The Castle was erected on a medieval fortress complex high above Heidelberg. For five centuries, the powerful Prince Electors of the Palatinate region, members of the House of Wittelsbach, resided here. In 1693, during the War of Palatinate Succession, the Castle with its towers was destroyed. The magnificent ruins became the symbol of an entire epoch, the German Romantic period. Today during the annual summer Castle Festivals the Castle is an enchanting stage setting for numerous open-air performances.
Whether you are exploring Heidelberg for the first time, rediscovering your hometown or seeking a mini-vacation, a White Fleet cruise is a relaxing way to see one of Germany´s most beautiful townscapes. There are numerous cruises to choose from. During our tour of 40 minutes up to three hours you get great impression of Heidelberg, the castles in the Neckar valley, the Mannheim harbor or the Old Rhine at Worms. Chartern: Are you looking for a special location for an event or a festivity? Client parties, Corporate events, Private group trips, Weddings, and so on.. Great music, food, laughter and constantly changing scenery will make your celebration one to remember. We assist you in planning your special event. Please contact us for more detailled information about buffets and prices.
The ship (length: 36,90 m) on the Neckar River is powered by solar energy. The passengers experience the most delightful views of the city while the ship gently gildes by. The views are only enjoyable from the waterside. This is an environment that makes the trip the experience. Additional to the fascinating round view the ship offers many pleasant comforts: two bistros, PA system, and toilets. The largest and most modern solar steel ship in the world. Its maximum capacity is 200-250 persons. There are approximately 150 seats in the heated interior and 100 more available on the outside deck. The ship and the pier are both handicap accessible.” Charter Trips: You can also rent the solar shuttle for private charter trips. The commodious interior is ideal for bus and travelling groups. Weddings, meetings and all kind of group-events can be celebrated on board. Gliding on the Neckar River every event becomes a special highlight. We would be glad to support you in questions of catering, decoration, program and route.
The "Heidelberger Liebesstein" is an Odenwald sandstone which stands on the north side of the Old Bridge. Couples in love can fix an engraved love lock there to seal their eternal love. The engraved love locks seal the eternal love of couples. According to an old tradition, couples close the lock together and throw the key into the river. The view through the love stone opens up a unique photographic perspective of the romantic landmark of the city - Heidelberg Castle.
Enchanting alleys and squares, small gardens that pop up unexpectedly, museums and galleries: Heidelberg's Old Town has many facets. So that you do not miss any of it, we offer guided walks around the Old Town. Our tours will breathe life into the city's past, adding rich detail to the contours of today's city. Whether it is the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit), the Jesuit district, Germany's oldest university with its Studentenkarzer (Students´Prison), or the other sightseeing attractions: every place of interest in the Old Town has a unique ambience and history well worth immersing yourself in for a few minutes. The tour also passes along the Hauptstrasse (Main Street), one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe. Many detours into the alleyways of the Old Town confirm once again the truth of the sentence which says "only truly learn about the countryside by taking the back roads."
It feels like your own VIP box: Your seat on the bus gives you a stunning view of the "Heidelberg stage". First act: Karlsplatz in the center of the Old Town, with its imposing view of the Heidelberg Castle. This is followed by a leisurely drive along the river Neckar, with a break at the Old Bridge for a first photo stop. Discover the magical interplay of bustling everyday life and world-famous sights. Act 2 is entitled "Heidelberg Castle": There you will experience a fascinating tour through the history of the world famous building. A visit to the inner courtyard and the largest wine barrel in the world ever filled with wine. At the end of the guided tour your Castle ticket allows you to enjoy the ride on the funicular railway which stops in the Old Town at the bottom Kornmarkt station.
This is an unusual way to discover Heidelberg. After instructions on how to ride a Segway, you'll be gliding beside the Neckar River towards the Heidelberg Zoo and the Philosopher's Walk with its fantastic view of the Castle. Your tour guide will give you backround information about the attractions along the way.
