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Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg)

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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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Great place to walk

Brilliant place for a walk so put on those walking shoes and take in the laneways along the way. A great way to finish off a trip to the castle and up the top of the mountain... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Brilliant place for a walk so put on those walking shoes and take in the laneways along the way. A great way to finish off a trip to the castle and up the top of the mountain. Quite a few cafes and restaurants along this street so just take a note which ones the tour groups are going into and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I am a runner and love trail running. The trails are endless and provide great views back to Heidelberg. The start is steep but once you are over that the run is fantastic. Back to nature but a view to a beautiful town. Well worth it. I'm winter wear a thermal top.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Heidelberg was the last city of our 20 day tour. By the time we arrived, we were tired. It was a rainy day. The students on tour were homesick. It was a Sunday and not much was open for business in the city. I suggested we walk the Philosophers' Way. We had an amazing time! I couldn't believe how much... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Having lived in Heidelberg for thirteen years this has got to be my favorite afternoon activity. Meandering the trail, watching fellow walkers and enjoying the breathtaking view!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The view from the top is amazing! There is no place better to get a good picture of Heidelberg and the castle. We took the winding path up the side called "the snakes path" by locals. This is a vey steep climb but it does have steps and overlooks on the way. If it has rained recently, the leaves are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Philosophenweg is located in Neuenheim area of Heidelberg. Famous for its great view of the Castle, it is occupied by the elite class of the city. It can be reached by slight terrain walking and worth a trip for some great view and click of the castle.

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Taichung, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

steep climb or descend from the old bridge. The view is unbeatable. Must wear sport shoe before attempting this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We really enjoyed our walk, not too strenuous. It takes some time, about an hour and half, we were constantly stopping and admiring the scenery. You need to do this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

While I didn't walk up the Philosophenweg and instead drove to the top, the Michelskloster and the Ampitheatre at the top are absolutely incredible sites to visit, full of history ranging from Medieval eras to the 1930's, when the ampitheatre was used for propaganda presentations. I definitely recommend visiting this site as it is one of the more rewarding ruins... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It is a very nice walk with beautiful views of Heidelberg Old Town and Castle. Even in winter... However, the name of this walk - Philosophenweg - could be deceiving.. Particular in comparison with Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto, Japan. Starting from the Bergstraße, it is a reasonable steep walk on the road without pedestrian foot path - not many cars,... More 

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