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Heidelberg
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Heidelberg

The romantic baroque city on the River Neckar is a popular destination and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe.

Thanks to its position in one of the Odenwald's valleys, Heidelberg enjoys some of the warmest weather in Germany. The city makes a popular destination for tourists who want to enjoy its romantic scenery, explore its history or simply take a stroll along the Neckar.

Heidelberg has laid claim to an impressive history since it was founded in the fifth century. The city centre is characterised by architecture in the Gothic and Romantic traditions surrounding its many cosy beer gardens and cafés. A winding, kilometre-long street offers you many different shopping options and brings you to Heidelberg's triumphal arch, the Karlstor, erected in honour of Prince Karl Theodor.

From here you can take the funicular railway up to the Heidelberger Schloss, the castle sitting majestically over the city centre. This famous tourist attraction is a Renaissance masterpiece and had already been rebuilt several times when further fires and wars finally took their toll and the castle was left as a ruin. In spite of this, the Heidelberger Schloss, with its facades from different historical periods, is still an architectural wonder. The castle is the city's most important landmark and one of the most important Romantic ruins in the world.

At the castle you can also visit the stunning Renaissance Hortus Palatinus Garden stretching over several terraces to the Königsstuhl Hill. Before the destruction of the castle and the surrounding area, this garden was considered the "eighth wonder of the world". Today the hike is still worth it to enjoy the breath-taking view of Heidelberg and the Old Bridge.

Many of the city's old buildings survived the heavy bombing of Heidelberg during the Second World War. After the war, the city was occupied by American troops and Heidelberg is still the central headquarters of the US military in Europe. This explains why a not inconsiderable portion of the population has American heritage.

Travel to Heidelberg is not complete without a visit to Heidelberg University, one of the oldest higher education institutions in Europe. Walk through halls that have been paced by famous scientists and thinkers such as Jürgen Habermas and Karl-Otto Apel. Every year the university attracts new students and so ensures that this old and romantic little city always keeps in touch with its younger side, something made obvious by its many stylish bars and annual music festivals.

Where to stay in Heidelberg

MEININGER Hotel Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof
MEININGER Hotel Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof
3.5 out of 5
Carl-Benz-Straße 2/1, Heidelberg
The price is £45 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Located in the heart of Heidelberg, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Neckar Valley-Odenwald Nature Park and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Heidelberg Castle. Neckarwiese ...
4.2/5Excellent! (104 reviews)
god sted uden for centrum.
"Gode og fine rum. Vi havde et rum med en dobbelseng og en køjeseng. Det er nyt så badet er skønt. Ligger lidt lang udenfor centrum. Ikke rigtig gå afstand, så tá bussen eller bilen til centrum. Vi havde bilen med gode parkeringsforhold til ca. 10 euro pr. Dag. Vi følte os trygge hensyn til corona ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

MEININGER Hotel Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof
Qube Heidelberg
Qube Heidelberg
4 out of 5
Bergheimer Str. 74, Heidelberg, BW
Located in Bergheim, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Neckar Valley-Odenwald Nature Park and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Heidelberg Castle. Neckarwiese and University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (657 reviews)
Villa rooms at Qube are awesome.
"Great place. Very friendly and helpful staff. We had a room in the villa which was a beautiful historic building. Room had a nice bathroom, great water pressure, hot water, and lots of room. Room had high ceilings, very clean and a/c. Highly recommend. The hotel restaurant had a short menu but great ..."

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2020

Qube Heidelberg
Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg
Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg
4 out of 5
Pleikartsfoerster Str. 101, Heidelberg, BW
The price is £46 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Heidelberg-Kirchheim, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Church of the Holy Spirit and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Heidelberg Castle. Botanischer Garten ...
3.8/5Good! (792 reviews)
"AC did mot work the first night and the room smelled like cigarettes."

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2020

Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg
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Ferienwohnung Schwetzingen
Ferienwohnung Schwetzingen
3 out of 5
Marktplatz 4, Schwetzingen
The price is £77 per night from 18 Jul to 18 Jul
Situated in Schwetzingen, this aparthotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Schwetzingen Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of SAP Arena and Maimarkt Mannheim. Hockenheim ...
Ferienwohnung Schwetzingen
Feriendorf Waldbrunn
Feriendorf Waldbrunn
3 out of 5
Hölzerlipsweg 98, Waldbrunn, BW
Situated in Waldbrunn, this cottage is within 25 miles (40 km) of Amorbach Abbey, Heidelberg Castle and Thermen & Badewelt Sinsheim. Michelstadt Historic Town ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
So lala
"Haus sehr gut, Betten ausgelegen, Polstermöbel richen nach Hund,"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2019

Feriendorf Waldbrunn
Ferienhaus Susanne mit Garten und Pool
Ferienhaus Susanne mit Garten und Pool
Lönsstraße 15, Hassloch, Rhineland-Palatinate
Situated in Hassloch, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Palatinate Forest Nature Park, Holiday Park and Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl. Villa Wachenheim ...
Ferienhaus Susanne mit Garten und Pool
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