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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.


  • 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

Rene Z USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour and very informative from Frankfurt. Would highly recommend for a half-day tour. Driver was prompt and courteous and gave us a sandwich lunch in Heidelberg.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The tour guide was awesome. Everything went smoothly. Heidelberg was a really cool city to visit and I would recommend it to anyone. The half day was perfect and I felt like we had the perfect amount of time to spend in the city. The castle tour took about an hour and we had an hour or so to spend walking around the city. Definitely would recommend.

Kimberly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great experience and wonderful tour guide! We had probably 7 or 8 on our tour which was a nice size. It was December so we were able to take in the Christmas market while there. Castle was very interesting and glad we had the tour to take us through all the different styles and rebuilds. We highly recommend!

jpasp Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Heidelgerg has a lot of history, therefore a knowledgeable guide becomes very important to get the best experience. Adrian was an excellent guide. The photos I took acquired more meaning with the provenance that Adrian supplied. When he found out that I was from the Philippines, Adrian knew that in 1886, the Philippine national hero, Dr Jose Rizal, trained in Heidelberg as an ophthalmologist. Not many Filipinos know that. It was a memorable experience.

Margaret H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The trip to Heidelberg was amazing. Our guide Adrian was very knowledgeable and the walking tour of the castle was both entertaining with his stories as well as highly informative. The old city was charming. Overall a very enjoyable excursion

Huned L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Heidelberg is a beautiful city. We saw the castle, the bridge, and some of the town. But, it is our driver Rouf that really made this a wonderful experience. He had some amazing stories and interesting facts to share. He was kind enough to drop us at our hotel near the airport at the end also. An amazing experience.

joel de jesus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Adrian our tour guide was patiemt, knowledgable and funny


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was great wish we had more time to tour the city. and maybe inside the castle.

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.


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.

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