Altstadt (Old Town)
Altstadt (Old Town)
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The Old Town of Heidelberg starts from Sofienstrasse and brings you to the castle. In the middle there is the University Area (the oldest university in Germany), the main shopping street (Hauptstrasse) and it includes to famous Karl-Theodor-Bridge / the Old bridge.
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  • Sue M
    Williamsburg, Virginia1,501 contributions
    Wonderful Old Town!
    We walked the Old Town, covering numerous Heidelberg sights. Such a lovely old town with lots of great shops and plenty of places to eat. I'm so glad that we decided to do this Viking included tour of Heidelberg from our river cruise. I read Rick Steve's guide book on Germany and he did not recommend visiting Heidelberg, saying that it was too modernized. I usually like his travel recommendations but I definitely disagree with his opinion of Heidelberg. It was worthwhile visiting.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2023
  • Phi Somchai
    Bangkok, Thailand3,795 contributions
    Lots of historical buildings
    We came here after our visit to the Heidelberg Castle. The old town has many historical buildings and interesting shops. The bridges over the Neckar river, Church of the Holy Spirit, the Markplatz and many more. It is really enjoyable going around town and visiting these attractions.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Steve_of_N21
    London, United Kingdom2,283 contributions
    Historic Old Town
    There are several places of interest in the historic old town of Heidelberg and any walk of its streets should take in the Church of the Holy Spirit, The Haus zurn Ritter ( house of the almighty) built in 1592, the two main squares, the Marketplatz and Kornmarkt, and obviously the Old Bridge. But like most other German Old Towns, this one is genuinely old, with several buildings dating from the 16th century, and not a fairly recent reconstruction. It also encompasses part of the longest pedestrian street in Europe, but if coming from the train station this street doesn’t really get interesting until you reach the start of the restaurant section towards the Old Town , eg Louenbrau for example, as the first two thirds is a fairly mundane shopping street. Although you have to walk this street, once is enough for the shopping section and then you should explore the parallel and interconnecting streets. For example the most lively is Untere Street with its many bars and when you get to the Church of the Holy Spirit. Take the lane to the left to find Vetters Brew House, my favourite of the three brew houses around the Old Town for its beer styles.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Kelly B
    Iowa4,371 contributions
    Picturesque
    Quite a lovely place to walk around. It was very crowded when we were there. We parked at a nearby transit station, and then took the train in (about a 5 minute ride). The streets are very narrow, and it seemed like parking would be a nightmare.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Aniello Saggese
    Baronissi, Italy1,865 contributions
    Visiting the Old Town
    The first time I heard the name Heidelberg was during my studies in computer science. Some pretty good software tools were developed within its university. While nearby, I heard that Heidelberg is also a popular tourist destination, so we decided to spend a day visiting the Old Town and in particular its castle. The old town, developed between the castle hill and the river Neckar, was a little damaged during the Second World War and is very pleasant to visit. Here, there are monuments, religious buildings, beautiful squares and, to finish, its famous church and old bridge. A Beautiful panoramic view may be enjoyed from the terraces of the castle.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 6, 2024
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Paul L
Lintgen, Luxembourg291 contributions
Jun 2022
Quaint little narrow streets off the main street, a bustling area of shops cafe's, restaurants and bars. Some beautiful architecture, buildings, church and cobbled streets. Students and tourists in abundance gives it a great atmosphere.
Written June 25, 2022
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Sue M
Williamsburg, VA1,501 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We walked the Old Town, covering numerous Heidelberg sights. Such a lovely old town with lots of great shops and plenty of places to eat. I'm so glad that we decided to do this Viking included tour of Heidelberg from our river cruise. I read Rick Steve's guide book on Germany and he did not recommend visiting Heidelberg, saying that it was too modernized. I usually like his travel recommendations but I definitely disagree with his opinion of Heidelberg. It was worthwhile visiting.
Written May 19, 2023
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,271 contributions
Jun 2019
Heidelberg and particularly this downtown area were not what I expected. It was beautiful, but utterly hammered with thousands of tourists on June 30. We walked up and back from the Schloss Castle to this old town area. I really wanted to see Heiliggeistkirche in this market/plaza area. However, something special was going on inside, so it was closed. Heiliggeistkirche is literally surrounded with tourist shopping booths. Nothing sold here is made in Germany, but tourists go for these little junky trinkets - well, my wife does too! Anyway, be aware, this is a very popular destination, which usually this means the shop owners are accustomed to all the tourists. It just didn't have the friendly feel, on the contrary, shop owners seemed to be a bit perturbed.
Written March 9, 2020
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thomas r
23 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
The place is a disappointment overall If you have traveled much this is a let down with a lot of hype . Old town bland not colorful not many buildy worth a second look.The castle is a VERY SMALL RUIN and if you ever traveled in the UK or Ireland a let down .Save your time n go elsewhere
Written January 11, 2023
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,479 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We visited a few 'old towns' during our river cruise and were a tad disappointed by Heidelberg's version. There are some interesting old buildings and a nice church but the focus seems to be on shops (retail and restaurants). Each to their own, I suppose.
Written July 28, 2023
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Kelly B
Iowa4,371 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Quite a lovely place to walk around. It was very crowded when we were there.

We parked at a nearby transit station, and then took the train in (about a 5 minute ride). The streets are very narrow, and it seemed like parking would be a nightmare.
Written October 25, 2023
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Aniello Saggese
Baronissi, Italy1,865 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
The first time I heard the name Heidelberg was during my studies in computer science. Some pretty good software tools were developed within its university. While nearby, I heard that Heidelberg is also a popular tourist destination, so we decided to spend a day visiting the Old Town and in particular its castle. The old town, developed between the castle hill and the river Neckar, was a little damaged during the Second World War and is very pleasant to visit. Here, there are monuments, religious buildings, beautiful squares and, to finish, its famous church and old bridge. A Beautiful panoramic view may be enjoyed from the terraces of the castle.
Written January 6, 2024
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS3,053 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Heidelberg's lively Old Town is the historic heart of this picturesque city. It is nestled on the South side of the Neckar River with a maze of narrow cobblestone streets, centuries-old buildings, bustling market squares, various shops and restaurants, all overlooked by the hilltop Schloss Heidelberg and it's lovely gardens. Not to missed are Market Square, Karl Theodor Bridge, Castle Heidelberg, Church of the Holy Spirit, and Philosopher's Way located across the Old Bridge. We enjoyed every minute that we spent in Altstadt Heidelberg!
Written January 12, 2023
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RobnRita
Paisley, UK472 contributions
Sep 2020
THe Old Town is about a 30-minute walk from the train station, but well worth it. It has of course the castle, and if you cross the river you can enter through the old town gates. Restaurants and shops abound.
Written September 14, 2020
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Sean F
Limerick, Ireland347 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours strolling around the streets. There are plenty of shops with some lovely old style Christmas shops among them.
There are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants also.
A lovely way to pass some time.
Written January 1, 2020
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