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Heidelberg

A half-ruined Renaissance castle, Baroque old town, and historical churches await in this riverside town.

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1.5-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town of Heidelberg

1. 1.5-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town of Heidelberg

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.”

Heidelberg: 50-minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

2. Heidelberg: 50-minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

See Heidelberg from a different point of view and cruise the Neckar River. Sit back and relax as you glide along the water, underneath the Old Bridge with a unique view of the Heidelberg Castle. Opt to purchase a drink or snack and capture the best highlights in a short period of time. Head toward the Old Bridge and capture first views of the Heidelberg Castle. Admire the partially rebuilt structure, nestled within a hill and looking over the old city. Afterward, the ship will steer alongside the Neuenheimer riverbank, with its majestic villas and the famous Philosophenweg. Experience the ship turnaround at the Wielblinger Wehrsteg, and drive upstream along the historic town hall back to the pier. If you get peckish, snacks and drinks are available for purchase as you see the major highlights in one sweet trip.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

3. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Enjoy a morning tour to the romantic city of Heidelberg situated on the River Neckar, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It's simply magical. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a stunning combination of architectural styles stretching from the Gothic period to the Renaissance. Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the imposing terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. You then wander through the medieval town center. Here you will see 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 and discover the old narrow lanes with their half-timbered houses. Heidelberg is also home to Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories. And if you still have some time to spare, you can philosophize on Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or discover the excellent regional wines – the two go together quite nicely.

Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

4. Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

Discover the castles of the Neckar valley on this riverboat tour from Heidelberg to Neckarsteinach. Relax aboard a comfortable ship with a covered seating area where you can choose your seat. Have the option of choosing a one-way trip or a round-trip cruise. Check in at the activity provider's office and board the spacious ship. Set off through the countryside. Pass under one of the arches of the 18th-century Old Heidelberg Bridge. Admire the ruins of the Renaissance Heidelberg Palace. Set off through the winding waters through the verdant countryside. Capture pictures of the four castles of Neckarsteinach. Look for local wildlife like deer, boar, and birds as you sail through the verdant Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park. Relax and purchase delicious food and refreshing drinks onboard as you sail along. With your round trip ticket, you can stay in Neckarsteinach to visit the castles or travel back to Heidelberg at any time.

Segway Tour Heidelberg - Highly Philosophical!

5. Segway Tour Heidelberg - Highly Philosophical!

Experience Heidelberg from a whole new perspective. Enjoy the fascinating views and insights that this highly philosophical Segway Tour along the Philosophers’ Walk has to offer! The main attraction Heidelberg offers is not the castle, but the Philosophers’ Walk, as it features the best views of the castle. Whoever sees the massive castle ruins from the Philosophers’ Walk is certain to visit them. The appeal of the Philosophers’ Walk, however, cannot easily be spotted from the castle. It’s an insider’s tip which you’ll discover on a Segway. Start the tour from Neckarmünzplatz in front of the tourist office. Float along the banks of the Neckar and cross the Old Bridge, moving towards Neuenheim to the market square. From there, continue to the zoo, the public swimming pool, and across the Neuenheimer Feld with its imposing University buildings via Handschuhsheim to Neuenheim. Here, the path of great minds begins: the Philosophers’ Walk. Enjoy magnificent views and fascinating insights. Afterwards, drive back to the starting point, the Old Bridge.

Heidelberg: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Night Watchman

6. Heidelberg: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Night Watchman

Immerse yourself in the spooky world of werewolves, ghosts, and vampires. Enjoy a tour guided by a night watchman through Heidelberg’s most famous lore and legends, and visit the creepy locations of murder and myths. Dressed in a lovingly made and detailed costume, the night watchman reveals the dark side of the romantic old town. Listen to stories that will truly give you goosebumps. Visit the locations of vicious murders and learn all about wild students and terrible monsters. Dare to venture down the picturesque streets in the evening and discover their secrets. Feel a cold shiver down the spine at the mention of supernatural beings and events.

