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Travel Guide - Things to See
Travel Guide - Things to See
Heidelberg is located in
the valley of the Neckar where the rivers mirror an entrancing succession
of feudal castles, vineyards, cathedrals and palaces. To the east are the
low hills of the Swabian Forests, and to the south is the entrance to the
Black Forest. Heidelberg resembles a stage set, and is even more theatrical
in the summer when the bridge and castle are illuminated along with fireworks.
Its castle forms an incredible backdrop. Everyone wants to spend more time
|The Castle is a ruin, but
a flourishing ruin. There's so much left that it remains exceedingly imposing,
and the architectural styles in which its various parts were constructed
during the 700 years of it building, are still evident. See the famous
Heidelberg Tun, the tremendous vat that is so large there's a stairway
built up one side. Walk through the castle and its gardens. Try to get
there before rush hour. One can reach the castle by foot, car, a 290-foot
long escalator, or by cable railway. The railway will also take you even
further to Konigsstuhl, 2000 feet high, with a superb view of the Valley.
Bismarck Monument: A complex
of pathways, one of them called Philosopher's Way leads to the monument.
Continue on another path Upper Philosopher's Way to the Observation Tower...
past the remains of a celtic fort to the ruins of the 9th century St. Michael's
Basilica and Monastery.
The University: Generally,
this is the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Heidelberg,
because it was the setting for the operetta "The Student Prince". Founded
in 1386, it is Germany's oldest. The very old buildings are notable and
still in use. There's also a new building added in 1930. It's the old section
that visitors find so picturesque. See the Student Prison... the Student
Inns... and the narrow streets of Old Town.
Do see the famous Twelve Apostles Altar, an unexcelled example of the woodcarver's
art and a top masterpiece of the Wurzburg woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider.
It was completed in 1509.
Contains a relic of the world's earliest man... The Heidelberg Man... only
the bones of the lower jaw.
people were born here:.. the poet Scheffel, the first president of Germany,
Friedrich Ebert, the astronomer Max Wolf. Everywhere you walk, look for
numerous unexpected vistas in the streets of this Baroque city. The city
looks old... and that's why tourists like it.
The Neckar Valley:
East of Heidelberg is a gorge between high wooded hills on either side,
providing some of the most romantic scenery in Germany. Neckarsteinach
(4 castles), Hirschhorn (Town walls and castle-fortress), Neckarzimmern
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is a city in the state of Baden-Württemberg in the Federal Republic
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It is no secret that Heidelberg
is a jewel among German travel destinations. Heidelberg is located in the
Neckar river valley right where the dark Odenwald (Odin's Forest) opens
up towards the plains of the Rhine valley. Heidelberg is home to the oldest
university in Germany (est. 1386). With 28,000 students, the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität
(or Ruperto Carola, as the university is called in Latin) is one of Germany's
larger academic institutions and boasts the full spectrum of an ancient
academy, from Egyptian Studies to Computer Linguistics. The faculties for
Medicine, Law and Natural Sciences are considered to be among the best
in Germany. The university fostered the settlement of several other world
class research institutions such as the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ),
the European Molecular Biological Laboratory (EMBL), Center for Molecular
Biology (ZMBH), Max-Planck-Institutes for Medicine, Astronomy, Nuclear
Physics and others. In a nutshell, Heidelberg is an academic city with
a rich history and shows many similarities to cities like Cambridge or
Oxford (Heidelberg and Cambridge, UK are twinned).
|During WWII, the city was
nearly completely spared by allied bombings which destroyed most of Germany's
larger inner cities. As a result, Heidelberg has retained its baroque charm
of narrow streets, picturesque houses and of course the world-famous Schloss
(castle). After the war, the United States Armed Forces built large barracks
on the southern end of the city. Therefore, Heidelberg's 130,000 inhabitants
include not only the 28,000 students of the university, but also nearly
30,000 American citizens, almost all soldiers and their families. Together
with the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors, Heidelberg is truly
an internationally and culturally diverse destination, despite its small
Over the years, Heidelberg
has attracted numerous artists, intellectuals and academics from all over
Europe and has sometimes been called a secret intellectual capital of Germany.
People who have lived and
worked in the city include the poets Joseph von Eichendorff, Jean Paul
and Goethe, scientists as Bunsen and Kirchhoff, philosophers as the founder
of the "Illuminati" order von-Knigge, atheist Ludwig Feuerbach, existentialist
Karl Jaspers, political theorist Hannah Arendt and many more. Mark Twain
wrote in A Tramp Abroad:
of a billowy upheaval of vivid green foliage ...rises the huge ruin of
Heidelberg Castle, with empty window arches, ivy-mailed battlements, moldering
towers—the Lear of inanimate nature—deserted, discrowned, beaten by the
storms, but royal still, and beautiful.
Attractions and things
The city boasts more than twelve
cinemas, over eight theaters, including
The Altstadt (historical
city center)and Hauptstrasse (main street)
The Philosophenweg which
can be found on the northern side of the city. It provides a wonderful
view across the oldest part of the city. Here can also be found the Meridan
Stich which is a popular illustration of Heidelberg
The Heiligenberg mountain
boasts a wonderful view over the old town
The Thingstätte on
top of Heiligenberg (an open-air theatre built by the Nazi regime in 1934
to host propaganda events)
Also on the Heiligenberg
the remnants of a wall ancient Celts built to keep Germanic tribes out,
the Heidenloch, a deep well with unknown origins,and the ruins of a 10th
The Kurpfälzisches Museum
on the Hauptstrasse, contains interesting exhibits of items from Heidelberg's
pre-history to modern times.
