Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), Heidelberg

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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) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Heidelberg trip itinerary planner.
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  • Idyllic view of the city of Heidelberg from the Hill on which stands the Castle. It's worth visiting the Grosses Fass with restraunt
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  • Pretty steep upward, but it's worth it to go up the complimented:) And if you are lucky, a little on the square shows waiting for us, and we can eat too finomakat:)
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  • I joined a guided tour to see the inside. Wine barrels were in barrels ever seen biggest. Wine tasting.
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  • Visiting the Heidelberg Castle is like traveling back through time. Highly recommend a visit. The tour is very helpful, and enables you to visit parts of the castle that you wouldn't be able to access otherwise. They offer tours in English, as well as in German. There is so much to see and it is a great place for some photo shoots of the city. Don't miss den biggest wine barrel..
  • As an Australian where we have little history this has it all. I lived nearby for a few years and took all our overseas visitors here. I have probably visited over 20 times and still love it. The walls are so thick and impressive, a massive moat and there still seems to be space to swing a cat or two! The tour guides tell you something new every time. Amazing!
  • Amazing views. Well kept gardens. The world's worst pretzel. Not very crowded. A great day! Don't forget the pharmacy museum & a ride on the funicular!
  • Beautiful Castle with historical significance in relation to the French. It is recommended that you get the guided tour. The views inside and out are breath taking. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because it is quite a hike to this location.
  • Visiting the Heidelberg Castle is like traveling back through time to Renaissance-era Germany. Highly recommend a visit, if you're in the area. The tour is very helpful, and enables you to visit parts of the castle that you wouldn't be able to access otherwise. They offer tours in English, as well as in German.