Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg), Heidelberg

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Stroll down the scenic north banks of the Neckar river along Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg). Named for its solitary and romantic charm, the riverside path is as one of Heidelberg's iconic landmarks. Here, you'll find views of the city's historic old town and the Heidelberg Castle. Meander through the surrounding gardens, or venture farther up the path: On the mountain, you can visit an 11th-century monastery and remains of a Celtic fort. If you time it right, you can sit outside at the hilltop cafe to enjoy the sun setting over the old city skyline. Put Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg) into our Heidelberg online tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Heidelberg.
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  • My niece and I walked the entire length, including the stairs that start at the foot of the bridge. NOT for those with heart, breathing, or orthopedic issues. But the views from there are beyond gorge...  more »
  • It really worthed the sweat after walking a great distance in the Philosophenweg. We were compensated by the amazing view of the city and the Schloss Heidelberg.  more »
  • Sigh, a very romantic way. Beautiful to walk with spectacular views over the old town of Heidelberg. A must for every tourist who has time to something more than just the 3 hours for the old town... So sweetie pick and go.
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  • It seems heading from East to West is easier since you're going downhill on the path for the most part. It's also harder to find, if you're starting from the West. The views are worth it regardless which way you're going, and gives a nice and different perspective of the town from the other side. Get prepared to sweat if you're tackling it in the summer, so bring some refreshment along.
  • Highly recommend this walk! Its extremely peaceful and nice, definitely made better by the sun in the winter. Thank you to someone else who reviewed and let me know that its upslope left to right! It is accurate. For a person looking for a chill walk like me, i climbed up on the east side across the old bridge, and walked slowly downwards to the west. For a challenge, walk from west to east. The climb isnt too tough definitely manageable from both ways.
  • A wonderful romantic philosophical path with breathtaking view of Heidelberg and the Rhine. All free of charge!
  • One can see the Fantastic view of Heidelberg from here. This is also a good walking spot with family and friends
  • A nice moderately challenging walk with beautiful views of Heidelberg. There is an interesting array of different flora along the path, it was neat to see tropical plants growing happily this far north.
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