Heidelberg Tourism

A timeless beauty situated on the banks of River Neckar, Heidelberg is a town on the Southwest of Germany. It is considered as Germany’s official intellectual capital. The city's baroque architecture, idyllic setting and lush gardens gain it a place in the vacation planners of thousands every year. The surrounding forests filled with folklores and legends adds to the enthusiasm of tourists.

Heidelberg has seen settlements since prehistoric times, but only in Roman times was it first properly inhabited. The modern Heidelberg has its roots in the monastery of the 12th century. Over the years, the town was under the reign of Bavarians, Lutherans and the Grand Duchy of Baden. The World Wars thankfully left the charming city largely untouched. The city is also home to the famous Heidelberg University, which is the oldest in the country.

The romantic town’s narrow, enchanting streets course through pretty Baroque houses. Heidelberg constantly thrives on the diversification of culture by hosting a variety of events, which often adds to its tourism. Heidelberg is also famous for its sweets and pastries, sculptures, museum and the world’s largest Wine Vat. The city offers a lot of activities to do that you’d never be bored.

Most importantly, the city is known for its Old Town, the magnificent Sand-stone Castle and its ruins towering over the city. The itineraries of tourists wouldn’t be completed without a visit to these places.

The town of Heidelberg offers its visitors a Heidelberg welcome card which lets them visit the important tourist attractions at discounted prices or free of cost. These passes are available for a day, 2 days, and 4 days or as a family pass at a price of EUR 11, EUR 13, EUR 16 and EUR 26 respectively. There are also combo tickets you can get for good fares. These welcome cards also gives you special discounts and free travelling in the public transport. These cards are available at the tourist information centre at the main station, town halls, several museums and hotels. 

Essential travel information and Heidelberg tips for your visit

  • If you plan your trip over a weekend, it is advisable to pack light. Also carry an umbrella if you are travelling in summer months, as there might be unlikely showers.
  • It’s better if you wear walking shoes instead of heels or other footwear. It would be easier to walk on the city’s cobbled footpaths.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Heidelberg

  • Know the pollution level of Heidelberg before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 21.88 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 3.13 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 7.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 17.86 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Heidelberg for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Heidelberg.

    • Burglary and Theft 22.12 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 16.79 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.06 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 10.42 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 7.75 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 14.48 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 20.17 (Low)
    • Drug offense 22.86 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 93.14 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 74.23 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20.83 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25.58 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Heidelberg is 201.57 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 81.29 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 82.49 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 11.53 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 20.14 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.07 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 77.38 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.31 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 90.64 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Heidelberg

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 14.02 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 101.04 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 87.81 USD

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