Together with its famed Bridge Gate, which was once a part of the city wall, the Old Bridge has always been a symbol of Heidelberg. The statues of Karl-Theodor (who built and gave his name to the current stone bridge) and of Pallas Athena, the goddess of wisdom and culture, stand enthroned here above the Neckar. The Bridge Monkey, re-erected in the 1970’s on the Old Town side of the bridge, is one of the most popular photo motives. On the closest bridge column, below the statue of Karl-Theodor, are chiseled the impressive flood markings of recent centuries.
Philosophers’ Walk is considered one of the most beautiful walkways in all Europe. The famed pathway that meanders along the sunny side of the Heiligenberg has inspired countless scholars and poets through the centuries, and today offers visitors an unimpaired view of the castle and town, as well as numerous benches on which to linger and enjoy the matchless panorama. Above Philosophers’ Walk is the Heiligenberg, 439 meters or 1,440 feet above sea level. On its the many footpaths, visitors can explore the still partially preserved celtic ring wall, the Roman Temple of Mercury, from the Mithra cult, the Thingstätte – a gigantic open-air stage from the time of National Socialism – and the ruins of the monasteries of St. Michael and St. Stephan.
Aim High – Reach the Top with the Heidelberg Funicular Railway For over a hundred years, a ride on the Funicular Railway, has been a special experience in Heidelberg. From the romantic Old Town, the railway takes Heidelberg’s visitors and residents first to the Castle station, then to the Molkenkur station, and finally to the top of the Königstuhl (King’s Chair) Mountain, at a height of some 400 meters or 1,300 feet above the Neckar valley. Along the way there is much to discover. With the attractively priced Castle Ticket, the newly renovated railway transports you quickly and comfortably to the Castle and back again to the Kornmarkt station. The entrance fee for the Castle courtyard, the Barrel Cellar, and the German Pharmacy Museum is included in the price. Those wishing to go higher can take the railway up to the next stop, Molkenkur. Here, where in earlier times guests partook of a coveted whey cure (Molken-Kur) in the hotel, today’s visitor can enjoy coffee and cake on the spacious, sunny terrace looking onto the town. While the lower funicular presents its streamlined form in dynamic silver grey, a change of trains at the Molkenkur station propels you into nostalgia. From here onward, the historic original car designed of venerable wood in 1907, and completely restored in 2005, takes the visitor to the peak of the Königstuhl and the surrounding forests. The spectacular view, from a height of 567 meters or 1,860 feet above sea level, is sublime. From the terrace of the funicular station, the panorama stretches over the entire Rhine-Neckar area to the chain of hills of the Palatinate Wine Route.
In the Alte Aula, the hallowed old lecture hall of the Old University building, famous graduate students have defended their doctoral theses and received their degrees for some 300 years. Today the Alte Aula is the ceremonial hall of Heidelberg University. Mural paintings on the ceiling and front wall of the wood-panelled room represent the history of Germany’s oldest university. On the ground floor of the building, the three exhibition rooms of the University Museum trace in pictures, documents and German texts the history of the University.
From 1778 to 1914, the university’s young students were briefly imprisoned here for minor offenses, such as willfully disturbing the peace of the citizenry. Many of the inmates passed the time away by immortalizing themselves on the walls of the prison with drawings, silhouettes, and expressive phrases. Their spirited artwork can be admired today on a visit to the prison. A combination ticket is available for entrance to the Alte Aula and the prison (Karzer).
The red sandstone facade of the library, adorned with sculpted figures and portraits, proclaims the significance of the building that presides over some 3 million books. Within, the staircase landings display carved busts of famous scholars, and the library’s regularly changing exhibitions invite a closer look. A special attraction is the "Codex Manesse", the world-famous medieval collection of secular Lieder which once was part of Heidelberg’s Bibliotheca Palatina.
