Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg

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Heidelberg: Walking Tour of the Old Town

Heidelberg: Walking Tour of the Old Town

Look behind the scenes of Heidelberg! If you want to discover the exciting, romantic, funny and always entertaining stories Heidelberg has to offer, join this guided tour of the old town and learn more from the qualified guides. Enchanting alleys and squares, small gardens that pop up unexpectedly, museums and galleries: Heidelberg’s old town has many facets. This tour will breathe life into the city’s past, adding rich detail to the contours of today’s city. Whether it is the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Jesuitenviertel, Germany’s oldest university with its Students’ Prison, or other sightseeing attractions: every place of interest in the old town has a unique ambiance and history well worth immersing yourself in for a few minutes. The tour also passes along the main street, one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe. Many detours into the alleyways of the old town confirm the truth of the old saying “you only truly learn about the countryside by taking the back roads.”

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg, Castle and Old City Guided Tour

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg, Castle and Old City Guided Tour

Experience the charm of Heidelberg on this day trip from Frankfurt which includes the entrance to Heidelberg Castle. Board an air-conditioned bus at a centrally-located bus stop in Frankfurt. Sit back and relax on the drive to Heidelberg. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle which has a stunning combination of Gothic and Renaissance elements.  Stroll through the mighty courtyard. From the huge terrace you have an excellent view over Heidelberg. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Wander through the medieval town center to find 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. Take a walk on old narrow lanes lined with half-timbered houses or pass by Germany’s oldest university. Return to Frankfurt by bus at the end of your tour. 

Heidelberg: Entertaining Guided Tour to Old Town Highlights

Heidelberg: Entertaining Guided Tour to Old Town Highlights

Discover one of the most romantic cities in Germany on this guided walking tour. Stroll through the winding streets of the beautiful Old Town and be entertained by the stories behind the historical buildings. Find out where famous visitors found inspiration in the city on the Neckar River.  Start your tour of Heidelberg with the statue of Hercules in front of the town hall and find out what brought the Greek hero to the city of German romance. Wander through the charming small streets of Heidelberg's Old Town which still bears witness to the medieval layout of the city.  Find out which house was the only one that survived the great city fire of 1693 and what connection the French poet Victor Hugo had to the Renaissance building. Learn how the picturesque city cast its spell on famous wordsmiths and artists including Goethe, Heinrich Heine, Mark Twain and Turner.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

Two of southern Germany's most charming communities offer a look at the country's medieval charm. You'll see the romantic city of Heidelberg and the historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Your journey begins with a morning tour to Heidelberg. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, follow the Romantic Road into the uplands of Bavaria for a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. High above the Tauber River valley, the picturesque old lanes and the castle garden give you a look at the elegance of another era. See the wood-carved altar of St. Jakobs Church and marvel at half-timbered houses, the city gates, and the mighty Renaissance Town Hall. In the afternoon, take some leisure time to explore the town on your own. Look for the local delicacy called a "Schneeball," a fried dough ball with many different toppings before you meet your group for your journey back to Frankfurt.

Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

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 Museum in the courtyard.

Heidelberg - Old Town tour Including Castle visit

Heidelberg - Old Town tour Including Castle visit

Start your tour at the Lion Fountain and walk by the oldest University in Germany which dates back to 1386. It is also one of the world's oldest and highly ranked universities which are functioning till date. One of the most popular squares of Heidelberg - Universitätsplatz is also located here. Here, you will see the Lion fountain in front of the main portal of the Old Assembly Hall. Walk by the Hauptstrasse, which is one of the oldest and popular shopping streets in Europe, you will visit the largest Church in Heidelberg, the Church of the Holy Spirit which is located in the center of the Old town. It was built between 1398 and 1515 and is a blend of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Walk across the marketplace known as the Marktplatz. Dating back to the medieval period, it is the oldest square of the city and has existed since the inception of the city. You will see the town hall as well as the Church of the Holy Spirit here. Stroll on the Karl-Theodor Bridge, the arched-shaped Old Bridge which spans the Neckar river. Over a period of more than 700 years there have been 9 bridges constructed on this site. The current bridge was constructed in 1788 by Elector Charles Theodore. It is one of the famous landmarks in Heidelberg where you can also see the beautiful views of the hillsides which surround the city. You will have the chance to picture yourself along with the Old bridge gate which is towards the southern end of the bridge. Experience the Philosopher’s trail which is located on the Northern banks of the Neckar river. It is said that many Philosophers and Artists throughout history have walked on this romantic path offering them solitude. Here, you can see views of the beautiful Old town, the Neckar river and the Heidelberg Castle. Get to see the corn market which is a very popular square in Heidelberg from where you can see spectacular views of the Heidelberg castle standing in its background. In the center of this square, there is a Mary column along with three fountains known as Kornmarkt-Madonna made by Peter van den Branden in 1718. Mark Twain, the famous American writer is said to have visited this market in 1874 during one of his visits to Heidelberg. Finally, You will visit the Heidelberg Schloss which dates back to even before 1214. Struck by lightning, damaged by fire, the Castle still stands today and is a very famous landmark in Heidelberg and a very popular castle in Germany. Prince Elector Ruprecht III is known to be the first royal to have resided here. Within the cellars of the Heidelberg Castle you will find the Heidelberg Tun, which is the world's largest wine barrel and can store about 58000 gallons of wine.

