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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
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All reviews old town great shopping cobblestone streets shops and restaurants main street old world charm the river gelato people watch beautiful city christmas market walk around visit heidelberg market square nice walk altstadt germany
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From time to time I like to visit Heidelberg. See the castle - the old town with it's narrow streets and the old buildings. But on weekends or during holidays it's almost always very crowded - so for getting the most out of the trip...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ralf K
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely cobbled streets and interesting old buildings. Lots of eateries and shops. Reasonably priced.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mazzyb56
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited our old hometown in late November, to see our old haunts and to visit the Christmas markets. Heidelberg is so walkable, with delightful stores, side streets, old buildings, the castle - of course, and so many other things to see and do, along...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Seeing the Christmas decorations in the old town put the fective cheer into all. Having some gluhwein on a cold rainy day made it a great trip

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cherylscheepers
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Altstadt of Heidelberg is something special for sure - the buildings - the spirit of the place. You can walk all along the river Neckar on one side and zig zag between cobble stones alleys and into the Hauptstrase cutting through the middle -...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MayDog
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as the Christmas season was beginning. Charming German town full of little shops....delicious sights and smells. Easily walkable. Visit the historic castle, too!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank applegirl57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Old Town is unusual for Europe - it was not destroyed by bombing during WWII. For that alone it is worth the visit. The architecture is really hundreds of years old - not much has changed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stephrab
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you compare Karlsruhe and Heidelberg, I would chose Heidelberg without doubts. The only thing that you may not like in the old town area is many tourists.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Shimnik
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I had a wonderful time sight seeing and visiting stores on our visit. Most of the people speak English which was wonderful. My family and I love to visit old historic sights and Altstadt did not dissapoint.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 253terit
Reviewed November 11, 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2017
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Sonali2014
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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Heather D
January 13, 2017|
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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
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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
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tgraves88
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Need itinerary help: 6 full days in Austria starting Jan 23 (3 Replies)
Hi there - I have been researching all of these forums but can't find exactly what we hope to do and in the winter at that. This is a last minute trip and I am hoping to book lodging today but need help. Our goal is a week long getaway from DC to spend in the more quaint countryside of Austria. Therefore, here is what I have planned but please let me know if there is anything I am missing? Is there one location I should be staying to take day trips to others or should I be moving to hotels...More
January 10, 2017|
Response fromroefamilyUk|
I think you are trying to fit in too much especially in just 1 day in Vienna and Salzburg can be done as a day trip from Bad Ischl. You can walk most of the SOM sights. I,'d cut Innsbruck and spend an extra day in both Vienna and Bad Ischl/Salzburg area.
BABB4
Burlington, Canada
Altstadt visit with only a few hours to spare! (10 Replies)
We have a six hour lay over at Dusseldorf Airport on our way to Rome, and are very interested in spending a few hours in Altstadt (Old Town)! I have researched that most recommend taking the train, which is great, but does it stop right there, or do we then need to cab it from the train stop? We are interested to your suggestions for the most convienient way there and back, as well as length of time. Second, what time do the cafes along the promenade open on a Sunday, we are there the...More
January 02, 2011|
Response fromzabriskibound|
With your time restraint I would not take an S Bahn but instead take a taxi direct to Altstadt. The Bahn goes to the main train station, and it is about a ten minute taxi ride from Altstadt. I am not sure of the cafe opening hours but there are a number of them that open for breakfast. Perhaps Andie can help. ZB
Amoon F
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tours in Dusseldorf and cities around (10 Replies)
Hello, I have questions regarding tours program in Dusseldorf and cities around Dusseldorf. I hope that you could help Saturday 11th of May: 1- Walking around Düsseldorf Altstadt (Old Town) 2- Visit Hetjens Museum/Deutsches Keramikmuseum (German Ceramics Museum) 3- Go to Rheinturm (Rhine Tower) 4- Visit the Benrath Palace and Park 5- Go to Hofgarten 6- Go to The Botanical Garden Dusseldorf 7- do shopping in Königsallee and Arkaden malls 8- Back to Swissotel in Neuss using...More
April 21, 2013|
Response fromBlandineForberg|
Each of your days seems to have 48 hours. Cut down all your plans to half. Visiting two or three cities or areas in different directions in one day can't and won't work.