10 Things To Do in Heidelberg Germany

After doing some research I stumbled upon Heidelberg, Germany and I immediately knew I wanted to visit! I personally love to travel to smaller cities to get a better feel of the culture and lifestyle. While Heidelberg is a fairly familiar place it is a smaller city than Germany’s other well known towns and it provides plenty of amazing things to do and see. Without further ado here are 10 Things To Do in Heidelberg Germany!

Things to Do in Heidelberg Germany

1.  Visit the Castle

This is a must see! The ruins are beautiful to look at and the history behind the Heidelberg Castle is absolutely fascinating. My husband and I did a tour which was where we learned about the history of the castle. If you want to go inside a few of the rooms still standing you have to do the guided tour.  This tour cost an additional 8 euros each. If you aren’t interested in seeing that purchasing the basic ticket will suit you just fine! You can either walk up to the castle or take the Funicular to the castle at Heidelberger Bergbahn which is right by the main square.

2.  Hike around Königsstuhl

This is the mountain that the castle is located on. You can also take the Funicular to the very top of the hill and get a beautiful view of Heidelberg.. or so I’ve been told. When we went to the top it was a super foggy day and unfortunately got a lovely view of fog. However, there are many, many hiking trails here!

3. Check out the Old Bridge

The Old Bridge is a fun thing to see although the bridge itself isn’t that old compared to Heidelberg. However, a bridge has existed in the same spot since the Medieval Ages.

4. Take a stroll on Hauptstrasse

This is the longest pedestrian-only street in Europe. We enjoyed stopping at the coffee shops and trying the different food at the restaurants along the way. We were there at Christmas time so most of the stores were closed while we were there.

5. Christmas Markets

If you happen to visit Heidelberg during November or December you can enjoy all the amazing Christmas markets and try the classic Glühwein or hot chocolate!

6. Hike Philosophenweg

Also known as the Philosopher’s Walk. This may have been my favorite part about Heidelberg! There are so many different trails and incredible things to see like the Thingstätte, the old Monastery Ruins and an 1800 year old well.

How to Get There:

Car/Taxi: You can drive to Philosophenweg, park and then start walking the path till you get to different trails. This is probably the easiest way as it is quicker than going by foot. If you are driving, Philosophenweg (which is an actual street and then turns into a pedestrian only path) intersects with Bergstrasse. Once you are on Philosophenweg, you can drive as far as you can until you reach parking. You can also take a taxi and have them drop you off!

On Foot: This is the way that we went since we didn’t have a car. There are some super steep steps that will tire you out, but will only take 15ish minutes to reach the top. There are benches along the way up to take a breather as well! In order to get there cross the Old Bridge from the Altstadt and immediately to your left you will see a pedestrian light. Cross it and start to head up. There will be sign on the wall that says Schlangenweg!

7. Eat at Vetters Brauhaus

Here you can get a traditional German lunch or dinner! This is one of Heidelberg’s private beer breweries and according to my husband it was very delicious. I had the Game Stew which was amazing and I would get it again in a heartbeat and Alex had some of the local sausages.

8. Explore the Alleys

Walk around Heidelberg and checking out the old buildings like the church and one of the oldest buildings, Hotel Ritter. You can get a map from the tourist office and explore the Old Town (Altstadt).

9.  Hang out at Neckarwiese on a sunny day

There are meadows along the Neckar River which make for the perfect place to hang out with the family on a beautiful sunny day. You can even dip your feet in the river, but just don’t swim in it!

10. Paddle the Neckar River

You can rent paddle boats across the river from Bismarkplatz. Rentals cost 10 euros for 30 minutes which is plenty of time to get to and from the Alte Brucke.

Things to do in Heidelberg Germany

Hauptstrasse Pictured Above

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