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Getting there & away

Heidelberg is 21km southeast of Mannheim and 120km northwest of Stuttgart.

Lufthansa’s Airport Shuttle (0621-651 620; www.lufthansa-airportbus.de) links the Crown Plaza Hotel (Kurfürstenanlage 1–3), three blocks southwest of Bismarckplatz, with Frankfurt airport (€18, 1¼ hours, almost hourly).

The north–south A5 links Heidelberg with both Frankfurt and Karlsruhe.

There are at least hourly train services to/from Baden-Baden (€17, one hour), Frankfurt (€13.40, one hour) and Stuttgart (€21, 40 minutes).