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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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Heidelberg: Neckar River Sightseeing Cruise with a Drink

1. Heidelberg: Neckar River Sightseeing Cruise with a Drink

Immerse yourself in the charm of Heidelberg from a new perspective by cruising along the serene waters of the Neckar River. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views of the Old Bridge as you glide underneath it and take in the view of the famous Heidelberg Castle in the background. You can get a drink (softdrinks, water, beer) of your choice, which is included in your booking. Embark on your journey down the Neckar River and take views of some of Heidelberg's most famous sights. See the historic of Heidelberg Castle nestled atop a hill and overlooking the old city, as the boat approaches the Old Bridge. Next, admire picturesque views of the grand villas along the Neuenheimer riverbank and don't miss the famous Philosophenweg. As the boat turns around at the Wielblinger Wehrsteg, see the historic town hall on your return journey, before disembarking back at the pier. This trip encapsulates the most significant highlights of Heidelberg, while allowing you to relax aboard ship.

Heidelberg: Walking Tour of the Old Town

2. 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.”

Heidelberg: Night Watchman Historic Adventure Tour

3. Heidelberg: Night Watchman Historic Adventure Tour

Learn all about the lives of those on the outside of society with this interactive historical adventure tour through scenic Heidelberg. Take in the City Hall, Korn Market, and all the key sights as you go. Meet your Night Watchman at Hercules fountain in the Market Square to begin your tour of Heidelberg from below. Hear stories from Medieval history as you pass by the landmarks like the Korn Market Madonna, the Palais Prinz Carl, and the Palais Graimberg. Pause at Karl Square and admire the ruins of the city's old castle. Stroll through old small streets and paths with your guide including Eselspfad, Leyergasse, Semmelgasse, and Steingasse. Stop at the 18th-century Holländer Hof and learn about the fate of those living outside the city walls. Admire the iconic old town bridge as you immerse yourself in old Heidelberg in the company of your Night Watchman.

Sinsheim: Technik Museum Day Pass and IMAX 3D Ticket

4. Sinsheim: Technik Museum Day Pass and IMAX 3D Ticket

Explore the Technik Museum Sinsheim – which offers a unique variety of technology, unparalleled worldwide, just an hour south of Frankfurt. Embark on a journey through time and discover the milestones of technical history. See a red Ferrari, learn about the record that the Blue Flame set, and learn the cubic capacity of the Brutus experimental vehicle. See the largest dance hall organ in the world, and the Concorde. In addition to the supersonic jets and other aircraft that you can walk right up to, there is even more: hundreds of elegant vintage cars, motorcycles high in horsepower, sports cars, colourful dragsters, powerful agricultural machines, Formula-1 legends, nostalgic racing bikes, and huge steam locomotives. Imax 3D Laser 4K Then, enjoy a unique adventure documentary and Hollywood blockbusters in IMAX size, on gigantic, 22 x 27-meter screen. Enjoy a crystal-clear and razor sharp brilliance from the screen with 12-channel surround sound and mega bass. Take a break at our restaurant or bistro which will spoil you with cold and hot meals, beverages as well as coffee and cake.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg, Castle and Old City Guided Tour

5. 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: BODY WORLDS Museum Entrance Ticket

6. Heidelberg: BODY WORLDS Museum Entrance Ticket

Learn about all aspects of the human body through unique exhibits at the amazing BODY WORLDS Museum. Visit the permanent collection created by plastinator Dr. Gunther von Hagens and curator Dr. Angelina Whalley and explore the human anatomy. Examine organ functions, questions about health, and the interesting Anatomy of Happiness exhibition that examines what makes is content. Track your own happiness at interactive stations and understand the wonderful complexity of your inner world. Marvel at the precise and scientifically focused preparation of the plastinates, and enjoy their aesthetically pleasing, creative, and often delightfully whimsical presentation.

Heidelberg: On the trail of the Night Watchmen

7. Heidelberg: On the trail of the Night Watchmen

The call of the night watchman rang out every hour in the streets of the former electoral residence on the Neckar. And now it sounds again: During the tours of the Heidelberg night watchman. The tour starts at the Market Square, by the Hercules Fountain. You'll pass by the City Hall, Holy Spirit Church, and Palais Prinz Carl (former Grand Hotel, one of the most beautiful wedding locations in the region). Walk along small historic streets like Burgweg and Kanzleigasse until you reach Karl Square from where you can enjoy the best view of the world-known ruins of the old castle. Pass by many old historic buildings like Palais Boisseree, Science academy, Schmitthenner House, and many more. The guide will share entertaining stories about the sites and things that one experienced in the nocturnal streets of Heidelberg, the history of the city, its streets and squares, its local originals, and personalities.

HeidelbergCard: 1, 2, or 4 Days

8. HeidelbergCard: 1, 2, or 4 Days

Discover the city of Heidelberg with one card: entrance tickets to Heidelberg Castle, a cable car ride to the castle, free use of public transport, and many discount and special offers are included! All HeidelbergCARD options include many discounts. Whether it is for tours, culture, museums, restaurants, or shopping – with the HeidelbergCARD you can enjoy the city even more! With the card you can also use public transport for free. The HeidelbergCARD allows you to ride on the city’s VRN metro buses, trams, and authorized trains - 2nd-class seats on Deutsche Bahn: Regional-Express, Regionalbahn, and S-Bahn - in the greater Heidelberg area, or “Wabe 125” fare zone, during the period shown.

From Frankfurt: Day Tour to Heidelberg with Local Guide

9. From Frankfurt: Day Tour to Heidelberg with Local Guide

Enjoy a guided day tour to the beautiful city of Heidelberg, and discover why this historical city on the Neckar is visited by millions of visitors from all over the world every year. Start your tour by visiting the famous Heidelberg Castle. Learn about the castle's structure, its courtyard, ruins, and construction. Enjoy a wonderful view of the city from the castle's huge terrace, and look at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. After visiting the castle, walk through the medieval center to the old bridge and the Karlstor, the Renaissance house to the knight, and the Heiliggeistkirche. Learn about the city's history from your local guide.

Heidelberg Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

10. Heidelberg Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Get to know Heidelberg at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the tour app on your mobile device, you'll follow a route that leads you to 10 of the most important sights in the city. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Start your tour at the imposing Bismarckplatz, in the center of the city. Visit the Haus zum Riesen a modern palace and explore the Kurpfälzisches Museum with its unique exhibits. Take a photo at Universitätsplatz and let yourself get lost in the historic Jesuitenkirche, one of Heidelberg's oldest churches. Learn about the market square, the oldest square in the city with a huge history. Admire the Old Bridge with its magnificent view. See, walk, and learn about Kornmarkt a place straight out of old medieval stories, while Karlsplatz will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour. 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.

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4.5
(3,445 reviews)

Gunther was my tour guide and he was great, really friendly, professional, knew his facts. Had a great time. Would recommend to others. Just shame it wasn't the whole day as would've liked to have more tour and information like a walking tour around Heidenburg town centre.

We have on March 28th. did the tour - with the night watchman Conrad. He was so informative and funny. We'll do another tour next time we stay. We recommend.

Great guide, explained a lot and told you about the city. Funny, humorous and interesting. Great experience. Thank you very much

It was a very peaceful experience of cruising along the Necter River.

Konrad did a great job. It was really entertaining.