Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche)

Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche)

Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche)
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12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • Sue M
    Williamsburg, Virginia1,502 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unusual Church
    Interesting church that has changed from Catholic to Protestant several times over its lifetime. At one point, the church housed both Catholics and Protestants. The church dominates the Market Square of the Old Town.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2023
  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand3,848 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Multiple interesting features
    A fine cathedral with romanesque and gothic features and some quality stained glass. My favourite feature though was the tacky tourist shops tucked into the niches outside - apparently this was a common feature in medieval times; now almost universally stripped away in every large European churches. The other thing which we loved was the story that until 1936 there was a wall down the middle of the nave so that protestants and catholics could both use it for worship. The cathedral dominates the brilliant Marktplatz so you'll definitely want to go inside and have a look while you're in Heidelberg.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Kelly B
    Iowa4,371 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exterior is very impressive
    This church looks very impressive from the outside, what with dominating the market square. I could only get a brief glimpse of the inside: there was a church event for families going on, and (understandably) photos weren’t allowed. Tourists could stand in the entrance and look in at the main area. I didn’t think the inside was very remarkable.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Marty Bielicki
    Stuart, Florida14,526 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Few Tips About the Church of the Holy Ghost
    We were having lunch at Hotel Ritter and the Church of the Holy Ghost was a stone’s throw away. The church is the largest one in historic Heidelberg. Not as impressive as others we seen across Europe. Although, it does deserve a quick look-see. We thought the ceilings cross beams to be beautiful. There is a large organ and some of the stained glass is unique. Unfortunately, the original stained glass was destroyed in the fire of 1693. More stained glass was destroyed in WW. II, 1945. Historically, a Catholic church which began in the late 14th century. Since then, the church has changed hands 10 times. Today it is Protestant since 1936.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Aniello Saggese
    Baronissi, Italy1,881 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting Protestant church
    During my trip to the charming town of Heidelberg, I visited this beautiful church. Being a predominantly Protestant church both the outside and the inside are not very decorated but the beauty of the naves and the colorful stained glass windows amply compensate for this gap. During my visit, I was able to access the top and the view from the roofs of the church was beautiful. Finally, before leaving, I stopped near the organ with many majestic reeds. It's a shame we couldn’t hear its sound.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 5, 2024
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Kelly B
Iowa4,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This church looks very impressive from the outside, what with dominating the market square.

I could only get a brief glimpse of the inside: there was a church event for families going on, and (understandably) photos weren’t allowed. Tourists could stand in the entrance and look in at the main area. I didn’t think the inside was very remarkable.
Written November 4, 2023
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Aniello Saggese
Baronissi, Italy1,881 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
During my trip to the charming town of Heidelberg, I visited this beautiful church. Being a predominantly Protestant church both the outside and the inside are not very decorated but the beauty of the naves and the colorful stained glass windows amply compensate for this gap. During my visit, I was able to access the top and the view from the roofs of the church was beautiful. Finally, before leaving, I stopped near the organ with many majestic reeds. It's a shame we couldn’t hear its sound.
Written January 5, 2024
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL14,526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples

We were having lunch at Hotel Ritter and the Church of the Holy Ghost was a stone’s throw away. The church is the largest one in historic Heidelberg. Not as impressive as others we seen across Europe. Although, it does deserve a quick look-see.

We thought the ceilings cross beams to be beautiful. There is a large organ and some of the stained glass is unique. Unfortunately, the original stained glass was destroyed in the fire of 1693. More stained glass was destroyed in WW. II, 1945.

Historically, a Catholic church which began in the late 14th century. Since then, the church has changed hands 10 times. Today it is Protestant since 1936.
Written December 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,845 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Tall and streamlined this church has its very beginnings in the end of 14th century. It is surrounded by many little stalls with souvenirs.
Inside it appears impressive but minimalistic in its decor. Romanesque and Gothic styles dominate.
Very interestingly the nave and the choir of this church were once separated by a wall. It is hard to imagine this now but at the time it, allowed both Catholics and Protestants practice peacefully together.
Written September 28, 2022
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Sue M
Williamsburg, VA1,502 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Interesting church that has changed from Catholic to Protestant several times over its lifetime. At one point, the church housed both Catholics and Protestants. The church dominates the Market Square of the Old Town.
Written May 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A fine cathedral with romanesque and gothic features and some quality stained glass. My favourite feature though was the tacky tourist shops tucked into the niches outside - apparently this was a common feature in medieval times; now almost universally stripped away in every large European churches. The other thing which we loved was the story that until 1936 there was a wall down the middle of the nave so that protestants and catholics could both use it for worship. The cathedral dominates the brilliant Marktplatz so you'll definitely want to go inside and have a look while you're in Heidelberg.
Written June 18, 2023
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson18,350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
It was built between 1378 and 1441 and sits in the middle of Market Place. It has all the trappings of a great Medieval Church (tombs, ancient fading murals, etc.) but it has one rather unique twist: note the stained glass window that records (and thus commemorates) the date that the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. It was a jolt to see this bright red window with the date on the bottom. The official name of this window is "The Physicists Window." It was not what we expected inside a church. The window has quite a few "modern" windows.

During WW II, much of Germany sustained damage and this church was no different. Some of the windows have been replaced as extensive concussion damage from bombing damaged windows on the bridge-side of the church. Germany blew up the bridges.

Between 1706 and 1936, both Catholics and Protestants utilized the church and (on the wall) there is a downward pointing dagger-like marker that marks the separation line between the two faiths. A wall was built between the nave and the choir: Catholics in the east wing and Protestants in the nave. Since 1936, this has been a Protestant place of worship, the walls are down, and the church welcomes visitors.

In 1693 (when the French came here for a second time), French troops of Louis XIV arrived to pillage and plunder Heidelberg. The residents sought refuge in the church and were locked in, while the roof was set on fire by the invading army. A French commander defied orders and unlocked the doors.

Fifty-five remnants of tomb markers were salvaged after destruction attributed to the French; these are affixed to the wall. These reflected 4 centuries of tombs that were the final resting places of Prince-Electors.

In 1622, post-war looting emptied the church; pews, paneling, lecturns, and all things wood were reconfigured into packing crates to haul the booty off to Rome. A rare and very extensive library (dating to before the 1400's) and anything of value was appropriated. Some books have made their way back to Germany since then.

This is piece of valuable history; it is a reminder of the devastation of war and a testament to the human spirit to endure.
Written September 17, 2015
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BerndKü
Heidelberg, Germany341 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
They have regular organ concerts in this churche. You can also go up the tower to have a great view over the city.
Written April 24, 2016
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vfw2016
Perth, Australia211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A visit to the old town of Worms is not complete until you have seen the Heiliggeistkirche. Wonderfully maintained and restored.
Written October 16, 2019
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Michael H
Middleton, WI443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This was not on our radar to do. We just happened to walk in and they asked for a 2 euro donation to climb up to the top of the church tower. We did it and it might have been the best part in all of Heidelberg. First, the church itself is quite stunning. The hike up was broken into 4 different sections. The last part had a low ceiling but nothing too difficult. The views of the entire city from up there was spectacular!! Really worthwhile. Definitely do it. It's not a bad hike (maybe 200 steps???) but the views were absolutely worth it!!
Written October 9, 2019
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