we have gathered some information on Heidelberg as well as some suggestions for excursions here for you to find some inspiration on how to create some memorable experiences during your stay with us. All sights are located within walking distance from the hotel and can be reached within a few minutes. We are happy to assist with further information or additional questions.
The wonderful Castle is still the number one attraction in Heidelberg! The Castle history is best presented in a Castle tour – offered every hour in German and English language.
The first “big barrel” in the cellar of Heidelberg Castle was built in 1591. Today’s tourist attraction, the barrel built in 1751, is even bigger: More than nine yards long and eight yards high, it has a capacity of 55,345 gallons of wine. In former times, the wine growers had to pay their share of taxes by delivering wine to the castle.
There are two sculpture groups by Konrad Linck on the Old Bridge. One is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor, who had the bridge built. The other is devoted to the Roman goddess Minerva (in Greek, Pallas Athene). The monument to the Prince Elector is closer to the south shore of the Neckar. The figures arranged on the two-level base around the monument symbolize the most important rivers of the lands governed by Carl Theodor: the Rhine, Mosel, Danube and Isar.
On the other side of the Neckar you can also reach the philosophers’ walk.
The former Linsenbühlerweg, a simple path through the vineyards in the 17th and 18th centuries, became the Philosophers’ Way in the late Romantic period. This change of name can be traced to the fact that Heidelberg’s university professors and philosophers found this path a congenial place where they could talk seriously and contemplate while enjoying the charming view of the Neckar, the old town of Heidelberg and the castle.
The Bibliotheca Palatina contains the most important collection of German handwriting (e.g. Codex Manesse, Sachsenspiegel, medical writings) from the middle age until the early modern age. It’s sources can be traced back until 1386, when the university of Heidelberg was founded.
Church of the Holy Spirit:
Biggest regional Gothic Church
The Church of the Holy Spirit was built from 1344 to 1441, its tower completed in 1544. It was the burial place of 55 Prince Electors and hosted the famous Bibliotheca Palatina until 1623.
The Jesuit Church was constructed during two different periods. The first started in April 1712 and ended in 1723. During these years, the chancel as well as the first adjacent cross-beam of the nave were built. The exterior and the facades were completed during the second construction period which began in 1749.
Today, these buildings are used by the university’s philosophical seminary and the university’s administration.
Palatinate Museum :
The museum’s collections of art and cultural history are located in the Palais Morass built in 1712 by J.A. Breunig for the then administrating chancellor of the Heidelberg University. The distinguished mansion is one of Heidelberg’s most splendid Baroque residences. The museum’s attractions include portraits of the Prince Electors, an outstanding collection of coins, and the famous collection of Frankenthal porcelain. Another building was added to the museum in 1984.
German Pharmacy Museum:
The German Pharmacy Museum’s collection of over 20.000 objects representing the rich history of medical sciences, especially the history of pharmacy. Housed in one of Germany’s architectural landmarks, the Heidelberg Castle, our collection is worldwide the largest and finest in existence, spanning two thousand years of pharmacy history.
Different tours on board one of the vessels of the “white fleet” invite you to discover the area. Trips vary between 40 minutes and 3 hours.
The international music festival again will draw more than 25.000 aficionados from all across the world to roughly 80 events with numerous renowned artists. Yet the “Heidelberger Frühling” is more than a festival of stars – above all, it is a festival of encounter and dialogue. In addition to the great festive concerts, a mainstay of the program is the furthering of young musicians from all over the world, and intensive interactive concentration on selected themes through master courses, discussion groups, lecture series, composer portraits, school projects and academic symposia. Special emphasis is given to the encouragement of contemporary music and towards making contemporary music accessible to a broader public.