Schloss Heidelberg
Schloss Heidelberg
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Each year, Heidelberg Palace attracts around one Million visitors from all over the world. Since the 19th century, These impressive ruins have been synonymous with Romanticism. The Heidelberg Tun, the statues on the facade and the gardens of the palace are Highlights of any visit.
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  • William L
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hilarious tour guide
    The English language guided tour was one of the best tours ever. Our guide was hilarious with such funny stories and comedic timing. Definitely worth a great deal more than the small fee.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Nico Natuna
    Rudersdorf, Germany2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic and historic landmark
    With its impressive battlements, towers, and courtyards, it is a sight to behold. But don't let its grandeur fool you - there is plenty of fun to be had here, too! From the Great Hall and the Heidelberg Tun to the gardens and the castle's own zoo, there is something for everyone. Whether you come to explore the castle's history or to take part in one of the many events held here, you are sure to have a great time! And if you're feeling brave, you can even take a stroll along the castle's battlements - just don't forget to duck when the cannon goes off!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2023
  • LinaJ
    Manila, Philippines182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Majestic Place
    We love it ! Met my high school friends travelling around europe and this place was our meeting place. It stands majestically .The view and ruins were breathtaking . You just wanna stay up there and enjoy the view and the peacefulness of the place , fit for a queen !
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 12, 2023
  • EndlessBlue
    Maple Ridge, Canada181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Schloss Heidelberg
    You can either walk or take the Funicular up to the castle grounds. Either way the view is spectacular. The grounds are large, so make sure you give yourself enough time to explore, relax & enjoy.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand3,848 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A statement piece
    Definitely the 'big ticket item' in Heidelberg, particularly when combined with the funicular ride to get up and down. A huge sprawling edifice with parts clearly from multiple eras it certainly makes a statement glowering over the old town. The Pharmacy museum and the 'big barrel' are two of the more interesting things to do inside. Do go for a stroll all the way to the point where there is a splendid view and a couple of interesting sculptures.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2023
  • David P
    Bridgeville, Delaware140 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Enjoyable Tour
    Really enjoyed this tour although I do agree that the tour focuses mainly on the outside of the castle. Still a nice experience with a great guide. Make sure to take the tram all the way to the top overlook. Also make sure to look at the humongous wine barrel on the way out of the tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • David N
    Hawthorne, California799 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Heidelberg Attraction
    You will definitely want to visit the castle if you have never been to Heidelberg before. It is quite large and has some ruins as well as renovated buildings. You can arrive here by car, bus, or the funicular, but I think the "fun"icular is the most fun way to go! You can also walk up the hill from the Altstadt, if interested. An entrance fee to the castle is required and they also offer a separate guided tour, which I highly recommend. With the tour, you are taken inside of some of the buildings (including the chapel) and are provided with a wealth of information on the castle's history. English tours are available. Once inside the castle courtyard, there is pharmacy museum, restaurants, and a huge wine barrel that you can also visit, so plan your time accordingly. Outside the castle, there is a garden and courtyard that is free. I recommend at least walking towards this area, so that you can get a good view of the fat tower that was blown up by the French in 1689 and left in ruins. It is a nice area to walk around in with a fountain towards the back and a unique modern sculpture of a horse.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • woodie49
    Brighton, United Kingdom791 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful old town.
    We were staying in Stuttgart and visited Heidelberg on the 40 minutes non-stop ICE train. Just outside the station is a very helpful Tourist Information building where we were given a walking route map and information about buses. As we are in our 70s we didn’t want to walk unnecessarily as it was very hot. Gathered outside and leaning against the Information office, we were not expecting to see a large group of men, drinking beer and with numerous bottles arranged all around them! Not too welcoming. We followed the walking map we had been given and made our way to the famous old bridge over the River Neckar. We crossed to the other side but it was far too hot to venture up to the Philosophers Walk, which gives a lovely view across to the castle and town. We went up to the castle on the funicular railway, but had we known how long the wait in the queue would be, I think we would have walked up. The Castle is the highlight. Our return journey to Stuttgart was tiresome. Having made our way back through the old town to the station, we were on the platform when the board changed to say that the 5:33 was cancelled and there was not another until 7:13. So off we went to a cafe to wait. The train left on time for what would be the 40 minute journey. Problems on the line caused a diversion to Esslingen and we eventually arrived in Stuttgart just after 9pm. We have visited German cities a number of times independently in the past and swore by the public transport system,. Sadly we had three experiences like this and warn others to be aware when relying as tourists on trains - especially to the airport!!! However, we still prefer to visit places on our own, rather than in a group.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive buildings
    We visited the castle with a guide who took us up in the funicular, which was fun. The castle is essentially a collection of ruins (to varying degrees) but with some buildings saved to maintain their integrity. We focussed on the facades although we did go into the cellar area to check out some impressive wine barrels. Our guide was a font of knowledge and gave us a wonderful history of the castle and some of the impressive statues adorning one building in particular. One of the highlights of being up at castle level were the wonderful views over the Neckar River, the city, and the expensive riverside houses. Worthwhile visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • hollyblue5
    Thatcham, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating piece of European history
    Fascinating castle at the centre of European history. Definitely worth paying the extra for a guided tour (English ones run four times a day starting at 11:15) - you get to explore behind closed doors and hear a lot of history. The story of how Elizabeth, the daughter of James I of England ended up here is well worth hearing.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,271 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
First tip, park at Parkhaus Kornmarkt/Schloss. This garage is near to everything. From this parking garage you have a choice to go West into town, or walk up "Kurzer Buckel," this is a paved pathway with lots of stairs straight up to Schloss/Heidelberg Castle. Be in shape, or take your time! There is a "Mountain Cable Car Lift" to the top, we didn't take that, but I'd highly recommend this for people who are out of shape. I bought the tour guide and entrance into the castle, it was pricey. Close to 80 € for nine of us. Just get the audio guide. I am not at all exaggerating when I tell you our guide ruined the castle for us. He was sarcastic, caustic and made fun of us tourists to pay to see a castle ruin that had nothing at all left worth seeing. Heidelberg, in general, is a lot like Kaiserslautern. I did not expect to see the flood of tourists overrunning these smaller towns. You will hear English being spoken everywhere.
Written March 8, 2020
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David N
Hawthorne, CA799 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
You will definitely want to visit the castle if you have never been to Heidelberg before. It is quite large and has some ruins as well as renovated buildings. You can arrive here by car, bus, or the funicular, but I think the "fun"icular is the most fun way to go! You can also walk up the hill from the Altstadt, if interested.

