Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49-6221658880

Ticket Price: 6 EUR

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg

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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Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg Reviews - Write a Review

  • Great visit to the past. Ticket is a real value with all it includes. The view from the castle was fantastic. The tram down the mountain to the town below was also a very enjoyable way to get around. We were able to see a large part of the castle and then head down to the town below using the tram for lunch and then back up the mountain to see the rest of the castle. We should have allowed more time because you can spend about an equal amount of time exploring the town as you do at the castle.

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  • Gorgeous historic landmark. Heidelberg is an incredible city that I plan on spending more time in when I return to Germany and this castle is something I will see each time I visit. Great tour. Amazing views of the city. Wear comfortable shoes. There are lots of hills to walk up on your way there.

  • Very nice location. Interior tour is very interesting, but the place looks great from the outside as well. The view is astonishing. The walk up is not a problem for an average person even in the warm summer days. I can recommend this place to everybody.

  • Great views of the city from here, around 7€ to walk through the castle grounds. Access to the inside is restricted to guided tours - none were available at time of visit so I cannot say what that looked like. The grounds are lovely and well kept, there's a small snack bar and winery where you can purchase souvenir bottles or taste by the glass. A nice place to visit for a few hours and enjoy the scenery.

  • Take the tram up from the old town (included with castle entrance ticket if you buy it from the bottom tram stop), otherwise you can also walk up and down a set of stairs through town. Great views of the city and surrounding area from the castle grounds. The entrance fee only gets you a self guided tour and very few internal rooms are viewable, the exception being a on site museum.

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