Heidelberg Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences
One of Germany’s most beautiful and romantic cities on travel to Germany is Heidelberg which is 93 kilometres/58 miles south of Frankfurt. It is surrounded by forest and attractively situated on the River Neckar. It is Germany’s oldest and most famous university. During World War II, it escaped almost completely from any damage. It retained its baroque narrow streets, picturesque houses and its famous castle. Its centre is the Aldstadt (Old Town) with unspoilt medieval architecture, wonderful old churches and a large selection of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Prominently situated overlooking the Altstadt is Heidelberg Castle which is beautifully illuminated at night. The views from this 16th Century castle are outstanding. It can be reached by taking the Bergbahn, a cogwheel train. Cultural performances often take place in the courtyard. One of the most popular is the Heidelberg Castle Festival from June to August and includes theatre and music (classical, jazz, folk and opera).
Other major attractions here on German vacations are the 15th Century Heiliggeistkirche (church of the Holy Ghost) and Heidelberg University which dates back to 1711. The library has a manuscript of medieval songs which was first completed in the 14th Century. The Baroque Palais Morass, on Heidelberg’s main street, which is reputedly the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany, is the excellent Palatinate Museum which houses a collection that includes a cast of the lower jaw of the 500,000-year-old Heidelberg Man, porcelain, glassware and sculptures.
Philosophers Walk is a pathway that runs along the side of a small mountain for 2.5 kilometres/1.5 miles where one can enjoy views across the Neckar River to the old town. Along the way, there is the 11th Century Monastery of St. Michael and the ruins of a 4th Century Celtic hill fort.
If visiting Heidelberg on German tours during the winter, the superb Heidelberg Christmas Market takes place and it is so large, it fills three city squares.
Extend your Stay
Consider an additional stopover to your German vacations at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Germany.
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