Market Square (Marktplatz) Tours

Market Square (Marktplatz)
Marktplatz, or the Market Square, is in the heart of Heidelberg's old town and is often full of activities. It is located between the Church of the Holy Ghost and the Town Hall building. In the Middle Ages, this square was used for public proceedings which included burning witches and heretics at the stake, and putting people charged with petty crimes into cages so the public could torment them. The square was, and continues to be, used for markets where fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, flowers, crafts, and other food and goods are sold. Today the markets take place twice a week.

At the center of the square stands a fountain and statue of Hercules that was built in the early 1700s. The statue you see today is only a replica though; the original is kept safe in the Kurpfälzisches Museum. During warm months, the cafes located along the edges of the square have outdoor seating for patrons to enjoy the view and the nice weather.

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The Market Square is located between the Church of the Holy Ghost and the Town Hall building and bordered by Hauptstrasse to the south. 
Address: Marktplatz, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg 69117, Germany
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Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich

Admire the countryside, castles and villages of Germany’s Romantic Road on a day trip from Munich. Enjoy a coach drive along the iconic Road, a famously picturesque route through Bavaria’s mountains and forests. Stop at 11th-century Harburg Castle, one of Germany’s oldest fortifications, and continue to Rothenburg, a beautifully preserved medieval town of cobbled lanes, squares, and half-timbered houses. See top attractions such as the Renaissance-era Town Hall and St Jakob’s Church, enjoy free time to wander, have lunch (own expense), and browse the famous year-round Christmas shop.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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