Heidelberg Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Local Culture
- 90%Family Travelers
- 70%Art & Design Lovers
- 60%Business Travelers
- 59%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 59%Budget Travelers
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- HeidelbergMember ofBudget TravelersFamily TravelersFoodies+ 4Jun 14, 2014
Amazing city, no transportation needed, everything is close enough for you to walk to. The castle is located on top of the hill and is beautiful and makes the trip to Heidelberg even betterRecommended for:
- HeidelbergMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
Heidelberg is a fun college town on the River Necktar and with just 145,000 people, it has that small town feel that is so conspicuously absent in other German cities of a similar size. Physically, it's beautiful - the Rhine Rift Valley is gorgeous but it's the people who make it awesome. I was hitchhiking from Switzerland to Frankfurt and a guy in from Heidelberg picked me and my girlfriend up, let us crash at his place there when we arrived, took us to his favorite spots and introduced us to all his friends. We were instant locals with a crew. That's Heidelberg for ya.Recommended for:
- HeidelbergMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Oct 22, 2013
Heidelberg is a favorite among tourists and one of the best cities I have visited in germany. It will simply capture your heart. Famous the world over, So much charm and character between the Old Bridge and the world famous Heidelberg castle, culture and entertainment at its best, heavenly cuisine and a picturesque setting nestled between the Neckar river and the foothills of the Odenwald forest.Recommended for:
- HeidelbergNov 23, 2012
Heidelberg has always been the place I wanted to visit because I heard so much about it even before being in Germany. I took the tram to the Heidelberg Castle. From the castle, one is able to have a good view of beautiful Heidelberg. There is a German Pharmacy Museum within the compound of the castle and there is no entrance fee! It is really difficult to capture the whole beauty of Heidelberg to show it to you on my blog. Thus, I captured my impressions in a video documentary here:
- HeidelbergMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 2Nov 16, 2012
It's pretty, it's small, there's a ruined castle on the hill, there's a river and cute bridges and yummy food...definitely a great place in and of itself.
The Christmas market season is wonderful with several different markets around town. If you're lucky you'll be there the weekend of the castle market which has a medieval feel to it. Really beautiful.
- HeidelbergMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodiesOct 28, 2012
It is a nice German city, with a cute historical center. there is an intersting castle in the middle of the old part from which there is a ncie view on the river and the city all around. Heidelberg is full of students as there is quite a big university and it is alive ( especially for being a German city)
- HeidelbergJul 26, 2012
This is a really touristy city, but don't let that dissuade you from visiting. The castle, located very close to the city center, is worth the trip alone. The river and shopping are excellent too, although for different reasons. Beware missionaries!
- HeidelbergMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 18, 2012
You wouldn't know this is a bustling college town unless you stayed through the night. Walk through Heidelberg's old town, sip Eiswein at the castle, and take a hike along Philospher's Way. There is a lovely charm to the city that has the amenities of large city but the stillness of a small town.
- HeidelbergMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersJul 05, 2012
This is a popular tourist destination due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape, including Heidelberg Castle and the baroque style Old Town. We were on a river cruise and were able to see the castle and have lunch in the old town.
- HeidelbergJul 04, 2012
What do you do to bring visitors to your castle? You light it up... or set it on fire. However, if a real fire seems too cumbersome, but you still want something nevertheless spectacular, use Bengal lights and fireworks. The technique was developed and proved successful in the picturesque German town of Heidelberg to commemorate the Heidelberg Castle's very eventful history. The fascinating spectacle of flames and light is called Schlossbeleuchtung - castle illumination - and is done in memory of the three times in history when the castle went up in flames. The first two times were due to wars with the French in 1689 and 1693, and the last time when the castle was hit by lightning in 1764. In case you've missed the original three events of Castle Illumination, don't worry: they are recreated with fireworks every Summer - the first Saturdays in June and September, and the second Saturday in July.
The magnificent ruins of Heidelberg Castle are no less impressive during the day. Built as a fortress with towers and moats in around 1300, this castle is perched high above the town as a symbol of the feudal power. To get them through the turbulent times, it's likely that the lords of the castle made regular use of the royal wine cellar, which is home to the biggest wine barrel in the world. Made from 130 oak trees, it is seven meters wide and over eight meters in length. The Elector Karl Theodor once employed a dwarf to guard the barrel - as if something that big really needs to be guarded.
As breathtaking as the castle is from the city, so is the view of the city from the castle. While I was standing on the top of the hill admiring an amazing view of Heidelberg, the Neckar River, and the Neckar Valley far into the Rhine plain, I knew it would be hard for me to describe it. But when it comes to Heidelberg, I have the professional support of a famous writer. As Mark Twain put it, "I have never enjoyed a view which had such a serene and satisfying charm about it as this one gives." It looks like the celebrated author shared my fascination with this charming town: it must have been the reason why, after having come to Heidelberg to spend a day, he instead stayed for three months.
Out of the many things Mark Twain loved about Heidelberg and found worthy to write about, one is still relevant today: it's a university town atmosphere. Not just any university, but the oldest in Germany established in 1386. Contrary to popular belief, not everybody enrolled in university exclusively for the dueling, drinking, playing jokes on authorities and freeing local pigs. However, for those who did actually prefer the aforementioned scientific activities, there was the Student Prison. Imprisonment would last from three days to four weeks. Students were allowed to attend lectures, but were required to return to jail at the end of the day. In absence of TV and Internet, they spent time decorating the walls with drawings. Those art works were preserved for future generations, and judging by some wall inscriptions many prisoners found their stay in Studentkarzer very entertaining. One thing you will not miss in Heidelberg is the Old Bridge. Though not particularly old - built in the 18th century - it has inspired numerous poets and artists. And what you'll not miss on the bridge is the bronze sculpture of the Bridge Monkey holding a mirror. Legend says that if you touch the mirror you'll be provided with a good fortune, and, if you'll touch the fingers of the Bridge Monkey it would ensure your return to Heidelberg. Well, the mirror looked pretty polished, so it must be working. I've gently tapped the bronze creature's hand in hope of returning: one day in this lovely place was not merely enough.
- HeidelbergJul 04, 2012
Heidelberg is such a fun place to hang out. It may be a medieval town, but there is plenty of bars, shopping, and restaurants. But there is also plenty of history and culture as well. The Heidelberg Castle is a fascinating visit and I highly recommend the guided tour.
- HeidelbergMember ofFamily TravelersArt & Design LoversJul 03, 2012
this is such a pretty university town, it looks like something right out of a picture book. we enjoyed walking the streets up to the cathedral and down again and finished our little stroll with the best tasting italian ice-cream i've ever tasted. it's also a very good starting/ending point for a trip into the Black Forest which we also loved.
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