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. Along with fabulous views, attractions include the Deutsches A…
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 chronicles Heidelberg’s eventful past, particularly the Roman period – exhibits include original wood beams from a 3rd-century bridge. To learn about really ancient history, check out …
Museum in Heidelberg

Universitätsmuseum

The three-room University Museum, inside the Alte Universität building of Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, has paintings, portraits, documents and photos from the university’s mostly illustrious history. Only the signs o…
Church in Heidelberg

Heiliggeistkirche

For bird’s-eye views, climb the 208 stairs to the top of the tower of Heidelberg's famous church, constructed between 1398 and 1441. It was shared by Catholics and Protestants from 1706 until 1936 (it's now Protesta…
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…
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.Next to the tower gate on the Alt…
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…
Park in Heidelberg

Botanischer Garten der Universität

Established in 1593 as a medicinal garden, the University Botanical Garden – part of the university’s right-bank Neuenheimer Feld campus, 2.5km northwest of Bismarckplatz – now has over 14,000 plant species. Orchids…
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…