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  • Heidelberg & Neckar Valley: Segway Tour - 360 Degrees

    1. Heidelberg & Neckar Valley: Segway Tour - 360 Degrees

    Discover Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley on this Segway tour. Start your tour at the Neckarmünzplatz and cross the Old Bridge to the opposite side of the river Neckar. From there, head to the first highlight of this 360 degree tour, the Philosophenweg (philosphers' way) with a fantastic view over the city. The second historic place will be the Monastery Neuburg, which was founded in 1130, and looks back on an interesting history. Continue to the Köpfel and see the Neckar Valley, the city of Heidelberg and the Rhine Valley from above. From there, drive into the valley to Ziegelhausen and, on the other side of the Neckar steeply uphill to the Wolfsbrunnen, you will find a restaurant and conference center which has been extensively restored to its former glory. A glance onto the guestlist, which boasts crowned heads and famous artists of all genres, will convey its glamour in previous tim...

    We very much enjoyed a two and a half hour Segway trip with the lovely Carla, who was happy, chatty and full of little snippets of information. The Segway ride itself was easy and very pleasant, taking us the whole way around Heidelberg and its surrounds, as well as visiting the Wolf’s Fountain, the Castle and the cobbled Old Town, giving us a good insight into the town in a relatively short amount of time. The thing that made our Segway trip extra special was that the whole of Europe was engulfed in a heatwave, including Heidelberg, however we managed to glide effortlessly and elegantly around the whole city without breaking a sweat! We would recommend this trip to anyone.

  • HeidelbergCard: 1, 2, or 4 Days with Free Lanyard

    2. HeidelbergCard: 1, 2, or 4 Days with Free Lanyard

    Discover the city of Heidelberg with one card: entrance tickets to Heidelberg Castle, a cable car ride to the castle, free use of public transport, and many discount and special offers are included! All HeidelbergCARD options include many discounts. Whether it is for tours, culture, museums, restaurants, or shopping – with the HeidelbergCARD you can enjoy the city even more! With the card you can also use public transport for free. The HeidelbergCARD allows you to ride on the city’s VRN metro buses, trams, and authorized trains - 2nd-class seats on Deutsche Bahn: Regional-Express, Regionalbahn, and S-Bahn - in the greater Heidelberg area, or “Wabe 125” fare zone, during the period shown.

    If you are coming from the train main station, the travel information office is just right outside the station which is very convenient to pick-up your Heidelberg cards. The included funicular ticket is great specially if the day gets busy because you do not need to fall in line to purchase a ticket, you just go straight to the turnstile and swipe your ticket.

  • Heidelberg: Sightseeing Bus and Castle Tour

    3. Heidelberg: Sightseeing Bus and Castle Tour

    First enjoy a comfortable bus tour with a certified guide, where you will learn more about the history of the city. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the spectacular Heidelberg Castle. Then, visit the grounds of Heidelberg Palace and admire its beauty up close. See the elegant inner courtyard and the famous Great Heidelberg Tun (wine barrel.) After exploring the castle, ride the funicular railway back to the Old Town.

  • Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

    4. Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

    Discover Heidelberg and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the old town. In just a few hours you can explore all the historical sights. Learn interesting information and get great insider tips that won’t be found in any guide book – specifically tailored to your wishes. Stroll along one of the longest pedestrian zones in Germany directly through the picturesque old town and admire the magnificent Baroque buildings. See the beautiful Old Bridge and the impressive Church of the Holy Spirit, which once housed a collection of valuable documents. Walk through the former Hortus Palatinus (Garden Palatinate) to Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a detour to Scheffel Terrace with breathtaking views of the city and the Rhine River, you will head to the castle complex itself. Here you can see the largest ever wine barrel and enjoy wine tasting in the castle cellar or visit the Pharmacy M...

    Our guide was Olga and she was phenomenal! She was incredibly knowledgeable and full of energy. She has a wonderful personality and her Enthusiasm really showed through. If she may have given this to her a 100 times or a 1000 times but she was incredibly enthusiastic and really made it a nice personal experience. Ours was an English tour but I understand that Olga It is also fluent in German and Russian and may be other languages. At the end of the tour we really hated to see her go. I wish we had not run out of things to learn about :)

  • Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

    5. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

    Enjoy a morning tour to the romantic city of Heidelberg situated on the River Neckar, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It's simply magical. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a stunning combination of architectural styles stretching from the Gothic period to the Renaissance. Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the imposing terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. You then wander through the medieval town center. Here you will see the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade and discover the old narrow lanes with their half-timbered houses. Heidelberg is also home to Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories. And if you still have some time to spare, you can philosophize on <...

