8. 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.