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The Marktplatz is the focal point of Altstadt street life...
Orchids, ferns and Madagascan succulents thrive in the verdant University Botanical Garden, part of the university’s right-bank Neuenheimer Feld campus. The garden is 2...
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 Pulver Turm (Gunpowder Tower) was damaged by French forces in 1693.
The Neckar’s grassy northern bank between Theodor-Heuss-Brücke and Ernst-Walz-Brücke is a favourite student hang-out when the weather is warm. Small cafes sell snacks and drinks including beer.
The University Library was built in massive Wilhelmian style from 1901 to 1905. Upstairs you can see rare books and prints from its superb collections in the corner Ausstellungsraum (exhibition room).
Children adore the kitschy cuteness of Märchenparadies , a mini-theme park with gentle rides, play areas and fairy-tale characters from Snow White to Rumpelstiltskin.
Up atop the Heiligenberg is the Thingstätte, a Nazi-era amphitheatre. There are several ruins and countless other hiking options in the surrounding hills.
A ticket to the Studentenkarzer gets you into the Alte Aula and an exhibition on the university's history, inside the Alte Universität.
In the centre of Marktplatz is the Hercules fountain; in medieval times petty criminals were chained to it and left to face the populace.
The Schatzkammer of the Jesuitenkirche displays precious religious artefacts.
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