    Had a wonderful day trip with our guide Micheal and driver Nico. Michael kept us busy with his narration about the history of Frankfurt, Heidelberg and Germany in general (including details about the architecture, culture, arts, technology and more). Once in Heidelberg we had a tour of the castle and the apothecary museum, and then we were given a free time to explore on our own. Highly recommended!

  • Heidelberg Highlights Segway Tour with Castle

    6. Heidelberg Highlights Segway Tour with Castle

    Immerse yourself in the history of Heidelberg and discover both well-known and obscure highlights of the city by Segway on this tour. See a living picture of the interesting landscape of the Neckar Valley as you ride down historically-significant streets. Begin the tour at Neckarmünzplatz and ride over the Old Bridge to the other side of the Neckar. The first famous sight is the Neuburg Abbey, built in 1130 and filled with history. Then head to Köpfel with its views of the Neckar Valley, the city of Heidelberg and the plains of the Rhine. Continue into the valley to Ziegelhausen and take the steep ascent to Wolfsbrunnen, a restaurant and conference center that was recently renovated. See the glamour of the restaurant's earlier days with a look at the guest list filled with famous artists and royalty. Ride in the direction of the castle past the Villa Bosch and the Carl Bosch Museum th...

    It was a great tour with a very friendly guide who showed us the most important sights and who told us interesting facts about the city.

  • Heidelberg Castle Tour: Residence of the Electors

    7. Heidelberg Castle Tour: Residence of the Electors

    Enjoy a walk through the former Hortus Palatinus to the Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a walk to Bushel Terrace, boasting views of the city far into the Rhine, you will be guided through the castle complex and down to the wine cellar, where you will find the world's largest wine barrel. For those who fancy a taste, regional wine is available for sampling, or you can go straight to the Pharmacy Museum in the courtyard. Near the Old Bridge over the Neckar River, the impressive castle ruin is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Germany and a major landmark of Heidelberg. The castle was built from the red sandstone of the Neckar Valley in the 13th Century as a fortress and later served as the residence of the Elector of Heidelberg until its destruction in 1689, during the Nine Years' War. Over the centuries it has been rebuilt by various electors and today shows distinct stylisti...

    It says hotel pickup. One would expect a van or car. No. The guide will walk to your hotel, and then you will walk to the start site. Our tour was to start at 12:00. Our guide finished a tour at 12:00. She would have had to walk 15 minutes to get us, and then 15 minutes back. By then it would be at least 12:30. She asked if we would just meet her at the start point. We did. Tour started 20 minutes late, but she stayed with us 20 minutes past the stated end time. Should NOT advertise hotel pickup!

  • Heidelberg: The Christmas Tour

    8. Heidelberg: The Christmas Tour

    On this exclusive walking tour, see the best of the Heidelberg Christmas Market. Enjoy the original Heidelberger Weihnachtsbier (a special Christmas brew), the best mulled wine from the local wineries, and all the delicacies of the region. On request, you may also explore the shops in the Old Town. The Heidelberg Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful and largest markets in the South-West. Experience the Christmas market on an exclusive program which will be catered to your own tastes.  Among others, visit the famous castle, the old bridge, the university, and all other places of interest, ending your tour at Glühweinbude.  

  • Heidelberg: Group Tour with the Night Watchman

    9. Heidelberg: Group Tour with the Night Watchman

    Take a city tour of a different kind in the footsteps of murderers, witches, executioners and of course, students. Get to know famous and lesser-known places of Heidelberg's history, like the "Faule Pelz" prison, the "Studentenkarzer" university prison, the Witches' Tower, the Brückentorverlies and the Hinrichtungsplatz. Let your guide lead you on this walking tour as a medieval night watchman with centuries-old historical knowledge and anecdotes about the mystical places in the beautiful old city of Heidelberg.  The walking tour goes through the city and past the castle according to a variety of myths and legends of particular interest to young participants, and includes visits from other famous characters.

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Our guide was Olga and she was phenomenal! She was incredibly knowledgeable and full of energy. She has a wonderful personality and her Enthusiasm really showed through. If she may have given this to her a 100 times or a 1000 times but she was incredibly enthusiastic and really made it a nice personal experience. Ours was an English tour but I understand that Olga It is also fluent in German and Russian and may be other languages. At the end of the tour we really hated to see her go. I wish we had not run out of things to learn about :)

Had a wonderful day trip with our guide Micheal and driver Nico. Michael kept us busy with his narration about the history of Frankfurt, Heidelberg and Germany in general (including details about the architecture, culture, arts, technology and more). Once in Heidelberg we had a tour of the castle and the apothecary museum, and then we were given a free time to explore on our own. Highly recommended!

It was a great tour with a very friendly guide who showed us the most important sights and who told us interesting facts about the city.

First time on a Segway. It was a lot of fun, good introduction and nice guide

Guide ant cities was excellent!! I recommend thoa tour!