Private tour

Heidelberg Castle Tour: Residence of the Electors

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49 reviews

Activity provider: Heidelberg Tourist Guide

Heidelberg Castle Tour: Residence of the Electors

Activity provider: Heidelberg Tourist Guide

From US$ 110.83 per group up to 25

Explore Heidelberg Castle, ruling over the valley of Heidelberg from high above. The castle rises up from the middle of a lush green forest of the Odenwald on a steep hill above the valley floor: the Königstuhl.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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English, Russian, German
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  • Learn more about the impressive castle while enjoying with fantastic views of the city
  • Let yourself be enchanted by the region's magical flair
  • Admire the largest wine barrel in the world and taste the delicious regional wines
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Enjoy a walk through the former Hortus Palatinus to the Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a walk to Bushel Terrace, boasting views of the city far into the Rhine, you will be guided through the castle complex and down to the wine cellar, where you will find the world's largest wine barrel. For those who fancy a taste, regional wine is available for sampling, or you can go straight to the Pharmacy Museum in the courtyard. Near the Old Bridge over the Neckar River, the impressive castle ruin is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Germany and a major landmark of Heidelberg. The castle was built from the red sandstone of the Neckar Valley in the 13th Century as a fortress and later served as the residence of the Elector of Heidelberg until its destruction in 1689, during the Nine Years' War. Over the centuries it has been rebuilt by various electors and today shows distinct stylistic elements from three periods. Reach the castle by foot or take the cable car from the historical downtown.
  • Castle tour with guide
  • Tickets for Castle and cable car
  • Entrance to museums and attractions

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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!

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October 9, 2019

Entertaining castle tour

Our tour guide Olga picked us up at the agreed point. She gave us a very competent and entertaining introduction to the history of the palace and the electors. All participants of our group were very satisfied with the information and the charming nature of Olga! The tips she gave for the further organization of the afternoon and other aspects worth seeing in the castle and castle garden were also very helpful! Thank you dear Olga!!!

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April 8, 2019

The castle is magical and our guide (Olga) was so knowledgeable

The Heidelberg castle is a magical place, full of so much history, but we'd never had the full experience of knowledge and understanding of its history had it not been for Olga, our guide. She provided a great tour, in English, with great historical insights. I highly recommend this tour and Olga as your guide.

July 26, 2018

Product ID: 34832