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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  • July 21, 2017
    Hidden in the hills of the city is an Arena the great State is beautiful to look at, surrounded by greenery and well maintained
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  • July 18, 2017
    Climbing up the Philosphenweg and making our way to an old monastery on the top of the Heiligenberg we bumped into the Thingstätte right underneath the "peak" in a natural well. Built in the 30s of th...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Eerily quiet even on a summer Sunday, this place has thankfully not got any intepretative boards or unnecessary gimmicks. Just a place to sit and try and imagine it full with Goebbels speaking at the ...  more »

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