelberg. Great Job!!