Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley

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  • 1. Altes Schloss


    This former residence of the counts and dukes of Württemberg was originally built as a moated castle around 1320. Wings were added in the mid-15th...Read More

  • 2. Bebenhausen Monastery and Palace

    This is a rare example of a well-preserved medieval monastery from the late 12th century, becoming one of the wealthiest in the region, with a...Read More

  • 3. Boxenstop Museum

    A wealth of vintage toys, model trains, and vehicles, including motorcycles, awaits children of all ages. This private collection, open to the public, includes Porsche,...Read More

  • 4. Burg Hohenzollern

    The majestic silhouette of this massive castle is visible from miles away. The Hohenzollern House of Prussia was the most powerful family in German history....Read More

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  • 5. Burg Hornberg

    The largest and oldest castle in the Neckar Valley, the circular bulk of Burg Hornberg rises above the town of Neckarzimmern. The road to the...Read More

  • 6. Königstuhl Bergbahn

    Hoisting visitors to the summit of the Königstuhl in 17 minutes, the funicular stops on the way at the ruined Heidelberg Schloss and Molkenkur. The...Read More

  • 7. Mercedes-Benz Museum


    The stunning futuristic architecture of this museum is an enticement to enter, but the equally stunning historic and futuristic vehicles inside are the main attraction....Read More

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  • 8. Porsche Museum


    In the center of the Porsche factory complex in the northern suburb of Zuffenhausen, the architecturally dramatic building expands outward and upward from its base,...Read More

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  • 9. Schloss Heidelberg

    What's most striking is the architectural variety of this great castle complex. The oldest parts still standing date from the 15th century, though most of...Read More

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  • 10. Staatsgalerie


    This not-to-be-missed museum displays one of the finest art collections in Germany. The old part of the complex, dating from 1843, has paintings from the...Read More

  • 11. Alte Aula

    One of the oldest buildings in Tübingen, erected in 1547, the half-timber university building was significantly altered in 1777, when it acquired an Italian roof,...Read More

  • 12. Alte Brücke

    Framed by two Spitzhelm towers (so called for their resemblance to old German helmets), this bridge was part of Heidelberg's medieval fortifications. In the west...Read More

  • 13. Alte Universität

    The three-story Baroque structure was built between 1712 and 1735 at the behest of the elector Johann Wilhelm, although Heidelberg's Ruprecht Karl University was originally...Read More

  • 14. Burg Guttenberg

    One of the best-preserved Neckar castles is the 15th-century Burg Guttenberg. Within its stone walls are a museum and a restaurant (closed January, February, and...Read More

  • 15. Bursa

    The word bursa meant "purse" in the Middle Ages and later came to refer to student lodgings such as this former student dormitory. Despite its...Read More

  • 16. Deutsches Apotheken–Museum


    This museum, on the lower floor of the Ottheinrichsbau (Otto Heinrich Building), is filled with ancient flagons and receptacles (each with a...Read More

  • 17. Deutsches Verpackungs-Museum

    A former church converted to house this fascinating documentation of packaging and package design of brand-name products. Representing the years 1800 to the present, historic...Read More

  • 18. Deutsches Zweirad–Museum

    Displays include the 1885 Daimler machine that started us on the road to motorized mobility, the world's first mass-produced motorcycles (Hildebrand and Wolfmüller), and exhibits...Read More

  • 19. Friedrich-Ebert-Gedenkstätte

    The humble rooms of a tiny backstreet apartment were the birthplace of Friedrich Ebert, Germany's first democratically elected president (in 1919) and leader of the...Read More

  • 20. Heiliggeistkirche

    The foundation stone of this Gothic church was laid in 1398, but it was not actually finished until 1544. The gargoyles looking down on the...Read More

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