This lovely square located at the foot of Heidelberg Castle is said to be the oldest square in Heidelberg. It is here where you will find a statue of the "Holy Madonna" which was erected in a futile attempt to convert the Protestants back to Christianity.
Spend a few moments to admire the lovely square which is paved with cobblestones. Why not rest up and take in the beautiful architecture which surrounds the square? You can take some really wonderful photos of Heidelberg Castle perched up on the hill. The Christmas Market is held here every year and begins the last week of November til Christmas and in Kornmarkt is where the stalls of everything Christmas objects start to line up.
You can also ascend to the top fo the castle from here in one of three separate ways. You can ride the funicular up, walk along a steep inclinded winding path or take the 300+ steps to the top. You will not regret the extra effort.
The Corn Market in the Old town has great photo opportunities of the castle from below, and is on the way to the Bergbahn up the mountain, but is also a sight in itself. Most famous is its Madonna statue in the middle of the square, which was added when the new Kurfurst in 1685 suddenly was a Catholic and wanted all the Protestants to convert back to catholisism. Adding Madonna statues everywhere was part of the propaganda to accomplish this. Not that he succeeded, as many Heidelbergers just up rooted and moved somewhere else. Today, this is one of the most famous sculptures in town and a nice piece of art too.
Kornmarket is also known for having had the famous Hotel Prinz Carl where Queen Victoria, Alfred Tennyson and others have stayed. Sadly it no longer exists, but the square is beautiful nevertheless.
When you walk down to the old town after having visited the castle, take in the wonderful view from Kornmarkt. It is a lovely little square surrounded by historic buildings and you get here automatically when following the road down on your way to Hauptstraße, so turn around and enjoy the good view on the castle.
The Kornmarkt (grain market) was constructed in the 16th century, before, there was a hospital at this place. During secularisation, the hospital was given to the university, but because the buildings were so old and and badly maintained, it was torn down and the market was constructed.
In the middle of the place there is a fountain, the Muttergottesbrunnen (fountain of the mother of God). The statue of Mary was built in 1718 - the erection was a sign of the return of catholicism to Heidelberg.
You can see the fountain at the left side of my first picture.
Kornmarkt is a nice square below the castle and a favourite spot for tourists to take pictures of themselves. There's a lovely statue of Holy Mary in the middle of the square.
When the protestant area was turned catholic in 1685 statues were built all around town by Jesuits - kind of an advertising campaign for catholicism.
Back in the early days of Heidelburg, villagers used to come to this square, right below the eye of the castle, to trade agricultural goods. It's covered in cobblestones and the buildings are picture perfect. You can almost image what it would have been like back in midieval times.
When entering the Oldtown of Heidelberg, the Kornmarkt (near the Town Hall and the Heiliggeistkirche) is the square wich offers the best view on Heidelberg castle. It is also the best starting point for the ascent to the castle. The fountain at the center of the square is adorned with a golden statue of the Mother Mary.
489 metres long and with a 43 per cent gradient at its steepest point, the lower funicular railway line from Kornmarkt to Molkenkur via the castle was officially opened in 1890. The two split-level cars each carry 50 persons and travel at a speed of around four metres per second. In its early days and up until 1907, the lower funicular railway used a water ballasting system from Molkenkur down into the valley. This made it easier to pull the cars up to the castle and to Molkenkur, the water being discharged again at the base station.
If you don't feel like trekking the several hundred (or more?!) steps up to the Heidelberg Castle, you can catch this railway ride from the Kornmarkt up to the castle and beyond to Molkenkur or Königstuhl.
Prices range from 3 -13 Euros - or it can be free with the Heidelberg Card. Check my general tips for card information.
In 1685, the ?Kurpfalz? (Palatinate), to this date a protestant region, was taken over by a Catholic sovereign who tried to convert his subjects to Catholicism and started a religious campaign. Jesuits supported this campaign by spreading pamphlets, organizing pilgrimages and erecting Madonna statues ? one of which is the ?Madonna at the Kornmarkt."
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This is the oldest square in Heidelberg. From here you have an excellent view on the castle ruins. In its centre is the statue of Virgin Mary.
The market square was erected in 16th century on the foundation of an old hospital. It was used as market for milk and herbage, later also for grains. That's where the name derives from.
Another peaceful square in the town, which makes this a great place to spend the day strolling around after your visit to the schloss.