The red-tiled town of Heidelberg sits on the Neckar River, surrounded by lush forest, halfway between Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Known for the 14th-century Heidelberg University, the historic hub keeps up with the times thanks to its excellent eateries, fashionable shops, and uber-cool bars and beer gardens – all kept abuzz by the town's student population.

Nonetheless, the old town is a must-see, with its cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, and historic attractions like the Gothic Heiliggeistkirche, which overlooks over the cafe-rimmed Markplatz. Look up at Konigstuhl hill and you'll see Heidelberg Castle – in all its rusty, red sandstone glory.

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    Heidelberg is famous for being a college town in southwest Germany, with prestigious universities and romantic cityscape. It sits on the banks of the Neckar River and is surrounded by forested hills. The Old Town has many interesting museums and historical buildings like the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Karl Theodor Bridge, and a castle that mixes Gothic and...

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Where & what to eat in Heidelberg

  • 10 Great Restaurants in Heidelberg

    There are many great restaurants in Heidelberg to choose from, each with a unique atmosphere and menu. Apart from its stunning historical landmarks and medieval architecture, the best thing about Heidelberg is its impressive food scene. Whether you're looking for a historic tavern or a modern spot for gourmet dining, you'll find it in Heidelberg. Some of the restaurants we've listed...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Heidelberg

  • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Heidelberg

    The best places to go shopping in Heidelberg include its main streets and retail districts. The city may be famous for its fairytale Old Town, stunning hillside castle, and Germany’s oldest university, but there are cool shopping scenes to experience. Each of its retail districts offers something unique. From the main street of Hauptstrasse to the city’s popular shopping malls,...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Heidelberg

  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Heidelberg

    The best things to do after dinner in Heidelberg range from the cultural to the chaotic. The lively city certainly has its share of rowdy pubs and clubs, but there are also some beautiful theatres and concert halls. Whether you want to enjoy a few German pilsners, or take in a classical music concert, there’s a venue to suit you...

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