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Thingstatte

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Address: Auf dem Heiligenberg 1, 69121 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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Worth the walk

It's a bit of a hike up the hill, maybe a couple of miles, but the trail is well kept and well marked. The view at the top is amazing and the amphitheater itself is quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
mfheinonen
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a bit of a hike up the hill, maybe a couple of miles, but the trail is well kept and well marked. The view at the top is amazing and the amphitheater itself is quite striking. None of the history markers are in English so a German English dictionary is helpful. Key advice: bring some water and wear durable... More 

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Thank mfheinonen
Poway, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

It's quite the hike to climb the mountain above the Philosophenweg but well worth it to view the Thîngstatt, built by the Nazis before WWII. Be sure to walk to the very top for great views of the Thîngstatt as well as the St. Michael's monastery ruins at the top of the mountain! Lovely walk through old growth trees!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

While you can drive to Thingsstätte, it's a far nicer route to take the Philsophers' Walk from town, which is an occasionally steep and sometimes stepped trail. There are lookout points along the way with fantastic views back over the city. Thingsstätte itself seems so out of place. It's an open air amphitheatre on top of the hill, built by... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Thingstatte is a particular place with its fascinating history. It is also a good hike to go up there especially on the 30th of April.

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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Rather hard always to rate something like this. As a former site built and used to promote Nazi propoganda, it has a lot of historical interest. I appreciated that it is now open in the broadest sense of the word, not hidden away. Acknowledged.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

A beautiful location with a bad history. Massive amphitheater in a forest setting. Makes one think and reflect.

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Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Goebbels planned over 1000 Thingstattes for propaganda meetings for the masses but only about 40 were completed. A Thingstatte is an open air auditorium in a 'natural' setting a la a Roman ampitheatre. The Heidelberg Thingstatte was particularly important to Goebbels as he was a graduate of Heidelberg university. It was completed in a year prior to the war. It's... More 

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Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

This is tough to find and appears to not be very used. Seems too bad, really an interesting piece of history. Make the trip it is a short uphill hike. Cloudy and foggy the day we made the trip which made it especially interesting.

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Thank Scout12563
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit if your interested in the nazi Germany's. It's true that you can sit right at the top of the steps and hear the person talking at the very bottom as clear as day. Very interesting.

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1 Thank Cheryl B
Mannheim, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

Once you are done with the Romantic image of Heidelberg, go up the mountain and visit this sight. Interesting and it might broaden your image of Heidelberg.

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