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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  • 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.
  • Beautiful castle with an excellent view of a great part of the city by the river. You can get lost in its corridors, the gardens, the woods, and in its surroundings. Highly recommend to pay for the guided tour on the inside of the castle, to know a bit more about its history and legacy. Quite a unique experience.
  • Historical, panoramic view, partially restored with beautiful grounds are some adjectives I'd use to describe this castle. It is well worth your visit even if you took the cruise or drove down the romantic route as this is the largest and one of the best organized sites. Take a tour to learn more about the site and bring your strollers as the grounds are acceptable for coming and going.
  • The castle was a great visit. We did it in late August and the temperature was 30 degrees Celsius, yet it was worth it, though 25 would have been nicer! I confess not everyone is friendly, but enough are. You would want to take the train up to the castle and if you have kids then this is a must! They do have an elevator to get you to the platform and it complies with accessibility standards, as such if you have a pram you can get to the train too. Kids below 6 are free and the ticket for the train includes the castle visit. It might be worth it to get the high train ticket which includes the castle too which gets you a trip on an ancient train and a great view from way above and only cost 3 more EUR for the whole family! Make sure to visit the biggest wine casket ever at the castle too! The views of the city from up there are brilliant too!
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