Most tourist attractions - including the castle, museums and
walking tours - can be seen either free of charge or at a
discounted rate with the HeidelbergCard. It also grants free access
to public transport and discounts at many shops and restaurants.
Prices start from around £12 for a two day card for one
Please purchase your
Fifth largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg
Heidelberg is relatively small, with a large pedestrian only
zone and plentiful public transport. It's possible to get around
Heidelberg mostly by walking or taking the reasonably priced tram
or a bus.
Frankfurt International Airport
Located 80km north of Heidelberg.
Trains to and from the airport leave frequently and take about
Flight time from London:
Heidelberg's shopping streets are lined with carefully
restored buildings in which charming period shops and many cafés
and restaurants are located.
The traffic-free Hauptstrasse is Heidelberg's
most popular shopping area and one of Europe's prettiest
pedestrian areas. It is lined with bistros, cafés and restaurants
and hosts all the major international designers.
The narrow side streets of the old town or in the area around
Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Ghost) offer
a variety of shops where old and new are juxtaposed creating a
vibrant shopping scene. Antiques and avant-garde fashion, Art
Nouveau jewellery and old porcelain can all be puchased in the
many shops in this area.
East Empress Restaurant
Serves fine Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated ambiance.
There is a great variety of dishes orginating
from different regions of Asia. They also have an award
winning wine list.
A large restaurant offering casual café dining which also
has a nice outdoor dining area. The menu suits all tastes and
serves dishes from gourmet pizza, snacks and salads to main
At Yokohama Teppanyaki each meal is prepared in front of you by
a master Teppanyaki chef making an exciting and unique dining
experience. There is also a sushi bar and an a-la-carte
Mocha Jo's is a modern yet relaxed and casual restaurant serving
Mediterranean dishes & great café style food. This is a very
popular local restaurant.
Fedele's Restorante Italiano
This restaurant combines authentic Italian cuisine and
great service with a modern twist. Fedele's has a large and
varied menu and a warm and vibrant ambience.
Hackteufel serves traditional German cuisine and
therefore is popular with tourists looking for the German
eating experience. It boasts a great location, situated centrally
near to the old bridge and is just a brief walk from the
This is an exclusive and expensive restaurant serving very good
international cuisine. The atmosphere is formal and the
service is second to none.
Thai Restaurant Siam
Serves a wide selection of Thai foods including some spicy
curries. It offers a reasonably priced menu for both lunch and
Has an excellently prepared and served menu. The restaurant has
an old German feel with lots of dark wood creating a intimate
atmosphere. The menu is fairly international while including
some German specialities.
From its elevated position the ruins of Heidelberg Castle
look over the maze of streets and roofs that make up the old town.
The architecture of the castle itself represents the Gothic
and Renaissance periods. The castle gardens, the Great Vat (the
world's largest wine barrel) and the Pharmacy Museum are
also all worth a visit. Special: As the
castle garden is open at night, see the old town and castle lit
Heidelberg Castle - © TMBW, A. Mende
The Old Town and the Old Bridge
Hauptstrasse is one of Europe's prettiest pedestrian areas
with narrow streets which house charming shops. One section of
the town wall, the medieval bridge gate, has been
preserved. In 1786-1788 elector Karl Theodor ordered the
current stone bridge to be built.
The University of Heidelberg is the oldest university of
Germany founded on the 24th June 1712. The "Lion Fountain" on
the square in front of the university is a popular meeting place
for students. Behind the university are the cells where,
between 1778 and 1914, the university administration jailed
students for minor offences.
The Philosopher's Walk takes a scenic route which allows you
to walk in the footsteps of the many philosophers and
poets which resided in Heidelberg. Along the way enjoy the sights
and smells of the exotic plants like Japanese cherries, cypresses,
bamboo and lemon trees.
The "Neckarwiese", banks of the River Neckar are the perfect
location to relax, and take in the beauty of your
surroundings. There is an unparalleled view of the Heidelberg
Castle and there is also the opportunity to rent a
The energy and vibrancy of the student population dominate the
nightlife of Heidelberg. Evenings usually begin in the bars
along Hauptstrasse and then continue in the clubs around
The Performing Arts
Theater der Stadt is the main performance
stage, where nightly entertainment includes plays, operas, and
Historic Student Drinking Clubs
Zum Roten Ochsen (Red Ox Inn) is
Heidelberg's most famous student tavern, opened in 1703. The walls
are lined with the initials of former students who wanted to leave
their mark long after they had left the university.
Zum Sepp'l, is next door. Open since 1634,
it is the second-most famous drinking club in Heidelberg. Its also
filled with photographs and carved initials of former students,
along with memorabilia. This drinking club also plays live piano
Bars & Cafes:
Max Bar, is a beer drinker's bar, but it
also offers some snack food. There is indoor and patio seating.
Sonder Bar is for those who prefer
drinking spirits. It stocks more than 150 brands of whiskey
and 10 kinds of vodka, but also more traditionally
stocks 11 types of beer.
Live Music & Clubs:
Havana Cocktailbar-Restaurant adds some
Latino spice and energy to Heidelberg's nightlife. It serves
tapas and mojitos, along with 100 other cocktails. There is
also the entertainment of live piano music as well as salsa
Print Media Lounge is a more trendy bar
for a more upscale crowd. It serves full meals and it's mainly
known for its music and exotic cocktails.