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HeidelbergGermany

A romantic Baroque town, Heidelberg is a popular destination right on the River Neckar and hosts one of Europe’s oldest universities. 

Nestled in a valley of the Odenwald Mountains, Heidelberg has some of the warmest weather Germany has to offer. The city is a popular destination for tourists wanting to enjoy the romantic scenery around the town, discover the history or just go for a pleasant walk along the Neckar River.

Founded in the fifth century, Heidelberg has an impressive history. The town center is full of gothic and romantic architecture, which surrounds beer gardens and cozy cafes. A winding, mile-long pedestrian street offers shopping and will take you to the triumphal arch, Karlstor, which was erected in honor of Prince Karl Theodor.

From here, take the funicular railway up to Heidelberg Castle, which towers above the town center. This famous structure was a Renaissance masterpiece, rebuilt on several occasions, before fires and wars took its toll on the original structures. Now, Heidelberg Castle is an architectural wonder with facades from various historical eras. It is the town's trademark, and considered one of the most important Romantic ruins in the world.

The castle is also home to a beautiful Renaissance garden spread across several terraces on the Königsstuhl Mountain. Before the destruction of the castle and its surroundings, this garden was considered the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Hike there today to enjoy breathtaking views of Heidelberg town and the Old Stone Bridge.

Many of the town’s old structures survived the heavy bombings of the Second World War, though after the war it was occupied by American troops. To this day, Heidelberg is the headquarters for the US military in Europe, which gives the town a large and noticeable American population.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a trip to Heidelberg without visiting Heidelberg University, one of the oldest universities in Europe. Wander the ancient halls where famous scientists like Jürgen Habermas and Karl-Otto Apel did much of their thinking. The university attracts new students every year, ensuring that this old, romantic town also has a youthful side, from stylish bars to annual music festivals.

Where to stay in Heidelberg

Top hotels in Heidelberg

NH Heidelberg
NH Heidelberg
4 out of 5
Bergheimer Str. 91, Heidelberg, BW
The price is Rs6,229 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Bergheim, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bergstrasse-Odenwald Nature Park and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Heidelberg Castle. Neckar Valley-Odenwald Nature ...

4.1/5Very Good! (972 reviews)
Nice stay in Heidelberg

"Comfortable hotel for Heidelberg city break, good breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2020

NH Heidelberg
NinetyNine Heidelberg City
NinetyNine Heidelberg City
3 out of 5
Czernyring 26, Heidelberg
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Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bergstrasse-Odenwald Nature Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Heidelberg Castle. Neckar Valley-Odenwald ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (365 reviews)

"We enjoyed the comfortable bed and bedding, the cleanliness of the room and the stylish design. There are some on street parking spots on the street outside the hotel, with paid parking also available. It’s about a 20 minute walk from the new part of the city centre and about 40 from the old part ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2020

NinetyNine Heidelberg City
Qube Hotel Bahnstadt
Qube Hotel Bahnstadt
4 out of 5
Grüne Meile 21, Heidelberg
The price is Rs6,616 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov

Located in Bahnstadt, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Botanischer Garten der Universitaet Heidelberg and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Heidelberg Castle. Church of ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"Alles neu und modern. Tolles Konzept für Geschäftsreisende. Schön wäre, wenn auch leichtere, kühlere Bettdecken angeboten würden. Bademäntel kommen in der Hotelinfo, fehlen aber im Hotel"…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2020

Qube Hotel Bahnstadt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Heidelberg

Zum Löwen Heidelberg
Zum Löwen Heidelberg
3 out of 5
Wilhelmsfelder Str. 72, Heidelberg, BW
The price is Rs3,356 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov

Situated in Heidelberg, this apartment building is steps away from Bergstrasse-Odenwald Nature Park and Neckar Valley-Odenwald Nature Park. Odenwald-Vosges Trail ...

4.1/5Very Good! (16 reviews)
Short-term apartment, not hotel

"The studio apartment for 3 offered a stocked kitchenette, a table with two chairs, a bed and a sofa. The sofa could be converted into two beds, so there was space for all of us to sleep. It was cramped for three people, for example, we used a side table as the third chair to sit at the dining table. ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2018

Zum Löwen Heidelberg
Boardinghotel Heidelberg
Boardinghotel Heidelberg
3 out of 5
Haberstraße 15, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
The price is Rs4,757 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Rohrbach, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of Heidelberg Old Campus, Heidelberg Castle and Schwetzingen Castle. Neckarwiese ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (99 reviews)
Clean and Functional

"Decent functional hotel with small kitchenette which is very useful. Close to Supermarket. Location is the only downside, industrial area, but tram access to town is close and easy. Good place, decent price."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2020

Boardinghotel Heidelberg
GuestHouse Heidelberg
GuestHouse Heidelberg
2.5 out of 5
Bergheimer Str. 24, Heidelberg
The price is Rs7,475 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec

Located in Bergheim, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bergstrasse-Odenwald Nature Park and Heidelberg Castle. Neckar Valley-Odenwald Nature Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (103 reviews)
Friendly, helpful staff

"Very friendly, helpful staff and no surprises with anything. I will stay there again when I return to Heidelberg."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

GuestHouse Heidelberg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Heidelberg

Reviews of Heidelberg

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Old town was wonderful well worth a visit and views from Castle are stunning worth every effort to climb up there but took cable car back down

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Oct 2019

Great for outdoor activities including Walking and Mountain Biking. Trails on both sides of the river - climb upto Thingstatte very good. Huge number of bicycles in town which was great to see and the University Campus added to the good vibes.

4/5 - Good

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30 Sep 2019

Great place to visit as a short break

5/5 - Excellent

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21 Jun 2019

Great destination - pretty and steeped in history

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Jun 2019

We went to St. Leon Rot golf club. It is a golfers paradise!! I’ve never seen a golf club like it. Nothing will ever compare to it! Several practice areas covering every area of the game. And a whole section dedicated to juniors. Impressive!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 May 2019

The area between the hotel and the railway station is undergoing major road and walkway reconstruction. It is expected to last another few months.

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