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Heidelberg Castle & palace tours

Our most recommended Heidelberg Castle & palace tours

Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

1. Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

Discover Heidelberg and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the old town. In just a few hours you can explore all the historical sights. Learn interesting information and get great insider tips that won’t be found in any guide book – specifically tailored to your wishes. Stroll along one of the longest pedestrian zones in Germany directly through the picturesque old town and admire the magnificent Baroque buildings. See the beautiful Old Bridge and the impressive Church of the Holy Spirit, which once housed a collection of valuable documents. Walk through the former Hortus Palatinus (Garden Palatinate) to Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a detour to Scheffel Terrace with breathtaking views of the city and the Rhine River, you will head to the castle complex itself. Here you can see the largest ever wine barrel and enjoy wine tasting in the castle cellar or visit the Pharmacy Museum in the courtyard.

Heidelberg Castle Tour: Residence of the Electors

2. Heidelberg Castle Tour: Residence of the Electors

Enjoy a walk through the former Hortus Palatinus to the Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a walk to Bushel Terrace, boasting views of the city far into the Rhine, you will be guided through the castle complex and down to the wine cellar, where you will find the world's largest wine barrel. For those who fancy a taste, regional wine is available for sampling, or you can go straight to the Pharmacy Museum in the courtyard. Near the Old Bridge over the Neckar River, the impressive castle ruin is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Germany and a major landmark of Heidelberg. The castle was built from the red sandstone of the Neckar Valley in the 13th Century as a fortress and later served as the residence of the Elector of Heidelberg until its destruction in 1689, during the Nine Years' War. Over the centuries it has been rebuilt by various electors and today shows distinct stylistic elements from three periods. Reach the castle by foot or take the cable car from the historical downtown.

Heidelberg: Private Walking Tour With Professional Guide

3. Heidelberg: Private Walking Tour With Professional Guide

Visit Heidelberg with a guide on a private walking tour of the city. See the most important tourist attractions and find out why this university city is loved by students and families alike. Surrounded by forest, Germany's oldest and most famous university town is renowned for its baroque Old Town, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting, and its half-ruined hilltop castle. Meet your guide and set out to explore Heidelberg's Old Town. Walk down one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe and see Heidelberg University, the oldest one in Germany. Learn how the university was founded in 1386 and hear about the student jail, which was established in the 1780s and operated until 1914. See the Church of the Holy Spirit, visit the Old Bridge, and rub the Bridge Monkey of Heidelberg to ensure good fortune. You'll also have the opportunity to have a view of the iconic Heidelberg Castle. As this is a private tour, your itinerary can be adjusted to suit your preferences. 

Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

4. Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

Explore romantic Heidelberg and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on a 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. Your day starts with a ride south from Frankfurt to the picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, the tour takes you into the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its remarkable scenery and medieval structures. Admire the mighty castles, villages, and charming little vineyards, and then board a Rhine steamer for a voyage downriver from Kaub to the town of Assmannshausen. Once you're back ashore, stop to sample the local wine in a local tavern and enjoy a delicious dinner in a restaurant by the riverbank before the time comes for your return to Frankfurt.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

5. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

Two of southern Germany's most charming communities offer a look at the country's medieval charm. You'll see the romantic city of Heidelberg and the historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Your journey begins with a morning tour to Heidelberg. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, follow the Romantic Road into the uplands of Bavaria for a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. High above the Tauber River valley, the picturesque old lanes and the castle garden give you a look at the elegance of another era. See the wood-carved altar of St. Jakobs Church and marvel at half-timbered houses, the city gates, and the mighty Renaissance Town Hall. In the afternoon, take some leisure time to explore the town on your own. Look for the local delicacy called a "Schneeball," a fried dough ball with many different toppings before you meet your group for your journey back to Frankfurt.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg and Nuremberg Full-Day Tour

6. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg and Nuremberg Full-Day Tour

Get to know two 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 will get a great overview of the region's colorful past. After you meet your guide, set out for a visit to the picturesque city of Heidelberg along the River Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle and admire the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Then, take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. In the afternoon, you cross into Bavaria for a visit to the storied city of Nuremberg. Look up at the mighty Imperial Castle, or Kaiserburg, which is one of the grandest medieval fortifications in Europe. Later, you can check out the Old City Hall, and the site of the famous Christkindl's market. Start your return journey after a look at the towering Gothic facades of the St. Lorenz Church and the Frauenkirche.

Groups Only: Heidelberg Castle Tour with the Nightwatchman

7. Groups Only: Heidelberg Castle Tour with the Nightwatchman

In past centuries, the walls of Heidelberg Castle learned many dark secrets of their inhabitants and heard of murder, intrigue, and unholy connections. The chattering night watch of the Dukes Palace invites you on a tour around the castle and gardens and tells you everything about these gruesome legends and events. Of course, the night watchman have noticed some piquant details about state affairs and they like to dish the dirt about the dukes and their family business. Look forward to a tour with eerie legends, anecdotes, and spicy details around the long-forgotten inhabitants of the most romantic ruin in the world. Of course, the night watchman will also report bloody battles and the destruction of the castle, and if you always wanted to know what pipe smoking and bombing has to do with the finding of French uniform buttons in the vaults, then you should acompany the night watchman on their way around the dark walls and through the dark trenches.

Heidelberg Castle: Knights and Mercenaries

8. Heidelberg Castle: Knights and Mercenaries

Set off on a walk around Heidelberg Castle and listen to stories from the lives and daily routines of the castle’s inhabitants by flickering candlelight. Walk along the walls and towers of the fortification system and hear about medieval sieges and defensive tactics. Visit the artillery platform, the moat, and pass the deer’s moat, the ammunition storage tower, the defensive corridor and have a closer look at different medieval sconces. Naturally, you will consider serious questions such as the purpose of the small bells on the privy capsule.  The fortress’ history will be explained by your time traveler guide, dressed in authenic medieval costume. The knight will demonstrate medieval fencing, his weaponry and armory. You will also hear about clothing and gear. This special tour will take you back to the late Middle Ages and will present the castle and its gardens in a truly different light. 

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What people are saying about Heidelberg

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Our guide was Peter and it was a small group. He was patient and the trip took 2 more hours than stipulated, not because of delays or traffic jam but because Peter gave us all the time and flexibility during the trip. Rothenburg is really nice, must visit. It rained when we reached Frankfurt and he offered to drop us at our hotel, which was 2 train stations from the meeting point. Awesome experience.

Due to a cancellation, the Neuremberg portion was changed to Baden Baden. Our guide’s English was slightly accented, but understandable. He was very knowledgeable, and told stories, rather than citing dry facts. Would book with this company again.

This was amazing!! We had the best tour kid who was knowledgeable, funny, and went above and beyond for us! Would go again!

Pointed out all the places we needed to know about and was flexible with our timing

The guide we very knowledgeable and explained the happenings perfectly