Marktplat (Market Square), Heidelberg

Marktplat (Market Square), Heidelberg (must see)

Market Square is one of Heidelberg's oldest squares and is a lively area with shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. Market Square is dominated by the impressive Church of the Holy Spirit. The square is also home to Town Hall and several residences.

For centuries, the square has been used for a weekly market. Public trials were also held in Market Square. Heretics and those accused of being witches were burned at the stake in the square. Those charged with lesser crimes were imprisoned in cages and publicly humiliated.

In the center of the square, visitors will find the Hercules Fountain, which was completed in 1709. The fountain features a Hercules figure on a tall column and commemorates Heidelberg's rebuilding efforts after the devasting Nine Years’ War.

The square has many restaurants and cafes with delightful outdoor seating, so you can enjoy the square's lively ambiance.

The square is home to the popular Heidelberg Christmas Market. Visitors can find holiday gifts, delicious treats, and enjoy the festive decorations.

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Marktplat (Market Square) on Map

Sight Name: Marktplat (Market Square)
Sight Location: Heidelberg, Germany (See walking tours in Heidelberg)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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