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Philosopher’s Walk, Heidelberg

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Stroll down the scenic north banks of the Neckar river along Philosopher’s Walk. Named for its solitary and romantic charm, the riverside path is as one of Heidelberg's iconic landmarks. Here, you'll find views of the city's historic old town and the Heidelberg Castle. Meander through the surrounding gardens, or venture farther up the path: On the mountain, you can visit an 11th-century monastery and remains of a Celtic fort. If you time it right, you can sit outside at the hilltop cafe to enjoy the sun setting over the old city skyline. Put Philosopher’s Walk into our Heidelberg online tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Heidelberg.
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  • This walk is very worthwhile. It is about one hour long, is beautiful, works with kids, and has great views. It is steep at the beginning and at the end. Just take it slow if necessary. During... 
    This walk is very worthwhile. It is about one hour long, is beautiful, works with kids, and has great views. It is steep at the beginning and at the end. Just take it slow if necessary. During...  more »
  • We made the mistake of trying to take a taxi to begin our walk at the gardens. Taxi driver was confused and dropped us off just across from the old bridge at the base of the walkway which leads up... 
    We made the mistake of trying to take a taxi to begin our walk at the gardens. Taxi driver was confused and dropped us off just across from the old bridge at the base of the walkway which leads up...  more »
  • Good, friendly guide but I was really hoping she'd talk more about the history of the place but she was honest that she didn't know. 
    Good, friendly guide but I was really hoping she'd talk more about the history of the place but she was honest that she didn't know.  more »
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  • It is a great experience of walking with so much beautiful view to the castle, old Bridge and river. And it is with beautiful birds singing and smell from flowers. I recommend to everyone who visit Heidelberg for not long time as it is the best opportunity to see all town during short time.
  • Incredible views of the city! The path is a bit steep going up and it's cobblestone, so wear proper shoes. Worth the effort and I'm so glad I had the time to do this. There were places to stop along the way so you could rest and take in the views.
  • Take a stroll and contemplate your very finitude as the existentialists did. This is a beautiful and easy hike up the mountain. Extra points for starting up the way at sunrise. Gorgeous sunrise across the river.
  • Definitely physically challenging, the view from the top is nice ( you get a panoramic view of the city) but the view from the castle is a lot better.
  • Nice place to take a walk all day of the week ! Calm place with awesome panorama ! Recomend a good book !

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