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Thingstatte

Address: Auf dem Heiligenberg, 69121 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Ranked #5 of 49 Attractions in Heidelberg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks

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Sydney, Australia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
67 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a moderate walk of about an hour from central Heidelberg, but one which we did with our 3 children (10, 8 and 4 years) without difficulty. The paths are level and well-marked and it is a nice walk up to the Thingstatte. The site itself well rewards the walk. When we went up there, no one else was... More 

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UK
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108 reviews 108 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I have visited Thingstatte before in the Summer and this time we went in the snow of the winter. The way up is via a twisty road and the authorities had done a great job of clearing the roads of snow quickly after the snow fall. Standing in the amphitheater it is difficult not to think of the use to... More 

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Chico, California
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

On my first trip back to Germany since 1960 when I was an exchange student in Luebeck, I wanted to re-visit Heidelberg. The Philosopher's Way to get to Thingstatte isn't as bad as some have said (even for this 70+ year old woman.) The ghosts of Nazi-era rallies (apparently Hitler planned this to recruit students from the University) and all... More 

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Pforzheim, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The walk up is tiring, but so worth it! I think there's a bus as well, but it was a nice day so we walked! Just past it there are ruins of an old monastery, which is really cool. If you have the time, definitely go see Thingstatte!

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Moss Vale, Australia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
9 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We and our adult son walked here on Christmas Day. There was little information, but we knew the tracks upwards from the Philosophers Way should get us there. There are some block directional stones in German. I recommend you talk to any locals you come across on your walk. Just to confirm you are on the right track! The walk... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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94 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I guess the Nazis figured anyone who wanted to climb the mountain opposite the city of Heidelberg really wanted to do so. The climb must have been a test in their beliefs otherwise it doesn't make a lot of sense. Once YOU get there it will be nothing but memorable. It stands out because you have no idea what to... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

For history buffs, or even those seeking to stretch their legs, accessing the Thingstatte is a real step through history - from the remains of a roman temple to a second world war propaganda relic...and two millennium of church ruins in between. The ruins are even more interesting on foggy or poor weather days.

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Indiantown, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Having lived in Heidelberg for a number of years, this was always a unique place to bring any guests. You can look up the history of how and why it was built but now it is used as a place for pupils, graduating from German high school, to have a party. In the recent past it was also used for... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Google told me getting from the station to there would be around 45 minutes. This was the time it took to walk _downhill_. Uphill was way longer and you should be prepared for a trip that is a little exhausting. The hiking itself is OK but this doesn't make this one a rank 5 in Heidelberg. Check out the pictures... More 

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Malchin, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Beautiful in the spring. The moss on the ruins made for some great pics and the view over the Nakar Valley was great.

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