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

Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt

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 and discover the city's Old Town, home to Renaissance period buildings, the Karl Theodor Bridge and Heidelberg University.


  • 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

After boarding your luxury coach in central Frankfurt, you'll travel approximately 50 miles (80 km) south to the lovely city of Heidelberg. Often described as Germany's most beautiful city, Heidelberg will greet you with pretty Renaissance buildings, framed by vivid green hills on both sides of the River Neckar.

Heidelberg Castle perches over the city, and a visit to its famous ruins will undoubtedly be a highlight of your half-day trip. The evocative castle was created as a combination of several buildings clustered around a courtyard, each one representing different styles of German architecture.

The castle is home to many interesting artifacts, including the incredible wine barrel that is stored within the castle ruins. Reputedly the largest in the world, the Heidelberg wine barrel can hold more than 51 US gallons (193 liters) of wine! Views from Heidelberg Castle are equally intriguing, and you'll enjoy panoramic views over Neckar Valley from an elevated viewpoint.

Back in Heidelberg itself, you'll take a walk around its medieval Old Town to see the famous Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge) and the beautiful Church of the Holy Spirit. See Heidelberg University, which is Germany's oldest, before relaxing on your hour-long journey back to Frankfurt.

Should you be lucky enough to be on the Heidelberg half-day trip between November 23 and December 22, you will also visit the Heidelberg Christmas Markets. The Christmas Markets in Heidelberg feature over 140 beautiful wooden stalls bearing handmade gifts and baked goods. You'll have time to shop at leisure and sample delicious food before returning to Frankfurt.

Customer Reviews

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.


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.

Kristina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It had the right amount of structured time with the tour guide, the right amount of rest time, and the right amount of exploring at our own leisure time. Also, the tour guide we had was hilarious, very knowledgeable, and was able to deal with some difficult tourists we had on our trip. I would recommend this to anyone!

Edwin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very informative trip. Sorry that it was only half day. The guide was full of character, quite pleasant, funny, and very respectful of one's time. Extremely knowledgeable. I would definitely do it again.

Charles I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide was Thomas and we thought him knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. Heidelberg is a great destination, definitely worth a visit for those staying in Frankfurt. We toured both the nearby castle as well as a the town, both were terrific. The drive to and from was enjoyable, that was our only time to experience the famed German autobahn. Although we might have preferred transportation in the left lane via a Mercedes AMG S-Class sedan, the tourist minibus was just fine a couple of lanes to the right. So we have nothing but good things to say!

hmg0060 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

LOVED this tour. We got stuck in traffic on the way out so we didn't get as much time in the city most was spent in/at the castle, but it was beautiful. The sandwiches they served - i did not like, but that is really a minor grievance. Out tour guide was FANTASTIC! This was the first time I used Viator to book an excursion and I'm so glad I did. If you are a fan of architecture and history, this tour is right up your ally.

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