This combination 9-hour tour begins in Frankfurt with a 1-hour drive south to Heidelberg, widely considered the most beautiful town in Germany.
Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest and most famous university town — renowned for its baroque Old Town (aka Altstadt), its beautiful riverside setting and, of course, the haunting hilltop Heidelberg Castle, which draws almost one million visitors each year.
And that’s where this tour begins, amidst the famous ruins of the Gothic landmark palace.
Heidelberg Castle was once one of the grandest palaces of the Renaissance era — and one of the most notable ensembles of buildings in the Holy Roman Empire. The ravages of war and the forces of nature rendered it a ruins, however. Explore the huge courtyard and ravaged yet magnificent terrace. Then visit the wine cellar to see the Heidelberg Tun, the largest wine barrel in the world.
After lunch, head to the oldest part of Heidelberg, the Altstadt, which extends along the Neckar River for one mile. Marvel at its Baroque and Renaissance architecture among the newer buildings, narrow streets and market squares, like Marktplatz and the Kornmarkt.
This medieval Old Town region is full of arts, history, science, shopping, eating and relaxing. Some of the points of interest here include the Church of the Holy Spirit, the most famous church in Heidelberg; the Kurpfälzisches Museum (aka Palatinate Museum) of art and archeology; Synagogue Square, a memorial to a synagogue that was burned down by the Nazi party in 1938; the Karl Theodor Bridge, commonly known as the Old Bridge, which crosses the Neckar River; world-famous Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany and much more.
After a return trip to Frankfurt, board one of the open-top, double-decker buses and prepare to spend two hours learning about Frankfurt. Discover the culture and diversity of this historic and modern metropolis while rolling past its most important sites.
See Frankfurt Central Station, one of the largest rail stations in all of Europe and the Museum Embankment, located to the south of the Main River. This area offers a large concentration of museums, including the Städel, an art museum with one of the most important collections in Germany.
See European Central Bank (Eurotower) and the city’s banking quarter with some of the tallest skyscrapers and biggest office buildings in Europe. Visit the Hauptwache, a central point of Frankfurt am Main and one of the most famous plazas in the city with its beautiful Baroque buildings and the popular Zeil promenade.
Other points of interest include the Frankfurt Cathedral, a Gothic Roman Catholic church and the largest religious building in the city; St. Paul's, a church with important political symbolism in Germany; and the Römer, a medieval building and one of the city's most important landmarks — it has served as the city hall of Frankfurt for over 600 years.