Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Königstuhl

    The second-highest hill in the Odenwald range—1,800 feet above Heidelberg—is only a hop, skip, and funicular ride from Heidelberg. On a clear day you can...Read More

  • 10. Kurpfälzisches Museum

    This baroque palace was built as a residence for a university professor in 1712, and since turned into an art and archeology museum with two...Read More

  • 11. Marktplatz

    Heidelberg's main square, with the Rathaus (Town Hall) on one side and the Heiliggeistkirche on the other, has been its focal point since the Middle...Read More

  • 12. Molkenkur

    The next stop after the castle on the Königstuhl funicular, Molkenkur was the site of Heidelberg's second castle. Lightning struck it in 1537, and it...Read More

  • 13. Philosophenweg

    You can reach this trail high above the river in one of two ways—either from Neuenheim or by taking the Schlangenweg (Snake Path). Both are...Read More

  • 14. Rathaus

    Work began on the town hall in 1701, a few years after the French destroyed the city. The massive coat of arms above the balcony...Read More

  • 15. Schlangenweg

    This walkway starts just above the Alte Brücke opposite the Old Town and cuts steeply through terraced vineyards until it reaches the woods, where it...Read More

  • 16. Schloss Schwetzingen

    This formal 18th-century palace was constructed as a summer residence by the Palatinate electors. It is a noble rose-color building, imposing and harmonious; a highlight...Read More

  • 17. Synagogueplatz

    The site of the former Heidelberg Synagogue, built in 1877 and burned down on Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass) in 1938, is now a...Read More

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