One of the city’s oldest squares, Market Square is framed on the east by the town hall and on the west by the Church of the Holy Spirit. In the center of the square stands the majestic Hercules Fountain, erected between 1706 and 1709 as a reminder of the immense efforts required to rebuild the city after its almost total destruction in the War of Palatinate Succession, 1689-1693. The Church of the Holy Spirit was constructed from 1400 by Ruprecht I as both a collegiate church and a final resting place. The distinctive feature of the church is its loft galleries, where originally the famed Bibliotheca Palatina was housed as a safely enchained library, until its abduction and transport to the Vatican in the Thirty Years’ War. Today the Church of the Holy Spirit is the city’s main Protestant church, and attracts visitors in large numbers to its concerts and church services.
The Madonna statue on Kornmarkt was erected in the course of recatholisation efforts under Prince Elector Karl Philipp. Created by Peter von den Branden in 1718, the Corn Market Madonna is considered the most beautiful baroque statue in Heidelberg. On the western side of the Kornmarkt stands the stately Palais Prince Carl – from 1788 an inn, till 1915 one of Heidelberg’s leading hotels, today an event venue with a magnificent Mirror Hall - and on the far eastern corner is the pale yellow house of the French Count de Graimberg. Charles de Graimberg became by his own volition and immense efforts the conservator of the castle and the founder of the city’s art collections. Graimberg died in 1864, having lived to see his dream of preserving the castle come true.
The triumphal archway in honour of Prince Elector Karl Theodor was erected at the eastern end of the city between 1775 and 1781, following plans drawn up by the court architect Nicolas de Pigage. The Elector himself was present for the laying of the first stone on October 2, 1775, and it was also he who prompted the architect to blend elements from three submitted drafts into a final fourth plan. Thus came about a classical construction in the tradition of a Roman triumphal arch, crowned by four Palatinate lions. In the middle section of the facade facing the city are portraits of the Elector and his consort, beneath the electoral chapeau, while on the facade looking away from the city, the middle field bears the dedication inscription below a weaponry trophy with the coat of arms of the Electoral Palatinate. The sculptures are the work of Peter Simon Lamine. The gate was never entirely completed.
Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg (Convention Center) was erected in 1903 during the 100th anniversary of the university’s existence as a Baden university. Positioned directly on the Neckar in the heart of the Old Town, the building’s red sandstone facade and neo-classical architecture are a dominant feature of the cityscape. The south side of the hall, facing the Neckar, displays portraits of Heidelberg professors and famous artists. The historic building is highly esteemed as a unique site for conventions, conferences, and cultural events.
The magnificent baroque Palais Morass, built in 1712, houses the art and art history collections of the Museum of the Palatinate. The Museum’s comprehensive holdings in the fields of paintings, graphics, sculpture, artisan craftworks, archaeology, and the history of the city, present a unique picture of the Palatinate of by-gone days and eras. The Roman collection is a special favorite with children.
Casa Salis is an oasis of salt where you can relax and unwind in a unique ambiance. We offer salt rooms for salt inhalation and a salt water floating pool. Massage beds are also part of our programme for your well-being. Discover our treatments in the warm light of Himalayan salt, accompanied by soft music. Increase your happiness. Take a break from daily life. Forget everything around you and let yourself be enchanted by a fascinating ambiance.
Friedrich Ebert, the first President of the Weimarer Republic, was born in this small apartment in 1871. In the exhibition rooms of the memorial museum and in his house of birth, the life and work of Friedrich Ebert and a vital piece of German history are brought to life.
A perfect outing for the whole family is Heidelberg’s wonderful zoo. Located in the Neuenheimer Feld area just over the Neckar, with a beautiful collection of trees, a large children’s playground, and a children’s zoo for one-to-one encounters, the Heidelberg Zoo is considered one of the most innovative zoos in Germany today. Founded in 1934 by the Nobel prize winner Carl Bosch and the ornithologist Otto Fehringer, the zoo is divided into five separate theme areas. Central to all is the relationship between man and animal.
