How to spend 1 day in Heidelberg, Germany
A charming old town with countless culinary highlights and an abundance of nature surrounded by fascinating sights. Heidelberg has all the ingredients for a fantastic city break and enchants its visitors with its quaint homely charm and modern urban living.
Is one day in Heidelberg enough? Heidelberg is one of the prettiest, most fairytale-like cities that you could possibly visit, a hidden gem that you just have to add to your own travel list. Only one hour south of Frankfurt airport, Heidelberg is home to a 13th-century castle, the oldest university in Germany, and the longest pedestrian street in Europe. Check out some more fun facts about Heidelberg!
#1 Take a stroll through the Old Town
Arrive and go with the flow. Heidelberg’s compact size makes it ideal for exploring everything on foot. Before we devote ourselves to the charming Old Town, it’s worthwhile having a wander around the Weststadt district with its pretty old buildings, great cafes and lack of tourists. Our tip for a coffee break: Café Nomad.
Heidelberg’s Old Town is also full of cafes, restaurants and small shops. Märzgasse is the ideal place to grab a spot for lunch. Whether you fancy vegan soup or pizza, there’s something for everyone. After some refreshments, enjoy a stroll through one of the longest pedestrianized areas in Europe, the Hauptstraße – which leads to the marketplace and the imposing Heiliggeistkirche (The Church of the Holy Spirit). The old town should be on top of your bucket list if you have one day in Heidelberg.
#2 Over the Old Bridge onto the Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Walk)
A town with a river always offers that little bit extra in terms of quality of life. In Heidelberg, the Neckar River winds through its centre. Several bridges cross the water. The most beautiful of these is the Old Bridge. Passing through its imposing bridge gate takes you to the other bank of the Neckar. From here, the winding Schlangenweg takes you steeply uphill and after several viewpoints you reach the Philosopher’s Walk. The path, which is around 2 km long, offers phenomenal views of Heidelberg and the castle ruins.
#3 Admire the sunset from the Scheffelterrasse
Before we wrap up the evening at the rustic Brauhaus Vetter, we’re heading for one of Germany’s most visited attractions. The romantic Heidelberg Castle sits perched up high above the Old Town. On sunny days, the Scheffelterrasse, opposite the castle grounds, is the perfect spot from which to watch the sky immersing the town in the most beautiful red tones.