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. Plan your visit to Thingstatte and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Heidelberg attractions planning website .
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  • A building on the north side of the Neckar, on the holy mountain. The name shows that here already monks built a monastery and in the early days a Celtic stronghold. Even the trenches from the revolution are also as the Castle and the monastery in 1848 can be found in this area. This place took advantage of the Third Reich, his strength through parades and events with a thing site in the middle of the forest to demonstrate. Built by labour service, by the Hitler Youth and BDM girls dawns the tremendous facility their decay contrary to. Who wants to look at Heidelberg from this Neckar side bridge, Castle and old town, has on the local Tower to best opportunity. So a rewarding era for the history-conscious tourists.
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  • This is the first time that I report on Tripadvisor something other than a restaurant. I do recommend this visit to those wishing to deepen and figuring out (but is it really possible?) the Nazi madness. Far from Berlin or Nuremberg, in the middle of nowhere, in a beautiful grove of beech trees, inside a Celtic stone circle was built this Amphitheatre of 20,000 seats. Esoteric research, contact with pre-Christian deities ... else I cannot say, except that it is worth going there. You return a bit dismayed, praying that none of this has to happen.
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  • I can't just review the Thingstätte, but the whole walk to get there, the sights along the way and the feelings it can give. Start at the Theodor-Heuss Brücke in Heidelberg, looking out to the castle ...  more »
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  • Great place to ride or walk to. Still in use today.
  • This is a beautiful amphitheater built in a hill over Heidelberg. Though built in 1930's it is still used today for various events or just as a quiet place to relax or study. For me, it is a great place to do cardio fitness routines (i.e. stair sprints).
  • Nice place on hill top here is a very nice cafe also must try coffee n beer
  • A beautiful architectural masterpiece with a dark past. I have been impressed with its stunning symetry. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Nixe Place in Heidelberg

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