10 Top Tourist Attractions in Heidelberg

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Kornmarkt

(Market Square)

Located in front of the Old Town Hall, Kornmarkt is a popular place to eat lunch, browse shops, or enjoy the sounds and sights of Heidelberg.

All of the buildings in the area date back to the 14th century, making it one of the most historically significant parts of Heidelberg, Germany.

Underneath the square, you’ll also find some of Heidelberg’s oldest structures, which are on the same historical site as Kornmarkt.

You can take a guided chronological tour of the square that will allow you to learn more about the history of Kornmarkt.

Heiligenberg

This hilltop castle is located right on the banks of the Neckar River. Originally constructed in the 11th century, it was rebuilt in the late 18th century. It is now preserved as both a tourist attraction and memorial to the heroes of the Battle of the Neckar during World War II.

Even though it is a tourist attraction, Heiligenberg Castle was used as a fortress during the Thirty Years’ War and the War of the Palatinates. The castle’s defenses kept it safe from plunder, but it was eventually destroyed by cannonballs. It was then rebuilt in the 18th century.

The tour of the castle includes displays that show how the castle would have looked during war time. The tour of the grounds includes re-enactments of horse riding and archery tournaments. It also includes a unique model of how Heidelberg Castle would have been 200 years ago.

This castle on a hill is produced by a combination of the beautiful old architecture and the awe-inspiring scenery of the Neckar River. It is the most beautiful castle you will see in Heidelberg.

If you qualify, it’s possible to tour the area where the Battle of the Neckar took place during World War II. The Heidelberg Historical Museum has taken the remains of bunkers and coverings from the original fortifications and reconstructed it as a huge museum.

Heiliggeistkirche

Heidelberg, Germany.

This is one of the oldest churches in Europe and is one of the most well-known symbols of Heidelberg. The name means “Holy Spirit” or “God’s Spirit” in English. It’s probably best known for the statue of Mary wearing a crown of thorns, which you can see on a balcony overlooking the sanctuary.

Since the church is one of the most well-known landmarks in Heidelberg, it’s a popular attraction for tourists. A steep hike up a staircase in the church will take you to the place where you can take a picture of yourself praying with the statue of Mary, and will maybe get you a spot as an extra in a few movies.

Königstuhl

The Königstuhl Heidelberg (King’s Chair), Heidelberg, is one of the most popular of the viewing locations for the city of Heidelberg. The current Königstuhl was founded in 1392, and today you can investigate the house archives of the former Königstuhl, or take a look at the old keep. From where you stand, you’ll be able to see over the Neckar River.

The walk to the top of the Königstuhl will take you about 45 minutes and it’s a tough incline. But you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the beautiful view of the Neckar River and the surrounding mountains as well as the old wooden sextants on display.

Old University Heidelberg

Close to the Heidelberg Castle, it is a wonderful place to take photographs! Heidelberg Castle is one of the most prominent landmarks in Heidelberg. At theHeidelberg Castle, it is a wonderful place to take photographs!

Philosophenweg

Heidelberg Marktplatz

The Marktplatz is the most iconic part of the city and provides the visitor with a charming mixture of historic buildings and beautifully blended architecture from various centuries. This is the site of a 17th century piazza, landscaped on a very grand scale with the market well set in the center. It is the original and most sumptuous of the Heidelberg city's Baroque plaza.

Controlling growth and decay, with keeping a city's old buildings and beauties could be the most difficult part of a city planner’s job. The city planners and architects faced a difficult task in keeping the architectural patrimony throughout the town intact. This was made more difficult by adding to its population, an extra 30,000 every 10 years.

World War II Also Added to the Difficulties…

The present square with its grand trees and central clock is, however, built on the site of a market which was once the scene of much hustle and bustle, and fought over by foot porters and small tradesmen.

The space was widened in the early 17th century, and a piazza constructed on the order of Baron Wolfgang von Seidlitz. Baron von Seidlitz resided in the Villa Seidlitz, which is still in existence and is known as the French Palace. It was built in 1631 and is now a hotel.

Carl Theodor Bridge

Neckar Bridge is a world famous bridge in Heidelberg, Germany. It is widely called the Bridge of Swallowtail. It has been called the most beautiful pedestrian bridge in the world, and so attractive that it has been made into this years official "look of Heidelberg".

Carl Theodor Bridge has two levels, a lookout level at the south tower, and a viewing gallery at the same level. It is popular with many and in addition to the beautiful architectural and artistic design, it has some unusual engineering features:

Cable-stayed bridge: It is a cable-stayed bridge known as a suspension bridge because the cables do not support the entire bridge, but rather they are anchored to the two towers. This allows the bridge height to be kept to a minimum.

The deck, the lowest part of the bridge is suspended from the cables, while the road and pedestrian decks are supported by the piers.

The towers are made from reinforced concrete and are hydraulically operated. They move as needed to shift the weight of traffic to keep the bridge balanced. They are designed to withstand wind speed of 75 km/h, and they can withstand a 4.75 m water surge.

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle is an attraction that visitors to the city tend to miss; they rush right past it. This is a shame, since it is an amazing piece of architecture and a wonderful place to enjoy a leisurely stroll. It’s different than all of the other castles in its surroundings.

The Heidelberg Castle was erected in the late 1300s and was important as a defensive structure in the days of the Holy Roman Empire. The people of Heidelberg thought it was too close to the city and gave it to the Hohenstaufen in 1356 as a temporary residence. In 1463, it was turned into a residence for the Palatinate family (who remained there throughout the late medieval and early modern times). The Castle’s museum houses a lot of interesting historical artifacts.

The Castle’s reception area is simple and unassuming, which makes it all the more enjoyable to wander around. It is easy to mistake it for a palace, but the similarity ends once you get deeper into the walls.

The Castle was large and challenging to defend, with multiple terraces for defense and a steep drop leading down to the river. A facility to house cannons was added in the Middle Ages, and the crest of the castle was reinforced with a thick wooden wall in 1596.

Heidelberg Altstadt