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

Heidelberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

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 history and culture of both cities during a mix of walking tours and free time. Walk through the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, see charming half-timbered houses and well-preserved city walls in Rothenburg, and then visit St Jacob’s Church, a 500-year-old place of worship.


  • Day trip to Heidelberg and Rothenburg from Frankfurt
  • Walk around the vast ruins of Heidelberg Castle with a guide
  • Explore Heidelberg Old Town on a walking tour and see the Church of the Holy Spirit
  • Travel to Rothenburg via the German Castle Road
  • Visit Rothenburg’s St Jacob's Church to admire its wood-carved altar

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a must-do tour for all those interested in history, as you'll visit one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany – Rothenburg! You'll feel as though you have traveled back in time.

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What You Can Expect

Heidelberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

Visit romantic Heidelberg!

Leave Frankfurt and travel southwest to Heidelberg in the northern Baden-Württemberg region – roughly an hour away. The romantic city is perhaps best known for Heidelberg Castle, a vast set of ruins that tower above the medieval center. Referred to as ‘the Schloss’ by locals, the castle is a quintessential fairytale fortress with Gothic-Renaissance architecture, lavish grounds and heart-stopping views.

Head inside and explore the ruins with your guide, walking through its large courtyard and along the terrace. Take in the sweeping views, and then admire some of the castle’s artifacts, like the wine barrel that is said to be the largest in the world.

After your castle tour, travel down the hill, and then stretch your legs on a walking tour of the Old Town, seeing attractions like the Old Bridge, the 18th-century Karlstor gate and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Hear of Heidelberg’s prestigious reputation as a university town, and learn about day-to-day life in the town as you walk around. As your walking tour finishes, chat to your guide about places to eat in town, and then enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense).

Hop back on board your air-conditioned coach and travel east to the town of Rothenburg. Following the banks for the River Neckar, your route includes a stretch of the famous German Castle Road, before reaching Rothenburg at the end of the Romantic Road.

Often considered the best-preserved medieval town in the country, Rothenburg is a feast for the eyes with winding cobbled lanes lined by half-timbered houses, all beautifully encircled by old city walls. See its best bits on your walking tour, taking in the handsome street scenery as well as key attractions like the Renaissance town hall and St Jacob’s Church. Head inside the 500-year-old place of worship to see its biggest draw, the wood-carved Holy Bloody Altar, and learn about Riemenschneider (an acclaimed German woodcarver) who created it.

Head back to your coach, and then relax on your journey north to Frankfurt. Your tour then finishes back at the start point in the early evening.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great trip and handsome and lovely driver . Would recommend if you are into history and not time poor to do a full day at both locations. If only interested in Christmas shopping then this tour would be more suitable. in say this we only had limited time in Frankfurt and this tour tucked all the boxes lovely views old history highly recommend!!

Jocefil A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Highly recommended. Will take you also through the romantic road, really beautiful. excellent company.

Dean H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

we were fortunate to have the same tour guide, George, two days in a row and he was again extremely good. it was a long day but well worth it.

Seng Joo L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

My family and I had a great time, made more so by our very nice and thoughtful guide, Peter.

Ann Marie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Out of time experience. Loved it, a must do.

Sri Asih R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

We really enjoyed the tour with our tour guide/driver, George!!!
He was very attentive, knowledgeable, and funny!!
We were only 5 people, but George was all out!

My sister and I really had a great time both in Rothenburg and Heidelberg!
George was such an excellent guide!! I would love to have him as our tour guide the next time we go to Frankfurt!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014


John A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We were lucky to be the only people on the tour, so it was much like a private tour with an absolutely fabulous driver called Willy who showed and explained many sites, history and attractions for us to visit. Both towns were beautiful with Rothenburg our favourite. Be prepared for a drive to Heidleburg and then onto Rothenburg and back, but this is the fun and adventure that you will have. Great trip thanks to the expertise of our guide and driver.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We loved the tour. Zolt was very nice and accomodating. It was a great day.

Clint D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Peter was a great tour guide, very friendly and informative; he really knew his stuff. The Christmas market was really cool - the whole town was transformed into a holiday village. Great medieval architecture.

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