Top choice in Heidelberg Region

The hallowed HockenheimRing, 22km southwest of Heidelberg just east of the A6, has three circuits and stands accommodating up to 120,000 fans. It hosts some of Germany’s most famous car races, including the Formula One German Grand Prix (in even-numbered years).

Motorsports fans can get a look behind the scenes on a 90-minute Insider Tour (in German; English audioguide €2). Tickets are sold at the Motor Sport Museum – reservations are required between December and March.

If roaring along on a speed-limitless Autobahn doesn’t get the adrenaline pumping any more, you can take to the Hockenheim track when it isn’t being used for a race. Action Track Days (per person from €249) see you do three laps on the Grand Prix course with a professional driver in a superfast racing car, eg a Porsche GT3, a Mercedes AMG GTS or a Ferrari 458. Race’n’roll (€429) lets you drive a superfast race car yourself (with a professional instructor as your passenger).

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1. HockenheimRing Motor Sport Museum


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2. Schloss Schwetzingen

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3. Technik Museum

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4. Kaiserdom

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Begun in 1030 by Emperor Konrad II of the Salian dynasty, this extraordinary Romanesque cathedral has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1981. Its…

5. Historisches Museum der Pfalz

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Exhibits at this treasure-packed museum across from the Kaiserdom include the Goldener Zeremonialhut von Schifferstadt, an ornate gilded hat shaped like a…

6. Dreifaltigkeitskirche

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7. Judenhof

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8. Altpörtel

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The 55m-high, 13th-century Altpörtel, the city’s western gate, is the only remaining part of the town wall. Its clock dates from 1761. Climbing 154 steps…