Heidelberg's Altstadt: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Heidelberg's Altstadt: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Join Heidelberg resident Erin McGann on a winding self-guided audio tour of the picturesque Altstadt, the old town of this fascinating German city on the banks of the Neckar River.  Take in the famous Church of the Holy Ghost in the center of the main market square, discover the carvings that allowed residents to check the legal size of their pretzels (really!), hear stories of the catastrophic floods, find out which buildings are the oldest, hear how the university students got so rowdy they ended up with their own prison, and learn about the romantic history of our ruined castle.  The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline. 

Heidelberg: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

Heidelberg: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

You’re looking for a fun way to explore the city at your own pace? Then, this city-exploration game is made for you! You’ll entertain all your group with interesting questions, while still teaching them fun facts about the city. Your mission (should you choose to accept it): Jackson Wilde, the famous city-explorer, needs your help… Help him solve quizzes to gather as many points as possible. With this activity, you will be guided through the following locations: 1. Karlstor 2. Castle 3. University Library 4. Old University 5. Jesuit Church 6. Kornmarkt Madonna 7. Market Square 8. Church of the Holy Spirit 9. Brückentor 10. Old Bridge 11. Love Stone Download the app on Android or iOS (or access it directly through your browser) to get access to a fun mission, multiple quizzes, as well as city guides about each monument. So, are you ready to explore Heidelberg?

Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

Explore romantic Heidelberg and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on a delightful combination of a city tour and river cruise. Admire some of Germany's most charming sights, from the medieval castles in one of the country's most beautiful cities to a ride on a classic steamer. Your day starts with a ride south from Frankfurt to the picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, the tour takes you into the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its remarkable scenery and medieval structures. Admire the mighty castles, villages, and charming little vineyards, and then board a Rhine steamer for a voyage downriver. Once you're back ashore, stop to sample the local wine in a local tavern and enjoy a delicious dinner in a restaurant by the riverbank before the time comes for your return to Frankfurt.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

The romantic old city of Heidelberg and the famed spa town of Baden-Baden form the setting for this day trip across southeastern Germany. See the remains of a famous Renaissance castle, explore the enchanting woodland of the Black Forest, and get a firsthand look at the region's iconic sights. Your day starts with a ride south to Heidelberg, a picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Then, take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. In the afternoon, your tour continues to Baden-Baden, one of Europe's most beautiful health resorts and best-preserved spas. When you arrive, pay a visit to the elegant Kurhaus, where you can check out the immaculate gardens and parks around the stylish casino. Next, take a tour through the enchanting coniferous woods of the Black Forest and visit the Mummelsee, a glacial lake among the mountains that was left behind by the last Ice Age. Take some free time to relax amid this beautiful scenery and check out the locally crafted cuckoo clocks, which carry on a tradition that began here in the woods, before you set out for the return trip north to Frankfurt.

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We learned a lot of interesting things in and about Heidelberg. Martin, our guide, was responsive to individual requests and, despite several breaks due to bad weather, completed the tour without looking at the clock. Questions were answered right up until the end, and one even followed up with a message. Thank you very much. Highly recommended!

Our guide, Ms. Christiane Berger, was the best we have ever experienced as a city guide, with such enthusiasm, joy, motivation, sympathy and friendliness, Ms. Berger was brimming with information. A very big THANK YOU from the whole tour group!

Susan was amazing! She put a lot of effort on the guide, it was really interesting and funny at the same time. We’re definitely coming back to the beautiful Heidelberg and we really hope to see her again!

We really enjoyed the city tour and found it very informative. Mr. Otte made the tour very pleasant and charming. We are very happy that he guided us through Heidelberg.

I really enjoyed the tour. It was super informative and it was obvious that our guide cherishes the city with all of her insights.