Heidelberg, Germany
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10 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Visit the cities of Heidelberg and Nuremberg 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 medieval city of Nuremberg. Learn about its history — from the days of the Holy Roman Empire to the German Renaissance, Third Reich, Nazi rallies and Nuremberg Trials — and see many of its popular attractions. Round-trip coach transportation from Frankfurt included.
  • Day trip to Heidelberg and Nuremberg from Frankfurt
  • Walk around the ruins at Heidelberg Castle with a guide
  • See historical attractions such as the Old Bridge in Heidelberg’s Old Town
  • Learn about Nuremberg’s complex history while exploring the center on a walking tour
  • Admire the colorful architecture of the houses near Nuremberg 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 a 2-hour drive east to Nuremberg. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour through the city’s Old Town, admiring the beautiful timber-framed houses and cobblestone streets. Marvel at the massive City Walls of Old Town Nuremberg, which still run for approximately four kilometers. 
Behind the walls, walk past the Craftsmen's Courtyard, where glass cutters, leather workers, gold and silversmiths, stained-glass painters and other artisans offer their wares for sale. See the gothic St. Lawrence Church, which was rebuilt after World War II; Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s most famous Christmas market; plus Town Hall, German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer's house and the Imperial Castle courtyards, to name just some of the attractions.
Along the way, learn about the history of this beautiful and prosperous city — as the center of the Holy Roman Empire, to the days of the German Renaissance, the Temple City of the Third Reich, and the home to both the Nazi rallies and Nuremberg Trials.
See where German Emperors were crowned and where saints are buried. Find where the most famous and talented German artisans in history created their awe-inspiring works and where the colorful and lively markets have taken place for almost 700 years.
Enjoy some free time to sightsee and grab a bite to eat before the return journey to Frankfurt.

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C
, Oct 2017

the description of this tour it seemed like it would be going to Heidelberg first and then on to Nuremberg. But our driver did the opposite so we spent about 80% of this trip in the car. This was slightly expected knowing how are these cities are from Frankfurt. Overall not worth the money spent

K
, Jul 2017

This tour was informative and enjoyable. Our tourguide Thomas was professional, friendly and amazing as he switched fluidly from English to Portuguese to German. It was a long day but every minute was well used and filled with relaxing views, walking tours and information. We were a small group of just three travelers and rode in a nice Mercedes sedan- limo. I highly recommend this tour.

J
, May 2017

This was a wonderful trip! It was only myself and my wife so we had a car and driver, and our driver, Jack, was great. He gave us background on all of the places we saw. The tour included the castle in Heidelberg as well as the town itself, with a stop on our own for coffee and a bite to eat, then we headed to Nuremberg and visited the Former Nazi Rally Grounds, the building where the trials took place, and Nuremberg's Market Square, where a lot of local artisans sell their wares. It was a long and wonderful day in which we got to see quite a lot that we would not have seem otherwise. Highly recommend the trip and our driver, Jack!

B
, Apr 2017

Including me, there were only three passengers on this trip. Peter, our driver, was fantastic, knowledgable and friendly. He was very accommodating to each of us. Due to some misfortune with alarm clocks and timezones, I nearly missed the boarding, but the tour company not only called me, but also made out-of-the-ordinary arrangements to pick me up at my hotel. Super-duper helpful and really over-the-top customer service. The stops, Heidelberg and Nuremberg, were great. The castles were gorgeous and I took some pictures of the scenery that I'm proud of. Peter offered suggestions for best coffee house and best place for regional sausages in addition to knowledge of the cities' history. Because there were only three of us, there was no need for a large bus, so we had a 9-passenger van. The van had more than enough room of course, but was not very comfortable for the 6 total hours of riding. I'm happy with the tour, grateful that I had such a great driver and thoughtful team. Next time I'm in Frankfurt with a day to spare, I'll definitely book another tour and request Peter.

F
, Dec 2016

Our guide was wonderful. Beautiful trip. Will do it again!!!!

E
, Jun 2015

This tour was amazing!

B
, Oct 2014

The tour office was only provided as an address on the voucher. The operator's brochure has a better loaction guide as it not easy to find. The office guide is not friendly at all.

F
, Sep 2014

I booked for this tour but was not available on my selected date. Instead the tour was Heidelberg and Rottenberg. The tour was nice and i get to see and know about the places. They are beautiful.


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