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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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  • First thing to know...there is a bus that will take you within 200m of this site. Second, the end of the Philosopher's Walk is NO WHERE NEAR this site. We started the PW at the north end of the Alte B...  more »
  • This monument/open-air theatre from the times of national democracy is impressively situated on the holy mountain and today invites to chill and enchanting. Because it is slightly off, it is not disrupted here by the many tourists out of the historic city. Car directions via Handschuhsheim, or also on foot about the philosopher's path and further climb the mountain.
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  • Impressive but at the same time scary place. The Thingstätte was built in 1934 and served as free lighting system for the the former NAZI organizations. It had 8000 seat and 5000 standing. It inaugurated 22nd June 1935 by Josef Goebbels
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