This is a great place to enjoy the afternoon with some food and pils. When the weather is nice, this area gets very crowded, but still is good to sit and relax. Especially if you have kids that need to burn some energy by running around the fountain.
This is the huge gate that gains access to the Old Town. If you already are in the Old Town, take the street close for cars, go to the Marktplatz and pass in front of the Church´s entrance ( Heiliggeistkirche ), than follow the direction to the river ( Neckar River ). The gate will show up before the bridge.
In the center of Alstadt is the cobblestone Markplatz. Line with shops and cafes but back in the old days this where accused witches and heretics were burned at the stake. Some of Heidelberg oldest structures border the squares: the 14th century Heiliggestkirche ( Church of the Holy Spirit) and the 16th century Haus Zum Ritter) which located opposite the church.
Just below the castle and to the west is the old town (altstadt), with lots of interesting buildings and the big church. This is without a doubt the most beautiful part of the city and should not be missed. There are also several shops and restaurants in this area of town.
See the beautiful buildings and narrow, twisting streets in the centre. Most buildings are in Baroque and Gothic style.
The probably oldest living house in town is the red building with the restaurant "Zum Ritter" (not in this photo) It is one of the old Renaissance buildings that survived the air raids of the World War Two.
Look -- whether you realize it or not, you're in Germany to drink. That's what the Germans do, and you want to blend in. What better place to taste the fermented goodness of 'ein bier, bitte' than a pub that's been around for three centuries? I give you the Roten Ochsen (Red Ox).
Now, I imagine this place can get pretty touristy, but when we went (a particularly chilly March) the students were on spring break and the tourists were home, so it was just us and thirty proto-typical German bier-und-brat guys.
You will discover the charme of Heidelberg when walking through the beautiful streets of its old town.
There's lovely pubs, beautiful old houses, nice squares and a great atmosphere here. I really enjoyed just walking around here looking at facades, shops and little details!
Walking around the Altstadt (Old Town) & you'll come across this Renaissance-styled building which is very distinctive even from afar.
The Old Town is a very relaxing place to enjoy a pleasant afternoon with the locals.
Or, you could get yourself some gifts from the Haupstrasse, a traffic-free street lined with quaint shops stocking a wide variety of crystals, glass and some decorative handcrafts. Very artistic; very unique to delight everyone at home.
I'll be... if you offer to buy me something, whatever... hahaha...
Check out Altstadt - the Old Town of Heidelberg and its numerous tourist attractions. Since this town is also sometimes referred to as a University Town, make sure you don't miss out visiting the following places:-
(1) Universitätsplatz and the old university, a Baroque-style building.
(2) The Student prison in Augustinergasse.
(3) The Jesuitenkiche (Jesuit's church) on Schulgasse.
(4) Markplatz - a great place for a cuppa coffee!!
(5) Alte Brücke (the Old Bridge).
(6) Brückentor (the Bridge Gate)... a very good spot to take some photos!
Then, join the queue to have your picture taken with the famed Heidelberg monkey. You'll only know what I'm talking about when you're actually there.
Stroll along the Hauptstrasse, a pedestrianized street lined with many lovely shops and cafes. My kind of place to unwind... :-)
This seemingly endless cobblestoned street is lined with people at all hours of the day and night. Did you know that Hauptstrasse is also the most traveled street here in Heidelberg? Amazing. And most of the buildings here are built hundreds of years ago.
For those amongst you who love to sip a cup of coffee - the al fresco style - you can choose to do so at the many cafes lining the Hauptstrasse.
Would you also like to know what I've observed, during my stay here in Heidelberg, about the Germans?? Why, they seem to have this passion for ice creams (called ice) since there are almost as many ice shops here in Haupstrasse as there are cafes!!! The other frequently seen stores are undoubtedly the Bakeries and Apothecaries. Hm....
The city Hall in the square has existed in it's present form since 1701. The city hall is still used for civil weddings.
Great bars and clubs as well as coffee houses. Sit in Hemmingways Cafe, enjoy a beer and watch the river. Check out the Hard Rock Cafe.
On nice days many people turn out in the Alstadt to stroll, to shop, and to sit and people watch. Enjoy a bier, a coffee, a cake, whatever suits your fancy.
In the narrow streets and alleys off Hauptstrasse, you will find many cute houses with beautiful windows.