Germany is such a massive and versatile country to visit, as it would take months before you actually seem to get enough of seeing it. The incredible amount of castles and palaces make Germany such a classic, romantic, and mysterious destination. If you are keen to explore small and cozy-looking cities, Heidelberg is definitely the place to be. Let’s escape the hectic city life of Frankfurt (Central Germany) by taking a 1 hour bus to Heidelberg!
Visit The Heidelberg Castle
Heidelberg Castle annually attracts around a million visitors worldwide. It stands alluringly on top of Königstuhl hill, just next the to the beautiful medieval Old Town (5-10 minute walk). The normal entrance fee to the castle is 7 EUR (7.50 USD), and a reduced price is offered for students, and other discount groups for 4 EUR (4.50 USD). Visitors can choose to either hike uphill to the castle, or take a single/round-trip train ride. A visit to the apothecary museum, all gardens, and train rides are included in the ticket price.
The good news is it’s completely free to enter the courtyard where you can see Heidelberg from high above without paying for the entrance. Get to know how the castle was repeatedly attacked, and destroyed by the French during the 17th century, reformed and elevated into a monument, and then proclaimed the eighth wonder of the world during the 19th century. Heidelberg Castle inevitably embeds a wonderful historical value for this city.
Go on a shopping spree on the longest shopping street of Europe
Although Heidelberg is so small a city that you could imagine seeing the most beautiful parts of it within only one day, it takes more than a couple of days to enjoy the real exotic pleasure of shopping on the Hauptstraße or Altstadt (Old Town). This is the rare traffic-free, and longest shopping street of Europe. Come here for a cup of coffee at a bakery, visit countless boutiques, or enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere at an outdoor restaurant.
Plöck Street offers a lot of family-run boutiques, and traditional shops specializing in handicrafts, accessories, and writing materials. Meanwhile, Untere Straße is where you would find many independent shops focusing on personal customer service. Sofienstraße is popular for menswear, furniture, and interior decorations. The most important on-goings in Heidelberg, including the Christmas Market, which happens at Marktplatz, one of the most important squares of Heidelberg.
Enjoy the spectacular sunset at the Old Bridge
Built in the 18th century by Prince Karl Theodor, Alte Brück, or Old Bridge, is one of the last rare classical stone bridge buildings. It connects the old town to the bank of Neckar River, and offers a perfect angle for photograph, as you get an incredible view of Neckar and Heidelberg Castle. Especially for travel couples, Old Bridge is most ideal and romantic during an autumn sunset, with incredible colors up on the sky changing every 5-10 minutes. An incredible view of the city during sunset can also be seen from the top of Heidelberg Castle.
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You can come here to study too!
If you happen to travel to Heidelberg and fall in love with it, it’s possible to come live here and study too. With over 30 thousand students among over 150 thousand citizens of Heidelberg, it is undoubtedly a young and lively student town. Heidelberg is the hometown of one of the oldest universities in Europe. Schools here offer a large range of programs for both German and international students worldwide.