On the first Saturday in June / second Saturday in July / first Saturday in September Every year, the majestic castle ruins are again spotlighted during the traditional and unforgettable Castle Illuminations with fireworks. When night falls, the skies light up! The Neckar River and Philosophers’ Way are the best locations for watching the marvel, which starts around 10 pm. The stage is set before each Castle Illumination with a festive concert at 6:15 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Spirit. Among the pieces performed is Händel’s Fireworks Music.
September 29 and 30, 2018 The Old Town Festival "Heidelberger Herbst" is multi-faceted. Medieval markets, handcrafters’ markets, flea markets, and an array of booths with regional culinary specialties, invite the public to stroll along and to sample the wares. A comprehensive cultural programme with theater, the art of painting, a poetry slam, readings, and live music, extends the number of ways to enjoy the all-day festival that continues on into the night.
International Festival for Jazz and more October 2 - November 17, 2018 Each year, for seven glorious weeks, the renowned jazz festival "Enjoy Jazz" provides an autumn filled with musical highlights. Countless international greats in the world of jazz have taken part in the festival in recent years. The motto of Enjoy Jazz is its programme: to enjoy the pleasure of jazz!
November 15 - 25, 2018 The International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg is the sixth oldest international film festival in the world (after Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, and Kalovy Vary). Eagerly awaited annually by its enthusistic fans, the festival is dedicated to the discovery of new international talents, and shows only films which have not yet appeared at any other large festival.
November 26 - December 22, 2018 Every year in November, Heidelberg’s Christmas Market is festively opened on Market Square by the symbolic Christchild. From then on until just before Christmas, the town is aglow in the wintry enchantment of Christmastime. More than 140 booths distributed over Heidelberg’s large and small squares offer an endless variety of everything that makes the season special. The enticing aromas of regional specialities waft through the air by day and night, and a cup of hot mulled wine never fails to warms hands and hearts. For children, the carousels, sights and sounds are magical.
November 26, 2018 - January 6, 2019 On Karlsplatz (Karl’s Square) at the foot of the Castle, one of the most beautiful open-air ice skating rinks in Germany welcomes skaters whether accomplished or beginners. To the soft sounds of Christmas music, residents and guests of all ages glide over the ice below the romantic, majestic background of the Castle ruins.
Cabaret- and Comedy-Festival January /February 2018 The festival for cabaret and small-scale performing arts "Carambolage" attracts all fans of intelligent entertainment into the Karl’s Gate Railway Station ("Karlstorbahnhof") at the far end of Hauptstraße. For two full weeks, laughter holds reign, with comedy, cabaret, music, and stand-up performances that feature exciting concepts and great names.
February /March 2018 New German chansons and lieder with intelligent humor are presented by the inventive Doers and Shakers of "schöner lügen" each year anew. All admirers of the chanson can look forward to poetic, provocative, bizarre evenings in Heidelberg-Bergheim and the Opera Tent.
March/ April , 2018 "Heidelberger Frühling" (Heidelberg Spring) is the largest music festival in the entire region, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year to the some 90 events. Heidelberger Frühling is not only a festival of the "stars" - above all, it is a festival of meeting and exchange.
Contemporary Theater April/ May 2018 To discover and promote new playwriters is the idea behind the Heidelberger Stückemarkt, an annual event for many years. Since its inception, the Stückemarkt has developed into one of the most important theater festivals in the German language. With interesting new plays and their authors, and outstanding performances from other stages, a concentrated week of contemporary theater in Heidelberg awaits audiences from near and far.
June 8 - July 29, 2018 In summer, some of the the most beautiful stages in the world are high above the town in the romantic Heidelberg Castle. The idyllic atmosphere draws visitors from around the globe, as well as townspeople, to the diverse stages and scenic backdrops of this matchless ruin. Up to 30.000 people a year attend the numerous festival productions, which range from drama, concerts and dance to operettas and arias.
