Schloss Heidelberg, Heidelberg

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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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  • Being local, I hadn't taken a guided tour to Heidelberg castle. Now, after years, we took our South African and British friends there and booked the guided tour at the ticket office (english). It was....  more
    Being local, I hadn't taken a guided tour to Heidelberg castle. Now, after years, we took our South African and British friends there and booked the guided tour at the ticket office (english). It was....  more »
  • Well, the castle is certainly very nice, but the staff, deplorable.... (Due to a tragic event, we haven't celebrated my birthday for a long time), yet we decided to celebrate it in Heidelberg this... 
    Well, the castle is certainly very nice, but the staff, deplorable.... (Due to a tragic event, we haven't celebrated my birthday for a long time), yet we decided to celebrate it in Heidelberg this...  more »
  • We visited the Heidelberg Castle during our river cruise with Uniworld. This is a ruin and a Renaissance structure. French forces attacked the castle late in the 16th century. The castle’s... 
    We visited the Heidelberg Castle during our river cruise with Uniworld. This is a ruin and a Renaissance structure. French forces attacked the castle late in the 16th century. The castle’s...  more »
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  • Really cool castle! The views of the city are incredible. The walk up is pretty steep so be prepared if you are going that way. Don’t miss the pharmacy museum and the giant wine barrel. The inner part of the castle costs 9 euros but it’s worth it. Also check out the garden in the back for even more great views.
  • Beautiful, highly recommend for a lazy stroll. The views of the palace and the city from the terrace is breathtaking. We went on a rainy day and still managed to have a great time. There’s a short hike, moderately steep but absolutely doable. Wear comfy shoes. I saw some cars up there too, so I guess it’s possible.
  • One of the best “ruins castles” in Germany. We really enjoyed the tour through the castle. The views of Heidelberg from the castle are fantastic as well. It is a bit of a hike to get up to the castle. I would recommend taking the tram if you have issues with climbing stairs and hills or have strollers or older folks with you. The climb is pretty significant. I have now been to this castle several times and I’d go back again and again. Such a great place with such an interesting history.
  • Beautiful castle ruins. One of the best I have ever visited. Lots of walking to see the best views, wear good shoes (trainers) and bring plenty of water. I visited in 2002 while travelling though Europe and this was one of the highlights for me. The local town was absolutely stunning and full of life. Of course the beer was excellent.
  • Amazing views and wonderful medieval architecture awaits you at this place. Lots of steep pathways and beautiful gardens everywhere. The palace has a rich history and it does not disappoint. Would highly recommend packing a picnic with you and having it in the gardens of the palace.

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