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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  • Great visit to the past. Ticket is a real value with all it includes. The view from the castle was fantastic. The tram down the mountain to the town below was also a very enjoyable way to get around. We were able to see a large part of the castle and then head down to the town below using the tram for lunch and then back up the mountain to see the rest of the castle. We should have allowed more time because you can spend about an equal amount of time exploring the town as you do at the castle.
  • Very nice location. Interior tour is very interesting, but the place looks great from the outside as well. The view is astonishing. The walk up is not a problem for an average person even in the warm summer days. I can recommend this place to everybody.
  • Gorgeous historic landmark. Heidelberg is an incredible city that I plan on spending more time in when I return to Germany and this castle is something I will see each time I visit. Great tour. Amazing views of the city. Wear comfortable shoes. There are lots of hills to walk up on your way there.
  • Great views of the city from here, around 7€ to walk through the castle grounds. Access to the inside is restricted to guided tours - none were available at time of visit so I cannot say what that looked like. The grounds are lovely and well kept, there's a small snack bar and winery where you can purchase souvenir bottles or taste by the glass. A nice place to visit for a few hours and enjoy the scenery.
  • Take the tram up from the old town (included with castle entrance ticket if you buy it from the bottom tram stop), otherwise you can also walk up and down a set of stairs through town. Great views of the city and surrounding area from the castle grounds. The entrance fee only gets you a self guided tour and very few internal rooms are viewable, the exception being a on site museum.

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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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