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View of the castle from the market place (Photo: Pellner)

What to see

Favorite places in Heidelberg

Nothing is very far away in Heidelberg – and there are so many sights to discover and experience!   

Heidelberg Castle and the extensive castle gardens are a magnet for visitors and the city’s top attraction. Walk up one of the many paths – or take the Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Path) you have a breathtaking view of the city, the castle, the river and the surrounding hills.

Back in the city you will find a huge variety of historic buildings, impressive memorials and elaborate fountains, all of which have fascinating tales to tell. Enter the old town and you find yourself embarking on a journey back through history. 

The Heidelberg skyline is dominated by church spires that tower above the houses. But the town’s churches and monasteries are not just impressive from the outside – it is also well worth taking a look inside. 

As you stroll through Heidelberg you will also be tempted to stop off in some of the many public squares and gardens – little oases of green that are popular meeting places for people of all ages.

If you want to know more about what experiences you can make in Heidelberg and which famous sights you can find there, then visit Heidelberg Marketing.

  • The castle of Heidelberg in the morning (Photo: Diemer)
    The castle of Heidelberg in the morning (Photo: Diemer)
  • View of the castle from the Kornmarkt (Photo: Pellner/ Stadt Heidelberg)
    View of the castle from the Kornmarkt (Photo: Pellner/ Stadt Heidelberg)
  • With the mountain railway to the castle (Photo: Schwerdt/ Heidelberg Marketing)
    With the mountain railway to the castle (Photo: Schwerdt/ Heidelberg Marketing)
  • On the Old Bridge of Heidelberg (Photo: Diemer)
    On the Old Bridge of Heidelberg (Photo: Diemer)
  • View of the castle and the Old town from the philosophers path (Photo: Pellner/ Stadt Heidelberg)
    View of the castle and the Old town from the "philosophers path" (Photo: Pellner/ Stadt Heidelberg)
  • On the "philosophers path" (Photo: Diemer)
    On the "philosophers path" (Photo: Diemer)
  • The Heidelberg Thingstätte on the Heiligenberg (Photo: Anspach)
    The Heidelberg Thingstätte on the Heiligenberg (Photo: Anspach)
  • View of the pedestrian area (Photo: Stadt Heidelberg)
    View of the pedestrian area (Photo: Stadt Heidelberg)
  • Cosy sitting on the market place (Photo: Buck)
    Cosy sitting on the market place (Photo: Buck)
  • The new university in the Old town (Photo: Stadt Heidelberg)
    The new university in the Old town (Photo: Stadt Heidelberg)
  • The old university (Photo: Stadt Heidelberg)
    The old university (Photo: Stadt Heidelberg)
  • Restaurants on the University square (Photo: Diemer)
    Restaurants on the University square (Photo: Diemer)
  • A typical alley in the Old Town (Photo: Diemer)
    A typical alley in the Old Town (Photo: Diemer)