City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Heidelberg

Heidelberg is considered to be a romantic destination and a place where tons of events take place. More than 3.5 million visitors come here every year. Events like the Music Festival, the International Easter Egg Market, Medieval Market are organized yearly with beautiful arts and crafts and cheerful music from Samba to Rock. Besides that be sure to visit some of the attractions listed in the guide.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Germany » Heidelberg (See other walking tours in Heidelberg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Kornmarkt Square
  • Town Hall
  • Church of the Holy Spirit
  • Old Bridge (Carl Theodor Bridge)
  • President Friedrich Ebert Memorial
  • Marstall Heidelberg
  • Studentenkarzer
  • University of Heidelberg
  • Kurpfälzisches Museum (Palatinate Museum)
  • Heidelberg's Hauptstrasse (Main Street)
  • St. Peter's Church
  • University Library
  • Heidelberg Castle
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Kornmarkt Square

1) Kornmarkt Square

Kornmarkt is a lovely square situated not far from Heidelberg Castle. Dominating it is the Mariensäule statue, featuring three well basins on the sides, and commonly referred to as Kornmarkt Madonna, erected in 1718 by Peter van den Branden. Kornmarkt is lined with a number of souvenir shops and stalls selling traditional German food. All that, complete with the nearby cobbled streets, add a great deal of character to the place, making it ideal for a leisurely walk and good time out!
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Town Hall

2) Town Hall (must see)

Heidelberg Town Hall is a historic building dating back to the 18th century, located in the Old Town of Heidelberg. It was constructed in the place of the previous town hall that has been demolished after the Thirty Years War. The facade of the town hall was built by the Hungarian architect – Henry Charrasky. The north and south wings were added later on. The north wing is orned with neo-Renaissance paintings depicting the Palantine history. It has suffered several alterations after the fire in 1908. The bell tower was added next the east facade in 1961.
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Church of the Holy Spirit

3) Church of the Holy Spirit (must see)

The Church of the Holy Spirit stands in the middle of the market place in the old center of Heidelberg not far from the Heidelberg Castle. The steeple of the church, rising above the roofs, dominates the township. Documents name Arnold Rype, who was also mayor of Heidelberg for a time, as the master builder. In the usage of the time, the term "master builder" referred not to the architect but the financial coordinator.

The only known architects of the Church of the Holy Spirit are Hans Marx, who worked on the church until 1426 as well as Jorg, who was responsible until 1439. Both men probably supervised work on the nave. The construction lasted for some one hundred and fifty years. The Choir was consecrated in 1411 and the nave was finished in 1441. Probably in the same year the construction of the steeple was started. The work was interrupted until 1508 and the tower was finished in 1544. In 1709, after the church had been set on fire by the French during the War of the Palatinian Succession, it was rebuilt and received a baroque spire.

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Old Bridge (Carl Theodor Bridge)

4) Old Bridge (Carl Theodor Bridge) (must see)

The Old Bridge is actually relatively young, and was preceded by many older bridges made of wood. The first bridge was recorded at this site in 1284. But like all of the wooden bridges that followed, it eventually fell prey to high water and ice. This finally prompted Prince Elector Carl Theodor – after a major flood with ice had destroyed the last wooden bridge in 1784 – to construct the first stone bridge in 1786-88. Raised bents in its middle allowed water to drain off quickly when the river flooded. 
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President Friedrich Ebert Memorial

5) President Friedrich Ebert Memorial (must see)

President Friedrich Ebert Memorial is devoted to the life and work of Friedrich Ebert, born in Heidelberg on February 4, 1871. From humble origins, he became a member of Germany’s Social Democratic Party. A small exhibition was first opened in his birthplace in 1960. In the 1980s the memorial was expanded, including a library and record office containing documents written by Ebert and some personal belongings. In 2007 the exhibition underwent a general refurbishment program. The library now offers more than 7000 books, magazines and brochures concerning the history of the labor movement in Germany and Friedrich Ebert’s time in general. Currently, this attraction is visited by about 50,000 people each year.

Operation hours:
April to October: Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 6pm;

November to March: Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm
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Marstall Heidelberg

6) Marstall Heidelberg

Marstall Heidelberg was built as an armory under Elector Ludwig V. One of the few buildings in Heidelberg still left over from the Middle Ages, today it is used by the University of Heidelberg and Heidelberg Student Services, housing a student canteen and café. The old red brick building has a tower, low windows and lots of green space surrounding it.
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Studentenkarzer

7) Studentenkarzer (must see)

Studentenkarzer served as Heidelberg University’s prison for unruly students until 1914. Its walls are filled with graffiti made by students interred here over the years. Tickets are inexpensive and it is open every day except Monday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (4 pm from October through March).
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University of Heidelberg

8) University of Heidelberg (must see)

The Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University, Ruperto Carola) is a public research university located in Heidelberg. Founded in 1386, it is the oldest university in Germany and was the third university established in the Holy Roman Empire. Heidelberg has been a coeducational institution since 1899. Today the university consists of twelve faculties and offers degree programmes at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels in some 100 disciplines. It is a German Excellence University, as well as a founding member of the League of European Research Universities and the Coimbra Group.