The Hotel-Restaurant Hackteufel is a privately managed house with a family atmosphere. Located in the heart oft he Old Town between the „Heiliggeistkirche“ and the „Alte Brücke“ we invite you to reside in style. Our 12 guestrooms are furnished individually and with love for detail. Separate bathrooms, hairdryer, electric iron, writing desk, LCD-TV, telephone and wireless LAN are standard in every room. It is our pleasure to be of service to you every day in our cozy and comfortable restaurant with local wines, beers and regional-seasonal food as well as international food.
German home cooking using freshest ingredients is the pride of the popular restaurant Alter Mönchhof, across the Neckar from Bismarck Square and easily accessible by foot, bus or streetcar. Meals are served in the stylish restaurant or in the restaurant’s idyllic garden.
The restaurant of the Heidelberg Rowing Club bakes its own bread, serves beef and pork from BIO-breeding farms exclusively, and offers a magnificent view. Located in prestigious Neuenheim, the restaurant also has a large dining hall and terrace looking onto the Neckar for family celebrations and conferences.
The Red Ox, one of Heidelberg’s oldest and best known student pubs, has remained in the same family hands for six generations. The historic ambiance with the "man at the piano" invites guests to enjoy home cooking of high quality in a setting that personifies "Gemütlichkeit".
The student pub "Zum Seppl" is a time-honored locale in which townspeople, business people, tourists and students, all meet to spend an evening enjoying regional specialities and a glass of beer. The walls and ceilings are hung with old signs and placards conducive to an atmosphere of off-beat humor.
The inn of the Hotel "Zur Alten Brücke" is popular for its diversified menu of German dishes, its atmosphere both rustic and chic, and its close proximity to the Old Bridge. A statue of Saint Nepomuk, the patron saint of bridges, stands on the far side of the Neckar across from the inn.
In the midst of Heidelberg’s Old Town, "Zum Güldenen Schaf" transports its guests into the richness of Heidelberg’s history, with a variety of dining areas to choose from. The menu items change with the season and bring a mediterranean flair to the regional and historical dishes.
In Café Schafheutle, Heidelberg’s elegant garden café, one can not only savour classic café delicacies – all made on the premises – but also select from a menu of hot or cold dishes throughout the day. Diverse seating areas including a winter/summer garden create an atmosphere of warmth and distinctive charm.
In the rustic cellar vaults of the oldest student jazz club, a colourful live program is presented every month. Jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and Lionel Hampton have honored "Cave 54" with an appearance. Today just as 50 years ago, Cave 54 is a popular meeting place in the Old Town for first-hand experience of good music enjoyed with a glass of wine.
In the Tourist Information at the Neckarmünzplatz, you will receive a warm greeting and friendly assistance from our team of co-workers. In addition, a wide selection of typical and original Heidelberg souvenirs, postcards, travel guides, and much more, is available to enhance your visit to the city.
BERNSTEINLADEN ELA ARNOLD. Ela Arnold’s heart belongs to the "gold from the north": amber, prized as jewelry for 13,000 years. Discover Ela Arnold’s treasures exhibiting the finest workmanship, aesthetic design, and great diversity of colors and forms, in the midst of Heidelberg’s pedestrian zone. Individual jewelry ranging from rings to bracelets, chains and necklaces, earrings and accessories, are to be found in all variations in the shop’s lovely setting.
As a sweet symbol of the city and a charming souvenir, the Student Kiss captures again and again the hearts of visitors and long-time residents. It is after all the traditional Heidelberg speciality, and with the true story behind its invention, it also characterizes Heidelberg’s congenial style of life. An authentic, and delicious, taste of the history of Heidelberg.
In the Tourist Information center at Heidelberg’s main station, you will receive a warm greeting and friendly assistance from our team of co-workers. In addition, a wide selection of typical and original Heidelberg souvenirs, postcards, travel guides, and much more, is available to enhance your visit to the city.
