Museum Walking Tour in Heidelberg, 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.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Museum Walking Tour in Heidelberg Map

Guide Name: Museum Walking Tour in Heidelberg
Guide Location: Germany » Heidelberg (See other walking tours in Heidelberg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: nicole
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German Pharmacy Museum

1) German Pharmacy Museum (must see)

The German Pharmacy Museum has an astonishing collection of over 20,000 objects representing the history of Germany’s medical sciences, with a focus on the history of pharmacy. It is housed in one of Germany's main architectural landmarks, Heidelberg Castle. Its collection is world renown and one of the largest and finest, spanning two thousand years of pharmaceutical history.

Operation hours: April – October: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am – 6 pm; November – March: Monday - Sunday: 10 am – 5:30 pm
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German Sinti and Roma Cultural Center

2) German Sinti and Roma Cultural Center

This cultural center is dedicated to the persecution of the Sinti and Roma people during the 20th century. For many centuries, they had been considered social outcasts. The first floor documents this exclusion from society, beginning in the Weimar Republic. The second floor documents their forced labor and the medical experimentation conducted on them. The third floor is dedicated to the victims of their mass execution at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Opening hours: Tuesday: 9:30 am - 7:45 pm; Wednesday,Thursday, Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 4:30 pm.
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President Friedrich Ebert Memorial

3) 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: Tuesdays - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum of Ecclesiastical Arts

4) Museum of Ecclesiastical Arts

This unique museum of religious arts is located in the Church of the Jesuits. It contains a wonderful collection of ecclesiastical art from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Its collection of sculptures, liturgical garments, paintings, monstrances, books, goblets and other objects will impress any visitor. The museum also has exhibits pertaining to the history of the Order of the Jesuits and the construction of the church.

Operation hours: June - October: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm; January - May and November - December: Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
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Museum of Ancient Art

5) Museum of Ancient Art

The Museum of Ancient Art, part of the University of Heidelberg, contains the country’s largest archaeological collection. The museum was founded on the donation of Georg Friedrich Creuzer in 1835. It includes a reconstruction of Heinrich Schliemann’s Troy and Mycenae finds, as well as ceramics, terracotta pottery, coins and bronze work. The reproduction collection is comprised of plaster reproductions of Greek and Roman statues and reliefs. The marble and bronze originals are located in some of the world’s major museums.

Operation hours: April 15 – July 15 and October 15 – February 15: Cast galerie: Wednesday: 3 pm – 5 pm; Ancient art: Wednesday: 5 pm – 7 pm; Sunday: Both collections: 11 am – 1 pm
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Kurpfälzisches Museum

6) Kurpfälzisches Museum (must see)

Kurpfälzisches Museum documents Heidelberg’s eventful history from the 15th to the 20th centuries. There is also a reproduction of a jawbone of a 600,000 year-old Heidelberg man in its collection.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
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German Packaging Museum

7) German Packaging Museum

The German Packaging Museum offers an amazing opportunity to discover the world of external appearance. Its exhibits range from traditional to avant-garde styles. There are special exhibitions dedicated to specific packaging themes, some of them highlighting the brand and design history of companies and their products.

Operation hours: Wednesday – Friday: 1 pm – 6 pm: Saturday - Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
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The Prinzhorn Collection

8) The Prinzhorn Collection

Hans Prinzhorn was a psychiatrist who, by 1922, had collected nearly 5,000 works of art from almost 450 patients. These works not only inspired many modern artists, but also instigated the field of psychiatric art. In addition to the primary collection the Psychiatric Clinic has also accumulated works from other institutions around the world. The collection consists of wood sculptures, watercolors, drawings and collages, as well as oil paintings, fabric works, letters, notes and book drafts ranging from 1880 to the present day.

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
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: 1.3 km
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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
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: 1.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Heidelberg for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Heidelberg has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Heidelberg, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.