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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...more
Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
+49 9861 4090
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 27, 2016

This is one of the most fascinating old towns in western Europe. The University of Heidelberg was founded in 1368 (oldest university in Germany, fifth oldest in Central Europe). In the Old Town "town and gown" are side by side, like in Cambridge. There's a...More

8  Thank Simon M
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed June 26, 2014

I have been to Germany twice and been all over the country, this has to be tied with Mainz as one of the ugliest dumpy towns I have visited in Germany. Rick Steves gives this place a one sentence mention in his Germany book saying...More

5  Thank Loves2travel726
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All reviews old town great shopping shops and restaurants cobblestone streets main street old world charm the river gelato people watch beautiful city christmas market walk around visit heidelberg market square nice walk altstadt church
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Always love our trips to Germany but to Altstadt is very special. Lots of local restaurants and quirky shops. We loved the bakery open for a few hours on Sunday morning to get the fresh salty bread. Beautiful walks and lots to do. Centrally located....More

Thank MaxiDave
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A walk by the bridge / over to Hauptstrasse & the churches is recommended. Lots of shops & cafes in the area

Thank SmitaRastogi
Reviewed 1 week ago

Altstadt is filled with historic buildings, market squares and numerous places for shopping. The area is easily walkable and full of people. Shop owners are friendly and helpful.

Thank Caroleirene
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very long street lined with shops.. pleasure to walk while admiring the interesting buildings, which are very different from where we come from. Definitely should visit if u are in heidelberg

Thank Faith F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The main attraction here is Hauptstrasse, a lively pedestrianised street that stretches along the old city. It´s not very long, but remarkable, dotted with many beautiful buildings here and there, eateries, good shops and always full of people. To get a more local flavour, try...More

1  Thank southerntraveller49
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to mill around and look at shops. There is pretty much a shop or place to eat to fit anyone's mood.

Thank CLaree40
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in Heidelberg, please visit the Old Town! The winding narrow streets are extremely beautiful. The street side coffee cafe's add another level of energy to the place. Do visit the Romantic Cafe!

Thank janumather
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sitting in the street at a bar/cafe watching people from all over the world is amazing. The various cultures, sights and things to do and see will be well worth the visit.

Thank jteal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice and easy to find and walk around. People are friendly. Lots of places to eat and drink. Sit outside relax and people watch

Thank sammon23
Reviewed October 7, 2018

So very charming! But swarms of crowds on a Saturday afternoon. And many shops not open. Parking was difficult as well. But so many things to see and great architecture, and of course the market square and good food. Certainly worth the effort.

1  Thank DLCAlberta
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April 22, 2018|
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Response from Horea P | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. I was there on Easter day and it was closed, but people could walk on the terrace. The Germans respect the weekends and holidays... Unfortunately, the shops, for instance, do not show anywhere their opening... More
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January 13, 2017|
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Response from Eric H | Reviewed this property |
I'm not 100% sure but you are likely to find attractions such as Heidelberg Castle open (at least limited hours) on Easter Monday. We were there on Dec 26th and while it is a public holiday in Germany (St. Stephens Day) and... More
October 14, 2016|
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Response from Cael P | Reviewed this property |
During the week the shops are open until about 9pm. Saturdays they allow for weekend tourists many places stay open until well past 9pm. Of course restaurants, bars etc are open later. Area appeared to be very safe, had... More