Heidelberg Germany | Why Is It An Interesting Place To Visit?

 

Heidelberg is a town on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany. It’s known for venerable Heidelberg University, founded in the 14th century. Gothic Heiliggeistkirche church towers over the cafe-lined Marktplatz, a town square in the Altstadt (Old Town). The red-sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a noted example of Renaissance architecture, stand on Königstuhl hill. [Source]

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Heidelberg – I’ve heard the name many times. I know it is a place but I don’t know where exactly it is on the map. Frankly speaking, I don’t have any idea what the place is like. One day while browsing the internet, I came across an article about Heidelberg that highlights “… the most beautiful city in Germany…”. (I’m sorry I cannot remember the name of the website) actually I didn’t read the whole article but it fueled my interest to research about Heidelberg. Of course I just want to know why the article made that claim. Then, after hundred’s of photos I saw in the internet, I found out why. And without a second thought,  I added Heidelberg to my travel bucket list.

Although Derick and I were in Germany last year, it was impossible for us to visit Heidelberg since we were on a tour group which only covered Munich and the Rhine Valley of places to visit. Last August, when we came back to Germany, we got the chance to explore the place and finally see it up close and personal.

Heidelberg isn’t that far from the Frankfurt city center and a day tour is conveniently doable. If I’m not mistaken it’s a 1 1/2 hour train ride from Frankfurt depending on the train schedule. For someone that has a lot of time to spare, you can do the tour on your own at you own pace. However in our case, we only have a very limited time in Frankfurt so we opted to book a coach tour to avoid hassle on the road. We booked the tour through Viator.Com.

dscf4132Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and see the world’s largest wine barrel
  • Walk around Heidelberg’s Old Town, and marvel at its pretty Renaissance architecture
  • See River Neckar, the Karl Theodor Bridge and Heidelberg University

On our way to Heidelberg our very knowledgeable and jolly guide named Adrian gave us pre-orientation of the place. When Adrian learned that we were from the Philippines he asked us “what is the common denominator between Heidelberg and Filipinos?” We were actually surprised by his question and it left me and Derick speechless. Looking at each other, Derick guessed a number of answers and none of it was correct. So Adrian gave us a clue which is related to our National Hero… it is when we realized that Dr. Jose Rizal studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg for five years so that he could treat his blind mother. And were like ahhh… I don’t know if we’re just getting old and forgetful or perhaps we were absent when this was discussed in our history class. Hahaha!

Ruins of Heidelberg Castle & World’s Largest Wine Barrel

dscf4288Perched on top of a hill, overlooking the River Neckar stand the remains of Schloss Heidelberg. Perhaps you might asked why the castle wasn’t restored to its original form? Well according to our tour guide, the reason is to give inspiration and stimulate the creativity of the artists’ minds who marvels at the grandeur of the castle during its glory days.

dscf4140dscf4184dsc_0071Elisabeth Gate

Elisabeth Gate was built in 1615 as a present from Elector Frederic V to his wife Elisabeth Stuart, the daughter of King James I of England. According to legend, the triumphal arch was built in sections, erected overnight and presented to Elisabeth the next morning as a surprise birthday gift.

dscf4201-editedWorld’s Largest Wine Barrel

Heidelberg’s Old Town

dscf4343dscf4350The Old Town showcased a beautiful Renaissance Architecture and Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit.

dsc_0225Heiliggeistkirche Church

dsc_0205Heiliggeistkirche Church Tower

The River Neckar & The Karl Theodor Bridge

dsc_0181dsc_0233The Karl Theodor Bridge or commonly known as the Old Town bridge connecting from Marktplatz to the Neuenheim district.

dsc_0190 The bridge is one of the best-known landmarks and tourist destinations in Heidelberg.

dscf4360dscf4359 The eastern part of the Neuenheim district of the city on the opposite bank of the Neckar River.

It’s not only interesting to learn about the history of the place but once again Heidelberg captured my heart. From the stunning views overlooking the Neckar River, to the charming Old Town and the impressive architecture, it is definitely an exceptional place to visit. Now I understand why Heidelberg became an inspiration to artists like Mark Twain and Victor Hugo. It is truly an awe-inspiring and romantic place to visit.

How about you, have you been to Heidelberg? What are your thoughts about the place? Let me know by leaving a comment below. 

50 thoughts on “Heidelberg Germany | Why Is It An Interesting Place To Visit?

  1. Nindota sa Old Town Ate Joy oy! Instagrammable kaayo!!! Haha. Super nindot jud bitaw kaayo sya and if ako naa sa Germany, dili sad ni nako palampason ang Heidelberg!

    Anyway, congrats sa imong new domain Ate!!! WOOHOO! Milestone kaayo for your blog! 🙂

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  2. Heidelberg looks more like a sleepy town than a bustling metropolis. We love visiting rustic towns like this. It exhibits a unique kind of charm. Having an espresso on the side walk, listening to street musicians, having a date by the river…..

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  3. I’ve never been to Germany and have no immediate plans to visit so I’m not familiar with many of the things the country has to offer. However, judging from your pictures, I can definitely see why Heidelberg is called one of the most beautiful cities. It’s definitely somewhere I would love to explore!

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  4. The place rang a bell because Rizal wrote a poem about it! This is so interesting and what a beautiful place! We plan to visit Berlin this year but it looks like we’ll have to take a detour to Heidelberg. What was the weather like in August?

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    1. Hi April, I’m surprised that you know Rizal! Hahaha, I really thought you’re not Pinoy. Yeah you’re right that Heidelberg poem. August is a perfect time to visit, the weather is enough for you to wear cute summer dresses and the flowers of Heidelberg are still blooming. Lots of greens and perfect blue skies. It would be nice if you can see Heidelberg and other fairy tale like places in Bavaria. 🙂

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  5. I really love Germany as it has so many places to visit and see and lots of different options. I had no idea Heidelberg was so close to Frankfurt which would be it super attractive to do both. I love the colours and style of the old town, it is so quaint and very different to the harsh architecture of Berlin.

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  6. I can see why you were enamored with Heidelberg – it’s so pretty! I like that they left the Schloss Heidelberg intact – it’s much more authentic and charming just the way it is!

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  7. If you ask me, since I live in Germany, every town can claim to be the most beautiful. Germany is full of fascinating places. But Heidelberg deserves all kinds of accolades, especially for that wine barrel. Funny how Germans, who are lovers of wine, are best known for their beers…

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  8. I loved looking at all your of photos. I’m struck by the relative peacefulness of Heidelberg, it’s more serene and pristine looking than places situated in the city. One will have the time to really just stop, admire and soak in the beauty of the place. This is my kind of place!

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  9. I’ve only been to Frankfurt & Berlin in Germany! So thanks for this virtual tour of Heidelberg! The ruins of Heidelberg castle and the world’s largest wine barrel??? I have to visit I guess!! Its too tempting!

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  10. Heidelberg is one of my top favorite cities in Germany. I visited it a few years ago and absolutely loved it. The view from the Church of the Holy Spirit is amazing, and I loved the pharmacy/apothecary exhibits inside the Heidelberg Castle. But what felt like the most interesting sight to me was the student prison at the university 😀

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Alina! We only had a day to explore the city and I’m so intrigued about the student prison, because we missed it. I need to see that, hopefully we can go back in the future. 😀

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  11. Heidelberg looks so cool! My friend moved there a couple of years ago and from her words, I had a bad impression of the city. But from your pictures the city is beautiful! It has great architecture, trees, a river. I put it on the list. Thank you

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    1. Other people might have negative experience about the place, however, that doesn’t discredit the fact that Heidelberg has something worth praising.Thanks too, Veronica! 🙂

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  12. I have been living in Germany for about a year and a half now, and though I am familiar with Heidelberg, I have never been there. I had no idea that it was considered the most beautiful city in Germany though! So, it is now also on my summer travel list! Thanks!

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  13. OMG, I really miss Heidelberg right now. I miss walking around, taking photos, checking souvenirs, entering the shops, sitting beside the Neckar River. Also walking through Alte Brucke. Thank you for posting this. Lovely!

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