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Address: Auf dem Heiligenberg, 69121 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Excellent place if you are interested in the Nazi past.

The walk up from the town through the beech woods on a fine day is worth it by itself but the arena with its dark associations is in sharp contrast. The extent of the National... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Chris-and-Joan
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Cheshire

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk up from the town through the beech woods on a fine day is worth it by itself but the arena with its dark associations is in sharp contrast. The extent of the National Socialist ambition to build hundreds of these assembly places is breathtaking. This one had seating for 8,000 and standing room for another 3,000 and makes... More 

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Islamabad
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52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The place is grand with excellent acoustics.You need a car to get up the mountain and a small walk uphill.A band was practicing there and it was great.Nice and peaceful.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Such a nice and peaceful place to see this wonderful Amphitheatre. It is certainly worth visiting, and its easy to get to by a good pathway

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Most tourists never really make it up to the top of heiligenberg. The bus groups just visit the schloss and maybe spend an hour or 2 in old town and then leave. So this place is never really crowded and that adds an eerie vibe to it. Also great exercise if you feel like jogging up and down the steps.... More 

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Thank RisaR
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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

to be entered via Heidelberg - Handschuhsheim, worth the uphill, 2mi. walk; an amphitheater built 1938, not in use but worth to walk to recalling 'dark times'

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This Nazi-built amphitheatre is well worth the effort of finding it! Because of its origins, it doesn't seem to appear on tourist information and German friends of ours were surprised that we wanted to visit it. It's located right at the top of the 'Holy Mountain' and can be reached by walking over the old bridge, up the Schlangenweg to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I really enjoyed a hike up the philosophers way and then continued up to the Thingstatte. If you are an active person in decent shape, it is not a difficult climb. I started by the main bridge entrance to the philosophers way, continued up and followed the blue castle signs which were not difficult to follow. Took about 45 min... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Great stop that is a little hard to find as it isn't on a lot of Heidelberg's travel literature. Worth an hour or two soaking in a little of the not so distant past and the desire of power seekers to control the masses.

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Milbridge, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We chose to hike to the Thingstatte after taking the tram from Bismarkplatz over the Neckar River and into Neuenheim where we picked up the small "van bus" to Heiligenberg, the site of monestary ruins and the former Nazi amphitheater. Beyond the Thingstatte, are the ruins of St. Michael's Abbey. Just a beautiful park and worth an entire day.

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Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We began by crossing the new road bridge across the Neckar and then on up Philosopher's Way. This is the beginning of a longish climb to the very top of Heiligenberg. Estimates on Tripadvisor vary but I would allow a couple of hours for the climb at steady pace. After passing one of the Bismarck Towers, another lookout tower and... More 

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