Gasthaus Hackteufel

Steingasse 7, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, 69117, Germany

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    Fabulous & historic Inn - an insider tip!


    In December 2007 we decided to spend a night in Heidelberg in order to enjoy the Xmas market, restaurants, pubs, etc. and not have to worry about catching the last night train back to my village. I'd always wanted to stay in one of the historic small hotels in the old town, and decided to search the internet for some of the hotels I have seen on my previous visits to the city.

    The "Hackteufel Inn" is a restaurant with a long tradition located in the Steingasse; it was mentioned in a document for the first time in the 16th century and renamed the "Gasthof Grüner Baum" (Green Tree Inn) in 1836. In 1954 it was completely renovated.
    Before the dam at Karlstor (Karl's Gate) was built the "Hackteufel" was the name of a narrow passage at this spot in the Neckar river where currents & submerged rocks made life difficult for fishermen. Legend says, if a ship went under it was because a demon (the "Hackteufel") was hooking down ships into the churning depths of the river. The street on the Neckar between the Karlstor and the Alte Bruecke (Old Bridge) was named the Hackteufel in memory of this legend. (info from their website)

    It is also located right next to the historic brewery / restaurant "Vetter" (see my restaurant tip)

    Unique Quality: There are only a handful of cosy, impeccably clean, cosy and welcoming rooms and although you're in the centre of the old town, the rooms are very quiet. We checked-in and found a complimentary bottle of wine and water in our room. I searched the corners of the modern bathroom for those ever-feared tiny black hairs of previous guests... and found nothing. The linen, floors, tub, etc. are all exceptionally clean and well-maintained.

    The owner's family are very hospitable, and in the morning hotel guests are invited to share the breakfast buffet together with the staff in the downstairs restaurant: buns, eggs, cereals, breads, yoghurt, coffee, fresh juices - a seemingly small but yet extensive buffet sets you up for the day ahead!

    The hotel has an elevator for guests with heavy luggage or walking difficulties. You are also given a key for the "night door" in case you return to the hotel after their restaurant & reception has closed.
    You can also view a video about the hotel on their website.

    Prices (2007/08):
    Single room 85-135 Euros.
    Double room 125-165 Euros.
    --> Ask for weekend specials!

    In 2008 we paid 165 Euros for the "Liselotte Stube" room & found it very reasonable in comparison to other hotels in the vicinity.

    All in all: I'd definitely stay here again!

    UPDATE 2012: we have booked 2 double rooms at Christmas time and have been quoted 140.- per night incl. breakfast... looking forward to our next stay here!

    Directions: in the old town, in the alley that leads from the "Heilig Geist" church down to the old Bridge.

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statues in university

by 3phoenix

Does anyone know of a listing of statues on the university campus? I know it's a long shot, but family lore says that one of our ancestors who taught there has a statue on the campus. I would like to visit in the summer of 2006 and would like to find the statue, if possible. I checked the university website and could not find an appropriate office to contact.

RE: statues in university

by abalada

The old part of the university is spread over the Altstadt (old town) of Heidelberg. Just single buildings. Nothing which comes even close to a campus.
(all grey buildings, besides the Schloss (castle))

Only the medical faculities of the university have something like a campus.
This would be in my view the most likely place to look for.
Neunheimer Feld
Built after WWII. I would expect there rather modern art than statues.

You could contact the university museum.
You'll have to give them of course the name and faculty (or field of work) of your ancestor.

RE: RE: statues in university

by 3phoenix

Oh. Thanks for that. Haven't been on here in awhile. I think it's 19th century. I shall check around for further details and check on the web pages you mentioned.

Travel Tips for Heidelberg

Walk everywhere. Everything is...

by Abakus

Walk everywhere. Everything is done by foot.And you
will love it. My friends and I were walking around when we heard
beautiful but faint music.We followed are ears to a
hallway made of trees and vines up a stairs (sort of a tunnel)to end up in a castle court where a orchestra was playing.It was out of this world.

Heidelberg Schloss at Jettenbuhl Mountain

by Audrey118

The entrance to the castle courtyard and the big barrel is free. There are lots of tours conducted. Also in the same place is the apotheken (pharmacy) museum.

The Castle was destroyed during the 30 Years' War but it was later rebuilt by Prince Elector Karl Ludwig, but again was destroyed by French troops. Amazingly, no further damage was incurred during World War II, some said because it is such a lovely place.

wander around ALTSTADT, the...

by Krystynn

wander around ALTSTADT, the Old Town area. For me, this is the most ideal way of exploring a place. The Old Town does not cover a particularly large area... so don't panic about getting lost here. :-) You can start your exploration right from Bismarckplatz (like what I did). From Bismarckplatz, stroll along the pedestrianized high street called 'Hauptstrasse'. For the shopaholics amongst us - hear ye, hear ye! This is the main shopping street in Heidelberg and you'll definitely go dizzy at the many opportunities to pick up some of your favorite souvenirs or stop for a coffee break/ bite to eat. See what I chanced upon whilst wandering along Altstadt? Haus zum Ritter (or 'Knight's house' in English) - just off Marktplatz. This is apparently the oldest Renaissance-style private house (built in 1592) in Heidelberg. It is today a quaint and lovely hotel!

Sales or Use Tax

by keeweechic

Sales or Use In Germany, a 16% value-added tax (Mehrwertsteuer - MwSt) is already reflected in the prices of most goods and services; the MwSt rate on books is 7%. Tourists living outside the European Union are eligible for a refund for most of the tax paid on gifts or souvenirs. Make sure you get a Tax-Free form from the store at the time of your purchase. This form should be filled out with your receipt attached. At your final departure from the European Union you must show the completed forms and the items you purchased to customs authorities who will stamp the documents. (Do not put the corresponding items in your checked luggage.) You can then claim your refund immediately through the private company Europe Tax Free Shopping, which has offices at all airports, major road borders and ferry stations.

Deutsches Apothekenmuseum.

by aliante1981

Or, quite simple and in shorter words, German Pharmacy Museum. Sounds quite prosaic, it’s true, but offers a great insight into the life of people in the 17th century. Probably a better one than a stately home. Baroque and Roccoco workshops and a travelling pharmacy are on display.

The place is often left out of a trip to Heidelberg because it has the bad luck to be situated inside the Heidelberg castle, which usually completely takes up people’s imaginations. Check it out, folks – really interesting. It’s in Ottheinrichsbau.


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Address: Steingasse 7, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, 69117, Germany