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Visit the cities of Heidelberg and Baden-Baden on this guided, full-day sightseeing adventure from Frankfurt. First, explore Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town. See the Gothic landmark Heidelberg Castle and the bustling Old Town district that runs for one mile along the Neckar River. Then visit the spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany’s Black Forest. Travel through the region, famous for its production of traditional German cuckoo clocks, and see some of its popular attractions. Round-trip coach transportation from Frankfurt included.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Heidelberg and Baden-Baden from Frankfurt
  • Explore the ruins of Heidelberg Castle and soak up views over the River Necker
  • See top Heidelberg attractions such as Karlstor Gate and the Old Bridge
  • Visit the spa town of Baden-Baden in the Black Forest with a guide
  • Stop for photos by Lake Mummelsee and then shop for traditional cuckoo clocks, if you wish

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great day trip for an overview of southern Germany, taking in castles, the country's oldest casino, impressive lakes and the famous Black Forest!

What You Can Expect

Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt

Explore the ruins of Heidelberg Castle!

This full-day 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. 

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.

Then 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.

From Heidelberg, it’s another 1-hour drive south to Baden-Baden, a spa town in southwestern Germany’s Black Forest. Explore the town on a walking tour of its well-groomed parks and thermal bath houses. Visit the town's top attraction, Kurhaus of Baden-Baden, for a tour of the spa resort, casino and conference complex. Then venture deeper into the Black Forest by coach to visit the Mummelsee, a popular tourist lake in nearby Seebach. This region is famous for its production of traditional German cuckoo clocks, so consider buying an authentic souvenir before the return journey to Frankfurt.

Customer Reviews

Hooi Koon Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was amazing. Our tour guide Peter was very friendly.

harshanandana t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was worth every penny.. Excellent tour guide Mr. Peter was very friendly has a nice sense of humour understands what we need and very cooperative would definitely recommend Viator for this tour

scooby_singh United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Peter was outstanding. We had a small group of 7, he took the time to walk with us through the streets of Baden Baden and Heidelburg. He always made us stay while he went and got the mini van and save us from walking the extra mile. Outstanding service by Peter, he never rushed us and provided excellent commentary on Heidelberg, Baden-Baden and Black forest. Ask for Peter, it will be worth it.

David R W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was quite a long day, but we knew what we were signing up for, so no grumbles there. However, the tour company office - apparently incorrectly - told the driver some clients wanted to visit Strassburg - that would have meant a VERY long day. After some discussion on the bus, it was decided to just do Heidelberg and Baden-Baden.

Both H and B-B were good to visit and wander around, and the driver provided good background in each. We had a crisis when one tour member got separated from the rest of the party in B-B, but we managed to find her after searching. I was greatly impressed by the driver's professionalism in coordinating the search. The final segment in the mountains south of B-B was magic.

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