Schlangenweg (Snake Path), Heidelberg

Schlangenweg (Snake Path), Heidelberg

Schlangenweg, known in English as the Snake Path, is a footpath that connects the Old Bridge to the Philosopher's Way. It is called the Snake Path due to the walking path's winding nature.

The path was once part of a vineyard. It was called Brückenried as the bridge chapel was located at the start of the path. Its location was the old village of Neuenheim, which was incorporated into the city of Heidelberg in 1891. The vineyard was replaced with gardens and plots of land. Medlar trees, which provide the rare medlar fruit, are located along the sides of the path.

The path itself is flanked by red sandstone walls. There are sandstone pulpits and numerous benches that provide views of Heidelberg's old town. The path can be accessed at any time but it is best viewed during daylight hours when views of the Neckar River are at their peak.

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Sight Name: Schlangenweg (Snake Path)
Sight Location: Heidelberg, Germany (See walking tours in Heidelberg)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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