Heidelberg Castle

Currently 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 Opening and Closing 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
  • Simplicissimus
  • Cafe Bar Grano

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TripHobo Highlights for Heidelberg Castle

  • Heidelberg Castle Address: Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
  • Heidelberg Castle Contact Number: +49-6221658880
  • Heidelberg Castle Timing: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Heidelberg Castle Price: 6 EUR
  • Best time to visit Heidelberg Castle(preferred time): 08:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Heidelberg Castle: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Heidelberg Castle

  • 95% of people who visit Heidelberg include Heidelberg Castle in their plan

  • 82.6% of people start their Heidelberg Castle visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Heidelberg Castle

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

90.81% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Heidelberg Castle

People normally club together Peterskirche and Deutsches Apotheken-Museum while planning their visit to Heidelberg Castle.

People also prefer to start their day with Heidelberg Castle.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • One can spend a very beautiful evening watching the sunset from the height and experience the grand castle ruins. The whole city waits for you down below and the church bells echo through the whole city. One can only imagine what a beautiful town it must have been in its earlier glory. And its amazing how nicely the locals are preserved their heritage.

  • The absolute best views from the city. I highly suggest riding the cable car up due to the stairs. It says it's a 10 minute walk up to the castle but it is actually all stairs and no walking so beware. Take the tour if you get a chance. It is chalked full of history. You can also view the largest wine barrel in the world!

  • We did not pay to enter the castle, but instead explored the grounds, and enjoyed some fantastic views over Heidelberg and the old bridge. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. If you go near the edges you can get a great view down, or your legs could go weak with the height, personally I experienced both. A great place to wander with the family.

  • Magnificent castle overlooking the river and city of Heidelberg, old and new. It took just 5-10 minutes to walk up the steep steps where we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset. As it was well after 6pm, the grounds and gardens were accessible free of charge. Would like to have seen the place fully in daylight too

  • Gorgeous Castle located on the hill overlooking Heidelberg old town. Its an easy stroll up the hill or you can get the cable car which also includes entry to the courtyard, apothecary museum and giant wine barrel. Its only 7 euro to enter and the interior view and terrace offer nice viewing.

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