Marktplatz (Market Square), Heidelberg

Marktplatz (Market Square), Heidelberg (must see)

Heidelberg's main square, flanked by the Town Hall ("Rathaus") and the impressive Church of the Holy Spirit ("Heiliggeistkirche"), has been the city's focal point since medieval times. In earlier centuries, it served as the stage for public trials and the grim spectacles of witch burnings and heresy condemnations.

At the heart of the square stands the baroque Hercules Fountain, a testament to the city's resilience in the aftermath of the Thirty Years' War. Crafted by 18th-century artist Heinrich Charrasky, the fountain commemorates the Herculean efforts undertaken to rebuild Heidelberg. Adjacent to it once stood a rotating, hanging cage, serving as a stark reminder of past punishment practices. Those guilty of lesser offenses were incarcerated within, subjected to the scorn of their fellow citizens.

Today, the area bustles with activity, hosting outdoor markets every Wednesday and Saturday. Numerous eateries and cafes line its perimeter, many offering al fresco dining options to soak in the atmosphere. While here, don't miss the opportunity to ascend the church tower for a beautiful panoramic view of the surroundings, available for a small fee.

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Marktplatz (Market Square) on Map

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