Schloss Heidelberg, Heidelberg

Among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, the ruins of 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 Schloss Heidelberg at the forefront of your travel plans using our Heidelberg trip planner .
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  • This palace was mostly destroyed by fire, but you can still see the exterior portions and walk around. The views of the Rhine River are spectacular. The grounds are very pleasant and easy to walk thro...  more »
  • Heidelberg Castle offers wonderful views of the city and the Necar River. It itself is a pile of structures, towers, walls, residential buildings connected in one complex. With deep courtyards and cracked high walls. To be honest, without a guide, little is clear. If we had more time, I'd prefer to be told the history and purpose of the castle by someone who knows.
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  • This place is incredible. The whole area is beautiful and the views of the city are top notch. If possible, I'd strongly suggest going as early as possible so you can get pictures without massive tour groups constantly going through
  • The Palace is incredibly beautiful inside and out. The price is affordable compared to other attractions and learning about the rich history here was fascinating. It can get a bit busy here, but it wasn’t too crowded. They even offer tours in Japanese in order to accommodate as many people as possible. The small restaurant inside was beautiful and cozy. You can also get a great view of Heidelberg and the river from the palace.
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