On this 2.5-hour guided walking tour, you will learn about the history of the city, first discovery of "Heidelberg Man", the many artists that found inspiration in this Romantic town. The history of the Germany’s oldest university, and the prominent thinkers associated with the university. Pope Urban VI, Student Jail, Philosophers' Walk, and the meaning of the “Student’s kiss”, a particularly delicious chocolate delight. See the Old Town, The Church of the Holy Spirit, The University, The Castle of Heidelberg, Wine Barrel in the Castle, and Charles Bridge.
Visit: Altstadt (Old Town), Heidelberg, Baden-WurttembergWe shall start our tour in the Old Town, the heart of the city life. Here, experience the wonderful combination of old and new buildings, narrow streets, market squares, arts, history, science, shopping, eating and relaxing. The main road through the Old Town one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe and is where most of the shopping is centered. Have a look at the Church of the Holy Spirit the most famous church in Heidelberg, one of the few buildings in the city to survive the many wars during the past centuries. Pass by the local University and learn how it was founded in 1386 on instruction of Pope Urban VI, Heidelberg is Germany's oldest university and one of the world's oldest surviving universities. Don’t miss a visit to the Student Jail. Students were detained here for minor offences such as disturbing the peace, and so were still allowed to attend their lectures – as long as they returned when their class was over. In use between 1778 and 1914, the walls of the jail are filled with the incarcerated students’ writings, images, and portraits. In the second part of the tour we will climb to the Castle of Heidelberg, one of the main landmarks of the city, for a great panoramic view of the old town. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located 80 meters (260 ft.) up the northern part of the hillside, and thereby dominates the view of the Old downtown. After this history lesson with great photo opportunities we will end our walking tour.