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Heidelberg


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Germany's unofficial intellectual capital.
An official UNESCO "City of Literature," Heidelberg is devoted to learning, home to Germany's oldest university, and one of Europe's most famous. If you can't study something at Heidelberg, it doesn't exist. But even if you're not there to join the students who make up a quarter of Heidelberg's population, there's plenty to do. The massive hilltop Heidelberg Castle is at the top of your list, and the valley the castle sits within offers plenty of great places to take it in before you enter the castle itself. The Baroque Old Town is great for a stroll, with a stop or two in its cozy cafes along the way, as are its medieval university buildings.
Many of Heidelberg's best views can be found from the Philosophers' Walk across the river from the city center, trod upon by centuries of thinkers. Follow the path along a holy mountain, and you'll find ruined monasteries, a Nazi amphitheater, and the 2500 year-old remnants of a Celtic fort.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Heidelberg

Spend some time in Heidelberg on a tour that takes in other cities in Germany and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Heidelberg and other destinations throughout Germany and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Besides Heidelberg's marvelous museums, you can easily make day trips to surrounding towns and cities like medieval Rothenberg ob der Tauber, spa town Baden-Baden, or even Strasbourg in the Alsace region of France.
Heidelberg Old Town Private Walking Tour

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Heidelberg

Is Heidelberg safe?
Heidelberg is an extremely safe city (even by German standards). However, women walking alone at night should take the usual precautions they would do anywhere else.
How long should I stay in Heidelberg?
One night tends to be sufficient, but people often spend two nights in Heidelberg, to make room for day trips.
When's the best time to visit Heidelberg?
Tourists visit the beautiful city of Heidelberg throughout the year, but May to late October is perhaps the best time to visit when the weather is at its best and also the city celebrates innumerable festivals. The summer in Heidelberg is warm and sunny with the average temperature of 20°C.

How can I get around Heidelberg?
Distances are short in the city center, and most journeys can be made on foot. For 50 percent of the city’s inhabitants the bicycle is their favorite mean of transportation. You can also get around Heidelberg easily thanks to the city's trams, buses, and S-Bahn network. Most services run into Bismarkplatz in the Altstadt, making the system easy to navigate, and single fares are just 2.30 EUR with day passes costing 6 EUR.
Where can I exchange money in Heidelberg?
Compared to the U.S, most Germans still prefer to pay cash and many shops and cafes do not accept cards. An estimated 80% of all transactions in Germany are in cash. The quickest, easiest and usually cheapest way to exchange money is to use an ATM. They are ubiquitous in German cities and can be accessed 24/7. They are present at U-Bahn stations, grocery stores, airports, malls, shopping centers, train station, etc. You can exchange foreign currency and travelers' checks at German banks or exchange bureaus. They are not as common as they once were, but can still be found at airports, railway stations, and major hotels.
What are the typical opening hours of stores and shops in Heidelberg?
In recent years, the shopping hours of Heidelberg and Germany as a whole have become rather more relaxed. Many shops around the city now remain open until as late as 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, although specific hours do vary, with smaller local shops often choosing to close earlier and may also take a long break at lunchtime. Most shops are not allowed to open on Sundays, although some local bakeries do open early in the morning.
How much can I expect to spend per day in Heidelberg?
You should plan to spend around €113 ($134) per day on your vacation in Heidelberg.
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