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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  • Best take the funicular to the Castle. From there, one has a magnificent view over Heidelberg.
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  • I loved seeing this castle. We didn’t do the tour, but there was plenty to see as you walk around and explore the castle. Great views of the city. Clean bathrooms at the castle. We went through the ap...  more »
  • Very nice old castle with plenty walking around inside and outside. A must is the Apotheker museum . Also a very good eye opener into German history. Don’t forget to see the “Großes Fass”. And pull Pe...  more »
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  • Had a great time. Didn’t get to do the tour but the restaurant was nice and reasonable. The grounds were beautiful and the castle looks amazing. There are plenty of hiking trails going further up the hill and the town below had a great walking area. Views are solid and the guard railing was fantastic so my 2yo could run around the grounds.
  • The castle was beautiful! It was such a fun place to visit. The ruins where amazing! We walked up to the castle not knowing that there was a cable car that took you up there, so that was a steep walk, but still a lot of fun. The castle has the pharmacy museum, a restaurant and some cool artifacts. You can see the bridge and the entire city from the castle as it sits on the mountain and was gorgeous! the restaurant also had delicious Apple Strudel.
  • Great visit, tours in English are available hourly or you can walk around in your own. You can tour the castle itself or the garden areas. The castle is not stroller accessible, so if you have kids and want to take a stroller, id recommend the small light weight ones that are easy to carry. If you're in a guided tour, you can leave strollers at the entrance but must retrieve them immediately after the tour. Parking is available but you will have to walk a ways to the castle, or you can take a tram/train from somewhere.... There is a small cafe that serves food there or you can walk down to the town for a variety of things. Great family visit, and totally possible if its just you and the kids.
  • Amazing ruin with a beautiful garden and incredible view of the old town. The castle itself is huge and the history fascinating. Good audio guide. We spent 2 hours here and could easily have spent much longer strolling the grounds. Note that aidioguides must be returned by 5 so don't arrive at 3:30 and expect to get to hear everything.
  • It has a beautiful garden area around the castle, that can be visited without entry tickets. And the view from above is simply gorgeous. And for the shopaholics, it's recommended to visit the central walking street, it has a lot of shops and cafeterias and it's the biggest walking street in Europe. Just take yourself enough time for it, it's worth it. Personally, we spent 5 hours visiting it and it was a really beautiful experience
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