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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

An easy trail to follow with interesting little paths to follow on the side that gives you fantastic views of Heidelberg. It doesn't seem to be very touristy, which we were not expecting. We went there on a Saturday afternoon and it was practically deserted.

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Singapore, Singapore
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18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Hidden path and it is not a difficult climb. Great view of the bridge and the castle. Go for a jog if your stamina is good

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A nice walk on a nice summer day! The street leads to the big church in the towns heart. There is a lot of restaurants nearby to take a break and drink a bear and just look around.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It is a bit of a walk - but excellent views of the Neckar River and the city itself. And it is free.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The hotel where I was staying recommended walking here as a loop from the old town. I wasn't planning to, but since I was nearby, I thought "Why not?". I had visited Heidelberg before, but had never walked along this part. Depending how sporty you are, you will find this difficult or just a bunch of stairs. If you go... More

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Bonn
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The hike to the philosopher's way was more exciting than the actual trail. We hiked many steps and stopped at a couple lookouts, but once we got to the paved trail called "philosopher's way" we were a little disappointed. There are points along the way to take nice pictures of the town, but the trail itself isn't anything to write... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We walked up from the old bridge, so the first few hundred metres were a bit steep and windy. After getting our breath back, it was a very pleasant walk along a quiet path with good views across the river to the city. There's a sort-of cafe at the garden near the end, with a few seats to rest before... More

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Cologne, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Really major hike up A LOT of steps to get to this walking route. We actually just walked for a bit and it was very peaceful but be warned...it's tough getting up there.

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