• Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Discover the treasures of southern Germany on this full-day tour of Heidelberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber! Depart Frankfurt for a scenic journey to riverside Heidelberg, where you'll marvel at stunning city sites from the ruins of Heidelberg Castle and the town’s bustling university. Then travel along German Castle Road to the walled city of Rothenberg to admire beautifully preserved medieval homes and Renaissance attractions like St Jacob’s Church.


  • Day trip to Heidelberg and Rothenburg from Frankfurt
  • Walk around the vast ruins of Heidelberg Castle with a guide
  • Explore Heidelberg Old Town on a walking tour and see the Church of the Holy Spirit
  • Travel to Rothenburg via the German Castle Road
  • Visit Rothenburg’s St Jacob's Church to admire its wood-carved altar

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What You Can Expect

Heidelberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

Visit romantic Heidelberg!

Explore beautiful Baden-Württemberg and the majestic Black Forest on this 9.5-hour tour. In the morning, meet your friendly guide in central Frankfurt and hop in the coach for a 50-mile (80-km) southbound drive to beautiful Heidelberg, hugging the banks of the Neckar River. As you pull into town, admire the red-hued rooftops set against a backdrop of lush green hills. 

Begin at Heidelberg Castle, called ‘the Schloss’ by locals. Strategically perched upon a hilltop, you’ll have great panoramic views of the city as you tour the building’s impressive ruins. Explore the site’s Gothic-Renaissance architecture and open courtyard, 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! Next, stroll into Old Town, soaking up the medieval atmosphere and viewing impressive landmarks like the Karl Theodor Bridge, the Church of the Holy Spirit and Heidelberg University. Enjoy colorful commentary from your guide as you learn about life in this quaint corner of Germany, and grab some lunch (own expense) before continuing. 

After your lunch break, re-board your coach for the short ride along the German Castle Road to Rothenburg, touted as Germany’s best-preserved medieval town. Stretch your legs with a stroll along cobbled streets, admire the old city walls and take in the gorgeous architecture — from modest half-timbered houses to the 500-year-old St Jacob’s Church. You’ll have plenty of time here to tour the site and hear the history of the church’s Holy Bloody Altar.

Your full-day excursion returns to Frankfurt in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Giridharan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Used ETS tours between 14 and 16 May 2017 Rothenburg and Hiedelberg trip driven by Peter. He was kind gentle and impressed with his knowledge of history and lots of trivia about Germany. They provide sandwiches and water enroute. Since we went on a Sunday, we escaped the heavy traffic of trucks. Rothenburg was beautiful during late spring. It was drizzling in Hiedelberg and it was wonderful. The next trip on 16 to Baden Baden, Black Forest and Strasbourg by the duo of Michael and another (not getting their names after a month) we and #39;re the impressive Germans who made us laugh with the dry sense of humor and wit. They threw lots of nice facts about German industries, culture, history and made the tour lively.Office opposite Savoy hotel is not impressive but the coach drivers and guides are very hospitable and warm.

Ricardo G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I loved the whole day trip from start to finish, beautiful sightseeing and the driver was a very nice person

Rocky S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was excellent and the old city tours were great.

Claudio H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour! Rothenburg is something out of a fairy story!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Heidelberg isn't recommended. Rothenburg is highly recommended!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great trip and handsome and lovely driver . Would recommend if you are into history and not time poor to do a full day at both locations. If only interested in Christmas shopping then this tour would be more suitable. in say this we only had limited time in Frankfurt and this tour tucked all the boxes lovely views old history highly recommend!!

Jocefil A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Highly recommended. Will take you also through the romantic road, really beautiful. excellent company.

Dean H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

we were fortunate to have the same tour guide, George, two days in a row and he was again extremely good. it was a long day but well worth it.

Seng Joo L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

My family and I had a great time, made more so by our very nice and thoughtful guide, Peter.

Ann Marie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Out of time experience. Loved it, a must do.

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