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 a college town of southwest Germany, reputed for its universities and romantic cityscape. Surrounded by forested hills, it sits on the banks of the Neckar River. The Old Town is filled with museums and historical buildings like the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Karl Theodor Bridge, and a castle that mixes Gothic and Renaissance styles. Besides its...

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