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Altstadt (Old Town)

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Address: Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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The Old Town of Heidelberg starts from Sofienstrasse and brings you to the...

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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This town is so charming and beautiful it seems to be ripped from the pages of a storybook! Take some time and just wander it's medieval streets while admiring it's romantic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Westmont, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This town is so charming and beautiful it seems to be ripped from the pages of a storybook! Take some time and just wander it's medieval streets while admiring it's romantic baroque architecture. It's no wonder why this town was the center of the German Romantic movement! Be sure to see the Market Square with the Rathaus and Baroque fountain... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Delightful shops and restaurants abound in Altstadt. We purchased souvenirs and walked through cobblestone roads littered with cafes.

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Altstadt is actually smaller than you'd think, but it's a pleasant place to stroll around. I advise you to also check out the side streets for a glimpse of the less touristy areas of town. I stumbled upon the spectacular old University Library this way. The Old Bridge is also worth checking out.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This a really busy market. There are a lot of vendors, shops, food and entertainment that is there for kids and adults. It has an old medieval feel to the area. I would suggest come here early because it get busy during the afternoon.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in an Airbnb right in the Alstadt, and we had all the restaurants and shops at our fingertips. You can easily walk from the Alstadt train station, and we even walked up to the castle for a tour one morning.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Heidelberg is a lovely town. It has a charm that few other cities do. We only spent one day there, but really enjoyed our time, walking through the lovely streets and browsing in the numerous beautiful shops.

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Leipzig, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the Old Town of Heidelberg. I have been traveling to Heidelberg several times and every time I enjoy a walk through this medieval city. It may be crowded, but for a reason. Situated in the valley of the Neckar river with the castle above the cities this is one of the nicest historic town ensembles you can find... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Heidelberg is a beautiful old city and reasonably easy to walk around. It is, unfortunately quite the tourist trap. A local told us to frequent the shops and restaurants on the cross streets rather than the pedestrian street.

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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Old Town with lots of shops and restaurants. The markets are really interesting, and there is great people watching. Great for just walking around on a nice day!

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The old town is situated just above the Neckar River and is superbly colorful. Full of plazas, cafes and lovely side streets, it's a fascinating place to be. I especially enjoyed visiting the university, the oldest in Germany. Highlights were its library and student prison. Very touristic but still eternally charming place.

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