• Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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Explore Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town, on this private, guided, half-day sightseeing tour from Frankfurt. Enjoy personal attention while learning about the city’s history, culture and Gothic and Renaissance architecture. See some of Heidelberg’s most popular sites. Explore the famous ruins of the Gothic landmark Heidelberg Castle, complete with the world’s largest wine barrel, the Heidelberg Tun. Visit the oldest part of the city, the Altstadt, and marvel at the wonderful combination of old and new buildings, narrow streets, market squares and much more. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.

Highlights

  • 6-hour private tour of Heidelberg from Frankfurt with an expert guide
  • Explore the haunting ruins of Heidelberg Castle
  • Walk around Heidelberg Altstadt (Old Town) to see the Old Bridge and the Church of the Holy Spirit
  • Discover Heidelberg’s picturesque Gothic and Renaissance architecture
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from a private guide on this sightseeing tour

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Heidelberg Half-Day Trip from Frankfurt

Enjoy panoramic views of Heidelberg on this private tour from Frankfurt

This 6-hour tour begins with a Frankfurt hotel pickup, followed by 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. 

And 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.

After lunch, 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.

The tour ends with a return trip to Frankfurt and a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Russell A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Absolutely fantastic day trip. Our driver/guide was well informed. It is a really beautiful city and would probably stay a few days next time. The castle tour was exceptional and a must visit on any trip the Heidelberg. Highly recommend this tour for sure.

Joshua B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Andreas was a great guide. The castle alone is worth the trip. So much history and the view is amazing.

Sujeni W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Perfect and impressive trip.

Leyla K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We had a perfect outing to Heidelberg. Gorgeous and interesting city. We needed to adjust the time of our tour a bit and our preferences were easily accommodated. Really nice to be picked up and dropped off at our hotel and with 6 participants, the cost per person was not much more than the group tour offered.

Julie N

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2017

We have taken day tours through Viator on several occasions in various countries . They have always been wonderful experiences. Unfortunately, our so-called half day tour of Heidelberg was the worst tour I have ever experienced. Our driver picked us up on time at our hotel in Frankfurt. He did not give us his name I had to ask. He made no effort to ask if we were comfortable in the car, despite it was a cold and rainy day. On the hour long drive to Heidelberg, the driver did not provide us with any historical, cultural, or any information about the area where we were traveling. In fact, he spent time on his cell phone talking in German. He did say we were going to the oldest library in Germany. We arrived at the library. He instructed us to go inside, walk around and take picture, that he would wait outside for us. We couldn't figure out what the fascination of this stop was because he provided absolutely no information. Then he drove us to the old town where we could walk around and have a nice lunch. He said he would wait in his car. He did not recommend a restaurant, nor did we have any ideas why we should walk around when every single shop was closed. Also, we had no desire for lunch as it was about 10:30 in the morning. Viator made a huge mistake offering this tour on a Sunday when everything is closed. Being from the USA, I was not aware that Sunday is not a good day to tour in Germany, but our so called tour guide did know as he mentioned this several times.Our driver was not a tour guide at all. He was a driver. He knew nothing about Heidelberg, or showed any interest in talking about this region of Germany. We agreed go back to Frankfurt early as clearly there was nothing to see or do in Heidelberg on a Sunday, and the driver made no effort to ensure that we enjoyed our tour. The supplier for this trip was TOURING TOURS AND TRAVEL. Clearly they have no interest in touring, just driving, and I would advise Viator to never utilize this company again. We are also questioning if we will ever use Viator again. We spent a ridiculous amount of money 665.00 for nothing. On the drive back to Frankfurt, the driver again spent his time on his cell phone. I expect so much more from Viator and hope to get a response. By the way, I have no pictures to post, since there was nothing to take pictures of.

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