Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), Heidelberg

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Named in honor of the man who constructed it, Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) stands as one of Heidelberg's most iconic landmarks. Admire the bridge's nine giant sandstone arches and its massive ornate gate. Wander from bank to bank of the Necker river for camera-ready views of the old city's churches, spires, and fortress. Keep an eye out for the statues--one is Carl Theodor--along the bridge. Don't miss the tribute to the former resident "bridge monkey" on the south bank. The bridge was partially destroyed by the retreating German Army in 1945. Extensive efforts to repair it included original materials. Add Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) to your Heidelberg travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Heidelberg vacation planner.
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  • This is a great place for a short stop to take pictures and have some great views. The bridge played an important part in Heidelberg's history and was destroyed by the allies in WWII. It is not a dest...  more »
  • Old bridge connects the new town with the historical part. One of the traditionally mandatory tourist places to visit. If you enter the old city through the gate of the bridge on the right side you can find mark on the levels of flooding. Views from the bridge in different parts of Heidelberg. It is worth a walk and do some memorable pictures
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  • A cool refreshing walk on an old narrow stone bridge with history. Many couples walking hand in hand. Peaceful in January. 
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  • It is a must visit when you are in Heidelberg. It offers a great panorama of the surroundings and you can also see the Heidelberg Castle the bridge. 4 x per year or so they have Schlossbeleuchtung (big fireworks). It will include this location and the castle. An amazing show of fireworks which you don't want to miss.
  • Cross this bridge from Schloss Heidelberg (Heidelberg Castle) to get some great views of the castle. Scenic shots of this bridge can be had as well.
  • Hundreds of tourists from all over the world visit the bridge everyday. It offers a great panorama of the surroundings and you can also see the Heidelberg Castle from here. The annual Schlossbeleuchtung takes place on this location. An amazing show of fireworks which you don't want to miss.
  • Nice peace of history. On the side, you can see how high was the river water in the past.
  • Beautiful view from this place. Some people play music on this bridge. Peaceful place. I love this place. Worth watching