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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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Frankfurt Combo: Heidelberg Half-Day Trip and Frankfurt City Tour
"Heidelberg Half-Day Trip (9:30am - 3pm) Start your combo tour with a trip to Heidelberg in the morning. Board a luxury coach in central Frankfurt and 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 its lovely Renaissance buildings framed by vibrant green hills lining the River Neckar. Perched above the city is Heidelberg Castle which you’ll visit first. Seeing these famous castle ruins will undoubtedly be a highlight of your half-day trip!Your guide will show you the evocative castle’s many styles of German architecture and its interesting artifacts including the incredible wine barrel that is stored within the castle ruins. Reputedly the largest in the world the Heidelberg wine barrel can hold more than 51 gallons (193 liters) of wine.Enjoy panoramic views over Neckar Valley from the castle before descending into the city of Heidelberg for a walk around its medieval Old Town. Visit the notable Old Bridge Church of the Holy Spirit and House of the Knights with its impressive Renaissance facade and small lanes with half-timbered houses.Then relax on the 1-hour drive back to Frankfurt for the second portion of your combo tour.Frankfurt City Tour (4:30pm - 6:30pm)When you arrive back in Frankfurt
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Old Bridge Tips (44)

City Gate (Stadt Heildelberg)

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 the old bridge and was formerly used as a guardhouse and jail.

the official name of Heidelberg's famous old bridge is Karl-Theodor-Brücke, which is one of the major attractions in Heidelberg and it leads to the Old Town (alstadt) as well. The bridge is 200 meters long (655 feet) and was built in 1788 by Prince Karl Theodor hence the name of the bridge. The bridge is Built of Neckar valley sandstone and it connects the old town to the banks of the Neckar at the eastern end of the Neuenheim district of which at the eastern end is the famous medieval Bridge Gate. along the bridge are two prominent sculptures of which one is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor, who had the bridge built. The other is devoted to the Roman goddess Minerva. You can take wonderful selfies of the Heidelberg Castle along the bridge as well.

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machomikemd
Oct 26, 2015

Karl-Theodor-Brücke (statues)

this will be my pictures of the various markers and statues in and around the famous Bridge such as the old monkey and the Minerva statue.

the official name of Heidelberg's famous old bridge is Karl-Theodor-Brücke, which is one of the major attractions in Heidelberg and it leads to the Old Town (alstadt) as well. The bridge is 200 meters long (655 feet) and was built in 1788 by Prince Karl Theodor hence the name of the bridge. The bridge is Built of Neckar valley sandstone and it connects the old town to the banks of the Neckar at the eastern end of the Neuenheim district of which at the eastern end is the famous medieval Bridge Gate. along the bridge are two prominent sculptures of which one is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor, who had the bridge built. The other is devoted to the Roman goddess Minerva. You can take wonderful selfies of the Heidelberg Castle along the bridge as well.

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machomikemd
Oct 26, 2015

Karl-Theodor-Brücke

the official name of Heidelberg's famous old bridge is Karl-Theodor-Brücke, which is one of the major attractions in Heidelberg and it leads to the Old Town (alstadt) as well. The bridge is 200 meters long (655 feet) and was built in 1788 by Prince Karl Theodor hence the name of the bridge. The bridge is Built of Neckar valley sandstone and it connects the old town to the banks of the Neckar at the eastern end of the Neuenheim district of which at the eastern end is the famous medieval Bridge Gate. along the bridge are two prominent sculptures of which one is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor, who had the bridge built. The other is devoted to the Roman goddess Minerva. You can take wonderful selfies of the Heidelberg Castle along the bridge as well.

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machomikemd
Oct 26, 2015

Alte Brücke

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 monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor, who had the bridge built. The other is devoted to the Roman goddess Minerva (in Greek, Pallas Athene). The monument to the Prince Elector is closer to the south shore of the Neckar. The figures arranged on the two-level base around the monument symbolize the most important rivers of the lands governed by Carl Theodor: the Rhine, Mosel, Danube and Isar.

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Mar 22, 2014
 
 
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Beautiful bridge ….

The first Heidelberg bridge was built by Karl Theodor (1742-1799), which explains it's official name "Karl-Theodor-Brücke". Altogether, the bridge was rebuilt 9 times; more than likely victim of flooding. In 1788, it was finally rebuilt completely in stone and supported by 8 posts. The double-armed bridge gate comes from the late middle ages. The towers served the bridge keeper not only as an apartment, but also as a dungeon for prisoners. In 1945 both rooms above the gateway were refurbished as artistic apartments.

Very cool site …. too bad we were getting dumped on with heavy rain on the day we were there ...