The old university on Universitätsplatz
in the old city and the adjacent old armoury which is now a student cafeteria
(but also open to the public).
Jesuitenkirche has 1712
Baroque construction with modern touches inside.
is only one of many large and small churches, but definitely the one with
the most interesting history. During the dark ages, it was the shelter
of the Bibliotheka Palatina, Germany's oldest library. The Bibliotheka
was stolen and brought to Rome but eventually returned in pieces. Today,
parts of it can be visited in the University Library (also the oldest and
probably the most valuable of its kind in Germany), which is situated close
to the old university.
You can get a great view of
the Heiliggeistkirche, Old Town, and the Neckar river bridge from the castle
There are also many progressive
culture centers, including the famous Karlstorbahnhof in the east-end of
the old city.
Stadttheater the large
state-run theater, and
Zimmertheater on Hauptstrasse,
Germany's oldest private theater
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Hotel Heidelberg Schwetzingen near Heidelberg
Presenting elegant accommodation
and friendly service, this property is a perfect venue for an unforgettable
vacation in Schwetzingen. Located only 15 kilometres away from the
beautiful city of Heidelberg, the Achat Hotel is close to palace garden
and the castle park Schwetzingen. This property offers 67 spacious
and extensively appointed accommodation units that come with modern conveniences
to ensure you a memorable stay. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast
served every morning and for a fine dining you can visit the on-site Hungarian
Restaurant that serves a variety of international cuisine for you to enjoy.
You can also relax at the cosy bar with a fine drink.
Plaza Hotel Heidelberg City Centre
The Crowne Plaza Hotel is
situated right in the heart of the picturesque city of Heidelberg and is
within easy access of all the major attractions, including Heidelberg Castle,
the Old Town and the University of Heidelberg. Each one of the hotel's
232 stylish guest rooms and suites offers the highest standards of comfort
across a range of room choices. All the rooms are fully equipped with modern
amenities to ensure you a pleasant stay. At the Westcoast Restaurant,
Californian and international cuisine can be enjoyed in a creative atmosphere.
In the rustic beer and wine pub, the Crowne Plaza Heidelberg team offers
you a wide range of regional dishes as well as beer on tap and wine from
The Holiday Inn Heidelberg
is only 3.5 kilometres from the Old Town and is best accessible from the
highway A5. Nearby attractions include Heidelberg Castle, Old Bridge, Kurpfalzisches
Museum and several others. The hotel offers a choice of 168 comfortable
guest rooms that are well furnished and equipped with all modern amenities
to ensure you have a most enjoyable stay. At the hotel's Erich Kraft
Restaurant, you can enjoy dining as well as admire the paintings of Erich
Kraft and let yourself be drawn into a world far away from the daily stress.
In addition, you can start your evening with a glass of champagne in an
informal atmosphere at the in-house bar.
Inn Hotel Heidelberg Walldorf
Situated at the motorway
junction, Walldorf Wiesloch, Holiday Inn Hotel Heidelber is near the SAP
AG and is easily reachable through the highway A5 and A6. The shopping,
golf as well as tennis courts are nearby the property. This hotel
offers 161 comfortable bedrooms that are well-decorated and come with an
array of modern amenities, ensuring a pleasant stay. At the onsite
Walldorf Restaurant, guests can relish both regional as well as international
cuisine. After a tiring day, unwind at the cosy bar with an exotic drink.
Deutscher Kaiser Heidelberg
Set in the heart of Heidelberg,
this hotel is close to Thingplatz and Heidelberg Castle. Another nearby
attraction is University of Heidelberg. Recreational amenities include
a fitness facility. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas.
Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary breakfast
is served daily. Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge and
coffee in the lobby. Wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge;
guestrooms also offer direct-dial phones. Televisions have cable channels.
Rooms also include coffee/tea makers, complimentary bottled water,
This Heidelberg boutique
hotel is near University of Heidelberg and Heidelberg Castle. Another nearby
attraction is Heidelberg Church of the Holy Spirit. Dining options at Hotelrestaurant
Auerstein include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available.
A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Wireless Internet access is
available in public areas. This is a smoke-free property. There are 17
guestrooms at Hotelrestaurant Auerstein. Bathrooms feature showers and
hair dryers. Televisions are available in guestrooms. Rooms also include
minibars and clock radios. Guests may request irons/ironing boards. Guestrooms
are all non-smoking.
Located in Heidelberg, Marriott
Heidelberg is on a river and close to University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg
Castle, and Heidelberg Church of the Holy Spirit. Regional points of interest
also include Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg and SAP Arena. Dining options
at Marriott Heidelberg include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service
is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool,
a children's pool, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. Wireless
Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is available
for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk,
gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities.
Qube Heidelberg is located
in central Heidelberg, close to University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle,
and Heidelberg Church of the Holy Spirit. Regional points of interest also
include Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg and SAP Arena. Dining options
at Qube Heidelberg include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service
is available during limited hours. Wireless and wired high-speed Internet
access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). Concierge services
and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property amenities
include a coffee shop/café, multilingual staff, and express check-in.