Top things to do in Heidelberg

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…
Top Choice European in Heidelberg

'S' Kastanie

A panoramic terrace provides sweeping views of the river at this gorgeous 1904-built former hunting lodge with stained glass and timber panelling, set in the forest near the castle. Chef Sven Schönig's stunning crea…
Top Choice German in Heidelberg

Zur Herrenmühle Heidelberg

A flour mill from 1690 has been turned into an elegant and highly cultured place to enjoy refined ‘country-style' cuisine, such as saffron-crusted dorade royale with baby spinach and creamed potato, beneath weighty…
Pub in Heidelberg

Zum Roten Ochsen

Fronted by a red-painted, blue-grey-shuttered facade, Heidelberg’s most historic student pub has black-and-white frat photos on the dark wooden walls and names carved into the tables. Along with German luminaries, v…
Arts Centre in Heidelberg

Karlstorbahnhof

Within an old train station, beloved cultural centre Karlstorbahnhof has an art-house cinema screening original-language films; theatre, cabaret and comedy performances (some in English); a nightclub hosting DJs and…
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…
Diner in Heidelberg

Joe Molese

Sandwiches – like pastrami, tomato and honey-mustard vinaigrette; brie, arugula and truffle oil; or wild smoked salmon with lemon juice and olive oil – are the standout at Joe's, but it also has fantastic salads, ch…