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How to See the Best of Heidelberg in one Day
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. Here are our tips for one day in Heidelberg.
#1 The hustle and bustle of the Weststadt and a stroll through the Old Town
Arrive and go with the flow. Heidelberg’s compact size makes it ideal for exploring the university 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: The Café Nomad.
Heidelberg’s Old Town is also full of cafes, restaurants and small shops. Märzgasse is the ideal place to grab a spot of lunch. Whether you fancy vegan soup or pizza, there’s something for everyone. After some refreshments, enjoy a stroll through one of the longest pedestrianised areas in Europe, the Hauptstraße – which leads to the marketplace and the imposing Heiliggeistkirche (The Church of the Holy Spirit).
#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 kilometres long, offers phenomenal views of Heidelberg and the castle ruins.
#3 Admire the sunset from the Scheffelterrasse
Before we while away 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.
Looking for a family hotel in Heidelberg? Our hotels are located near the city center which gives our guests access to the entire city with ease via excellent public transport connections.