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Private Tour: Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt
"Meet your expert guide and air-conditioned vehicle outside your centrally located Frankfurt hotel to begin your private 6-hour sightseeing tour of Heidelberg a picturesque town on the banks of River Neckar in southwest Germany. Often described as Germany’s most beautiful city Heidelberg is renowned for its Baroque Old Town pretty Renaissance buildings and haunting castle ruins. Follow in the footsteps of the romantic poets most notably Johann Wolfgang van Goethe and the likes of painter William Turner and fall in love with this beautiful
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Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt
"After boarding your luxury coach in central Frankfurt you'll travel approximately 50 miles (80 km) south to the lovely city of Heidelberg. Often described as Germany's most beautiful city Heidelberg will greet you with pretty Renaissance buildings framed by vivid green hills on both sides of the River Neckar.Heidelberg Castle perches over the city and a visit to its famous ruins will undoubtedly be a highlight of your half-day trip. The evocative castle was created as a combination of several buildings clustered around a courtyard each one representing different styles of German architecture. The castle is home to many interesting artifacts including the incredible wine barrel that is stored within the castle ruins. Reputedly the largest in the world
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Private Tour: Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt
"Meet your expert guide and air-conditioned vehicle outside your centrally located Frankfurt hotel to begin your private 6-hour sightseeing tour of Heidelberg a picturesque town on the banks of River Neckar in southwest Germany. Often described as Germany’s most beautiful city Heidelberg is renowned for its Baroque Old Town pretty Renaissance buildings and haunting castle ruins. Follow in the footsteps of the romantic poets most notably Johann Wolfgang van Goethe and the likes of painter William Turner and fall in love with this beautiful
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Kurpfälzisches Museum

The "Kurpfalz" area around Heidelberg became a separate entity in the Middle Ages with a significance disproportional to its size, military power or economic strength as the local ruler became duke elector (one of the few nobles in charge with electing the Emperor of the Holy Roman German Empire).

The decline of the "Kurpfalz" began with the involvement of the local ruler in the devastating 30 Years War 1618 - 1648 and took another blow shortly afterwards when the French sacked the city of Heidelberg in the late 17th century and destroyed the castle.

If you are interested in the volatile history of the area, this interesting museum offers comprehensive information.

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MichaelFalk1969
Jul 23, 2009

KURPFALZ MUSEUM in the old town

(The Kurpfalz today describes the original "Pfalz" region of the roman empire, with Heidelberg as its capital)
This museum covers an impressive array of exhibits, including Archaeology (7 rooms covering over 1,500 square metres), Heidelberg's own history as a roman settlement & modern city, artistic sculptures & paintings from the 16th - 17th century, as well as an educational corner for children (I remember this from my school years...)

Another interesting fact about the museum's building is that it was built in 1712, and Maximilian Joseph von Chelius lived here from 1830-1876: He was a German eye surgeon that founded the first surgical clinic that immensely boosted the future of the medical faculty in Heidelberg University.

My mother and I weren't really in the mood for the museum on our last visit to the city, but we visited to relax with some lunch & coffee in the gorgeous courtyard garden, where you can escape the crowds (and in summer, escape the heat of the main street... see my "off the beaten path" tip)

The current exhibit was titled "Die Kurpfaelzer", depicting the lives & culture of my ancestors in the Heidelberg region (see photo... they weren't exactly attractive... haha!) and for many people in my area, our pride & joy is the copy of the lower jaw of the Homo erectus Heidelbergensis = The Heidelberg Man: this "newly discovered human ancestor" was discovered in 1907 in Mauer (near Heidelberg) and is said to have lived between 250,000 and 600,000 years ago all over Europe.

Opening Hours 2007: daily 10:00am - 06:00pm (Mondays closed)

Admission: Adults 3 EURO (students / senior citizens: 1,80 EURO)
Sundays: Adults 1,80 EURO (students / senior citizens: 1,20 EURO)

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JessH
Jan 20, 2008

Not only the castle...

is worth visiting in Heidelberg. If you are interested in some background information, some archaeology and history of the city and the castle, go to the Kurpfälzische Museum.
Many people pass it, as the entrance is through a gate on main street.The gate opens into a small yard, with a reconstruction of the Four-Gods-Stone of Ladenburg in the centre. Tickets are bought in the building on the left, but the main entrance is straight ahead.

Something to look out for are the special exhibitions. Some time ago there was an excellent one about the Winterking, unlucky Frederic V of Heidelberg, whose love for his wife was greater than his prudence and eventually lost him the crown.

In December 2007 there was an exhibition about Christmas 100 years ago. Lovely toys,old advent calendars, letters to Santa Claus, old Christmas ornaments - it was a beautiful exhibition. It also showed me that Christmas must have been a wonderful time back then, provided you were born into the right family among the top 5 % of the people.

Apart from history the museum also shows paintings and silverware, fine china and some furniture from the princes' daily life.

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christine.j
Jan 10, 2008

Kurpfälzisches Museum

Built in 1712, same year as the Jesuit Church, is this Palais Morass (note how palace is spelt the French way in this region rather than in German) which was built for the University chancellor (imagine the importance of this post in the city!). Pride of place takes a copy of the lower jaw of a 600 000 year old "Homo erectus Heidelbergensis" which was found outside Heidelberg in 1907, but there are also great 16th century art as well as a lot of art from the Romantic period which of course was big in Heidelberg. Costumes and porcelain are als on display and there is a separate section on Heidelberg history from Roman days and onwards. Even if you won't visit the museum, I recommend that you visit the little garden as it is a really tranquil place.

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Sjalen
Nov 17, 2006
 
 
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Völkerkundemuseum

In the green Weimar Palace building, the Portheim Foundation of Science and the Fine Arts has its collection open to the public as an Ethnographical Museum. Originally, the collections included a lot more than ethnography but the palace was plundered during WWII and collections of minerals and religious icons amongst other things disappeared and were sold. The museum is closed Mondays.

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Nov 17, 2006

Dokumentationszentrum der Deutscher Sinti und Roma

We never had time for this docu-centre ourselves but I really want to mention it as it deals with the way that Roma and Sinti people (often bunched together under the name of "gypsies") have been treated in Germany, and especially during the nazi period when they were sent to camps. It also tells of the differences between the two and deals with prejudices around them. If you are into the social- and cultural history of Europe, this would probably be very interesting, although their homepage is in German only and I don't know what languages are represented in the exhibitions. If you DO understand German, there are also lectures now and again on various themes.

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Sjalen
Nov 17, 2006

The University Museum

The University Museum is a window on the history of the University of Heidelberg. The spectrum of the three-room exhibition ranges from the foundation in 1386 to the 20 th century. The wide variety of exhibits illustrate the grand tradition of the University.

Admission is free with the Heidelberg Card. (See my General Information tips.)

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ringleader
Oct 17, 2006

Students’ Prison

The late 18th century saw the establishment of a students’ prison at the rear of the Old University, now a tourist attraction. Earlier, students were subject to the jurisdiction of their universities and special jails were set up for them, still in use in the early 20th century.

Admission is free with the Heidelberg Card. See Heidelberg Card tip in General info.

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Oct 17, 2006

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Armor - Das Schloß Heidelberg

There are quite a few various museums and information centers inside the Heidelberg castle. We just happened into one with quite an impressive suit of armor, as you can see in the picture.

All of these attractions are free once you have entered the castle (about EUR 3)

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Apr 05, 2005

Ethnology Museum/Palais Weimar

At the far end of the old town is the museum owned by the von-Portheim foundation. The building was built in the 18th century and today houses ethnological collections.

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Sep 28, 2008

Things to Do Near Heidelberg

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Philosophenweg

The Philosophenweg (i. e. Philosophers' path) is a path situated in a green area that lies on a hill overlooking the Neckar river and the old core of Heidelberg. Here you can have a stroll, rest a bit...
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Castle - Schloss

Some exterior shots of the building. I always quite like the fine details on a grand building like this. Brick walls are not very interesting but details of arches and entry ways make a building look...
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Old Town/Altstadt

a tour of Heidelberg is not complete without a walking tour of the old town of Heidelberg as the Old Town has many historical Landmarks and buidlings of which a bus tour could not do as most streets...
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Kornmarkt

the Kornmarkt of the Grain Market is a smaller square in Heidelberg which is smaller than the grander Marktplatz, located 100 meters west of the kornmarkt (where the Rathaus and Church of the Holy...
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Old Bridge

The City Gate of Heidelberg lies at the southern end of the famous Old bridge and it leads to Steingrasse Street leading to the Church of The Holy Spirit. The city gates were built in 1788 alongside...
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Heiliggeistkirche

this famous Gothic Church which lies along the Marketplatz area of Heidelberg and is the tallest structure in the city beside the Castle Heidelberg, is formerly a joint place of worship between the...
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