No trip to Heidelberg would be complete without a visit to the castle. Dominating the city from the brow of the hill, the castle offers breathtaking views over the old town and the River Rhine. The castle is host to the Schlossfestspiele castle pageant and also the fantastic firework displays that illuminate the castle several times a year. Built over a period spanning three centuries, the castle developed from being a simple medieval fortress into a splendid Renaissance palace. A royal structure nestled amid bucolic settings, the castle is one of the most spectacular sights to see in Heidelberg.
With a history that dates back to the 8th century, Kloster Lorsch is one of the oldest religious sites in the region. The medieval monastery was built during the rule of the Carolingian dynasty and is a fine example of the architectural style prevalent during the era. Within the monastery complex, visitors will discover an array of historic structures including the majestic Torhalle, one of the more well-preserved of buildings. An on-site museum offers fascinating insights into the history of the monastery, and has a rich haul of artifacts from the time. Close by, the Altenmünster is a smaller monastery worth checking out.
Situated in the country's wine capital, Heim'sche Privat-Sektkellerei is the producer of one of the finest brands of wine. Best known for its sparkling white wines, the products of this winery have a reputation for being a cut above the rest. Regular tours of the winery are conducted, where in customers can witness first hand, the intricate process of crafting a fine batch of wine. Here customers can also sample some of the seasonal wines and even purchase a bottle or two of rare products.
The Schau- und Sichtungsgarten Hermannshof is a botanical garden in Baden-Württemberg. Also called Hermannshof Weinheim, the garden is open to public through the year. Established about 200 years ago, the park later came under the ownership of the Freudenbergs after which it was designed and sculpted by landscape designer Wiepking-Jürgen Heinrich Mann. Currently hosting more than 2500 varieties of plants, the park has two theme gardens, notable and old trees and also a superb collection of peonies.
Der Kaiserdom zu Speyer, also known as the Imperial Cathedral or the Speyer Cathderal, stands as an exemplary of Romanesque architecture. Built between the 10th and the 11th century, the imposing red sandstone cathedral is considered one of the finest and largest Romanesque churches in the province. A recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, hordes of tourists from all across the world visit this church to marvel at its architectural beauty.
Majer’s Weinscheuer boasts of a scenic location between Weinheim and Heidelberg. Flanked by the imposing Rhine valley on one end and the Odenwald mountain ranges on the other, Majer’s Weinscheuer offers some spectacular vistas of the neighboring landscape. The favorable climatic conditions created by the mountainous habitat makes it one of the most flourishing wineries of the Rhine-Neckar region. This family-run winery churns out some high-quality brews and welcomes visitors from far-off regions. Their cultural programs and wine tastings are also among the most popular in town.
A historic and architecturally prominent landmark housed inside another equally, if not more, prominent landmark, the Alte Aula, or Old Hall, is one of the well-preserved remnants of the Old University of Heidelberg. Designed by the same man who designed the whole Old University, Josef Durm, the hall has been done in the Renaissance Revival style, with the walls adorned with painted murals really taking one's breath away. Though the hall is used primarily for university events, it is als used on a regular basis for concerts, lectures, and other events. Do call to know more.
The City and Castle Sightseeing Tour run by the Heidelberg Tourism office offers visitors a chance to discover the beautiful city of Heidelberg in a unique up-close way. Over the course of two hours, you'll get to discover all the best the city has to offer with knowledgeable guides, at an official fixed rate. Drive though Karlsplatz, along the river Neckar until you reach the historic castle ruins. Immerse yourself in the intriguing history of the castle, as your guide takes you through the centuries of culture and heritage. You can check out the funicular railway to the old Kornmarkt at no extra cost as well. For timings and bookings, please visit the website. The tour is open through the year.
Looking for a new, exciting way to discover the city? The Segway City Safari is a chance to do just that. While walking tours are certainly cheaper, the Segway tour is more fun, and covers more ground as well. Glide alongside the river Neckar as you take in the sights. The knowledgeable guide will provide you with fun facts and history as you explore the charming city. Explore the famous Philosopher's Walk as you take in amazing views of the Castle from your vantage point. Other places of interest include Neuenheimer Feld where you'll find the University and then back over the historic Theodor-Heuss-Brücke. For details on timings, please visit the website. There are certain restrictions to taking this tour so be sure you meet all the criteria to enjoy a wonderful day out.
Founded in 1130 by a monk called Anshelm, the Neuburg Abbey received the status of an Abbey in 1195. This beautiful place of worship is home to a few monks and welcomes guests without any barrier of ethnicity and religion. Located in the center of the emerald landscapes, a visit here is truly blissful. Individual as well as public tours of the place are organized here and these tours are very informative and insightful. The monastery also provides accommodation facilities in their humble rooms which offer a comfortable stay.