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Heidelberg, bordering the beautiful Odenwald Mountains in southern Germany, is an ancient city with a deep-rooted academic culture. The city lies amidst the winding banks of the Neckar River, and is as interesting in its antiquity as in natural beauty. The University of Heidelberg, established in 1386, is the subject of much historic activity. Heidelberg Castle dominates the city, and stands as the sentinel to a host of elevated castle ruins, all with their own story to tell. Museums and art galleries abound in Heidelberg, and one can lose several days exploring them all, though there are more active pursuits available for those seeking adventure.

Just minutes away, the Neckar Valley is the starting point for a wide variety of nature walks, and many boast spectacular views of the river and surrounding areas. Take the time to view it all from the river’s perspective on a slow boat cruise along the Neckar River, or if the mood takes you, spend the day on the famous Wine Route which combines beautiful scenery and fine wine tasting. Heidelberg is also a haven for shoppers, with trendy boutiques and gift shops along the Hauptstrasse and quaint period shops in the Old Quarter.

When To Go

The average temperature in Heidelberg during the summer months is around 20°C (68°F) though it gets to highs of 25°C (77°F) in the midsummer month of July. Winter averages a chilly 2°C (36°F), so dress warm if you’re heading to Heidelberg for Christmas. Precipitation remains constant most of the year, averaging about 52 mm (2 inches) most of the year, excluding May through to July where it increases to an average of around 72 mm (2.8 inches).

Heidelberg is most temperate over summer, though the famous Christmas Market attracts many tourists each December, and the winters, though cool, are relatively mild, and can be a very pleasant escape from the everyday.

  • Summer and winter averages are 20°C (68°F) and 2°C (36°F), respectively.
  • It rains steadily in Heidelberg throughout the year, with an average of 52 mm (2 inches), and increases in summer to around 72 mm (2.8 inches).
  • Winters are quite mild, but heavy rainstorms can occur in summer.

Getting There

Heidelberg is accessible via either Stuttgart or Frankfurt International airports, and is around an hour and 20 minutes away by train, shuttle bus or car. Bookings on the Lufthansa airport bus service directly to Heidelberg are recommended, as spaces are limited. Heidelberg is relatively small geographically, so if you’re staying in town it’s possible to see much by foot, but if you need to travel to outlying areas, the rail and bus networks include many routes and are a reasonably priced alternative to travel by car. By road, Heidelberg is easily found via the A5 and A6 Autobahns. Take the A656 exit directly to the town centre.

  • Stuttgart and Frankfurt International Airports service Heidelberg.
  • Rail and bus networks connect the city and outlying areas.
  • Taxis are plentiful, but if you’re driving, parking is metered in Heidelberg so check if you can park at the hotel.

General Information

Heidelberg is a an exquisite little city in Germany's vast state of Baden-Württemberg. Home to Stuttgart and Mannheim, visitors flock to Heidelberg for postcard scenery, old town architecture and genuine hamlet charm. With close to 4 million visitors every year, Heidelberg has a lot to offer. The massive Gothic and Renaissance Heidelberg Castle is a marvel that dates back to the early 13th century. Accessible by funicular railway, the castle fell into a period of decay in the 18th century before restoration efforts were undertaken to revive the prodigious monument.

With roots in the late 14th century, the University of Heidelberg is one of the senior public research and academic institutions in Europe and consistently ranks as one of the best in the world. The Old Town Campus is worth a visit. For peerless photo ops of Heidelberg's old town and castle, in addition to Celtic ruins, take a stroll on Philosophers' Walk.

Attractions & Activities

Attractions

  • Heidelberg Castle
  • University of Heidelberg
  • St. Peter's Church
  • Church of the Holy Ghost
  • Altstadt
  • Activities

  • Classical Music Festival
  • Castle Festival
  • Old Town Autumn Festival
  • Ball of the Vampires
  • International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg
  • Restaurants & Nightlife

    Restaurants

  • Bodega
  • Hackteufel
  • Linde
  • Kulturbrauerei
  • Bierhelderhof
  • Nightlife

  • Sonderbar
  • Destille
  • Dunliner
  • Ham Ham
  • Trinidad
  • Climate

    Heidelberg has a continental climate, with four distinct seasons.

    • Winter (December to February) -3-3°C
    • Spring (March to May) 0-19°C
    • Summer (June to September) 11-24°C
    • Fall (October to November) 2-14°C


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    1 Crowne Plaza HEIDELBERG CITY CENTRE

    4 stars
    5.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Kurfuerstenanlage 1 Map

    An ideal base for visiting Heidelberg's numerous tourist attractions, the Crowne Plaza Hotel Heidelberg City Centre is a perfect choice for outstanding five-star accommodation. GeneralThe hotel's... More

    2 Heidelberg Marriott Hotel

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Vangerowstrasse 16 Map

    Whether you visit Heidelberg for business or leisure, the Marriott Hotel Heidelberg offers excellent and friendly service with the highest standards of accommodation to make your stay a memorable... More

    3 NH Heidelberg

    4 stars
    3.0 / 5 2 reviews

    Bergheimer Strasse 91 Map

    NH Heidelberg offers tasteful accommodations and modern conveniences housed in a former brewery set in a central location. From this sophisticated hotel, tourists can easily tour Heidelberg and... More

    4 Holiday Inn Express HEIDELBERG - CITY CENTRE

    3 stars
    4.0 / 5 2 reviews

    Kurfuerstenanlage 23 Map

    A modern retreat set amidst shopping opportunities and local attractions, Holiday Inn Express Heidelberg - City Centre makes an ideal starting point for corporate and leisure travellers in this... More

    5 Exzellenz Hotel

    3 stars
    4.0 / 5

    Rohrbacherstrasse 29 Map

    Offering quality amenities and comfortable accommodation, Exzellenz Hotel Heidelberg invites travellers for an enjoyable stay. This property is 5 minutes walk from Heidelberg's picturesque Old Town... More

    6 Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center

    4 stars
    3.7 / 5 3 reviews

    Bergheimer Strasse 63 Map

    Featuring top-notch facilities and tastefully appointed accommodations in an enviable location, Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center makes for an ideal base for discerning travellers in... More

    7 Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5 2 reviews

    Pleikartsfoerster Strasse 101 Map

    Whether you are enjoying a relaxing holiday, a break with your family or travelling on business, the Holiday Inn Heidelberg has the atmosphere and facilities that you need. GeneralThe Holiday Inn... More

    8 Leonardo Hotel Mannheim-Ladenburg

    4 stars
    4.3 / 5 4 reviews

    Benzstrasse 21 Map

    Leonardo Hotel Mannheim Ladenburg provides the perfect location for both business and leisure travellers to this city where the famous Auto Museum Dr. Carl Benz is housed. Combining quality... More

    9 Hirschgasse

    5 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    HIRSCHGASSE 3 Map

    Offering friendly service and great facilities, the Hirschgasse Hotel is an ideal base to stay while at Heidelberg. LocationThis hotel is located opposite to the bank of the River Neckar and is in... More

    10 BEST WESTERN PLUS Palatin Kongress Hotel

    4 stars
    4.0 / 5

    Ringstrasse 17-19 Map

    Assuring comfortable accommodation blended with quality service, this hotel makes you to enjoy all the privileges for an unforgettable stay. GeneralThis property offers well-equipped meeting rooms... More