From the Altstadt, just below the Heidelberg Castle, there are a few options to approach the castle--most are well marked. We have always chosen the relatively easy 10-minute walk up Kurzer Buckel from just behind Karlsplatz. This is a pedestrian-only walkway that is relatively steep at times, and has several sections of stairs. This approach takes you along the right side of the castle.
You are also able to drive to the castle entrance via Neue Schlosstrasse, but parking is very limited at the top. This route also takes you along the castle's right side.
I believe there is also a walking path up the hill from the left of the castle, but I do not know for sure how to get there.
Finally, there is a short cog railway called the Bergbahn that departs from Parking Garage 12 at the Kornmarkt. The first stop is the castle, then it makes several other stops as it climbs the mountain south of the town. The final stop is Konigstuhl, 550 meters above sea level, where visitors can enjoy a walk along the nature trails of the Odenwald forest. Cost is 3 Euro one way and 5 Euro round trip from the Kornmarkt to the castle. Round trip to the Konigstuhl is 8 Euro.
You can take the bus, the train, the metro with that ´ticket.
Ticket 24: for 1 person: 12 Euro, for 24 hours and you can drive so often as you like , and that not only in Heidelberg centre but also a little bit outside
maybe you just enter the bus 33 or 34 from the bismarkplatz and drive to ziegelhausen, about 8 KM outside and watch outside the window and enjoy the ride through the "Neckartal".....
Ticket 24 Plus: you can take up to 4 persons with you,same condition as the ticket above.
There are a lot of other good ticket, for example 3 days
If you know, you go from A to B and to C and the to D....that tickets will save your money.
You can go to the castle by funicular railway. You have to take it at Kornmarkt (it is a square). The journey to the castle takes around two minutes.
Otherwise you can go to the castle area via a path called Burgweg; it begins from Kornmarkt; or you can climb 303 steps along the Schlossweg.
You can also go to the castle by bus.
The Baden-Württemberg-Ticket is a day pass for unlimited train transportation within the region/state of Baden-Württemberg. It costs 18 € for 1 person and 27 € for up to 5 persons! You are only allowed to use local trains or trams and the time frame is from 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. the next morning. Most public transportation is also included, but I usually ask to be 100% sure!
We used it to go from Eggenstein to Heidelberg and so the tram ride to the Karlsruhe trainstation was included, the train ride to Heidelberg and even public transportation within Heidelberg! This was a great bargain!!!
And had we started earlier and had not been invited for dinner back in Eggenstein that evening, we could have roamed the region so much more.... But there can always be a next time!!!
Germany has an excellent, very punctual rail infrastructure. Most of the major train routes go to Mannheim where you change onto a regional train that takes around 15 minutes to get from Mannheim to Heidelberg.
The main tourist office is located at the Hauptbahnhof - main train station so you can get your walking guides and heidelberg cards here. The Hauptbahnhof is located a 10 minute tram ride from the centre of town - or you can take a leisurely walk down the long Hauptstrasse (running parallel with the River neckar) into the centre of town doing some shopping on the way.
The old town starts at Bismarckplatz, which is the main hub for trams and buses, at one end of the Hauptstrasse. The old town then runs along the Haupstrasse all the way down to the the Karlstor, past the castle.
The best way to get to Heidelberg is by train. If you are coming from Karlsruhe, you can take the train to Heidleberg. Just remember to get off at the Hauptbahnhof. There is a stop before that one and we got off there and then had to take a bus the rest of the way.
Once you exit the main train station, take a bus to Bismarkplatz where you can start your tour by walking down the Hauptstrasse, or Main Street!
when visiting heidelberg castle i suggest using the funicular. you can walk to the castle from the heidelberg altstadt but the road is quite steep. there are two stations, one at the castle an another at the top of the mountain. i arrived in heidelberg by car and instead of trying to find a parking place in the altstadt i drove to the top of the mountain and took the funicular down to the castle. there was plenty of parking spots and the funicular was not crowded.
To save a steep walk up to the castle take the Bergbahn (mountain railway) from the Kornmarkt parking garage, just off Kornmarkt.
If you really want to walk then go across Kornmarkt, into Burgweg, where the path splits - either follow the steps to the right or take the scenic (no step) route to the left. Follow the signs up to the castle. Be advised though that in the summer heat this can be quite a strenuous walk up hill.
The Heidelberg Bergbahnen is an easy means of transport uphill for a castle visit. But you can travel even to Heidelberg's highest lookoff point The Königstuhl at 550 Meters altitude.
There are two tracks. The lower is the steep one departing from the Kornmarkt station, with a stop at the Castle and ending at the Molkenkur. The upper tracks start at the Mulkenkur, where you have to change trains (also change the train type) and ends at the Königstuhl.
The Kornmarkt station is well equiped, with directions for the international traveller and very good bathroom facilities.
A single ticket for the lower/upper tracks: € 3,00
A return tiket for the lower/upper tracks: € 5,00
A single ticket for the combined tracks: € 5,00
A return tiket for the combined tracks: € 8,00
Winter: 9AM 5PM Lower tracks every 10 minutes; Upper tracks every 20 minutes
Summer: 9AM - 8PM Lower tracks every 10 minutes; Upper tracks every 20 minutes
I went to Heidelberg from Karlsruhe by train.
The journey took around 45 minutes.
Once in Heidelberg you have to take a tram or a bus to the city center. The train station is quite far from it. Take a tram that goes to Bismarckplatz. This square is located at the beginning of Hauptstrasse (see tip.)
I was in Heidelberg train station today (December 2011) and measured the lockers.
There are small, medium and large lockers.
Fees are 2,4 or 6 Euro for 24 hours.
You can prepay a lockers for up to three days, then it will be opened.
The lockers are all 80 cm deep.
The small ones are about 80x32x43,
the medium ones about 80x32x60
and the large ones about 80x45x80.
I say "about" because it was difficult to measure
since the doors don't stay open, I had to hold them
open and at the same time try to measure with the yardstick.
There may be one or two cm more, not less. I tried to write down
the smallest possible width and length.
There are 20 of the large lockers, more of the small and medium
Heidelberg is well connected to the rest of Germany by the fast ICE and also IC trains. It's only a little less than three hours to Cologne, where I came from, and it is easy to reach many other cities like Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. Trains also go directly to Salzburg in Austria and Zurich in Switerland from here. From the end of the Hauptstraße at Bismarckplatz it is a walk of about one and a half km to the station and because by then I had been walking all day, I took a tram to the central train station. It takes you there within a few minutes.
Heidelberg's train station is of middle size, you have a big bookshop, a groceries shop/drug store, public toilets, and a few fastfood stops.
Probably the easiest way in and out of Heidelberg from Frankfurt airport. Buy your roundtrip ticket on your way in and be sure to call to reserve your return ride a day or two early. We left several people waiting who had not reserved their ride. The bus does run hourly but you will need two to three hours to clear inspections and preflight boarding on your way out. E36 roundtrip, oneway E20. If you did fly with Lufthansa the ticket is discounted, show the driver your boarding pass. Don't forget to tip your driver. Not everyone does but I'm sure one euro per bag/ person is good.
In Heidelberg live many students and I guess this is one reason why many people get around by bike.
If you park our bike at the main station I suggest to remember quite good where you have put it ...
Heidelberg can easily be reached by ICE and IC/EC trains (express trains) from all over Germany as well as local trains for trips to and from surrounding cities like Karlsruhe.
Heidelberg Hbf means Hauptbahnhof and that means central station.