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The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. It is located 80 meters (260 ft) up the northern part of the Königstuhl hillside and thereby dominates the view of the Heidelberg oldtown.

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Old Bridge Heidelberg

Old Bridge Heidelberg

0.59km from Heidelberg Castle

It connects the Old City with the eastern part of the Neuenheim district of the city on the opposite bank. The current bridge, made of Neckar sandstone and the ninth built on the site, was constructed in 1788 by Elector Charles Theodore and is one of the best-known landmarks in Heidelberg.

Altstadt Heidelberg

Altstadt Heidelberg

0.63km from Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg city’s historic heart- with cobblestone streets, centuries-old buildings, and bustling market squares overlooked by the hilltop Heidelberg Castle and gardens.

Kurpfälzisches Museum

Kurpfälzisches Museum

0.89km from Heidelberg Castle

Museum of art and archaeology. The Archaeology collection of the museum includes a facsimile of the lower jaw of Homo heidelbergensis discovered in Mauer- a village located between Heidelberg and Sinsheim.

Philosophers Walk

Philosophers Walk

1.2km from Heidelberg Castle

A walk through scenic nature, with a view of Heidelberg city. The name "Philosophers' Walk" can be traced to the fact that Heidelberg's university professors and philosophers found this path a place where they could talk seriously and contemplate while enjoying the charming view of the region.



1.83km from Heidelberg Castle

Large wooded hill overlooking the town of Heidelberg. It has been the site of many historic and pre-historic constructions, including a Celtic hilltop fortification, a Roman sacred precinct, several medieval monasteries, modern lookout towers and the Heidelberg Thingstätte- an open air theatre built by the Nazis in the 1930s.

Heidelberg Zoo

Heidelberg Zoo

3.78km from Heidelberg Castle

Founded in 1933 and opened for the public on 20 November 1934, the zoo was totally destroyed during bombings in March 1945. Since 1972, the reformation began and slowly added more and more animal enclosures which includes an elephant house that was opened in 2010.

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Germany's third largest state. Most of the major cities of Baden-Württemberg straddle the banks of the Neckar River, which runs downstream (from southwest to the center, then northwest) through the state past Tübingen, Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Heidelberg, and Mannheim.

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Nithin Mathew

Nithin Mathew

This castle, partly ruined is among the most important Renaissance structures in Germany. The earliest castle structure was built before 1214, and it was demolished in 17th and 18th centuaries and only part of it are rebuilt now. There used to be two castles in the area, the upper castle that was completely destroyed in the 15th century and the now standing lower castle located on a hill side, overlooking views of the Heidelberg oldtown.
The castle and the nature surrounding it are perfectly set for a beutiful view. The gardens and the forest behind the castle adds a lot of greenery. There is a fountain house in which a stream originate, using which the water was supplied to the castle grounds. The archetecture of the palace and its ruins is astonishing and the viewpoint overlooking the heidelberg old town and river Neckar is breathtaking- with red roofs of old houses shimmering in the sun and tall bell towers of the churches peeking over the houses below.
 The world's largest wine barrel- the Heidelberg Tun is housed in the caslte. It was used to store wine that was collected as tax and it looked huge, as big as a large truck. The barrel was buit in 1751 and stands seven meters high, eight and a half meters wide, and could hold 220,000 liters of wine, and has a dance floor built on top of it. A staircase allows visitors to climb atop the barrel.
You can reach to the top of the castle from Heidelberg town using a Funicular Railway or by hiking up. It is not a long hike but involces decent amount of steep climbing.


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