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Heidelberg Tours

With its grand medieval bridges and atmospheric Old Town (Altstadt) spanning both banks of the Neckar River, Heidelberg paints a pretty picture, overlooked by one of Germany’s most photogenic castles. Famous for its legendary Christmas Market, prestigious university (the oldest in Germany), and historic architecture, the city is an enchanting weekend destination, as well as an easy detour from tourist routes such as Bavaria’s Romantic Road or the Rhine Valley.

The Basics
Many visitors opt to take in the highlights on a half- or full-day trip from Frankfurt or during a multi-day tour of the Romantic Road. Sightseeing tours are often combined with visits to nearby attractions such as Nuremberg, Schwetzingen Castle, or Baden-Baden in the Black Forest; boat trips along the Rhine River; or wine tasting along the German Wine Road. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Parking is limited in Heidelberg—the best way to get around is by bus or tram, and there’s a funicular railway that runs up to the castle.
  • Free Wi-Fi hotspots can be found at various locations around the city.
  • The cobblestone lanes and steep hills of Heidelberg can be uneven, so wear comfortable shoes if you plan to take a walking tour.
  • Most of Heidelberg’s attractions are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance to avoid disappointment.

How to Get There
Heidelberg is located in Baden-Wurttemberg, roughly 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Frankfurt. The closest international airports are in Frankfurt and Stuttgart, while trains also connect the city with Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Mannheim.

When to Get There
The most popular time to visit Heidelberg is during the summer, but it can get crowded in July and August, so aim to arrive early before the tour groups arrive and book accommodation and tours in advance. Out of season, prices on tours and accommodation can be more favorable. Many travelers also opt to visit Heidelberg during its annual Christmas celebrations, when the city dazzles with festive illuminations and hosts one of the region’s largest Christmas markets.

A Walking Tour of Heidelberg
Heidelberg’s Old Town is easy to explore on a walking tour, strolling around its historic squares, crossing the iconic Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), and admiring the remarkably preserved medieval, Baroque, and Renaissance buildings. Stop by the 18th-century Karlstor gate and the Church of the Holy Spirit; visit the fascinating Deutsches Apotheken Museum; then ride the funicular railway to the hilltop castle, where you can enjoy spectacular views over the city. 

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