5 Reasons to Visit the Heidelberg Castle in Germany

Heidelberg Castle or the Schloss Heidelberg is a very prominent castle in Germany that displays a Gothic and Renaissance architectural design. A lot of tourists make it a point to drop by here even for a short layover via Frankfurt Airport. After all, this is only about an hour distance from the airport and getting here is easy by train or shuttle bus.

Things To Do in Heidelberg Castle

Set against the deep green forests on the north flank of Königstuhl hill, the red sandstone ruins of Heidelberger Schloss tower majestically over the Neckar valley. From its lofty position, the palace’s silhouette dominates the old town centre of Heidelberg.

Tour the Castle

The castle has been around more than 3 centuries since being partially rebuilt since numerous challenges around 17th and 18th centuries.

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Initially built in the year 1294, a lightning-bolt destroyed the upper castle in 1537. The existing structures had been expanded during 1650 but were damaged again by later wars and fires. Yet in the year 1764, another lightning-bolt caused a fire and destroyed some rebuilt sections.

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All these events caused a new trend of inspiration called Romanticism in the 19th century in reverence for nature’s power, beauty and man’s imagination. Especially famed by Mark Twain’s – A Tramp Abroad, he tells “Heidelberg Castle is deserted, discrowned, beaten by the storms, but royal still, and beautiful”. No wonder, this ruins garner at least a million visitors annually.

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Moreover, this is because coming here at the museum gives you a lot to do. There is also the Deutsches Apotheken Museum or the German Pharmacy Museum located in here.

Visit the German Pharmacy Museum

Deutsches Apotheken-Museum (German Pharmacy Museum), is a fascinating museum. In here is a documentation, presentation and showcase of 2000 years of medical science and pharmacy in Germany.

So if you are keen about the evolvement of this branch of science, coming here will really enlighten you. Otherwise, try the next door showcase within the Heidelberg Castle’s grounds – the biggest wine barrel in the world.

See the Biggest Wine Barrel in the World

Heidelberg Tun locally called as the Großes Fass is the biggest wine barrel in the world. It boasts of 221,726 litres capacity, made from one hundred and thirty oak trees. Presently, it is a top tourist attraction in Heidelberg.

(Sorry, for my photo. Needless to say, I was standing next to the small barrel. So can you imagine how small I was compared to the Heidelberg Tun? I was even just a quarter size, to be honest.)

Anyway, don’t leave Heidelberg without strolling on the castle’s draw bridge.

Stroll the Karl Theodor Neckar Bridge

Don’t miss the fantastic views from the Karl Theodor Neckar bridge. This is one captivating activity to look forward to.

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“There is a saying that if a stranger will pass over the drawbridge and walk across the court to the castle front without saying anything, he can make a wish and it will be fulfilled. But they say that the truth of this thing has never had a chance to be proved, for the reason that before any stranger can walk from the drawbridge to the appointed place, the beauty of the palace front will extort an exclamation of delight from him.” – Mark Twain, A Tramp Road

Tour the Heidelberg Old Town

Lastly, take the time to stroll around the old town. You will enjoy the market stalls, cafes, shops and local produce. Grab a beer, wine and pretzels to enjoy Germany to its premium.

How to Get Here

Getting to the old town of Heidelberg is your aim when reaching here. Then it will be a stroll away to the castle.

  • Heidelberg Castle – Schloss Heidelberg 
  • Address: Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

By Train from Frankfurt Airport

Reaching the Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) from Frankfurt airport by train takes one hour. You need to take a train at the ICE Munchen Hauptbahnhof (HBF) for half an hour ride to Mannheim Hauptbahnhof (HBF). You change trains here for bound the Heidelberg Altstadt (Old Town) for another 30 minutes onboard. Then you walk for about 25 minutes bound towards the Bergbahn or the funicular going up the castle.

Shuttle Bus Option from Frankfurt Airport

A shuttle bus runs from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg and drops passengers off at the Crowne Plaza in Heidelberg in the old town. Once you arrive here, you can take a leisurely walk your way towards the funicular (Bergbahn) to the castle grounds.

Fees and Savings Tips

There is a Euro 7 admission fee to get to the grounds of Heidelberg Castle, including the funicular ride, entry to the Pharmacy Museum and the Heidelberg Tun. However, joining a guided tour costs an additional Euro 5 per person.

(This is a look inside the rebuilt sections of the castle when you take on a guided tour.)

I suggest that you grab a Heidelberg Card that is available for 1 or 2 and 4 days for a solo traveller or family that costs between Euro 15 to Euro 36 (Family Card). This will entitle you a Free Entry and tour in the Heidelberg Castle, The Heidelberg Tun (Wine Barrel) and the German Pharmacy Museum including the funicular ride (Bergbahn). This is true value especially for families because aside from the mentioned perks, having this Heidelberg card will give you a discount on Heidelberg city tours, train, bus and boat rides, as well as museum entries. A free city map and a welcome bag will be given to you upon purchase of this card.

You can buy a Heidelberg Card at a Tourist Information Centre at the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) or at the Town Hall (Rathaus) at the market square (Marktplatz). Try to check the airport or your hotel as they might offer this to you too.

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Overall, Heidelberg Castle is worth the visit and a romantic stroll. Famous authors, national heroes and philosophers in the world never failed to visit this place.

So, take your time and write Heidelberg on your list of must-visit places.

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Lyn Durante

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Hi There! Thanks for reading and welcome to my blog. I am Lyn, a mom to two adorable daughters, currently residing in Adelaide, South Australia. I have lived two countries, visited 3 continents and can't wait to travel more. Photography, arts, kids fun, family travels and all things inspirational delight me. I am not born affluent but I can attest that dreams do come true with perspiration and inspiration. Lucky enough to be given a second life, I don't want to waste my time not being able to create beautiful moments. Because what we do with our time is what we do with our lives. I hope I can inspire you in your life's journey.

6 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Visit the Heidelberg Castle in Germany

  • 19/08/2017 at 10:49
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    My sister- in – law lives in a small town close to Bensheim and we have visited Heidleberg on a number of occasions. I agree with everything you’ve said. It is certainly well worth a visit. Thanks for bringing back memories.

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    • 19/08/2017 at 17:14
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      My pleasure Irene. I’m happy to leave you with a positive feeling while rekindling precious memories of your visit. Cheers, Lyn.

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  • 19/08/2017 at 22:17
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    Great post, Lyn. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us.

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    • 20/08/2017 at 00:53
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      My pleasure age45. Thank you for taking time to tell me your thoughts. Enjoy your weekend!

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    • 20/08/2017 at 01:04
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      My pleasure age45. Thank You for taking your time to write your thoughts. Enjoy your weekend!

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