Schloss Heidelberg, Heidelberg

Among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, the ruins of 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 Schloss Heidelberg at the forefront of your travel plans using our Heidelberg trip planner .
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  • This palace was mostly destroyed by fire, but you can still see the exterior portions and walk around. The views of the Rhine River are spectacular. The grounds are very pleasant and easy to walk thro...  more »
  • Heidelberg Castle offers wonderful views of the city and the Necar River. It itself is a pile of structures, towers, walls, residential buildings connected in one complex. With deep courtyards and cracked high walls. To be honest, without a guide, little is clear. If we had more time, I'd prefer to be told the history and purpose of the castle by someone who knows.
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  • When you are in Heidelberg, the castle ruins are a must! The funicular is an experience in itself! The weather was not with us, so it was a quick walking tour.
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  • This place is incredible. The whole area is beautiful and the views of the city are top notch. If possible, I'd strongly suggest going as early as possible so you can get pictures without massive tour groups constantly going through
  • The Palace is incredibly beautiful inside and out. The price is affordable compared to other attractions and learning about the rich history here was fascinating. It can get a bit busy here, but it wasn’t too crowded. They even offer tours in Japanese in order to accommodate as many people as possible. The small restaurant inside was beautiful and cozy. You can also get a great view of Heidelberg and the river from the palace.
  • It’s awesome!! Restaurant/Bar available near by!! Parking little far!! Walking is preferred!! Hiking possible!! Stayed around 10 days in Heidelberg and visited 3 times the Castle and its near by area.. It was one of the best part of Heidelberg & my trip.. it’s highly recommended place to Visit .. you can use philosopher's way if you want to have a great and giant view of it.. and great hiking way too, it gonna be little hard but it’s worth.. it’s peaceful and great!! A lot of restaurants and bar available on the way to it.. awesome crowd and food & drinks.. Thanks for reading!!
  • This is a big beautiful castle. Definitely worth a visit. It's free to walk the gardens and walk around the outside. The view of the city from up here is really great. The walk up to the castle is fairly steep, but not so far.
  • Such a cool castle to visit. Perched up on a mountain so you have great views of the city and river. This castle was much bigger than I expected, huge motes, tall towers, and multiple buildings within the walls gave us plenty to explore.
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