Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), Heidelberg

Among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, the ruins of Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) offer sweeping views of the surrounding area. The castle has been partially rebuilt since lightning bolts and fires caused massive destruction in the 17th and 18th centuries. It dominates the view of the old downtown, just as it did in the 13th century. Sitting on a hillside above the city, the castle can be easily reached by a funicular railway, itself a major regional tourist attraction. Be sure to pick up an audio guide near the entrance into the castle. To access interior areas not available otherwise, join a guided tour of the castle and its grounds. Check online for tour schedules before you make the trip. Put Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Heidelberg trip planner .
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  • You can drive up the the area, but I would recommend taking the funicular to the top which includes the tour. Make sure especially if this is your first time to take the tour as it helps understand th...  more »
  • The castle is easily accessible by cable car and worth a trip. You can visit the pharmacies directly with Museum.
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  • The Castle (ruins) Heidelberg was a great experience. We took the "Berg-Bahn" to the Castle. When you arrive at the Castle you have a lot to see - both a fantastic view of the city from the Castle wal...  more »
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  • You can spend 2-3 hours here. Even if you don't pay to go into the castle, the grounds around it are fun for hanging out, having a picnic, running with the kids, throwing a Frisbee. We do recommend going in and then paying extra for the 1 hour tour. The guide is really knowledgeable. In my opinion, famous events did not happen here so much, but the guide explained the family history and the history of the castle in the context of broad European history and visits by famous people.
  • 4 stars because there weren't many rooms for the tour inside. The castle is huge yet the tour was short. But other than that, Heidelberg is the most beautiful castle I've seen so far. I took over 140 pictures. Best time to go is soon as they open to avoid crowds in your pictures. The gift shops had good prices too. Postcards for €0.50 or €1.00. Books for €5.
  • Beautiful castle. Very large, and still intact for a very large part. With a train ticket up, you get free entrance for castle included in the price. However, if you want to visit all of the castle then you need to do a tour with a guide. We were stopped at some rooms, and couldn't enter, because we had no guide. The gardens around the castle are also very nice and worth to visit. The terrace on the other side in the garden, gives a cool view over the city and castle. Worth the visit! Ruins often have information signs so you know what it is / was. Clean and tidy.
  • Beautiful old castle. Amazing architecture and a great experience. It's also definitely worth purchasing the guided tour. You only get to go inside the castle if you go on the tour. The tour guide and staff were friendly as well so that was a plus. Also be sure to check out the "Big Barrel" It's the world's largest wine barrel and is definitely worth a look.
  • I have been in this place for several times, it is a beautiful castle and it has an amazing view of the city. In this place you can find a Old Drugstore Museum witch shows the process of antique medicine. There is a restroom and food trucks to eat. I suggest always to bring water with you because the walk up is quite exhausting.

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Most of the city's lodging is centralized near Altstadt, the Old Town. Here cafes, shops, and tourist sites line the cobbled streets. Many of the guesthouses here work hard to retain the area's historical feel.
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