Heidelberg's Hauptstrasse (Main Street), Heidelberg

Heidelberg's Hauptstrasse (Main Street), Heidelberg

Heidelberg Main Street is one of Europe's oldest, longest, and most popular shopping streets. This pedestrian street runs 1.8 kilometers (1.12 miles) from one end of Old Town to the other. Main Street is home to several historic landmark buildings, including City Hall, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights.

The street runs through a traffic route that was used even before the city was founded during the 13th century. The street expanded in the 14th century to its current length and had a gate at each end.

Visitors can see the Karlstor gate at the eastern end. The Karlstor replaced the original gate in the 1700s and resembles a Roman triumphal arch. The gate is protected by two lion statues. In addition, visitors can see the elector's coat of arms on the gate.

If you like to shop, you'll love Main Street. You can find anything you are looking for along this historic street. Shoppers will find a mix of international and regional brands and small boutiques selling clothes, accessories, souvenirs, knick-knacks, and more. Main Street is also home to chocolate shops, flower shops, and a wonderful antique bookstore.

One can find dozens of fabulous restaurants, cafes, and bars on Main Street. There are international cuisines such as Japanese, Italian, Mexican, and American. You can also find fast-food chains like Pizza Hut and Subway. Many restaurants have outdoor seating so you can enjoy people-watching and ponder your next purchase while you dine.

Main Street hosts a fabulous Christmas Market which features an ice rink. It also hosts concerts and arts and crafts markets throughout the year.

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Sight Name: Heidelberg's Hauptstrasse (Main Street)
Sight Location: Heidelberg, Germany (See walking tours in Heidelberg)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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