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Address: Auf dem Heiligenberg, 69121 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Drive or HIke; this is an awe-inspiring place

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Milbridge, Maine

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

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 NEW

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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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Right at the top of Heiligenberg is found the Thingstatte, an enormous amphitheater, built originally by the Romans. Nearby there are remains of a local Roman edifice as well as a tower standing proudly. In 1933 though, Joseph Goebbels renovated the amphitheater to indoctrinate the people of Germany. On the opening day 20,000 people showed up to hear Goebbels himself.... More 

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Spangdahlem, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I had been to Heidelberg 3 times before I found Thingstatte and the trails up to it from Philosophers Weg. I like seeing the historical landmarks, especially sights from WWII. We actually drove up to the parking area near Thingstatte and took a short walk around the loop. We were able to walk all over the theater and take some... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

There's not much there (as the photo's show), but it's nice to reach the top and there's something, rather than nothing. Bring water for the climb.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My son and I hiked this to the top. Well worth it. It was up hill, a great work out, and we were a sweaty mess. we got to the top, and popped out, to see a road and a restaurant. but what historic finds! a 4th century fort, a Nazi era amphitheater! Really must be revived! There could be... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I decided to hike up to the Thingstatte after taking the Philosopher's way. There aren't much information or instructions on how to get there. I read the reviews and followed the blue castle signs that occasionally you might see on the road. However, there is few such signs and lack of arrows. I didn't know whether I would get to... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

There isn't a lot to see here, but when you combine it with the history and the trek or drive to get up there. It is amazing to think about 20,000 people trekking up there to hear Goebel's speech.

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Heidelberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you were standing at the castle looking down by the Holy Ghost Church and then the old bridge you can see the staircase across the road at the far end of the bridge that goes up to Philosophers Way. Above that, at the top of the mountain is the Roman ruins and Thingstatte. Erica Jong wrote about it in... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Thingstatte is really cool, very well hidden in the forest at the very top of the mountain. It is not however well signposted and we got very lost trying to find it. It was an adventure though. By the time we found it, it was past midnight, the moon had come out and there was a weird/ slightly sinister atmosphere.... More 

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