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Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg)

Philosophenweg, 69120 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Ranked #2 of 47 attractions in Heidelberg
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you're at all physically capable, it's definitely worth getting up the Philosophenweg and overlooking the Neckar River and Heidelberg Old Town from up there. The paths are generally wide and groomed (if not paved), so can be negotiated by wheelchairs and strollers/prams. There are a few stopping places, including one or two spots with picnic tables and benches and... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Nice walk with beautiful views of the old city and the Neckar River, including the castle. Nice break from the crowds. We lived in Heidelberg years ago, and the Philosophensweg is one of our fondest memories. Just did it again with our son -- a lovely, relaxing afternoon that lands you in the heart of the old city just in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

If you want exercise and an excellent view of Heidelberg, go ahead and make the hike. I had my 69-year old mother, two teenagers, and a 4-year old girl whom my husband wound up carrying most of the way, and it was super warm. It took effort, but it was do-able for all but the 4-year old. I'm happy for... More

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Heidelberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Scenic views offering an alternative view of Heidelberg and the Schloss (castle). Sturdy shoes are recommended, the stairs are cobbly and a little challenging for the un-fit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Make sure you leave yourself enough time to go the entire way. The walk can be tough at times. Probably a good idea to bring a refreshment with you. The walk gives you many chances to take beautiful photos of the city.

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Essen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

wonderful walk in the sunshine. although not suitable for people who are not fit enough to climb up the hill..the path upwards can be quite demanding for untrained people. Superb views onto the castle, the city, the Neckar and the old town

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Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

A long, gentle, winding walk up a mountain, with beautiful views along the way and fascinating history at the top: the ruins of a medieval church, a Nazi amphitheater, and the ruins of an ancient monastery. Also, there is a nice cafe near the top, where you can eat indoors or out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I loved the philosopher's way, loved the small shops, the antic shops, little caffes, the ground , the view ...everything. Try the hot white chocolate with foam , in one of these little caffes , its nice

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Warrington, Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

If you have good weather, this is a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours - spectatular views back across the Neckar to the old town and Schloss. Whilst there's more to do visiting the University museum, the brilliant art gallery & Schloss, this was almost the highlight of our trip. It would be truly stunning in spring with... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

It's a beautiful view and one you certainly don't want to miss out on. I took a picnic up to Thingstatte and stopped for an ice cream in Philosophenweg. Highly recommended!

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