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Escape the bustle of Frankfurt on a half-day tour of beautiful, riverside Heidelberg! Make the short trip south by coach, then spend hours exploring the medieval town with your savvy guide. Listen to historic anecdotes as you wind through Old Town, visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and soak up the intellectual vibe at Heidelberg University. 

Highlights

  • Half-day Heidelberg trip from Frankfurt
  • Explore the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and see the world's largest wine barrel
  • Walk around Heidelberg's Old Town, and marvel at its pretty Renaissance architecture
  • See River Neckar, the Karl Theodor Bridge and Heidelberg University
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Visit the Heidelberg Christmas Market when traveling in the month before Christmas

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What You Can Expect

Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt

Heidelberg Castle

Add some small-town elegance to your Frankfurt vacation with a 6-hour tour of Heidelberg. Choose a morning or afternoon departure time, meet your friendly guide in central Frankfurt and board the coach for a 50-mile (80-km) drive into the Baden-Württemberg region. You’ll soon arrive in beautiful Heidelberg, a mosaic of Renaissance buildings and red-hued rooftops set against a backdrop of green hills. 

Begin at Heidelberg Castle, strategically perched upon a hilltop overlooking the city, where you’ll have time to tour the building’s impressive ruins. Explore the site’s architecturally diverse buildings and spaces, admire the sculpted portraits of famous German leaders, and check out centuries-old artifacts such as the Great Barrel that once stored up to 130,000 liters (about 34,342 gallons) of wine! Snap some panoramic photos of the lovely Neckar River before heading into town.
 
Next, stroll along the cobbled streets of medieval Old Town, peeking into cloistered courtyards and viewing impressive landmarks like the Karl Theodor Bridge, the Church of the Holy Spirit and Heidelberg University — Germany’s oldest higher-ed institution.

After your tour, re-board your coach for the short ride back to Frankfurt. You’ll return to the original departure point by afternoon or evening depending upon start time.

Note: Have the good fortune of traveling to Heidelberg between November 23 and December 22? Be sure to visit the town’s magical Christmas markets, featuring over 140 decorated stalls selling handcrafted goods. Shop, nibble on seasonal treats and experience German Christmas tradition.

Customer Reviews

Frederick G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour administered by ETS was great. My wife and I had a great time in Heidelberg. Our tour guide, Adrian, was funny and was also very knowledgeable of the place. The place was picture perfect and rich in history and tradition. We even learned from Adrian that our Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, stayed in Heidelberg for a number of years. I definitely would recommend this tour to any traveler going thru Frankfurt.

MARINA V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a very interesting tour with a knowledgeable guide. The weather was bad, unfortunately--it rained all the time.

sf

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. Wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide. We go the best possible value for our afternoon in Heidelberg.

Martin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Another wonderful tour, great guide but perhaps he drove a little too fast on the U barn. Also we didn't spend enough time in the Black Forest or in Baden, Baden. This trip neede to be longer and lunch should have been organised as part of the tour.

salah.masri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Nice tour with good information about the town of Heidelberg.
Well organized with accurate timing.

h.r.allison.89

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We throughly enjoyed this tour of the Heidelberg area! The town was lovely, and the tour guide was excellent! Even though we left late, he did a great job of showing us the highlights of the castle and are. Thank you so much!

Arvind A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The boat tour was very relaxing and awesome. The food was also reasonably priced on the boat so it was nice. The bus tour is like any other tour in any other city. It served its purpose

Arvind A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The boat tour was very relaxing and awesome. The food was also reasonably priced on the boat so it was nice. The bus tour is like any other tour in any other city. It served its purpose

Jennifer C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful! Beautiful castle with an interesting history and love story. Love it! Adrien, our guide was funny.

Joan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I was the only person on the tour but Peter my guide showed me a great deal of Heidelberg and was very informative and I suppose we could do more because there was not a big group.

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