Heidelberg Travel Guide

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Heidelberg Highlights

  • Pro
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    JessH says…

     So much history, so much life, so much beauty (and I'm still trying to be unbiased!) 

  • Con
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    Sjalen says…

     touristy, expensive, somewhat less German feeling 

  • In a nutshell
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    Sjalen says…

     Romantic views and Japanese tourists 

Heidelberg Things to Do

  • Castle/Schloss

    The Hortus Palatinus in Heidelberg Castle was a Baroque garden in the Italian Renaissance style known as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', and has since been termed 'Germany's greatest Renaissance garden.' The garden was commissioned by Frederick V, Elector Palatine in 1614 for his wife and became famous across Europe during the 17th century for...

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  • Old Bridge

    The famous Old Bridge is one of the last large examples of classical stone bridge building. It links the old town to the banks of the Neckar at the eastern end of the Neuenheim district. It was built of Neckar valley sandstone in the 18th century by Prince Karl Theodor. There are two sculpture groups by Konrad Linck on the Old Bridge. One is a...

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  • Old Town/Altstadt

    This ancient-looking building on the banks of the Neckar River is actually just over one hundred years old. It was built from 1901 to 1903. Concerts, celebrations and conventions are often held here, for instance the "11th International Symposium on Hepatitis C & Related Viruses" in October 2004 and a "Supercomputer Congress" in June...

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Heidelberg Hotels

Heidelberg Restaurants

  • Dine outside in the midst of everyone!

    We stopped by to have some lunch and look around Heidelberg. In the heart of town by the church, there was a large square with a number of chairs and tables outside where people were dining. Everything was quite full but we were fortunate to grab a table.We just ordered some typical dishes and some white wine. I ordered the Kalbsbrust gefüllt mit...

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  • Delicious cakes – Café Gundel

    Café Gundel is an excellent option to stop by for coffee and cake after having walked down from the castle. I have read that it is one of the oldest bakeries in Heidelberg and that they still make their own cakes and pastries. With its location near Kornmarkt (this is where the statue of the Madonna is located which is often found in photos of the...

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  • German comfort food

    We were in Heidelberg for the day, had found parking (hooray), visited the church and walked around town a bit. We were hungry and this looked good. It says Biermuseum on the front, but it was obviously a restaurant with the menu posted at the door so we went in to see what we'd find. If there was a museum, we didn't see it, but they did have every...

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Heidelberg Nightlife

  • Latin Music

    This place used to be a train station but has been changed into a large club.All kinds of cultural events are being performed here,music,theatre, cabaret etc. They're especially liked for their latin music nights, live performances of latin music groups when the students of Heidelberg dance through the night. That depends on what kind of...

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  • O'Hiedi

    Lotsa craic done with a vunderful twist! Hanchen and Guinness! Wear your leather shamrock shaped leather thong!

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  • Latin dancing

    It's even better now that smoking has been banned! The crowd starts arriving after 9:00 p.m. It gets pretty crowded, the atmosphere gets intense as the night progresses. There are always couples dancing seductively but expertly on the floor. I just love watching good dancers.They offer "salsa" classes from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. There was a cover...

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Heidelberg Transportation

  • Train station in Heidelberg

    The train station in Heidelberg is only a fifteen minute walk from Bismarkplatz. Or you can take one of the trams that runs from Bismarkplatz to the Bahnhof...

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  • Lockers in the train station

    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...

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  • Heidelberg Main Station ("Hauptbahnhof")

    The new main station was one of the first new train stations in the young German federal republic and therefore has large dimensions & the charming architectural characteristics of the 1950s. Nowadays, it is listed as a protected historical building. Throughout the decades renovations & new shops have changed the building, but on the main wall with...

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Heidelberg Shopping

  • A Huge Christmas Store!

    This is the Ultimate Christmas store. Ornaments galore! I could have spent a ton of money here but decided I would just two ornaments. Sooo many to choose from, it was really hard to decide. The further I went into the store that had many, many rooms, I thought I might get lost and not know how to get back out. Just this store alone is worth the...

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  • The must go if U wanna shop for costume...

    This is a tiny jewelry store on the main street in Heidelberg that you should not miss. The owner has a selection of different designers and thus ample variety in styles. She has a great taste in choosing the right designers and is quite good in judging in how far jewelry fits your type. A must go to drop in if you are on the way to the cathedral...

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  • Great Souvenirs and Gifts

    A new shop in the old town of Heidelberg. They offer very special and nice gifts and souvenirs that were handcrafted all in Germany, mainly in the South of Germany. Here you find really outstanding products that were lovingly selected and are unique. No bulk goods and kitsch at all. So if you are looking for a real handmade German and stylish...

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Heidelberg Local Customs

  • Food and Drink

    There are two types of gingerbread in Germany: the type that is cut into shapes, i.e. the famous Gingerbread Men, and the softer type that is cut into squares and eaten in copious amounts until your stomach hurts (no? You haven't done that? OK, it's just me then...) If I need fast satisfaction for a Christmas-induced gingerbread craving but do not...

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  • People

    Inside the old Heilig-Geist-Kirche, the church at the market square, there is the grave of King Ruprecht and his wife. He was the founder of this church, of the oldest still standing building at the castle and also of the university. No wonder he is still remembered by the people in Heidelberg. It is a custom for the bride and groom at their...

