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 crammed with narrow lanes and romantic old townhouses, as well as the castle looming on the hills behind.

Take Heidelberg’s hillside 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 site is open for guided tours of the stucco-covered rooms that are still standing and the terraced gardens. 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 ancient city streets from becoming a museum and keeps the taverns busy.

Practical Info

Heidelberg is 50 miles (80 km) south of Frankfurt, approximately one hour away by road or rail. The town can be seen on a day trip (perhaps combined with a visit to medieval Rothenburg), 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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