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
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.
- 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.
- € 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.
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)
- Take bus #11 or Train #33 to Kornmarkt/Bergbahn stop. From Bergbahn the first stop is the castle.
- Restaurant Zur Herrenmuehle
- Cafe Bar Grano
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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
Spectacular!!! Totally worthy. Every single rock in this castle tells a story. The pharmacy museum is very entertaining. It has an extensive collection of instruments and antique medicine. The gardens are stunning during fall. The colors and the weather during this season is what makes it perfect, specially beacause of the breathtaking views of the mountains, the city and the lake. Would love to visit again in winter.
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.
Be prepared to walk uphill on cobblestone walkways! The original castle is an historic ruin, however the beautiful restored headquarters for the American Allied Forces during WWII is gorgeous! Tales of the royal inhabitants are very interesting! The views of Heidelberg and the Rhine River are breathtaking! Eat your Wheaties for breakfast and enjoy a worthwhile hike into ancient history!
It is everything everyone says! The village below has a multitude of shopping and dining areas. The hike up to the castle is a bit of an exercise and can easily be taxing if you are not fit. Bring some snacks and enjoy the grounds. A good camera is a must.
Incredibly beautiful! A great view over Heidelberg and even to Mannheim. A beautiful park to just walk. There are many way to walk down to the city or you can just use the Bergbahn. The entry into the castle is with costs, but not too expensive. The inside of the castle is worth to see, but for those, who only have short time the surrounding area is enough. Visit high recommended!