City Airport Mannheim (approximately 15 kilometers from Heidelberg) Tram number 5 reaches Heidelberg in approximately 30 minutes. www.flugplatz-mannheim.de Frankfurt Airport City (approximately 80 kilometers from Heidelberg) The Airport Shuttle Service TLS offers a reasonably priced connection between Frankfurt Airport and Heidelberg. For information and booking: Tel.: +49 6221 58 40224 or under [email protected] www.heidelberg-marketing.de/en/search-book/airport-transfer The Lufthansa Airport Bus takes passengers directly to Heidelberg from Terminal 1 at Arrival Hall B. An advance reservation is recommended. www.lufthansa-airportbus.de Deutsche Bahn: trains run from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg with one change in Mannheim. The main-line station lies across from Terminal 1. www.bahn.de other nearby airports: Baden-Airpark Airport Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden (approximately 90 kilometers from Heidelberg) Transfer: Baden-Airpark-Express Shuttlebus takes passengers to Heidelberg’s main railway station. www.badenairpark.de Stuttgart Airport (approximately 120 kilometers from Heidelberg) The S-Bahn runs directly from Stuttgart Airport to Stuttgart’s main railway station, which is connected with Heidelberg by the ICE, IC and EC railway networks. www.flughafen-stuttgart.de Frankfurt Hahn Airport (approximately 150 kilometers from Heidelberg) The Hahn Express Shuttlebus takes passengers to the main railway station in Heidelberg. www.hahn-express.de
Autobahns A5 and A656 go directly to Heidelberg. More than 7,500 parking places are available in the inner city. A parking guidance system directs visitors reliably to a free parking place from the moment they enter the city: www.heidelberg.de/parken Centrally located, uncomplicated and in the heart of the city are the parking garages P6 Kraus, P8 Kongresshaus, P10 Friedrich-Ebert-Platz, P12 Kornmarkt/Schloss, and P16 Nordbrückenkopf. Free parking (unattended) is available at the Neuer Messplatz ("New Fairgrounds"), Kirchheimer Weg, in the Kirchheim district of Heidelberg. From there, you reach the Old Town (Bismarck Square) with tram 26 or bus 33 (via the main station) in around 10 minutes.
The HeidelbergCARD enables you to experience a great number of attractions simply and economically. The HeidelbergCARD is available for a stay of one, two, or four days, and for families for two days. Free benefits with the Card: Castle ticket: With the HeidelbergCARD you receive also the castle ticket. This ticket blends a ride on the funicular and a visit to the castle into one unique experience. Your trip to the castle begins on a relaxed – and environmentally nurturing – note, at the funicular station just off of Corn Market. The castle ticket covers your trip to and from the castle funicular station, on one of the most modern electrically operated city cable cars in Germany, plus entrance to the castle courtyard, the Great Vat building with the largest wooden wine vat in the world, the famous view from the terrace, and the unique German Apothecary Museum. Free travel with the public transport system: The HeidelbergCARD entitles the bearer for the inscribed period of validity to travel with all busses, streetcars and approved trains (with the Deutsche Bahn: RE, RB, and S-Bahn, second class) of the linked transport system VRN in the greater zone of Heidelberg (Zone 125). All variations of the HeidelbergCARD ensure attractive reductions. Whether for guided or non-guided tours, visits to museums, cultural enrichments, restaurants, or shopping – with the HeidelbergCARD, Heidelberg is even more enjoyable! Available in the Tourist Information Centers.
VRNnextbike Public bike rental system in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. The bikes can be picked up and returned in the participating cities. www.vrnnextbike.de radhof BERGHEIM Bergheimer Straße 101 (in backyard) and inside the main station on platform 1b 69115 Heidelberg www.fahrrad-heidelberg.de Heidel-Bike Rohrbacher Str. 13 - 15 69115 Heidelberg www.heidel-bike.de Radolino Lahrer Str. 24 69126 Heidelberg www.radolino.de