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Heidelberg

Your travel guide for Heidelberg

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Heidelberg is (along with Ludwigshafen and Mannheim) one of the centers in the Rhine-Neckar region. In 1196 Heidelberg (at that time still titled “Heidelberch”) was mentioned in documents for the first time.

With nearly 150,000 inhabitants – including 30,000 students from four universities and universities of applied sciences – Heidelberg has one of the highest student densities in all of Germany. The city on the Neckar is visited by millions of tourists every year and is one of the most popular university cities in Germany.

Heidelberg is a university town and therefore offers students and night owls all kinds of nightlife options with numerous bars, clubs, discos and pubs. The center of Heidelberg’s nightlife is in the old town.

Attractions and sights

Guide to Heidelberg

Student Carcer

Student Carcer
For those who would like to experience a particularly vivid relic of past academic jurisdiction, a visit to the Studentenkarzer of the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg's Augustinergasse, not far from the old town's Universitätsplatz, is recommended.

University Library

University Library
Heidelberg University Library is a public library and the central library of Heidelberg University.

Main Street

Main Street
Pedestrian zone and popular shopping street. Heidelberg's Hauptstraße is a popular car-free shopping street in the university town on the Neckar. It runs 1.4 km through the old town and connects the market square with the Bismarckplatz. During a stroll through the city, you will pass important buildings such as the Heidelberg Town Hall and many ...

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle
The history of Heidelberg Castle dates back to the 13th century, when the Palatine Electors had a castle built in Heidelberg. In the following centuries, the sight was further developed into a castle that today inspires visitors from all over the world with its Renaissance architecture. During the Thirty Years’ ...

University Square

University Square
Centrally located in Heidelberg’s old town between the Neckar River and the historic city wall, Universitätsplatz can look back on a long history and a whole series of former names. From the late 13th to the end of the 17th century, an Augustinian monastery was located here, where ...

Heidelberg Zoo

Heidelberg Zoo
Under the motto "Experience life live", Heidelberg Zoo presents animals from all over the world in a charming setting. The zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the region and attracts around 500,000 visitors every year.