Travel to Heidelberg, Germany

A small but mighty city

Situated on the sweeping Neckar River, Heidelberg has served as an important city in Germany since the 14th century. Home of Germany’s first university (est. 1386) this city is an intellectual hub of academic achievement. Stroll through the Baroque-style Old Town, which was left unscathed after WWII. Take the path down the Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s walk) past important monuments, beer gardens, and soak up captivating views of the Heidelberg Castle over the river. Pack a picnic lunch and take the Bergbahn funicular up the steep hill to the Castle. Settle yourself down in the impressive Schlosshof central courtyard and enjoy the spectacular expansive views.

Suggested stay
2 nights +

Things to do in Heidelberg, Germany


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Old Bridge & Town gate
The Old Bridge in Heidelberg is a sandstone pedestrian bridge that goes across the Neckar River linking the old town on one side with the Neuenheim district on the other. It was built in 1786, and even though there were several other bridges before it in this location, it was the first one made of stone.
 
 
 
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Heidelberger Schloss (Heidelberg Castle)
Situated high above the city. Easily accessible, you can either walk up the hill or simply take the comfortable funicular railway that brings you to the Konigstuhl, Heidelberg’s ‘local mountain’. From above you can enjoy the wonderful view over the river, the forested hills and the Alstad
 
 
 
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Heidelberg Castle Festival (Schlossfestspiele)
The world famous and uniqe Schlossruine comes together again this summer season. In three venues this year, a varied theater and concert program runs for two weeks. In the courtyard, director Holger Schultze stages the classic musical Kiss me, Kate and in the tower, it will showcase the new production of Sherlock Holmes, a winking games and many more.

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Recommended hotels in Heidelberg, Germany


We have carefully selected the following list of hotels, based on ratings, customer reviews, location and price. Choose from three classes:
1. Economy – good quality at a reasonably low price. 2. Comfort – a little extra luxury for a good price. 3. Premium – the finest features for a luxurious stay.

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Holiday Inn Express Heidelberg City Centre
The Holiday Inn Express Heidelberg City Center is centrally located within walking distance of the main train station and the entertaining Hauptstrasse shopping street. The hotel is situated in a contemporary building on a lively avenue filled with bars and restaurants. The hotel is within moments away from famous attractions, including the Heidelberg Castle and the historic Old town. Trams and buses is located just outside the hotel that can take you around the city. Each room feature modern touches and calming colors and you can find all the essential amenities needed for your stay. For your stay at The Holiday Inn Express, breakfast is always included.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Heidelberg Hbf: Make your way to tram stop Stadtbücherei and take tram 5 ‘Heidelberg-Mannheim’. In approximately 3 minutes, get off at the 2nd stop and get off at HD Hauptbahnhof. The station will be directly ahead of you.

Hotel Panorama
The Panorama Hotel was newly opened in October 2010. It is situated directly in the center of Heidelberg at the idyllic Neckar Beach right between the Old Town the districts surrounding the city center. The hotel is easily accessible by public transport and the hotel is in an ideal location to explore the city’s attractions. All the city’s famous landmarks can be reached from the hotel in a few minutes by the public transport stop that is just steps out of the hotel. For a relaxing day, take a walk along the Neckar into the Old town to explore the history the city holds.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Heidelberg Hbf: Head towards tram stop Bismarckplatz and get on Tram 21 ‘Hans-Thoma-Platz’. In approximately 4 minute, get off at the 4th stop at HD Hauptbahnhof. From there the station is only steps away.

Hotel Villa Marstall
Villa Marstall is located directly in the old town at the River Neckar. It is a hotel in a perfect location, that provides a beautiful and classy ambience mixed with modern equipments. The hotel is situated in a building dating back to 1876. The hotel provides a great view on Heidelberg Castle, Old Bridge, Philosopher Walk, Old Synagogue Square and as well as a fantastic view of the river. The hotel’s room is equipped with modern furniture and amenities with a german touch.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Heidelberg Hbf: Take a short walk to bus stop Universitätsplatz. Take bus 32 Neuenheimer Feld and in approximately 14 minutes, at the 7th stop get off at HD Hauptbahnhof. The station is 100 m away.

 

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Arthotel Heidelberg
The hotel give off a unique blend of history and modern spirit. The personal, uncomplicated and professional service with its quiet atmosphere has given the Arthotel Heidelberg a popular place for travelers to come to relax and linger. The overall architectural concept of antiquity and modernity has made the Arthotel a unique place and the hotel is proud to receive such recognition. To make the most out of your stay, make sure to ask reception for a Heidelberg Be Welcome CARD. You can experience and save on free travels on public transport and free admission to the castle and any other discounts on tours.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Heidelberg Hbf: Walk 200m towards bus stop Peterskirche. Take bus 33 Emmertsgrund and get off at the 6th stop (approx. 12 minutes) at HD Hauptbahnhof. The station is only meters away.

Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre
Crowne Plaza Heidelberg is located in the hart of the city with all of the city’s attractions within walking distance. The hotel is in a great starting point for your holiday and to explore the city. The hotel gives off a sublime feel good atmosphere with ongoing connection to the world around with the complimentary WiFi. The rooms are modernly designed in natural tones, offering you a restful haven with international standards.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Heidelberg Hbf: Make your way to tram stop Seegarten, it is located directly opposite the hotel. Take tram 5 ‘Heidelberg-Mannheim’ and in approximately 4 mintues, at the 3rd stop, get off at HD Hauptbahnhof. The station will be directly ahead of you from there.

Qube Heidelberg
Qube hotel is a boutique hotel situated in a modern building in the heart of Heidelberg. For an afternoon break, head up to the roof terrace and enjoy the beautiful view of the Neckar River and the picturesque town and the famous Castle. This boutique hotel offers room that are furnished with high quality oak parquet and virgin stone floors. Each rooms are furnished and decorated in respect to individuals with allergies. The hotel is within minutes walk from all the city attractions and to the longest shopping streets in Europe. Qube hotel is a boutique hotel situated in a modern building in the heart of Heidelberg. For an afternoon break, head up to the roof terrace and enjoy the beautiful view of the Neckar River and the picturesque town and the famous Castle.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Heidelberg Hbf: Walk 5 mintues to tram stop Betriebshof. Take tram 24 ‘Rohrbach Süd’ and in approximately 2 minutes, get off at the first stop at HD Hauptbahnhof.

 

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Hotel Europäischer Hof Heidelberg
Hotel Europaischer Hof is a 5 star hotel in the center of Heidelberg historical center. Elegant, individually styled rooms with high quality furnishings are provided at Europäischer Hof Heidelberg. The hotel offers 100 single and double rooms, 14 junior suite, 3 apartments and the penthouse suites that are all individually decorated with facilities and conveniences set above international standards. With its splashing fountains in the daytime and the view of the hills, it is not surprising for travelers to prolong their stay as long as they can. On a warm afternoon, head up to the roof terrace with lounge chairs featuring excellent views of the city and the countryside.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Heidelberg Hbf:Walk 5 minutes towards tram stop Seegarten and take either tram 5 or 21 towards HD Hauptbahnhof. Get off at the 3rd stop and the station is located directly ahead.

 

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Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station for the city of Heidelberg and is located in the western part of the city. Heidelberg is well integrated into the German and European railway systems, reaching and connecting many cities and countries throughout europe. For more information for about the train station, you can visit the website here.

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By foot: Heidelberg is a city of walkers. Distances are short in the city center and most journeys can be made by foot. Walk through the main shopping street of Heidelberg and explore alleys ways, opening up hidden history.

By bike: In the city center, there is 120 kilometers of cycle paths. 30% of Heidelberg’s population prefer to use two wheels, a the city was designated as cyclist friendly. For convenience, rent a VRN next bike to explore the city. These are located close to bus or tram stop and even the train station. For more information you can visit their website here.

By bus & streetcar: Bus and streetcars (trams) are the main form of transportation in Heidelberg. Its center hub is at Bismarktplatz in the Altstadt, where you can catch transport to all areas of the city. Individual tickets are available and can be purchased at ticket machines or with the driver. There are many special passes that make it more affordable and efficient to get around and these can be purchases at the ticket counters at various spots in the city. For more information about these tickets, you can find it here.

Best time to go
May-October. This is when the weather is at its best and the city celebrates innumerable festivals.

Language spoken
German. Many people do understand and speak English to an extent.

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People of the city always appreciate it when you try to communicate using their language. Here are some useful common expressions you might need:

“Shprechen see english?” = Do you speak English?.
“Ich bin tourist. Konnen see mir healfen?” = I’m a tourist. Can you help/assist me?
“Antsholdigong, haben see dee zeit? ” (like “eye”) = Excuse me, do you have the time?
“Antsholdigong, vo ist…?” = Where is …?
“Fielen Dank” = Thank you (very much).
“Reichnong bitta” = The bill/check, please.

Next to the Old Bridge, there are two small breweries. One being the Vetter’s Brauhaus in the Steingasse, which is famous for having one of the strongest beer in the world. For those who love beer, do pop by to enjoy a glass or two.