The grassy, flowery Castle Garden, on the hillside south and east of the Schloss, is a lovely spot for a stroll or a picnic. The cracked...
The German Pharmacy Museum, off the Schlosshof at Schloss Heidelberg , illustrates the history of Western pharmacology, in which Germany...
The Schloss’s central courtyard is surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance buildings so elaborate they often elicit gasps from visitors, as...
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A tiny place serving tasty, inexpensive Persian cuisine based on chicken, lamb and/or veggies. Good value.
Schloss Heidelberg information
Towering over the Altstadt, Heidelberg’s ruined Renaissance castle cuts a romantic figure, especially across the Neckar River when illuminated at night. Attractions include the world's largest wine cask and fabulous views. It's reached either via a steep, cobbled trail in about 10 minutes or by taking the Bergbahn (cogwheel train) from Kornmarkt station. The only way to see the less-than-scintillating interior is by tour, which can be safely skipped. After 6pm you can stroll the grounds for free.
Once you arrive up top, you'll be struck by the far-reaching views over the Neckar River and the Altstadt rooftops. Show your ticket to enter the Schlosshof , the castle’s central courtyard, which is framed by reconstructed Gothic and Renaissance buildings with elaborate facades. The most eye-catching belongs to the Friedrichsbau, which is festooned with lifesize sculptures of kings and emperors.
You can't miss the Grosses Fass , the world's largest wine cask, with a capacity of about 228,000L. Also worthwhile is a spin around the surprisingly interesting Deutsches Apotheken-Museum .