Escape the bustle of Frankfurt on a half-day tour of beautiful, riverside Heidelberg! Make the short trip south by coach, then spend hours exploring the medieval town with your savvy guide. Listen to historic anecdotes as you wind through Old Town, visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and soak up the intellectual vibe at Heidelberg University. 

Highlights

  • Half-day Heidelberg trip from Frankfurt
  • Explore the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and see the world's largest wine barrel
  • Walk around Heidelberg's Old Town, and marvel at its pretty Renaissance architecture
  • See River Neckar, the Karl Theodor Bridge and Heidelberg University
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Visit the Heidelberg Christmas Market when traveling in the month before Christmas

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What You Can Expect

Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt

Heidelberg Castle

Add some small-town elegance to your Frankfurt vacation with a 6-hour tour of Heidelberg. Choose a morning or afternoon departure time, meet your friendly guide in central Frankfurt and board the coach for a 50-mile (80-km) drive into the Baden-Württemberg region. You’ll soon arrive in beautiful Heidelberg, a mosaic of Renaissance buildings and red-hued rooftops set against a backdrop of green hills. 

Begin at Heidelberg Castle, strategically perched upon a hilltop overlooking the city, where you’ll have time to tour the building’s impressive ruins. Explore the site’s architecturally diverse buildings and spaces, admire the sculpted portraits of famous German leaders, and check out centuries-old artifacts such as the Great Barrel that once stored up to 130,000 liters (about 34,342 gallons) of wine! Snap some panoramic photos of the lovely Neckar River before heading into town.
 
Next, stroll along the cobbled streets of medieval Old Town, peeking into cloistered courtyards and viewing impressive landmarks like the Karl Theodor Bridge, the Church of the Holy Spirit and Heidelberg University — Germany’s oldest higher-ed institution.

After your tour, re-board your coach for the short ride back to Frankfurt. You’ll return to the original departure point by afternoon or evening depending upon start time.

Note: Have the good fortune of traveling to Heidelberg between November 23 and December 22? Be sure to visit the town’s magical Christmas markets, featuring over 140 decorated stalls selling handcrafted goods. Shop, nibble on seasonal treats and experience German Christmas tradition.

Customer Reviews

Eric M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I would highly recommend this tour. First, you have a great experience of the autobahn as you ride the van to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is an extremely beautiful old town. The castle is fascinating and we had some time in the city to explore and even catch a bite to eat at a German pub. They do provide you with a bottle of water and sandwich on the van, but the chance to eat a real German meal was too hard to pass up. The guide, Adrian, was wonderful. Helpful, informative, and entertaining. There were only 4 of us on the trip, all together, so it was like a private tour. Worth every penny!

Cody M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This tour was really fun and interesting. Our guide Adrian was very funny and also very knowledgeable. We could have spent more time in Heidelberg, however it was a good time altogether.

Rebecca M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Only a group of 7, our guide was great. Not really long enough in the town

Phillip E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The guide was fantastic. Not only did he provide great information about Heidelberg, he was happy to discuss all sorts of news/sports/history/etc about Germany, in general.

Christina J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I'm so glad I took this short trip. Heidelberg was beautiful and was close enough to Frankfurt that I didn't feel like I wasted an entire day. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and spoke English very well. I had such a great experience that I booked another Viator tour a few days later.

pie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

we had the best half day Heidelberg trip.Adrian our tour guide was so knowledgeable and very entertaining. They provided us with sandwiches and water. It was really so worth it.

Tyrone M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Awesome time, it was our Wedding Anniversary which made the tour even more memorable. The tour guide was outstanding!!! I would gladly do it again or refer a friend.

Ernest M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Heidelberg and the castle were a real treat. Our guide was very knowledgeable of the history and made the trip quite interesting. I recommend it!

Linda Lorraine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic tour,great tour guide, very funny man had us all laughing.
He was also very knowledgeable on all the sites visited.
Highly recommend this tour.

Mary C United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent guide and tour. Those who are less mobile and energetic will manage this trip easily.

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