Heidelberg CastleCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
- Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +49-6221658880
- Ticket Price: 6 EUR
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Ancient Ruin, Castle, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Heidelberg Castle - Review
A prime landmark, the castle ruins are one of the most important Renaissance structures of Heidelberg. The initial structure was raised as early as 1214 AD and had been destroyed several times by lightning since then. The first proper fortification was done by Rupert III when he became the king of Germany in 1401. But it was not until the 19th Century that Castle gained popularity. Count Graimberg used the castle as a subject for his pictures and slowly it began featuring as postcards. It may interest you to know that celebrated American author Mark Twain speaks of the Heidelberg Castle in his travel book A Tramp Abroad.
The palace highlights include:
- The Ottheinrich building: Admire the fantastic sculptures, the elaborate carvings and the living quarters of German Royalty.
- Apothecary Museum, located on the lowest floor of the Ottheinrich building.
- The Barrel building or better known as the Fassbau. The giant barrel kept in the large hall, used in old days for celebrations.
- Figurines on the Friedrich building: A series of fantastic stone figurines created by master sculptor Sebastian Götz.
- The Palace Garden, also famously known as Hortus Palatinus.
Heidelberg Castle Information
- Exhibitions can be viewed as part of special tours only.
- Carry valid ID proofs.
- Breathtaking views of the Neckar river valley.
- Fireworks displays, organized thrice a year: First Saturday of June and September and the second Saturday in July.
Heidelberg Castle Ticket Prices
- € 4.00 (6-14 years of age, students up to 28 years of age, persons with severe disability).
For Guided tours (additional fees)
- € 4.00 adults
- € 2.00 concession
- € 10.00 families
- € 4.00 audio guide
- € 3.60 for large groups of more than 20 people.
Heidelberg Castle Hours
Guided tours in English:
- 1st April – 31st October (hourly): 11.15 am-4.15 pm (Mon-Fri), 10.15 am-4.15 pm (Sat & Sun)
- 1st November–31st March: 11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 2.15 pm and 4.15 pm (Mon-Fri). 11.15 am– 4.15 pm (Sat, Sun hourly)
How To reach Heidelberg Castle by Public Transport
- Take bus #11 or Train #33 to Kornmarkt/Bergbahn stop. From Bergbahn the first stop is the castle.
Restaurants Near Heidelberg Castle
- Restaurant Zur Herrenmuehle
- Cafe Bar Grano
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Things to Know Before Visiting Heidelberg Castle
95% of people who visit Heidelberg include Heidelberg Castle in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
82.43% of people start their Heidelberg Castle visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Heidelberg Castle
93.82% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Heidelberg Castle
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Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg Reviews
It's so beautiful with clean streets. Easy transport with trams 🚉 going in all directions. Amazing restaurant at the bottom of the castle. The Christmas market can be found at the castle during December which mostly have hand made toys and many more. The tour through the castle is quite brilliant. Worth going.
This is a great place to explore! The staff is friendly and helpful. They offer English spoken tours. The guide is very knowledgeable about the history of the castle and surrounding area. The tram ride to the castle is awesome. It is also a great place to sit and look down on the old town square. The views are incredible! This is not a place for a quick visit. There is so much to see. This is the home of the world's largest wine barrel, see the picture below. This wine barrel is large enough to fit a three bedroom apartment! Wine in available there and I would suggest sitting enjoying a glass.
Take a walk in the early evening through the gardens. Many couples come here to relax and enjoy the view. It all breaths a very relaxed atmosphere. And the view is indeed astonishing. Don't bother to take the old cable car to the top. There is nothing much to experience. The real jewel is here, in the castle gardens. It must be such a privilege to study at the university here, escaping the lectures once in a while to read in the gardens here.
This is a great place if you want to have a small picnic and snap great photos. The view is magical and definitely recommend taking the time to go and take the tour. The town around it is kinda boring and not much to do. Parking is fairly easy and not super pricey.
Beautiful place!!! Obviously a must see for the town of Heidelberg. Taking the gondola up to it as a student was 4€, pretty lenient with what ID you provide... a guided tour furthermore was additional 5€ I believe. There’s a beautiful park grassy fielded area for lounging and relaxing after walking around. Loads of viewing spots. Easily a half or full day here! 👍🏾