Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), Heidelberg

Among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, the ruins of Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) offer sweeping views of the surrounding area. The castle has been partially rebuilt since lightning bolts and fires caused massive destruction in the 17th and 18th centuries. It dominates the view of the old downtown, just as it did in the 13th century. Sitting on a hillside above the city, the castle can be easily reached by a funicular railway, itself a major regional tourist attraction. Be sure to pick up an audio guide near the entrance into the castle. To access interior areas not available otherwise, join a guided tour of the castle and its grounds. Check online for tour schedules before you make the trip. Put Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Heidelberg trip planner .
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  • As a Heidelbergerin, I can write only positive about our Castle. It is definitely worth a visit. No matter whether on foot or with the mountain railway.
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  • Unless you are fit then take the funicular up to the castle as it is halfway up a hill! Even though there may be a lot of people waiting it is still very quick to get up there. In the train station in...  more »
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  • Beautiful place!!! Obviously a must see for the town of Heidelberg. Taking the gondola up to it as a student was 4€, pretty lenient with what ID you provide... a guided tour furthermore was additional 5€ I believe. There’s a beautiful park grassy fielded area for lounging and relaxing after walking around. Loads of viewing spots. Easily a half or full day here! 👍🏾
  • Castle tickets are available at any of the local information centers, the funicular railway station, and the castle itself (lines were shorter at the tourist info, plus they speak English). 7 euro gets you two trips on the railway (up and down) and entrance to the courtyard of the castle including the pharmacy museum and the largest wine barrel in the world. Seriously, it's massive. At the castle information counter, you can get an audio tour of the outside of the castle, or a guided tour of the inside. Since they were the same price, we opted for the guided tour (English, starts 15 minutes after the hour, every hour). Look, castles are great, and the views are wonderful, but unless you understand the history of this place (how and why it was built, by whom, how parts were destroyed, etc) it just doesn't come to life. I HIGHLY recommend taking the guided tour. The castle garden offers more great views and places to relax, but you can only imagine their former glory (you'll see scale models if you take the tour). I'd say give yourself 3 good hours for the castle and gardens, including the tour, maybe more if you plan on eating there (restaurant and a winery inside, a small beer garden outside with good food). I would suggest getting there no later than 11. The railway lines in the afternoon can get really really long, as this city is packed with Asian tour groups and hundreds of other visitors every day.
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