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Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg)

Philosophenweg, 69120 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Ranked #2 of 48 Attractions in Heidelberg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking Trails, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Historic Walking Areas, Trails
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: This famous path along the Neckar River has been frequented by numerous famous philosophers throughout history.
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The climb up from the Neckar is very steep and cobbled. There are a couple of rest areas with excellent views of the Altstadt and Castle. Once you get to the top you have several options to walk and some lovely areas to sit and enjoy an ice cream when the small kiosk is open.

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely walk that includes the very best views of Heidelberg. Bring good shoes for hiking, water and your camera. Best place to photograph the Schloss, Alt Brucke and the Neckar River.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Philosopher's way is the most scenic and peaceful walking pathway I've ever had the good fortune to have experienced. You start down in the old town and make your way all the way up the mountain; through the beautiful Heidelberg Forest. Have a beer when you get back from a local bar!

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The philosopher;s walk is a path between many gardens up in the hills above Heidelberg. The climb up is long and steep but well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Beautiful view of Heidelberg and the castle. But beware--this is a walking path, not a quaint little street with shops, etc. like it shows in the photo. I was driving, trying to find what I thought was a shopping area and a place to park--ended up driving up the path! I thought it was just another narrow road and as... More

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India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It was a bit of a walk on a summer's day but a beautiful one. The houses and greenery all around were picturesque. The view from the top especially can give you an idea why it's called what it is - to sit here and ponder on life and art would be ideal (if only it wasn't so crowded)

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Hilltown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Scenery and architecture are just beautiful. After a delicious meal at the Schnitzelbank, we walked across the bridge and walked along the Philosophers' Way. Walked off a few calories and got great pictures and views of the city. Wish I was still in Germany... :)

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Up the steps from the bridgeside might be more than an effort if you have bad legs, knees or much weight to carry. It might be better to go up from the other side then, up a quite steep road and then have your walk. But it´s not that bad and not that long, besides you can take a rest... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This walk gives you the quintessential view of Heidelberg and has been enjoyed by poets and peons for years. If you like an urban stroll, you won't be disappointed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Enjoy the fresh air and the view over the city of Heidelberg. Here you'll find the famous post card view to the castle. There is even a nice garden up there with benches to take a rest while enjoying the silents and nature around you.

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