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Heidelberg

Country
Germany
State
Germany (General)
City
Heidelberg
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

Frankfurt - The nearest intercontinental airport.
Stuttgart - nice for European 'EU-domestic' flights.
ICE Train from Frankfurt or Stuttgart Airport to Heidelberg
You can travel to Heidelberg via ICE (Inter City Express), Germany's fastest train.
Both Frankfurt and Stuttgart airports have train stations inside the terminal. Frankfurt Airport even is a major ICE-train stop.

By train

 The main train station Heidelberg Hbf is located in the western part of the city, from there you can take a tram to any place downtown e.g. Bismarckplatz. Check for connections to "Heidelberg Bismarckplatz" on this site! (Taxis are not recommended as they are far more expensive than trams!!!)
 German Railway Website offering schedules for ANY public transport in Europe (from local buses in Heidelberg to trains to Moscow...)
 There are direct train lines from Heidelberg to Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Frankfurt - and direct long distance trains to Munich, Vienna, Hamburg and Cologne usually running at least every 2 hours.

By car

The A5 connects Heidelberg directly to Frankfurt and Karlsruhe. It's easy to reach from any direction.

Key places to visit
Church of the Holy Spirit, The Heiliggeistkirche church, The Philosophenweg, The Castle, The Altstadt and Hauptstrasse


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Places to Visit

Church of the Holy Spirit

The Church of the Holy Spirit is the most famous church in Heidelberg, Germany. It stands in the middle of the market place in the old center of Heidelberg not far from the Heidelberg Castle. The steeple of the church, rising above the roofs, dominates the township.The Church of the Holy Spirit is first mentioned in a manuscript from 1239. In 1398, the foundations of the current late Gothic church were laid on the site of a late Romanesque basilica which, in turn, had been erected in the place of even an older church. Thus the current church is the third sacral building on the site.

The Heiliggeistkirche church

The Heiliggeistkirche church is only one of many large and small churches, but definitely the one with the most interesting history. During the dark ages, it was the shelter of the Bibliotheka Palatina, Germany's oldest library. The Bibliotheka was stolen and brought to Rome but eventually returned in pieces. Today, parts of it can be visited in the University Library (also the oldest and probably the most valuable of its kind in Germany), which is situated close to the old university.

The Philosophenweg

The Philosophenweg which can be found on the northern side of the city. It provides a wonderful view across the oldest part of the city. Here you can find the site of the famous Merian Stich (engraving) which is a popular illustration of Heidelberg.

The Castle

An audio guide tour of the castle and its grounds is available for a fee near the entrance. It is available in several languages, including English. There is also a statue to the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the castle gardens.

The Altstadt and Hauptstrasse

The Hauptstrasse leads from Bismarckplatz across the old town. Approximately one mile in length, it is reputedly the longest pedestrian shopping street in Germany

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