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Thingstatte, Heidelberg
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Built in 1935 by Albert Speer, architect to Adolf Hitler, Thingstatte was an amphitheater originally used as a site for Nazi rallies and meetings. It is now preserved as a monument, but it's used for many events and festivals throughout the year. Several paths lead up the hill, and you can stop at several other sights along the way. You'll pass the ruins of an old monastery, an old well, and a lookout tower for views of the city and castle below. A beer garden at the top provides refreshments after the hike up. If you want to spare your legs, you can drive up; plenty of parking is available. Work out when and for how long to visit Thingstatte and other Heidelberg attractions using our handy Heidelberg vacation trip planner.
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  • I know the Thingstätte my whole life and was already several times here. I find this place but always again and again very impressive and overwhelming. The Thingstätte resembles an amphitheater from Celtic and Roman times. but actually it is a relic of the Third Reich. Due to the size of this facility and the historical background, a slight tingling feeling somehow always has time here. If there is you should run up the mountain further in any case to look at the ruins of the monastery of St. Michael's. In the autumn it is here also that's great, because there are also many chestnut trees, chestnut gathering around the theatre and the monastery :))
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  • This Amphitheater built for nazi pride, Goebels and Hilter. It has an amazing, well cared and respected acoustic. Hopefully in all countries respect the history. We all have to learn from the Germans, not to repeat the same mistakes.
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  • The Heidelberg Thingstätte is an open-air theatre on the Heiligenberg.It was built as a multi-disciplinary outdoor theatre which enjoyed brief popularity in pre-war Nazi Germany. Nice place to go for ...  more »