Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg), Heidelberg

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Stroll down the scenic north banks of the Neckar river along Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg). 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. With our international travel planner, Heidelberg attractions like Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 17, 2017
    In the old town of Altair's bridge taking so much than I thought. A little uncomfortable walking the length of a long steep slope but pulled up on the way to rewarding a lot of philosophers is a place where you feel! Against the backdrop of the castle of Heidelberg old town and great photo opportunities are also good, and the scenery is really good. In addition to the length of a little tough going up there a disadvantage!
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  • August 17, 2017
    Certainly worhtwhile the climb on a sunny day, especially in the evening. You can access it from the small path winding up from the Old Bridge.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The ascent is steep but accessible. We started it from the modern bridge and ended it on the old bridge that comes to old town. The views are beautiful, it's worth 100%
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  • Fairly dull. You get to see Heidelberg from a new angle--that is, when you're not being attacked by local insects or surrounded by shrub from all sides. Would suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes.
  • Its a hill top site viewing place
  • The nature at its best, no wonder it is called a philosophers walk. Just avoid getting to the top the mountain rather take a detour to the city via bridge.
  • Nice place to take a walk!
  • Very nice way with really great views of the old town and the Castle. For us, it was a totally special day.
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