Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Hölderlinturm

    Friedrich Hölderlin, a visionary poet who succumbed to madness in his early thirties, lived here for 36 years until his death in 1843, in the...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Rathaus

    Begun in 1433, this building slowly expanded over the next 150 years, and served from around 1471 to 1805 as the seat of the court...Read More

  • 19. Ritterstiftskirche St. Peter

    Wimpfen im Tal (Wimpfen in the Valley), the oldest part of town, is home to the Benedictine monastery of Gruessau and its church, Ritterstiftskirche St....Read More

  • 20. Schloss Hohentübingen

    The original castle of the counts of Tübingen (1078) was significantly enlarged and altered by Duke Ulrich during the 16th century. Particularly noteworthy is the...Read More

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