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Kurpfälzisches Museum (Palatinate Museum)

9) Kurpfälzisches Museum (Palatinate Museum) (must see)

The Palatinate Museum of Heidelberg is home to the art and cultural history collections of the city of Heidelberg, which were procured in 1878/79 from the purchase of the Graimberg 'Alterthlichenhalle' by the city of Heidelberg. The museum was opened in 1908 under the designation Städtische Kunst- und Alterthümersammlung. It is located in the Palais Morass, the former university hall in 1936 and a new building in the 1980s, with direct access from the main street (pedestrian zone). It is a very in-depth museum with exhibits covering many parts of the history, natural history, archaeology, paintings, art & crafts, graphics, sculptures. Other museum activities include the Museum Educational Department, the "Works of Art of the Month" and a museum shop. The Kunstverein Heidelberg , the contemporary art, has directly its rooms.
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Heidelberg's Hauptstrasse (Main Street)

10) Heidelberg's Hauptstrasse (Main Street)

The main street is a pedestrian zone and a popular shopping street. There are many important buildings, such as the Town Hall, the Church of the Holy Spirit or the Providence Church. The entire main road except the section between Kornmarkt and Karlstor is pedestrian zone. It is by far the most important shopping street in Heidelberg and one of the most frequented in Germany.
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St. Peter's Church

11) St. Peter's Church (must see)

St. Peter's Church, Heidelberg’s oldest church, was built by early Christians in the beginning of the 12th century. This unique church has orange walls and a red roof, arched windows sculpted in finely detailed bas-relief and a bell tower. It is a great example of early Baroque architecture, with Romanesque and even some oriental influences.
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University Library

12) University Library (must see)

The University Library houses about 3.2 million books, 10,732 scientific periodicals and about 500,000 other media, including microfilms and videotapes. It possesses 6,600 original manuscripts, most notably Codex Manesse, 1,800 incunabula, 110,500 autographs, a collection of old maps, paintings and photographs. From 1901 to 1905, a richly ornamented four-wing red sandstone building was constructed for the library across from the Church of St. Peter, designed by Josef Durm, adapting the Renaissance style of Heidelberg Castle with numerous Art Nouveau elements. The building has been expanded several times, lately with enlarged basements under the courtyard of the neighboring New University.

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Heidelberg Castle

13) Heidelberg Castle (must see)

The Heidelberg Castle is a famous ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located 80 metres (260 ft) up the northern part of the Königstuhl hillside, and thereby dominates the view of the old downtown. It is served by an intermediate station on the Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway that runs from Heidelberg's Kornmarkt to the summit of the Königstuhl.

The earliest castle structure was built before 1214 and later expanded into 2 castles circa 1294; however, in 1537, a lightning-bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650, before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764, another lightning-bolt destroyed some rebuilt sections.

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Walking Tours in Heidelberg, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Heidelberg

Create Your Own Walk in Heidelberg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Heidelberg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship in Heidelberg

Places of Worship in Heidelberg

Germany has a rich history regarding religion, religious buildings and great architecture. Many significant Baroque innovations were born in Germany and this guide will lead you to some of its pearls of religious architecture. Heidelberg's houses of worship are a wonderful example of rare beauty.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Nightlife in Heidelberg

Nightlife in Heidelberg

After a day of walking around the beautiful city of Heidelberg, the evenings offer much in leisure, fun and good times. This tour highlights Heidelberg’s best hot spots for nighttime entertainment.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Museum Walking Tour in Heidelberg

Museum Walking Tour in Heidelberg

Heidelberg is a treasure for tourists, particularly for those interested in history. This city houses many museums dedicated to medicine, art, even a packaging museum and much more. A visit to this city’s museums is like traveling through time. The entire family will enjoy taking the following tour to Heidelberg’s best museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Im Neuenheimer Feld Walking Tour in Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld Walking Tour in Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld, an area located two kilometers from the center of Heidelberg, has great architecture, many of them with a modern design. It consists mostly of buildings associated with the University of Heidelberg, including student dormitories and research facilities. This area also houses the University Hospital Heidelberg and the German Cancer Research Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Architecture Tour in Heidelberg

Architecture Tour in Heidelberg

Many art and architecture students visit Heidelberg to see and learn about its historical architecture. Any visitor, however, can appreciate the astonishing beauty of this city’s buildings. Follow this tour of Heidelberg’s best architecture and see this beauty for yourself.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles