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. Put Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) into our Heidelberg trip itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Heidelberg.
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  • The Heidelberg old bridge was a local triumph, but it was not possible to see its original appearance when the visitors entered the entrance. There was a monkey in the bridge, and there was a different meaning to the different parts of the statue.
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  • We walked the bridge, a must do to see the city from a new perspective. Unfortunately the main entrance was under cInstruction so we missed our chance to see “the monkey”.  more »
  • Carl Theodore's bridge is very similar to Charles bridge in Prague. If you visit the Old Town than you cannot miss it. If you intend to go up to Philosophenweg then you will cross the bridge  more »
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  • This was a great place even on a rainy and dreary day. The views of the castle were great from here and of course the view of the river. The strange monkey statue was a can't miss photo. This was a very good place to people watch. I was so glad we didn't just explore the castle but took time to come down and explore in town. I wish we had realized all that was here so we could have allotted more time.
  • A very much loved tourist attraction in Heidelberg. You can get some great pictures here of the castle in the background. A must see!
  • A short bridge but a nice one. Was expecting street performers but there were none. Lots of tourists with selfie sticks :)
  • One of the most romantic sites in Europe. Sunsets are perfect. View of the old town, the Neckar river, and Heidelberg Castle.
  • Beautiful bridge. But crowdy. Also there was a street musician.

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