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jlanza29
Nov 12, 2013

The Old Bridge - Carl-Theodor-Bridge

All great romantic cities have a river: Prague has the Vltava, Paris has the Seine, Florence the Arno, and Heidelberg the Neckar river.
"Die Alte Bruecke" (=the old bridge) is named after Kurfuerst (Prince Elector) Carl Theodor and apparently is Germany's 2nd oldest bridge.
The stone structure itself is not actually ancient (built in 1788, destroyed in WWII, rebuilt in 1947) but has been preceeded by ancient wooden structures, the first one dating back to the year 1284! Of course, these wooden bridges weren't very sturdy and didn't survive floods, ice and rot over the years.
The bridge has nine (9) red sandstone arches, blending-in perfectly with the same building material used throughout the old town. On these arches you can see the marked heights and dates of historic and recent floods in the Neckar Valley. A few years ago (2001) the bridge was finally closed to traffic in order to preserve this endangered monument. Nowadays, (thankfully) only pedestrians & bicycles are allowed to cross.
--> NOTE: The bridge is a great spot for photographing the castle.

You will notice two (2) statues on the bridge.One is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor. The statue was restored last year (in 2006) and I witnessed the unveiling ceremony (see pictures). The figures around his feet symbolize the most important rivers of the lands governed by him: the Rhine, Mosel, Danube & Isar.

He was also said to be a great fan and supporter of the arts & sciences. That's why the other statue is dedicated to the goddess of wisdom (Roman goddess Minerva; in Greek: Pallas Athene).

(see my separate tip on the famous Heidelberg Bridge Monkey)

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JessH
Apr 25, 2011

The Neckar River and the Old Bridge

The Old Bridge or Carl Theodor Bridge was originally built in 1786-88. It was destroyed by retreating German soldiers at the end of the Second World War, but was quickly rebuilt and was reopened on July 26, 1947.

To get a better picture of it, with the castle in the background, you should go over to the other side of the river and walk downstream a ways. I was too lazy to do this, obviously. But maybe next time.

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Nemorino
Apr 04, 2011

Alte Bruecke

The Alte Bruecke (Old Bridge) spans the beautiful Neckar River. It is about the fifth bridge built in that spot. The first four were wooden and were destoyed by fire and flood. It was not until the latter part of the 18th century that Prince Elector Karl Theodore ordered the construction of a stone bridge.

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May 18, 2010

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Alte Brücke

The "Alte Brücke" in Heidelberg, also named "Karl-Theodor-Brücke" after the nobleman who established it, connects the Old Town with the suburb of Neuenheim on the opposite shore of the Neckar. A bridge across the Neckar is documented since medieval times, but the bridge in its present form dates back to 1788. The bridge gate though is even older and dates back at least to the 16th century. Interesting details of the bridge are several classicist statues of antique goddesses and a statue of St. Nepomuk on the Neuenheim river bank.

The modern sculpture of the "Brückenaffe" ("bridge monkey") relates to an ancient relief on the bridge showing a monkey with a mirror, according to legend intended to teach all new arrivals entering the city some humility.

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MichaelFalk1969
Jul 22, 2009

Heidelberg Monkey

The Heidelberg Monkey is a "tourist" attraction. If your headed for the bridge, you can't miss him on the left side. Stick your head in the monkeye mask for a picture or just rub the mirror for luck. I was told rubbing the mice next to the statue grants you fertility....hmmmm...how many times did Liz and I touch the mice?!

The inscription on the base of the monkey translates as:
Why are you looking at me? Haven't you seen the monkey in Heidelberg? Look around and you will probably see, more monkeys like me."

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cjg1
Mar 04, 2009

Bronze monkey at the bridge

You cannot fail to miss the monkey sitting at the side of the old bridge which crosses the Neckar river.
Apparantly there has been a statue of a monkey here for hundreds of years but the present one has only been here for 20 years or so. You won't be alone if you pose here. In fact Chris had to queue to be a typical tourist!
There is a sign by the monkey which reads something like "why are you looking at me ? There are plenty more monkeys in Heidelberg"

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nhcram
Sep 28, 2008

Great Place to Relax

The old bridge is a great place to relax and take in the sights of Heidelberg. The views from the river are among the most amazing in Germany in my opinion and each time I have been here I have spent at least thirty minutes to an hour just hanging out watching the world.

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Jul 21, 2008

Things to Do Near Old Bridge

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Old Town/Altstadt

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Kornmarkt

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Heiliggeistkirche

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Town Hall/Rathaus

the Town Hall or Rathaus of Heidelberg lies along Marktplatz and opposite the Holy Spirit Church of which the original town hall was built in the 14th century and was destroyed in the thirty years war...
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Philosophenweg

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Castle - Schloss

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