Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche), Heidelberg

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In Heidelberg's central Marktplatz, Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) is one of the few buildings to survive centuries of war unscathed. Foundations were laid for the great structure in 1398 on the site of a late Romanesque basilica, but the church and its large tower were not complete until 1544. Throughout its history, both Catholics and Protestants have used the church; at one point, a partition divided the hall for the two denominations. Climb the steep tower stairs for a spectacular view of Heidelberg and the castle. For Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) and beyond, use our Heidelberg holiday planner to get the most from your Heidelberg vacation.
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  • The Heiliggeistkirche is beautiful. What really made it stand out for us was the half-hour organ concerts they have every Sunday-Friday at 5:15pm (Saturdays have a longer program at 6:15) from June-Se...  more »
  • This is a beautiful church, but does not manage to be spectacular. However, it is part of the cityscape of Heidelberg, as well as its castle. Both constructions stand out over the rest of the buildings in the historic centre of this German city. The most I liked of this church is that it can be enjoyed from many different locations: from his base in the market square. From the terraces of the Castle, surrounded by orange roofs, from the other side of the river or from the promenade of the philosophers, with the Castle and the mountain Heiligenberg's background.
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  • Yesterday we were in the Church of the Holy Spirit. Finally, we wanted to climb the tower and enjoy the view. €2 are for it. The rise has a lot, you should economize with the forces, but is very good about equal levels and with a railing from a rope that is so excited, that one has a good grip. Up a panoramic view over the city. Herrlich. Despite rain. Then the absolute event: it was noon, and the bells began to ring. And then you suddenly realise how swinging of the tower. You can see the movement even when you look at the stone parapet and including the tiles of roofs to 1.5 to 2 mm disappear and reappear. Maybe there are even 3 mm.! The absolute highlight. Stay loose and resonate. Wonderful!
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