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Thingstatte, Heidelberg

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Monument Tourist Spot
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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Most of the city's lodging is centralized near Altstadt, the Old Town. Here cafes, shops, and tourist sites line the cobbled streets. Many of the guesthouses here work hard to retain the area's historical feel.
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  • Very interesting location very relevant to the nazi times, worth a visit if you love history. It is a bit of a hike to get there though.  more »
  • This open-air theater is still used by locals for May festival. Hitler apparently thought twice about allowing large assemblies and only allowed it to be used one time.  more »
  • You can hike up the hills enclosed in a beautiful and multi color forest to reach to this abandoned propaganda theater. A few steps away you will also find the ruins of a 11th century St. Augustine mo...  more »