Heidelberg: 2-Hour Spooky Tour with Hangman’s Daughter

7. Heidelberg: 2-Hour Spooky Tour with Hangman’s Daughter

Enjoy a very special walking tour with ghost stories of Heidelberg. Join the Hangman’s Daughter on one of her walks and search for old haunted houses and witches hidings. Hear stories of poltergeists who wreak havoc in town houses, the souls of burned witches, and evil dogs in the darkest corners of the old town. Explore Heidelberg’s romantic old town and learn about dreadful crimes and cruel punishments during the Middle Ages. Find out how an executioner could make a living with his “services” in the old days and get to know the dark side of the town.

Heidelberg & Neckar Valley: Segway Tour - 360 Degrees

8. Heidelberg & Neckar Valley: Segway Tour - 360 Degrees

Discover Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley on this Segway tour. Start your tour at the Neckarmünzplatz and cross the Old Bridge to the opposite side of the river Neckar. From there, head to the first highlight of this 360 degree tour, the Philosophenweg (philosphers' way) with a fantastic view over the city. The second historic place will be the Monastery Neuburg, which was founded in 1130, and looks back on an interesting history. Continue to the Köpfel and see the Neckar Valley, the city of Heidelberg and the Rhine Valley from above. From there, drive into the valley to Ziegelhausen and, on the other side of the Neckar steeply uphill to the Wolfsbrunnen, you will find a restaurant and conference center which has been extensively restored to its former glory. A glance onto the guestlist, which boasts crowned heads and famous artists of all genres, will convey its glamour in previous times. Afterwards, continue further towards Heidelberg Castle and pass Villa Bosch and the Carl Bosch Museum, which will provide fascinating insights into the life and the inventions of Carl Bosch, the Nobel Laureate from Heidelberg. Enjoy the amazing view of the castle garden from above the castle before gliding further to the Klingenteich. Pass the Jewish Cemetery on your way back to the Old Town and the starting point at the Neckarmünzplatz.

Heidelberg: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

9. Heidelberg: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

Make the most out of your visit to Heidelberg with this interactive smartphone scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Complete location-based riddles as you walk through the greenery of Bismarckplatz Park and the charming cobbled streets of Heidelberger Altstadt (old town). After downloading the tour app on your mobile device (instructions received via email after booking), you'll follow a route that leads you to 10 of the most important sights in the city. As you explore, use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to uncover clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Feel the thrill of solving each riddle as you work to finish the game. Choose to start or pause the tour whenever you want and explore the city at your own personal pace. Along the way, learn history and facts about Heidelberg to get a local perspective of this picturesque city. The tour route includes Bismarckplatz Park, the House of the Giant, the Kurpfälzisches Museum, Universitätsplatz, Jesuitenkirche, Marktplatz, Brückenaffe, the Old Bridge, Kornmarkt, and Karlsplatz, where the tour ends.

Heidelberg: City of Romance 2-Hour Walking Tour

10. Heidelberg: City of Romance 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover Heidelberg, the city of romance, and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Old Town. In just 2 hours you’ll see all the historical landmarks in the city. Get information and insider tips that you won’t find in any guide book – especially tailored to your interests. Stroll along one of the longest pedestrian zones in Germany straight through the picturesque Old Town, and admire the stunning Baroque architecture that remained largely unaffected by the two world wars. See the beautiful Alte Brücke, which is 230 years old and named after its founder, Prince Karl Theodor. This bridge used to be the only connection point between Frankfurt and Basel. Together with the castle and the River Neckar, it is one of the main landmarks of the city. You can also admire the Church of the Holy Spirit in Gothic and Baroque style, which once housed a collection of valuable documents and was originally built as a tomb of the Palatinate electors.

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What people are saying about Heidelberg

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,065 reviews

The tour guide spoke clearly and in a detailed manner. She had a wealth of knowledge exhibited whenever any one of us asked follow-up questions. Thank you.

We had a lot of fun with the puzzles! We were on the road for a total of 5 hours. With the game you notice much more of the history of the city.

Awesome day , would not have seen most the attractions and city had I did this city visit on my own , highly recommended.

All good to find. Interesting information. Great puzzles.

Crew was on time and we experienced very good scenery...