An entrance fee to the castle is required and they also offer a separate guided tour, which I highly recommend. With the tour, you are taken inside of some of the buildings (including the chapel) and are provided with a wealth of information on the castle's history. English tours are available. Once inside the castle courtyard, there is pharmacy museum, restaurants, and a huge wine barrel that you can also visit, so plan your time accordingly.

Outside the castle, there is a garden and courtyard that is free. I recommend at least walking towards this area, so that you can get a good view of the fat tower that was blown up by the French in 1689 and left in ruins. It is a nice area to walk around in with a fountain towards the back and a unique modern sculpture of a horse.
Written July 15, 2023
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exploringwithjune
The Netherlands335 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Schloss Heidelberg is located on a hill, overlooking the river and part of the town. We drove up by car and parked near by. From the parking lot takes about 10/15 minutes. You'll pass through lovely gardens and are rewarded with gorgeous views. There is also a cable car, of which the fee is included in the castle entry ticket. Personally I don't know where the start and exit are located.

Entry tickets are 8 euros for adults and 4 for kids. When we were there, we were a bit confused though, because there were also signs saying that you could visit parts for free. Not sure about that... We just bought a ticket anyway.

The visit is varied. You'll be able to visit the courtyard, the big wine barrel, the apothecary museum, and two large balconies/gardens looking out over the town and river. I especially liked the museum, it was very informative and there were a lot of objects. There was loads to see. I especially liked the set ups of life-like apothecary shops.

We spend around 1,5 hours at seeing the things mentioned above. If you wish, you can also go on a tour of the inside of the castle. For this, you have to purchase an extra ticket. Part of the castle is in ruins, but the main body is still in use.

If you're in the area, it is definitely worth a visit, mostly because of the museum. Strictly looking at the architecture (on the outside), I didn't think it was the most beautiful castle that south-Germany has to offer though. So it really depends on what you're looking for!
Written August 18, 2020
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Robyn P
Sun City, AZ392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We visited Heidelberg Castle today in Heidelberg, Germany. Just visiting the town of Heidelberg is an adventure, but the castle is the 'Main Event' so to speak. The castle ruins are actually what you see because much of the castle is in a a state of decay or collapse. When we first saw the castle high up on the hill, I knew it was ancient- but I was still surprised to discover that the castle construction started in 1214! The history of the castle is quite fascinating. In 1537, a lightning bolt destroyed the upper castle. Other parts of the castle were later damaged by later wars and fires.

