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Stand on the northern shore of the River Neckar and you can see why Heidelberg is such a popular spot for overseas visitors to Germany. This classic view of the city encompasses the old stone bridge with its salt-and-pepper shaker towers guarding the way to the old town and the castle looming on the hills behind.

Take Heidelberg’s castle as your starting point: hop on the funicular from the Kornmarkt and save your energy for a descent on foot. Actually, the “castle” is a rambling complex of buildings from various centuries; that most of them are in ruins only adds to the charm. The Apothekenmuseum, with its vials and phials and potions, is an entertaining overview of remedies through the ages.

Back down in the old town, the winding streets encourage exploration, from the heights of the Heiliggeitskirche to the pleasing expanse of the Rathausplatz. A large student population prevents the city from becoming a museum and keeps the taverns busy.

Practical Info

Heidelberg is south of Frankfurt, approximately one hour away by road or rail. It can be a day trip but with plenty to see and overnight accommodations ranging from hostels to five star hotels you should consider a longer stay.

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Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip from Frankfurt

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

Visit two of Germany's most charming places on a full-day trip from Frankfurt. With an expert guide to show you around Heidelberg, you'll explore the ruins at ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $201.78

Heidelberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore the medieval cities of Heidelberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a day trip from Frankfurt! Traveling with an expert guide, you’ll learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $269.95

Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt

4.5 star rating: Recommended 90 Reviews

Visit the romantic city of Heidelberg on a half-day trip from Frankfurt. With an expert guide to show you around, you'll explore the ruins at Heidelberg Castle ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.89

Romantic Germany: 7-Day Tour from Frankfurt to Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle and Heidelberg

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore the romantic side of Germany on this 7-day tour from Frankfurt. See some of Germany's historical and scenic treasures along the Romantic Road, ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

From USD $1,465.65

Four Day Frankfurt to Munich - Romantic Road, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Explore some of Germany's historical and scenic treasures along the Romantic Road and Heidelberg on this 4-day tour from Frankfurt to Munich. See picturesque ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, concludes Munich, Germany
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

From USD $789.40

Frankfurt Combo: Heidelberg Half-Day Trip and Frankfurt City Tour

Combine two tours to explore both Frankfurt and nearby Heidelberg in one day. Start with a half-day trip to Heidelberg to visit the impressive Heidelberg ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.61

Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt

Visit Heidelberg and the Black Forest town of Baden-Baden on a day trip from Frankfurt, led by an expert local guide! After walking around the ruins of ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $269.95

Private Tour: Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt

Visit one of the most beautiful cities in Germany on this 6-hour private tour from Frankfurt. With an expert guide and private, air-conditioned transport, ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.44

Heidelberg and Schwetzingen Castles Day Trip from Frankfurt

Visit two German castles in one day on this must-do day trip from Frankfurt! With a tour of Heidelberg Castle and the city’s Old Town included plus a visit to ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $215.42

Heidelberg and Nuremberg Tour from Frankfurt

Visit the cities of Heidelberg and Nuremberg, two historical highlights of Germany, on a day trip from Frankfurt. The charming cities are rich with history ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $297.22

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