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“There are few small towns in Europe where, alongside the hustle and bustle of modern life, the atmosphere of bygone ages can be felt just as intensely. In the historic old town of this university city, the visitor can lose any sense of time, and lose herself in that most gratifying tourist activity: sightseeing.

Oh, and here’s a tip: if you stand facing the bridge, on the left side by the castle walls you’ll see a statue of a monkey. It’s made of bronze, and its face is formed as though it’s wearing a mask. In one hand it holds a mirror, while the other hand is making a gesture to ward off evil – or else maybe he just loves rock music…

You can find the same romantic, old-town atmosphere even across the river, on the far bank of the Neckar. Wonderful villas are dotted around the slopes of the Michaelsberg, and at the end of these elegant lanes you’ll come to the Philosophers’ Walk, which in past centuries was a popular place for university professors to take a contemplative stroll.

Heidelberg - Krista photo

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Heidelberg - Krista photo

Practicals

Transport

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Heidelberg - excursion boat on the Neckar River - l.u. photo

Heidelberg - funicular railway (The Heidelberg Mountain Railway) - l.u. photo

Accomodation

The oldest building of Heidelberg is a hotel:  Das Hotel zum Ritter is 428 years old.

Food

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Heidelberg - Goldener Hecht (Golden pike) - restaurant since 1717 - i.v. photo

Heidelberg - Hackteufel (Flappy devil?) - Hotel&Restaurant in the Old Town - i.v. photo

Shopping

At 1.8 kilometers, (1,1 mi) Germany's longest shopping street is in Heidelberg. This is the car-free main street (Hauptstrasse).

The ideal souvenir from Heidelberg is the so-called "student kiss" - a classic Mozart ball.

Others

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Heidelberg - the world's largest wine barrel - k.m. photo

Background

Heidelberg - the still ruined parts of the Castle and the view on the Neckar River

Heidelberg - houses - Krista photo

Destination in brief

Heidelberg is in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg.

Population (in 2020): 160,000 - 39,000 students (from this 31,000 studying at the University of Heidelberg)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 2300 Euro

Nowadays

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Heidelberg - walking street - Krista photo

Attractions

Heidelberg Castle (or Heidelberg Palace)

Heidelberg Castle - Krista photo

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle - k.m. photo

Heidelberg - Castle ruins - p.e. photo

Old Town

Heidelberg - Old Town

Heidelberg - Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) and the Gate of the Old Town (Bridge Gate) - Tom's photo

Heidelberg - Old Town - Steingasse - p.e. photo

University buildings

Heidelberg - University Library (Universitatsbibliothek) - p.e. photo

Heidelberg - University Library (Universitatsbibliothek) - p.e. photo

Heidelberg - Heidelberg University Museum (Universitätsmuseum)- p.e. photo

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