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Altstadt (Old Town)

Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
+49 9861 4090
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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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“old town” (498 reviews)
“great shopping” (20 reviews)
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Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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+49 9861 4090
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"old town"
in 498 reviews
"great shopping"
in 20 reviews
"shops and restaurants"
in 44 reviews
"cobblestone streets"
in 32 reviews
"main street"
in 23 reviews
"old world charm"
in 15 reviews
"the river"
in 84 reviews
"gelato"
in 15 reviews
"people watch"
in 23 reviews
"beautiful city"
in 36 reviews
"christmas market"
in 27 reviews
"walk around"
in 20 reviews
"visit heidelberg"
in 14 reviews
"market square"
in 20 reviews
"nice walk"
in 15 reviews
"altstadt"
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"church"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Heidelberg offers dozens of beautifully restored buildings. Shops are open even on Sunday. Lots of tourists, but not too crowded.

Thank Debra B
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Old Town is the most beautiful part of Heidelberg. Plenty of restaurants, beautiful streets, the Old Bridge, little plazas, churches, etc. Streets are made of a stone bricks and it can be a bit uncomfortable for strollers, but doable.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our intention to visit the Old Town confronted us with a nightmare : many streets were blocked by repair works and a lot of cars were frantically seeking the elusive parking places.. Even after succeeding to find a place you couldn't enjoy due to the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A must visit when travelling thru Heidelberg Lots of great restaurants and street side cafes in this romantic town

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is exactly as named. Many shops and restaurants. Parking is available at one of the many lots. Be sure to go to the visitor center to get started in the right direction.

Thank Jim M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

There is plenty of shopping, eating, and drinking to be had, but mostly just a great town to wander. If in the area, definitely spend some time in Heidelberg. You can easily fill a couple of days here, but even just a few hours will...More

Thank Doug L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reminder Sunday’s are not good days to visit European towns . Everything is closed especially in August . The town has lots of history to look at and a guided tour is recommended .

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Reviewed 1 week ago

"Ich hab' mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren" (I've lost my heart in Heidelberg) is the title of a German song from the 1920-ies. Well now, surely Heidelberg is charming, medieval, and in many places stunningly beautiful, to a large extent depending on not being bombed...More

Thank Vierdank
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a lot of the day strolling in and out of this area and found ourselves constantly dodging vehicles. Limit the amount of vehicles! This should be geared more towards pedestrians.

Thank nriemen
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We lived a year in this area and still have not seen everything in this told town! There are full of little gems to discover on the walls, in the courtyards, the old pubs and restaurants, etc. It is one of the rare old town...More

Thank Hel D
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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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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
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skc111nyu
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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