Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Heidelberg

Schloss Heidelberg

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…
Top Choice Trail in Heidelberg

Philosophenweg

Winding past monuments, towers, ruins, a beer garden and an enormous Thingstätte (amphitheatre; built by the Nazis in 1935), the 2.5km-long Philosophers’ Walk has captivating views of Heidelberg's Schloss, especiall…
Museum in Heidelberg

Kurpfälzisches Museum

The city-run Palatinate Museum has well-presented exhibits on Heidelberg’s eventful history and is especially strong on the Roman period – exhibits include original wood beams from a 3rd-century bridge. To learn abo…
Bridge in Heidelberg

Alte Brücke

Heidelberg's 200m-long ‘old bridge’, built in 1786, connects the Altstadt with the river’s right bank and the Schlangenweg (Snake Path), whose switchbacks lead to the Philosophenweg (Philosophers' Walk). Next to the…
Church in Heidelberg

Heiliggeistkirche

For bird’s-eye views, climb 208 stairs to the top of the tower of Heidelberg's famous church, constructed between 1344 and 1441, which was shared by Catholics and Protestants from 1706 until 1936 (it's now Protestan…
Museum in Heidelberg

Universitätsmuseum

The three-room University Museum, inside the Alte Universität building, has paintings, portraits, documents and photos documenting the university’s mostly illustrious history. Only the signs on the Third Reich perio…
Historic Site in Heidelberg

Studentenkarzer

From 1823 to 1914, students convicted of misdeeds such as public inebriation, loud nocturnal singing, freeing the local pigs or duelling were sent to this student jail for at least 24 hours. Judging by the inventive…
Museum in Heidelberg

Deutsches Apotheken-Museum

The German Pharmacy Museum, off the Schlosshof at Schloss Heidelberg, illustrates the history of Western pharmacology, in which Germany played a central role. Exhibits include pharmacies from the early 1700s and the…
Church in Heidelberg

Jesuitenkirche

Rising above an attractive square just east of Universitätsplatz, the red-sandstone Jesuits’ church is a fine example of 18th-century baroque. This part of town was once the focal point of Heidelberg’s Jewish quarte…
Park in Heidelberg

Botanischer Garten der Universität

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 2.5km northwest of Bismarckplatz, served by tram…