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

B&B Hotel Heidelberg
B&B Hotel Heidelberg
2 out of 5
Rudolf-Diesel-Straße 7, Heidelberg, 69115
The price is £58 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this hotel in Heidelberg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Heidelberg Castle and Neckarwiese are located nearby. Discover ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (91 reviews)

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2022

B&B Hotel Heidelberg
Staycity Aparthotels Heidelberg
Staycity Aparthotels Heidelberg
3.5 out of 5
Speyerer Straße 9, Heidelberg, 69115
The price is £60 per night from 28 Jul to 29 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Heidelberg. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the comfy beds and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (591 reviews)
"All clean and close to city center"

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2022

Staycity Aparthotels Heidelberg
Qube Heidelberg
Qube Heidelberg
4 out of 5
Bergheimer Str. 74, Heidelberg, BW, 69115
The price is £94 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Heidelberg. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (682 reviews)
"Fabulous hotel with great facilities. Room was spacious and clean, we slept well every night. The hotel also has a great bar, we didn't try any food but the staff there were excellent. We arrived in Heidelberg via train station and this hotel is perfectly situated between the train station and the ..."

Reviewed on 12 May 2022

Qube Heidelberg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Zum Löwen Heidelberg
Zum Löwen Heidelberg
3 out of 5
Wilhelmsfelder Str. 72, Heidelberg, BW, 69118
The price is £60 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Heidelberg. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (22 reviews)
Would not stay there again
"Not as expected"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2022

Zum Löwen Heidelberg
Boardinghotel Heidelberg
Boardinghotel Heidelberg
3 out of 5
Haberstraße 15, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, 69126
The price is £69 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Heidelberg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (120 reviews)
An ideal stop off with quality fit and finish
"Overnight stop off on way back to UK: Was worried due to location (industrial/commercial) but upon entering was pleasantly surprised by the new and clearly expensive fit and finish. Big and super comfy bed and rooms with electronic shutters and air con. Kitchenette was ideal for sorting kids food ..."

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2020

Boardinghotel Heidelberg
Old town legend - studio for 2-3 people between market square and castle.
Old town legend - studio for 2-3 people between market square and castle.
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
Stay at this apartment in Heidelberg. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Heidelberg Castle and Church of the Holy Spirit are located ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Close to the shop and restaurants was a plus
"Axel was very helpful with questions I had about transportation"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2022

Old town legend - studio for 2-3 people between market square and castle.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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