Things to do in

Heidelberg

A half-ruined Renaissance castle, Baroque old town, and historical churches await in this riverside town.

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7 sightseeing hot spots in Heidelberg

Visit beautiful Heidelberg for romance on the rolling Neckar river. This lush green city is home to so many sightseeing opportunities and we'll show you our favorites, whether you like tours, attractions or just taking in the atmosphere.

  • 1. Heidelberg Cathedral

    This sight is truly not to be missed - offering panoramic views from its position 300 meters above the city, the brave can hike up, or take the funicular railway for a lazy ride.

  • Church of the Holy Spirit

    2. Church of the Holy Spirit

    In the heart of the market square, this is the city's most famous church, and an interesting place to duck into when you're done shopping. Free to enter, donations welcome.

  • Heiligenberg

    3. Heiligenberg

    Get lungfuls of clean air on this Holy Mountain – an ideal day's excursion for ramblers and nature lovers. The Philosopher's Walk is a popular route. Check weather predictions.

  • Kurpfälzisches Museum

    4. Kurpfälzisches Museum

    This is the place to learn more about Heidelberg through centuries of art and culture. The museum is closed on Mondays, and open 10:00AM to 6:00PM every other day.

  • 5. Botanischer Garten der Universität Heidelberg

    A calming oasis in the middle of the famed university complex, the botanical gardens are dedicated to preserving wildlife and educating future generations. Small but pretty.

  • Castle Road

    6. Castle Road

    This famed route, Burgenstraße in German, takes you on a roadtrip through history, passing from Mannheim to Switzerland. Plan well and leave plenty or time to explore each city.

  • 7. Old Town

    Plenty to see, do, buy and eat in this historic Old Town. It's the place to catch the funicular to the castle, or just while away a few hours eating ice cream and people watching.

Frequently asked questions about Heidelberg

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Planning Your Visit

  • Get away from the crowd

    For a relaxing experience locals enjoy, try a spa/schwimmbad in Heidelberg. Pools, saunas and steamrooms will soak your worries away, although foreigners should check websites to find out exactly how 'German' the experience will be. Some won't allow swimwear.

  • Eat like a king

    For a quick taste of Germany try a currywurst – the nation's best fast food – especially after a few good beers. Ask for "ohne darm" (without skin) for an authentic experience, and soak up your sauce "mit pommes" (with fries).

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    From May to October the temperatures are warm, the city is in bloom, and there are plenty of outdoor festivals on offer.

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What people are saying about Heidelberg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,793 reviews

Was a super interesting tour. Our guide Karsten Otte was very nice and gave us a lot of information about Heidelberg. We can recommend the tour to everyone. The mountain railway was so overcrowded that we walked from the castle to the old town. That wasn't a problem at all, and you'll be downstairs in ten minutes.

We really had a great time. Great scenery and ofcourse great tour guide/driver. We really enjoyed the trip.

Hans, our guide, was knowledgeable and interesting. He was passionate about Heidelberg and the tour.

In my opinion, it would be nice to have a little more free time in the city

Yes it was such a lovely trip and worth all the money.