Top attractions in Heidelberg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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- 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
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.
Francesca was our guide. She was so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to; obviously very passionate about Heidelberg (having moved there from Italy 11 years ago) and this was conveyed through her tour. She is softly spoken and very easy to listen to. It was lovely that there were only 3 of us on the English speaking tour, so a very intimate feel. The tour was supposed to last 1.5 hours but ended up being 2 hours, Francesca obviously wanted to give us as much information as possible. Highly recommended, and even better if you get Francesca!
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!
Fun tour of Heidelberg. Segways in good shape. Tour guide was nice and made sure we all felt safe and comfortable. The downside was that we didn’t stop very often. This means we past interesting sites without getting to know about them. It seemed like the tour was about covering the most km rather then about the city. If you are looking just to ride a Segway, then this is for you. If you want to also learn about the city, should look elsewhere.
The tour was outstanding, very informative. However, as we needed to arrive 30mins before the tour started, t.he guide should have made herself known. People were wondering around not knowing which group was which, and there were a lot of tours. Not until 10.30 were we acknowledged.