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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


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…
Top Choice German 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 cre…
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…
Top Choice Food & Drinks in Heidelberg

Heidelberger Zuckerladen

The dentures and dentist’s chair in the window of this old-time sweet shop hint at what will happen to your gnashers if you overindulge on the Zuckerladen’s bonbons, liquorice laces and fizzy sherbet.
University in Heidelberg


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…
Diner in Heidelberg

Joe Molese

Amazing sandwiches like pastrami, tomato and honey-mustard vinaigrette; brie, rocket 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, …
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


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…