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Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg)

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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Marion, MA
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

What a thrill to walk the Philosopher's Way, both for the sense of history and for the remarkable view. Get your comfortable shoes on for the climb from the Alte Brucke.

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Albany, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The Philosophers' Walk gives you a great view of the city and some good exercise. If you use the walk way up from the old bridge, wear comfy shoes because it is a long series of cobblestone steps that would be tough to do without stable shoes. There is a beautiful little park along the walk too.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Just must visit and see it, because you can see whole Old City from there! And plus the enviroment of Phisophenweg is so romantic :)

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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

And take a walk along Philsopher's Way. The views are spectacular as you are walking up. It was misty when we walked, which enhanced the bright green color of the mosses and grass along the way. It was a very peaceful stroll.

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Melbourne, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
61 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We timed our stroll in the late afternoon to capture the soft light on the river, old town and bridge. From previous experience we walked across the bridge at Sofienstrabe and up Bruckenstrabe for 200 metres. The Philosophers' Way is sign posted on the right at Ladenburger Strabe. Walking from this direction is a lot easier with a long winding... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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209 reviews 209 reviews
48 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I recommend to walk the mountain, it is an amazing walk with beautiful views and stops to see the city under you and the river. If you are in Heidelberg and full of energy you must do it

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife and I took this walk and we were not disappointed. It is steep in parts but there are many places to catch your breath on the way up. The view from the top is amazing as you look back over the old town part of Heidelberg and Heidelberg Castle. We were there in summer and would advise to... More

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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