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Address: Philosophenweg, 69120 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: This famous path along the Neckar River has been frequented by numerous...
This famous path along the Neckar River has been frequented by numerous famous philosophers throughout history.
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Beautiful views of old town Heidelburg

By beginning the walk at the western side, we had a lovely gradual climb to the beautiful views of Heidelburg castle. We were a party of four walkers, and my 4 year old grandson... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

By beginning the walk at the western side, we had a lovely gradual climb to the beautiful views of Heidelburg castle. We were a party of four walkers, and my 4 year old grandson was one of the four. He was able to do the whole walk and thoroughly enjoyed himself. In May the flowers and fruit trees were beautiful... More 

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Mannheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely place, you can go for a nice walk, run or biking time. there are some sloping areas, but in general it's very accessible. BTW The view of Heidelberg it's amazing! If you need more info : http://www.tourism-heidelberg.com/explore/historical-sights/heiligenberg/philosophers-walk/index_eng.html Its name, it is said, stems from the fact that university professors and philosophers walked there, perhaps using the solitude of the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

So much of the area that you walk along is now privately owned. Anywhere a fence isn't blocking your view there is a private wall in its place. You must hike all the way to the end of the way/path in order to get more unobstructed views. Overall, it was one of the things that we felt like we could... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The start is a steep climb up into the forest. If you don't like walking, this isn't for you. Go up the funicular instead to get views.This is a peaceful walk with the only sound of bird song and the odd mountain biker whizzing by. Lovely views every now and then of Heidelberg and this all costs nothing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Make sure you have good shoes and some water, good walk, but quite steep in places. I've written more about Heidelberg on my blog: http://wp.me/p4bgzH-hh

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is such a relaxing thing to do one morning. Very nice history about University professors walking the philosophers' way to clear their minds and teach their students. Nowadays it allows for a fantastic view of all of Heidelberg. It is a pretty steep climb so come prepared. Definitely worth doing especially if nothing is open!

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Pennington, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is a long walk and the beginning is quite steep, mostly by stair. There are places to stop along the way, some in shade and a few with benches. We did it on a mild May afternoon and worked up a sweat, so consider that if you are in high summer. That said, it is a lovely walk and... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The stairs/passageway up from the Old Bridge was so cool. The ivy from each side of the walls were almost touching to create a canopy. Even though it is steep, there are a couple of scenic overlooks where you can sit and rest. The walk itself on the road is flat and wide. So interesting to see the different gardens... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The views are exceptional but the trip up the hill can be very physically taxing. There are many stops along the way to take some beautiful pictures but it can be difficult to get to the top, especially on a warm day. Obviously going down is easier.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It takes a bit of effort to cross the bridge and climb the hill. On a warm you will definitely work up a sweat. During my visit in May they were just beginning to clean up the gardens, so they were pretty much a mess. But the view back to town is outstanding. Try to plan for mid to late... More 

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