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‘Hellenbach’ barbecue area (Foto: Landscape Architects and Forestry Office)

Barbecue areas

In the city forest are two large covered barbecue areas (Grillhütten), maintained by the City of Heidelberg, that can be hired by private groups for parties or other events. They are very popular, particularly during the summer season, so booking well in advance is advisable. Use our online booking site (in German) to check availability and place your booking request.

‘Pferchel’ barbecue area

‘Pferchel’ barbecue area in Ziegelhausen (Photo: City of Heidelberg)
‘Pferchel’ barbecue area in Ziegelhausen (Photo: City of Heidelberg)

The Pferchel barbecue area is in the district of Ziegelhausen, in the heart of the forest, and provides room for up to 70 people.

Features:

  • Large, open-sided mountain hut
  • Barbecue set in the hut
  • Outdoor barbecue set
  • Seating areas both inside and outside the hut
  • A well for water
  • A woodland playground right by the hut.

Please note: There is no electricity or toilet on the site. The barbecue area can be used up until 10 pm.

Getting there:

- By car:
Follow the main road along the river Neckar towards Peterstal and turn into the street ‘Peterstaler Straße’. Follow the road up the hill, then turn right into ‘Hirtenaue’. Park in the lower car park or in the housing estate and walk up the rest of the way (very steep!).

- By public transport:
1. Take bus no. 34 from Central Station or Bismarckplatz and get out at the stop ‘Neckarschule’ in Ziegelhausen district. Walk in the direction the bus was traveling, then turn right up ‘Hirtenaue’. Keep going straight ahead up the hill (very steep!) for around 800 meters until you can see the Pferchel barbecue area on your left.
2. Take bus no. 36 from Schlierbach-Ziegelhausen suburban railway (S-Bahn) station. Get out at the stop ‘Hirtenaue’, then follow the path ‘Hirtenaue’ up the hill until you see the Pferchel barbecue area on your left.

- By bicycle:
From the street ‘Peterstaler Straße’ turn right into ‘Hirtenaue’. Keep going up Hirtenaue until you see the Pferchel barbecue area on your left.

‘Hellenbach’ barbecue area

‘Hellenbach’ barbecue area (Foto: Forestry Office)
‘Hellenbach’ barbecue area (Photo: City of Heidelberg)

The Hellenbach barbecue area is located in an old quarry in the Heidelberg district of Handschuhsheim. It is big enough for around 70 people.

Features:

  • Large, open-sided mountain hut
  • Barbecue set in the heart
  • Outdoor barbecue set
  • Seating areas both inside and outside the hut
  • ‘Neu Hillenbach’ – a fun village for children, with a sandpit
  • A woodland amphitheater
‘Hellenbach’ barbecue area (Photo: City of Heidelberg)
‘Hellenbach’ barbecue area (Photo: City of Heidelberg)

Please note: There is no electricity, water or sanitary facilities at the site. The barbecue area can be used up until 12 midnight.

Getting there:

Follow the street Dossenheimer Landstraße out of the city towards Dossenheim. At the Shell garage turn right into Burgstraße/Dallgartenstraße. Continue as far as the cemetery, then turn left into Zum Steinberg. Follow the signs ‘Zum Schützenhaus’ (‘To the clubhouse’), through the allotments up Höllbachweg to the right. When the road forks after around 300 meters, keep right. After around another 500 meters, you will see the Hellenbach barbecue area on your left.

Summer season: Booking slots and prices (March to October)
Booking slot
11am - 4.30pm
5pm - 10pm
11am-10pm/midnight*
Monday to Thursday
25 euros
50 euros
70 euros
Friday to Sunday
40 euros
60 euros
90 euros
Winter season: Booking slots and prices (November to February)
Booking slot
11am - 4.30pm
5pm - 10pm
11am-10pm/midnight*
Monday to Thursday
20 euros
30 euros
40 euros
Friday to Sunday
30 euros
40 euros
50 euros

*Pferchel barbecue area until 10 pm, Hellenbach barbecue area until 12 midnight 

You can book/hire the barbecue areas using the online booking site (in German), or – during the booking office opening hours (Wednesdays and Fridays 8 am-12 noon and from March to October also 4 pm-6 pm) – by email or telephone.

Contact: natuerlich@heidelberg.de or Natürlich Heidelberg.