First Time Tourists Guide in Heidelberg

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Welcome to Heidelberg! This city is widely known as the university town in Germany

  It is located on the river Neckar in the south-west part of Germany

Heidelberg is also blessed with a super majestic classical ambiance of old buildings surrounding the city

Not only that, this city also preserves its own unique natural beauty

Heidelberg offers you plenty of activities that you can do, from going to the iconic Heidelberg University, visiting the medieval remaining in Heidelberg Palace and Heiligenberg, and strolling around the scenic city panorama in Old Bridge Heidelberg

There are a million charms you can find in this city

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SIGHTSEEING

Your trip won’t be complete if you don’t pay a visit to Heidelberg Palace. The palace used to be functioned as a fortress in the 13th century and now is served as one of the most beautiful ruins. Around the complex of the palace, you can get the breathtaking view of the river valley and medieval courtyard surrounding the building. The most favorite spots among the tourist in Heidelberg Palace are the balcony and the big wine barrel.

Heidelberg Palace

Ruined, 16th-century, red sandstone castle on a hillside, with guided tours & a huge wine barrel

Address : Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

DOWNTOWN

In the downtown area, you would love to take a long walk throughout Heidelberg's Hauptstrasse. The narrow main street in this area is full of the bursting attractions to be explored. There are majestic old buildings with medieval architecture, galleries, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and many other old buildings. This area is also known as the old town of the Heidelburg for all the classic beauty that is still preserved in every corner of the area.

Heidelberg's Hauptstrasse

The old town area in the city of Heidelberg

Address : Hauptstraße 30, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

SHOPPING

You wouldn’t need to worry about finding the right place to take home some souvenirs from Heidenburg. You can just go to Darmstädter Hof Centrum. Set in 19th century-style building, this retail complex is house to more than 25 contemporary outlets along with cafes and restaurants. Despite its small space, this retail complex has a very nice and relaxing ambiance which allows you to have a good shopping time without feeling in rush.

Darmstädter Hof Centrum

Retail complex with 25+ contemporary stores & restaurants housed in a 19th-century building

Address : Fahrtgasse 18, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

FOOD & DRINK

Heidelberg, just like most regions in Palantine, is famous for its specialty in refined staple food. Many of the city’s most famous local foods are made from pork and potatoes. Saumagen is absolutely among the list that you should try when you are in Heidelberg. Made from the pig’s stomach mixed with pork, sausage, bacon, and potatoes, this food serves the authentic and original flavor of Heidelberg’s local food scene. If your tongue craves for something sweet, Studentenkuss made from waffle, nougat, and dark chocolate is ready to serve you.

CULTURE

Heidelberg is like a paradise for those who are interested in learning about the cultural attractions of the city. Here, tourists can find over 20 museums with various facets of classical medieval culture mixed with contemporary culture. For the start, you may want to visit the biggest contemporary art gallery in the city called Kurpfälzisches Museum. The collections that you can enjoy in this museum include painting, sculpture, to the archeological recording of the history of humankind. Another must-visit museum in the city of Heidelberg is Pharmacy Museum. Claimed as the biggest pharmacy museum with the collection of medical and science-related stuff of dating back from the 18th century, this place will provide the insightful experience you can only find in Heidelberg.

Kurpfälzisches Museum

Contemporary exhibits on 3 floors in art institution's HQ, founded 1869, with educational projects

Address : Hauptstraße 97, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Pharmacy Museum

Over 20,000 exhibits on 2000 years of medical science & pharmacy, including glass apothecary flasks

Address : Schloss Heidelberg, Schlosshof, 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

BEST TIME TO VISIT

If you want to visit Heidelberg during the best weather with numerous local events and festivals, it is recommended for you to go there between May to late October.

HOTEL

Hotel Europäischer Hof Heidelberg is ready to accommodate all your needs during your stay in Heidelberg. This family-run hotel was built in 1865 and is still trusted as one of the best places to have a nice rest in the city. With its elegant and luxurious rooms as well as a lavish dining restaurant, you don’t have to worry about anything. Just like the name of the hotel, Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre is another top-notch alternative with a very strategic location nearby sightseeing spots. The rooms here are warm yet very modern that will give you a comfortable stay. There is also a sauna for you who want to have an absolutely relaxing time.

Hotel Europäischer Hof Heidelberg

This opulent, family-run hotel dating back to 1865 is 2 km from Heidelberg Castle, 6 km from Königstuhl summit and 13 km from Schwetzinger palace

Address : Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre

This upmarket hotel in the central neighborhood of Weststadt is 1

4 km from Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof train station and 2

1 km from Heidelberg Castle

Address : Kurfürsten-Anlage 1, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

RESTAURANT

When you visit Heidelberg, it is most recommended for you to have a bite of the authentic taste of Germany’s cuisine at Zum Seppl. You would absolutely love having a nice meal of local flavor accompanied by the calming vibe of the piano in the background. But if you are in the mood of tasting the best quality of grilled foods and steaks, Heid's Grill & Restaurant can be an excellent option. With outdoor seating, you will be served with the best quality service and great ambiance to spend a day with your loved ones. Don't worry, this restaurant also serves vegetarian food.

Zum Seppl

A restaurant serving the best taste of Germany's authentic taste

Address : Hauptstraße 213, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Heid's Grill & Restaurant

A restaurant serving a good variery of grilled foods and steaks in a nice outdoor seating

Address : Speyerer Str. 15, 69124 Heidelberg, Germany

CAFE

Enjoy the excellent light meal featuring a super lovely atmosphere in Conditorei-Café Schafheutle. Serving massive selections of cakes, you are also welcomed to enjoy the scenery of the surrounding garden in this cafe. If you are lucky enough, you can find beautiful tulips decorating the garden here. Meanwhile, for you coffee addicts, Coffee Nerd is more than ready to provide you with a wide variety of coffee beans served by a brilliant coffee artisan here. The atmosphere is very suitable for you to have the ultimate relaxing time.

Conditorei-Café Schafheutle

The best place in Heidelberg to have massive selctions of delicious cakes

Address : Hauptstraße 94, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Coffee Nerd

A cafe serving an interesting variety of coffee beans by brilliant coffee artisan

Address : Rohrbacher Str. 9, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

It would be such a pleasure if you spend the night peacefully in this romantic bar called Bent Bar. Serving high-quality original cocktails, this bar has been very popular among the cocktails lovers in Heidelberg. Now, if you want a little treat in a unique artistic place, Orange Cafe Bar is where to go. The decoration and ambiance of this bar is something you won’t experience anywhere else.

Bent Bar

Snug watering hole featuring an array of craft cocktails served in a laid-back atmosphere

Address : Leyergasse 2, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Orange Cafe Bar

A bar serving the unique and one of a kind ambiance in Heidelberg

Address : Ingrimstraße 26/1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

INTERESTING PLACE

There is no way you explore the city of Heidelberg without making a visit to its most iconic place, Heidelberg University. The university has been around since the 14th century and is also known as the oldest university in Germany. This place is also a very good place to learn about the history of the city as well as many other insightful pieces of knowledge. If you want to experience another unique ambiance of Heidelberg, Studentenkarzer is the ultimate place to visit. This place used to be functioned as a jail for university students in the 1770s. The graffiti and pictures stretched throughout the wall are the main attractions that make this place really interesting and unique.

Heidelberg University

14th-century university, Germany's oldest, known for its science, arts, law & medical programs

Address : 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Studentenkarzer

University prison with cells covered with graffiti, used for unruly students from 1778 to 1914

Address : Augustinergasse 2, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

As one of the most beautifully romantic cities in the world, you would definitely want to take as much as aesthetic pictures as possible. Heiligenberg is one of the most picturesque landmarks that you can’t miss. This place where you can see the beautiful ruins from the 11th-century Monastery of St Michael. There is the oldest sandstone standing 440 meters high in which you can see the majestic surrounding view. Old Bridge Heidelberg is another super picturesque landmark that should be your list. Along the aesthetic pedestrian bridge built in 1778, you can capture the scenic panorama of the city.

Heiligenberg

This 439m-tall hill features the ruins of a Celtic fort, an 11th-century monastery & more

Address : 69121 Heidelberg, Germany

Old Bridge Heidelberg

Iconic pedestrian bridge constructed in 1788 offering scenic views of city landmarks

Address : Am Hackteufel, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany