Old Town/Altstadt, Heidelberg

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    Altstadt

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 22, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Heidelberg is the fifth-largest city in the State of Baden-Württemberg. It lies on the River Neckar in a steep valley in the Odenwald.
    Heidelberg is popular due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape, including Heidelberg Castle and the baroque style Old Town.
    Heidelberg Castle is a famous ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.
    The earliest castle structure was built before 1214. However in 1537 a lightning-bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650 before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764 another lightning-bolt caused a fire which destroyed some rebuilt sections.

    You can watch my 4 min 40 sec Video Heidelberg Altstadt out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Old Town

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Old town is quite small and an easy way to see the city is by walking. We decided to start our walk up to Heidelberg Castle, then make our way back down to old town. The Christmas Market was in full force and we walked around checking out all the Christmas stalls.

    Fondest memory: Walking around in search for a special "football" scarf for someone back home. I enjoyed walking through the Christmas market and looking at all the Christmas ornaments...I brought a few back home with me.

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    Digitally walk through old Heidelberg

    by JessH Updated Jan 20, 2008

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    Explanation of the map's features (Heidelberg)

    Favorite thing: This map provided by the Heidelberg Tourism Board is excellent, and even though I'm a "local" I still use it!

    This particular link I am sharing with you describes the locations of all the major and minor sights, statues, historic buildings, etc. in the old town:
    --> simply zoom into certain parts on the map by clicking on the magnifying glass with the "+" symbol, draw a square with your mouse and that section will be enlarged. Then "walk" down the Haupstrasse (main street) by using the arrows on the border of the map.

    I usually start my walk at the Bismarkplatz (this is where I get off the tram) and walk down the street towards the Heilig Geist Kirche (Holy Ghost church), with the Neckar river to my left.

    Fondest memory: This map is a fantastic way to explore Old Heidelberg before your trip. The map doesn't give detailed information about the nature of certain buildings, so I recommend this link for fantastic information: http://ww2.heidelberg.de/Altstadt-Information/english/index.htm

    There is also a search feature on the left side of the map. Enter the address of e.g.: your Hotel, and the map will show you the sights closest to you.

    CLICK HERE for your digital walk!
    http://ww2.heidelberg.de/hd_map/index_t.html

    --> (if you click on this link, you will see instructions on how to use the Map: http://ww2.heidelberg.de/hd_map/html_hd/about_poi.html)

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    Viewpoints

    by Sjalen Updated Nov 22, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Let's face it. Half the joy of being in Heidelberg is about the surrounding scenery with the Neckar valley and so on. Therefore, one of my absolute favourite things to do is to visit the viewpoints. Either Philosophenweg for views across to the Castle and Old Town, or as in these pictures, the many terraces in and outside the Castle for views down to the Old Town.

    Fondest memory: Brewery Vetter. Which has nothing to do with viewpoints :)))

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    Altstadt (The old town)

    by Leipzig Updated Feb 25, 2004

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    Altstadt impression

    Favorite thing: The old town, nestled on the banks of the river, is simply charming with all its tiny winding lanes and alleys. The Altstadt district is for pedestrians only which is very pleasant as you won't get disturbed by honking cars and ringing bicycles.

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    Street Browsing

    by jrgentle Updated Mar 16, 2003

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    Road to the river.

    Favorite thing: If me and my friends have time to do nothing, we often just take a stroll through the streets in the Altstadt (old town). Great fun, and you always run into someone you know.

    Fondest memory: Friendly atmosphere. No one is a stranger long in Heidelberg.

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    Markt Platz

    by sandysmith Updated Dec 15, 2002

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    Marktplatz

    Favorite thing: The Markt Platz is a lovely open square...great place for a coffee at of of the many cafes and people watching and admiring the architecture around you.
    In days of old people would have watched witches and heretics being burnt in the 15th century.

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    Marktplatz (Market Square)

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Hercules fountain at Market Square

    Favorite thing: One of the distinctive character of the Heidelbergtown are to be found at the market suqare; they are the Holy Ghost church on the left of this picture and nearby is the Rathaus which is the old town hall.
    It was here in olden days public courts of justice were held, and witches were punished and possibly burned to death.

    In this picture you also see the fountain, Herkulesbrunnen who as if looks down to all passerbys.

    Fondest memory: The Hercules statue was made in 1700s - Baroque styled.

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    wander around ALTSTADT, the...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: 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!

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    Hanging in the Markplatz

    by Callavetta Written Jul 9, 2005

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    Favorite thing: In the summer, hang out in the Markplatz, a favorite of the lounging, drinking crowd. Watch the sunset (late!) over the old Castle on the hill. The Markplatz is a favorite gathering place.

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  • Little streets

    by partre Written Jun 23, 2004
    Narrow street

    Favorite thing: Take a walk in the numerous narrow streets of the Old Town; they are filled with typical little houses.

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    The narrow streets

    by Leipzig Updated Jun 14, 2003

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    Heidelberg centre

    Favorite thing: Stroll around the narrow streets and enjoy the flair of town's history. Or just sit down in one of the numerous pubs and watch the people passing by.

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    Heidelburg buildings

    by Martin_S. Written Feb 17, 2003

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    Building facade, Heidelburg, Germany

    Favorite thing: Yet another building showing the architectural variety of Heidelburg. I have a feeling this is going in the direction of the rooftops of Dobrovnik.......

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    Downtown Heidelburg

    by Martin_S. Written Feb 17, 2003

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    Downtown Heidelburg, Germany

    Favorite thing: Take a walk and your camera with you to downtown Heidelburg. Just the "common" buidlings almost without excepition have a story to show or tell.

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