Heidelberg And Rothenburg Day Trip From Frankfurt

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Wiesenhüttenpl. 39, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore the medieval cities of Heidelberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a day trip from Frankfurt! Traveling with an expert guide, youll learn about the history and culture of both cities during a mix of walking tours and free time. Walk through the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, see charming half-timbered houses and well-preserved city walls in Rothenburg, and then visit St Jacobs Church, a 500-year-old place of worship.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • All entrance fees included

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Leave Frankfurt and travel southwest to Heidelberg in the northern Baden-Wrttemberg region roughly an hour away. The romantic city is perhaps best known for Heidelberg Castle, a vast set of ruins that tower above the medieval center. Referred to as the Schloss by locals, the castle is a quintessential fairytale fortress with Gothic-Renaissance architecture, lavish grounds and heart-stopping views.

Head inside and explore the ruins with your guide, walking through its large courtyard and along the terrace. Take in the sweeping views, and then admire some of the castles artifacts, like the wine barrel that is said to be the largest in the world.

After your castle tour, travel down the hill, and then stretch your legs on a walking tour of the Old Town, seeing attractions like the Old Bridge, the 18th-century Karlstor gate and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Hear of Heidelbergs prestigious reputation as a university town, and learn about day-to-day life in the town as you walk around. As your walking tour finishes, chat to your guide about places to eat in town, and then enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense).

Hop back on board your air-conditioned coach and travel east to the town of Rothenburg. Following the banks for the River Neckar, your route includes a stretch of the famous German Castle Road, before reaching Rothenburg at the end of the Romantic Road.

Often considered the best-preserved medieval town in the country, Rothenburg is a feast for the eyes with winding cobbled lanes lined by half-timbered houses, all beautifully encircled by old city walls. See its best bits on your walking tour, taking in the handsome street scenery as well as key attractions like the Renaissance town hall and St Jacobs Church. Head inside the 500-year-old place of worship to see its biggest draw, the wood-carved Holy Bloody Altar, and learn about Riemenschneider (an acclaimed German woodcarver) who created it.

Head back to your coach, and then relax on your journey north to Frankfurt. Your tour then finishes back at the start point in the early evening.


Professional guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Entry/Admission - Heidelberg Palace

Entry/Admission - St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche)


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Traveler Reviews

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  • 23-Jun-2018

    The tour company did a poor job with managing this tour. There were not enough people signed up for this tour so it was not cost effective for the company. However, there were many people who signed up for the tour that just went to Rothenburg. The tour company decided to put us all on one shuttle bus and not tell the passengers of this problem prior to boarding. As a result the day was spent mostly in Rothenburg. Upon inquiring with the tour guide as to what time we would be getting to Heidelberg he said he would stop on the way back to Frankfurt. When we got to Heidelberg it was a surprise to the other passengers that the tour was stopping and they would not be back at the scheduled time which was a problem for some of the passengers. The tour guide responded that they should not schedule tours with a tight time schedule and they were getting second location for free. He walked us around the center of the town for maybe 20 minutes and since we insisted he drove us to the Heidelberg Castle grounds since by that time the castle had closed. We were there for maybe another 20 minutes before heading back to Frankfurt. We were not refunded any money despite our disappointment. Heidelberg seemed like a great place to spend time on a visit. Rothenberg was a neat town to visit because of its architecture and if you are a shopper you will not be disappointed. Overall the tour was simply not what was described and certainly the tour company should have told us prior to boarding that they did not have enough people register for this tour and lay out our options so we could make the decision on how to spend the day.

  • 27-Dec-2017

    Driver drove way too fast on the freeway. Left us at the city, did not guide a guided tour. No map of the city was provided.

  • 02-Oct-2017

    We booked this tour for 8 people, and were driven in a minivan that seated all 8 of us. The driver, George, was very knowledgeable and happy to share his knowledge. Heidelberg and Rothenburg were both great towns to visit and explore. My reasons for only giving this tour 3 stars: one day is not nearly enough time to see and enjoy both towns, although we had no idea how much time would actually be spent in the car when we booked this tour. We would have preferred to have more time in one town. We were literally hustled through Rothenburg on a quick walking tour, given 20 minutes of free time, hustled back to the van and handed a home-made sandwich of 1 slice of cheese, mayo and a pickle slice, and driven off to Heidelberg where we had slightly more time to wander than we did in Rothenburg. Again, too much distance to cover to really enjoy either town, and driving on the autobahn at speeds of up to 105 mph! I understand speeding is expected and excessive in Germany, however, that did not help to calm my fears from the back seat of a minivan! Would have much preferred to spend the day in Rothenburg, dwell on the sights, have a nice lunch and do some shopping. If you don't mind the hurried pace and only want to get a quick introduction to both towns, spending most of the day in the car on the highway, then this tour would be good for you. Otherwise, I would highly recommend choosing one town to visit per day.

  • 25-Jun-2017

    Used ETS tours between 14 and 16 May 2017 Rothenburg and Hiedelberg trip driven by Peter. He was kind gentle and impressed with his knowledge of history and lots of trivia about Germany. They provide sandwiches and water enroute. Since we went on a Sunday, we escaped the heavy traffic of trucks. Rothenburg was beautiful during late spring. It was drizzling in Hiedelberg and it was wonderful. The next trip on 16 to Baden Baden, Black Forest and Strasbourg by the duo of Michael and another (not getting their names after a month) we and #39;re the impressive Germans who made us laugh with the dry sense of humor and wit. They threw lots of nice facts about German industries, culture, history and made the tour lively.Office opposite Savoy hotel is not impressive but the coach drivers and guides are very hospitable and warm.

  • 14-Oct-2016

    I loved the whole day trip from start to finish, beautiful sightseeing and the driver was a very nice person

  • 21-Jul-2016

    Our guide was excellent and the old city tours were great.

  • 10-Jul-2016

    Great tour! Rothenburg is something out of a fairy story!

  • 28-Jun-2016

    Out tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable, and the tour hit a lot of good sights in the area. I very much enjoyed walking the castles grounds as well as walking in town. It and #39;s a good length just to get a taste of the town, but it can be a little fast paced for some.

  • 01-Jun-2016

    I have done multiple Viator tours in multiple different countries. In general I feel like the sights are always worth it, though the variables in logistics control what makes the trip enjoyable: transport method, guide, timing, lunch, fellow tour attendees etc. The more transparent the company is about these changeable elements, the better the trip.
    They did change the itinerary on us as other reviewers have said we went to Rothenburg first. Also, Rothenburg is way better than Heidelberg, as others have said. Rothenburg is a cute town with lots to explore, and Heidelberg you take a quick 20 minute tour of the castle and then walk around a much busier town with mostly just shopping. So the itinerary switch did make sense but I could imagine many people wanting to know in advance that you spend waaaay more time in one place and actually switch the order of arrival. This trip was also in a literal 7 seat minivan, which worked out okay since I got the front seat, but I would have been pretty upset to pay all this money and get stuck in a small middle seat for hours and hours of driving. Small group meant you get to know each other better. Our guide was nice, but on the quieter side. Also, the provided lunch is a homemade cheese and pickle sandwich, so expect to buy something while you're out guide gave me a great recommendation in Rothenburg. These are small notes that influence the experience but in the end Rothenburg was so cool, it was totally worth it.

  • 27-Feb-2016

    Heidelberg isn't recommended. Rothenburg is highly recommended!!!!

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