Top Historical Places in Heidelberg

Are you looking to explore the history of Heidelberg through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Heidelberg including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Heidelberg. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Heidelberg ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Heidelberg, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Heidelberg for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Heidelberg with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Heidelberg Castle

    Tags: Landmark, Ancient Ruin, Castle, Historical Site

    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 Graimb...Read more
  2. Carl Theodor Old Bridge

    Tags: River, Bridge, Walking Area, Ancient Ruin

    The old bridge of Heidelberg is officially known as the Carl Theodor Bridge after Prince Elector Carl Theodor. After a major flood destroyed the last wooden bridge in the city the Prince was prompted to build a more substantial stone bridge. The stone itself was taken from the Neckar valley. The bridge connects the old city to the banks of the river and of course gives one of the most stunning ...Read more
  3. Jesuiten Kirche

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Just next to the Church of the Holy Ghost is the ornamental Jesuit Church. Still the Catholic Mother Church, it is one of the largest and most important church in Heidelberg. The original construction of the church (1712-1749) focused on Baroque architecture, however the tower based on neo-baroque style was added later in between (1868-1872). The treasure room houses precious religious relics.
  4. Old Heidelberg University

    Tags: Library, Educational Site, Historical Site, University

    Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat) is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Founded in 1386, it has twelve faculties and offers degrees in the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels. It has a German Excellence certificate and is one of the founding members of the Coimbra Group and the League of European Research Universities. The university lib...Read more
  5. Heiligenberg

    Tags: Tower, Monastery , Observation Deck, Fort

    Bang opposite the Heidelberg Castle, across the Neckar River, lies the Heiligenberg Mountain. The mountain is interspersed with history from different ages. The hill also sometimes referred as the Holy Mountain, was first inhabited by the Celts in 450 BC. The huge circular fortifications around the mountain is a reminder of the same. The Holy Mountain houses: Celtic fort: built by the Celts as...Read more
  6. Church Of The Holy Ghost

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    The church is so named after the descent of the Holy Ghost and the twelve Apostles. One of the most famous churches in Heidelberg, the Church of the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost is built on the site of an ancient Roman basilica, standing tall right in the middle of the market place. The sky-touching steeple dominates the entire city, rising above all other buildings. Even though the church foundation...Read more
  7. Friedrich Ebert Memorial

    Tags: Memorial

    This memorial commemorates life and work of the German President Friedrich Ebert. President Friedrich Ebert born on 4 February 1871, belonged to a humble background and is best known for paving the way to Parliamentary Democracy in Germany at the end of World War I. He was elected as the first President of the German Democratic Head in 1919.
  8. Old Quarter

    Tags: Walking Area, Ancient Ruin, Restaurant, Leisure

    Old Quarter is an old neighborhood and a popular tourist destination, famous for the several shops and restaurants that are located here. The bakeries and gift shops are quite famous in the region. There are also a few ancient buildings in the area, boasting of the magnificent architecture of the bygone era. The streets are wide and at the middle of the square, there is a nice seating arrangeme...Read more
  9. Anatomiegarten

    Tags: Garden, Statue

    Anatomiegarten, literally means Anatomy Garden, is a beautiful garden located in Heidelberg. It is home to a towering statue of the famous chemist Robert Bunsen, who spent his life in the city. He taught at the university of Heidelberg as well. These gardens are well-maintained and impeccably manicured, and are a sight for sore eyes. There is a secluded seating area for visitors, and a cafe ser...Read more
  10. Brass Monkey Statue

    Tags: Landmark, Statue

    Just as the name suggests, the Brass Monkey Statue is a statue of a monkey made out of brass which is said to have been installed somewhere during 1979. The monkey holds a mirror in one of its hand while the other hand forms a symbol with the fingers that is said to ward off any evil. The monkey also has a ring on a finger of the hand that holds the mirror. Right next to the monkey is a bronze ...Read more
  11. Thingstatte

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Entertainment, Performance

    Thingspiel or Thing Site was an ancient Nordic/Germanic concept, an amphitheater of sorts used for celebrations, festivals or general gathering. They were quite popular in pre-Nazi Germany. Based on the same concept Thingstattes were planned by Hitler to recruit students from the University for his army. Rallies and other gatherings were conducted here by the Nazi army as part of the Nazi propa...Read more
  12. Peterskirche

    Tags: Church, Historical Site

    One of the oldest church in Heidelberg, the church is dedicated to Apostle Peter. Currently the University Chapel, the ornate interiors and its extensive history make it worth a visit. The exteriors are however a stark contrast to the church insides and need immediate maintenance. Mysterious and forgotten it seems to stand alone in a hidden corner of the city.
  13. Deutsches Apotheken-Museum

    Tags: History Museum, Ancient Ruin, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    The Pharmacy Museum in Heidelberg was built in 1937 as a charitable foundation. The museum houses the private collection of Dr. Walter Heinrici, along with other private donations from the profession. The Museum was opened to the public in 1938. During World War II the museum building was completely destroyed and the collections were moved to the Heidelberg Castle as a protective measure. It is...Read more
  14. Botanischer Garten Der Universitat Heidelberg

    Tags: Garden, Botanical Garden, Walking Area, Historical Site

  15. Altstadt

    Tags: Museum, Outdoors, Landmark, Neighborhoods

    The Old Town is one amongst the 49 boroughs in Düsseldorf. Spread over an area of about a square kilometer, the town is often known as the “longest bar in the world”. It is because this little town boasts of more than 300 bars and pubs, all said to be lined up adjacent to each other. Visitors looking for more than a good party need not be disheartened as the town also offers: ...Read more