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Visit Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town, then explore the sites of Frankfurt on this combination 9-hour adventure. Begin with a half-day excursion to see some of Heidelberg’s most popular sites, like the famous ruins of the Gothic landmark Heidelberg Castle and the baroque Old Town district of the city. Then return to Frankfurt to see many of its top attractions and landmarks during a 2-hour sightseeing tour on board an open-top bus. Round-trip coach transportation to Heidelberg included.


  • Frankfurt and Heidelberg combo tour
  • Venture to Heidelberg to visit sights like the Heidelberg Castle ruins and Karl Theodor Bridge
  • Explore Heidelberg's Old Town by foot and admire the pretty Renaissance architecture
  • Take a Frankfurt sightseeing tour by open-top bus to see the Romer town hall, St Paul's Church and Frankfurt Cathedral

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you only have a short amount of time in Frankfurt, this combo tour is ideal for you. See beautiful Heidelberg with its beautiful castle (entrance included) and all of Frankfurt's highlights!

What You Can Expect

Frankfurt Combo: Heidelberg Half-Day Trip and Frankfurt City Tour

Explore Frankfurt's old town on a walking tour

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 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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

OUTSTANDING, Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. LOVE VIATOR!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Adrian our Tour Guide was absolutely brilliant. Heidelberg is an amazing place with History and the food is to die for.Great Vibe in the Markets in the old town.

Willidea H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Heidelberg was incredible to see. The Frankfurt city tour was a nice over-view of the city.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Amazing tour for those who have limited time in Frankfurt. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great tour!

Sunanda S India

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Great trip. I had a day to spare at Frankfurt so this made perfect sense. Both tour guides Heidelberg/Frankfut were friendly, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. They engaged everyone in the group really well. It was time well spent.


4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Both activities, Heidelberg half-day trip and Frankfurt City tour, were great. Both guides were very accommodating too. It was just the direction indicated on the voucher as its shortcoming. The direction was a total incomplete. They only indicated near main entrance of the Frankfurt Central Station. They should also include landmarks such as nearby hotels Hotel Continental and Le Meridien Park Hotel or take right across main entrance of the Central Station. The direction was really vague. Good thing, there is a Tourist Information Office before exit of the main entrance of the Central Station. Because of their help, I was able to locate the meeting/departure point.

John D

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Excellent value for the money. Heidelberg was enjoyable. Even the bus/walk tour of Frankfurt was educational.

Thandeka B

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

though time constrained and on a Sunday shops are closed what we saw was beautiful. Our guide, Peter was very knowledgable on the subject matter and shared some interesting facts even on the bus drive there

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