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HEIDELBERG - the best insider tips for vacation, holiday & travel

Heidelberg in the Baden-Wurttemberg region is one of the gem cities of Germany known for being a seat of intellectual discourse, having beautiful castles and gorgeous Scholsses, plus a wealth of culture and museums. Even with the rich and colourful past, the city is considerably inhabited by the young because it is where the oldest German university can be found, so there is a good balance of interests and activities for all ages.

History buffs can start with a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Altstadt or old town to enjoy the baroque architecture and University, buy souvenirs on Haupstrasse shopping street, see Markplatz castle, Jesuitenkitche (Jesuit church where Mark Twain was once imprisoned), Holy Ghost Gothic Church (Heiliggeistkirche), the Breckentor Bridge Gate leading to the old bridge, the Heidelberg Scloss, and the oldest private home in town the Haus Zum Ritter or Knight’s House. Culture enthusiasts may visit the twelve museums, art galleries, and experience local everyday life at Neuenheim market. Make sure to go on a Bergbahn mountain railway and enjoy the magnificent view of the city from over 1800 feet high. A Neckar River cruise is also a must; take pleasure in seeing striking medieval villages as the boat floats by the river. Families with children may visit the city zoo, ExploHeidelberg or the Zwinger Youth Theatre for fun scientific learning and workshops for kids.      

Heidelberg is best enjoyed in the summertime when outdoor concerts and outdoor activities are aplenty but autumn and spring time is also ideal considering that there would be less crowded tourist spots and better offseason hotel rates.  The nearest international airport from Heidelberg is the one in Frankfurt which is 80km or an hour drive away, and there are busses that travel from Frankfurt Airport into Heidelberg. It is also accessible by train and has service to and from major cities from the main Hauptbahnhof Station at Willy Brandt Platz.

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