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Altstadt (Old Town)
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$263.04*
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Heidelberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt
Ranked #2 of 76 things to do in Heidelberg
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Old town is sorta ground zero in Heidelberg. We got off the Bahn at Alstadt stop--very unbusy as most visitors looked like they were 'locals' or on one of the dozens of tour busses that eventually arrived [I'd recommend NOT doing the latter but opt for a day trip on own--easy, cheaper, and time unrestrited]-- rather than the hbf and found the 1/3 mile a great way to stretch after the 1 hr train ride from Frankfurt hbf [think about 1.5-2.0 miles to hbf). The center of old town is nice and quiet before noon--before restaurants put tables, chairs, and umbrellas out and before the tour groups begin coming down from the castle; after it's people fest. Side streets are pedestrian friendly but other than the Church of Holy Spirit [look for white outline on ground near Kornmarket that demarcates where hospital used to be--kinda cool], there's not a lot of must-sees. Good for people-watching, cruising side streets, used as a meeting point, and as a central location between all other old town haunts.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

We had a guided tour of the old town. Walking along the old cobble stone roads and lane ways. A lot of history and of course in the main centre you will find the usual tourist shops. Plenty of restaurants and cafe's to stop for a bite and most have seating outside. Great photo's in the afternoon light.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Old Town is a great little area. There is a large church, and you can walk to the top of it, which presents an amazing view of Heidelberg. Plenty of little shops, pubs and restaurants in Old Town. It is very busy during the weekend, but I highly recommend checking it out. Find a restaurant or pub with outdoor seating, and take in the view.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Heidelberg´s Old Town is great. I recommend a walking guided tour. You can book one with the Tourist Office.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Heidelberg is a busy industrial town,and as such not really much different to Mannheim say except its centre was spared bombing .As another reviewer has mentioned the altstadt is really just another fancy High street.Worth a stop en route but not a destination in itself.For a real medieval treat try Marbach.or even Esslingen altstadt.

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