The easiest way to visit the castle is by funicular that quickly whooshes passengers up the rocky cliff to the castle. The price is very reasonable at 9 Euros- which includes entrance to the castle grounds. The castle offers panoramic views of the city, which arr breathtaking. One of the highlights of the castle visit is
the Heidelberg Tun, the world’s largest wine barrel. It was built in 1751 and stands 21 feet high, and holds 58,124 gallons of wine! A staircase allows visitors to climb atop the barrel for a photo opportunity.
Across from the wine museum is the Apothecary Museum. Entrance to the museum is free with the same ticket. The exhibition provides a fascinating history of medication preparation.

We had a fabulous day, walking back in time at this extordinary castle!

Written July 6, 2022
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LBSterling
Nuremberg, Germany391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Well worth a visit. You can also walk up to the castle which takes roughly 10 minutes. The views from the top are spectacular. One can eat and drink something on top. It cost 9 Euro to enter castle and if you take the train it is another 9 Euro per person.
Written July 7, 2021
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WeHa 98
Aschaffenburg, Germany247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Had a lovely visit today and marveled at the castle and ruins. The gardens were a particular surprise and just lovely. The outlook over the town and river from the gardens are just beautiful. There is a wonderul exhibit on the subject of pharmacies and chemists with loads of information, and fully stocked shelves with original containers and equipment for the manufacture of medications. The barrel room was also impressive and I have never seen such a wine barrel - the full size of the vaulted room! One word on getting around the castle, as the cobbles are somewhat uneven and could be difficult for some with mobility challenges.
Written September 13, 2020
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woodie49
Brighton, UK791 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We were staying in Stuttgart and visited Heidelberg on the 40 minutes non-stop ICE train. Just outside the station is a very helpful Tourist Information building where we were given a walking route map and information about buses. As we are in our 70s we didn’t want to walk unnecessarily as it was very hot.
Gathered outside and leaning against the Information office, we were not expecting to see a large group of men, drinking beer and with numerous bottles arranged all around them! Not too welcoming.
We followed the walking map we had been given and made our way to the famous old bridge over the River Neckar. We crossed to the other side but it was far too hot to venture up to the Philosophers Walk, which gives a lovely view across to the castle and town.
We went up to the castle on the funicular railway, but had we known how long the wait in the queue would be, I think we would have walked up. The Castle is the highlight.
Our return journey to Stuttgart was tiresome. Having made our way back through the old town to the station, we were on the platform when the board changed to say that the 5:33 was cancelled and there was not another until 7:13. So off we went to a cafe to wait.
The train left on time for what would be the 40 minute journey. Problems on the line caused a diversion to Esslingen and we eventually arrived in Stuttgart just after 9pm. We have visited German cities a number of times independently in the past and swore by the public transport system,. Sadly we had three experiences like this and warn others to be aware when relying as tourists on trains - especially to the airport!!!
However, we still prefer to visit places on our own, rather than in a group.
Written July 23, 2023
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hollyblue5
Thatcham, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Fascinating castle at the centre of European history. Definitely worth paying the extra for a guided tour (English ones run four times a day starting at 11:15) - you get to explore behind closed doors and hear a lot of history. The story of how Elizabeth, the daughter of James I of England ended up here is well worth hearing.
Written August 9, 2023
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TripRabbit
Virginia402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Heidelberg Palace’s reputation as a cultural and historic site is fully deserved. The architecture and history here are remarkable, and the views are memorable. In addition, the German Pharmacy Museum is quite interesting, not to mention highly unusual. But if we did it all over again, we would have skipped the guided tour and instead opted for the audio guide. For starters, even though we arrived at 9:45, the first available English guided tour this day was a 12:15; we chose to head back to the city and return for the 2:15 tour. Of greater importance: even though the guided tours permit entry into some buildings not otherwise accessible, they were not all that historic or interesting. The tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable about all matters historical, and if you are into the many intricate details covering centuries of kings and conflict, the guided tour may be for you. As for me, I’ll go with the audio guide if I return for a second visit.
Written June 26, 2022
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Sean F
Limerick, Ireland347 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We arrived by bus thich stopped at the train station. We then got bus 20 which dropped us beside the funicular for the castle.The bus takes less than 10 minutes.
The castle itself is incomplete but there are beautiful views from it.The gardens are nice to wander through. There are guided tours available.
The cost is €8.00 for the funicular and entry to the castle. Well worth it.
Written January 1, 2020
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