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  • Language

    Welcome to my part of Germany! If you need help, information or directions in English it's best to approach younger people... they all speak English to various extents: some only have "highschool-English" and others speak it fluently. Strange as it may sound, it can be quite difficult to find a local when you need directions... there are usually...

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Heidelberg Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't let your stepdaughter read this!

    Salome was the daughter of Herodias and the stepdaughter of Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea.Her story is told twice in the Bible. Here is St. Mark's account of it (Mark 6:21-28):And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; And when the daughter...

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  • Ladies, DON'T break a leg

    Indeed, the English language is a strange one: a cobbler (shoe maker) and cobbles (stoney path) are so similar, yet most shoes really don't go well with cobbles.As with most old European cities, Heidelberg is no exception to the wonderous and picturesque cobbled streets.We have a saying in German: "Wer schoen sein will muss leiden" = "if you want...

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  • Watch for roots on the walkways

    One would think that if you paved a path you would also remove the root. Instead the root is merely painted orange. Like you are going to notice what color the root is while deep in thought on the Philosophers Walk.

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Heidelberg Tourist Traps

  • Two tourist traps

    1. The Altstadt, esp. the Hauptstrasse. I couldn't see anything special about. You walk down a well-paved pedestrians-only street for a few hundred yards, past mostly fairly expensive chain-store type shops, chain fast food eating establishments and pubs, cafes etc, clearly aimed at the tourist trade, and slightly more expensive than pubs, cafes,...

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  • Heidelberg

    The whole of Heidelberg is a tourist trap, albeit a very nice one! There are plenty of shop signs in Japanese in the Old Town, American bar staff everywhere and well...with the American army based just outside town it's easy to see why. Sometimes it gets to you and sometimes you can live with it and enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the great Neckar...

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  • Around the Heiliggeistkirche

    There are lots of little shops around the Heiliggeistkirche. And they sell there everything which is in relationsship to germany. But nothing typically for Heidelberg. And very high prices for low quality! Take some pics and that a better souvenir than buying anything there

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Heidelberg What to Pack

  • Pack Light!

    You always hear this advice. But at no point in my life have I followed it to quite this extent. We were able to pack our entire weekend's worth of gear into my one backpack. As such we were able to go to Heidelberg on the way to Karlsruhe from the airport. What greater benefit of packing lightly than to get out and see more than just the one...

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  • These Shoes are made for walking....

    When we visited in January, it started to snow real hard - so we were glad to have some sweaters and gloves with us!One thing that kills me every time is cobble stone pavement - be sure to bring good shoes if you plan on walking around a lot!

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  • Climate in Heidelberg

    There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 - 47°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 23°C ( 71 - 73°F ); min: 12 - 13°C ( 52 - 55°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 5°C ( 38 - 41°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )

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Heidelberg Off The Beaten Path

  • College of Jewish Studies

    Next door to the back end of the City Theater at Friedrichstr. 9 is the Hochschule fuer Juedische Studien or "Hjs".This unique institution offers a wide variety of courses in Jewish history, literature, art and philosophy, as well as languages such as Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish. It views itself as "the successor of the great institutions of Jewish...

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  • Student housing at Heumarkt

    My original reason for taking this picture was to show the nice row of bicycles stretched across one side of the Heumarkt square. (I always like to document bicycle usage in places I visit.)It turns out that these two buildings are student residence halls. The one on the right was named after Gustav Radbruch (1878-1949), a German politician and law...

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  • Hiking, Heidelberg and the Philosopher's...

    Heidelberg is one of the visited cities in Germany, but not many people go there to hike and that’s a pity since there is some great hiking trails just across the river and up behind the magnificent castle. Here is one hike that will get your blood pumping but also provide you some great views of the city and a chance to see some history, both...

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Heidelberg Sports & Outdoors

  • Climbing the stairs up to the castle!

    There are 315 steps leading up to the castle - do I need to say anything else?? Good shoes!!!Although there is an alternative route, I would always prefer to take the stairs: it is much faster and it makes you feel so good, when you see the 300 - mark painted on the steps!

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  • River fun

    Down by the rowing club on the opposite banks of the Neckar, you can find pedalo boats to rent yourself April to September if you want to try out the currents.

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  • DEL Hockey

    For hockey fans, be sure to visit the new (opened in 2005) SAP Arena just East of Mannheim to see the Adler Mannheim take on opponents from across Germany and Europe. Rowdy crowds, lots of singing, good food and a normally excellent team make for a great night out if you're a sports fan. The arena has it's own train stop on the Mannheim-Heidelberg...

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Heidelberg Favorites

  • Useful Information

    The first evidence of human life in Europe was found in Heidelberg: In 1907 a jaw-bone was discovered in a gravel pit in Heidelberg – it is the earliest evidence found of human life in Europe. The "Heidelberg Man" (Homo Heidelbergensis) is the name now given to a member of this extinct human species, considered closely related to "Homo erectus"....

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  • Old Town/Altstadt

    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...

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  • Castle/Schloss

    Located on the north side of the courtyard, FRIEDRICHSBAU owes its existence to Elector Friedrich IV (1553-1610) and his master builder Johannes Schoch. Construction began in 1601 and completed in 1604. This is one magnificent building with a sandstone carving of "Justice" in the middle.

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