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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  • Or it's not tourist season so little rain so vacant and nice views. Climb little Eva be, but visible scenery is quite nice.
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  • The philosopher's trail is a must-have for every Heidelberg visit. The rise is slightly difficult part but it pays off. Great views, Neckar, city and Castle!
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  • There is a fairly steep path from the old bridge. Something more relaxed, but not so nice it is from the new bridge.
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  • Very nice place. You get lot of travellers during the summer weekend. You get to seevery nice view of castle. Further from this path you can walk to heiligenberg in the woods. It is a nice experience. There are lot of place to sit on the way. You take 2 paths one of philosophenweg and other is snaplange weg. I would suggest taking former for climbing and later while getting down
  • Beautiful view of Rhein Riven and bird-eye view of historical city of Heidelberg. The Snake path might be too steep for some people but worth to sweat once climbing it once and reach the top!
  • Great for sunny day. Climb up hill to amaze with the view of Heidelberg Castle and Alte Brück. A lot of teenager hang around and party up there before sunset so better walk a bit further where opposite the old bridge for quiet area.
  • A must recommended hike(don't forget your walking shows though) it's a beautiful walk into nature's nest and be prepared to be amazed!
  • 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.
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