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…
University in Heidelberg

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität

Established in 1386 by Count Palatinate Ruprecht I, Germany’s oldest and most prestigious university comprises 12 faculties with 30,000 German and international students, and has an esteemed alumni that includes a r…
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…
University in Heidelberg

Neue Universität

The most historic facilities of Ruprecht-Karls-Universität are around Universitätsplatz, dominated by the Alte Universität (1712–28; on the south side) and the Neue Universität (1931; on the north side), the ‘old’ a…
University in Heidelberg

Alte Universität

The most historic facilities of Ruprecht-Karls-Universität are around Universitätsplatz, dominated by the Alte Universität (1712–28; on the south side) and the Neue Universität (1931; on the north side), the ‘old’ a…
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…