Heidelberg Tourist Attractions, Germany
Heidelberg Castle View slideshowSituation and characteristicsHeidelberg, the old capital of the Palatinate and an ancient university town celebrated in song and poetry, lies at the point where the Neckar emerges from the hills of the Odenwald into the Rhine plain. Over the old town, caught between the river and the hills, looms its famous ruined castle. The best general views of the town in its beautiful setting are to be had from the Theodor Heuss Bridge and the Philosophenweg.
From Bismarckplatz in Heidelberg, at the south end of the Theodor Heuss Bridge, the 2km/1.25mi long Hauptstrasse runs east to the Karlstor (1775).
Half way along the Hauptstrasse in Heidelberg, in the Baroque Palais Morass, can be found the Palatinate Museum, with a collection of great artistic and historical interest (Windsheim Apostles' Altar, by Tilman Riemenschneider; cast of the lower jaw of Heidelberg Man, c. 500,000 years old).Farther east are the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Ghost; 1400-41), formerly the burial-place of the Electors Palatine, the Town Hall (Rathaus, 1701-03; from the nearby Kornmarkt a view of the castle), and the Haus zum Ritter, a Renaissance building of 1592. Here too, in the old Palais Weimar, is the Museum of Ethnography (Völkerkundemuseum).
Address: Hauptstrasse 97, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
On the south side of the Hauptstrasse in Heidelberg lies Universitätsplatz, with the Old University (Alte Universität; 1711). On its east side, in Augustinergasse, is the Pedellenhaus, with the student prison (Karzer) which was in use from 1778 to 1914 (open to visitors). The New University (Neue Universität) was built in 1928-31, with American aid. Behind it rises the Hexenturm (Witches' Tower), once part of the town's fortifications.Opposite, in Grabengasse, are the richly stocked University Library (Universitätsbibliothek), whose principal treasure is the 14th century "Manessische Handschrift", an illuminated manuscript book of medieval songs, the Seminargebäude and the Mensa (students' refectory) in Universitätsplatz. The little Peterskirche (15th C.) is now mainly used as the university church.
Address: Grabengasse 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Between the Hauptstrasse and the Neckar in Heidelberg are the narrow streets and lanes of the old town. On the Neckarstaden (left bank of the river) is the old Marstall (Court Stables), now housing the University's art collection.
Downstream from the Neckarstaden in Heidelberg stands the Stadthalle (1903) used for congresses and other events. Here too is the landing-stage of the passenger boats on the Neckar (to Mannheim and Neckarsteinach).
Karl Theodor Bridge
Upstream from the Neckarstaden in Heidelberg are the Karl Theodor Bridge, known as the Old Bridge (fine views), and the twin-towered Brückentor (Bridge Gate).
From the Philosophenweg in Heidelberg, which runs east from the north end of the Theodor Heuss Bridge along the right bank of the Neckar, on the slopes of the Heiligenberg, there is a famous view of the town and the castle.Also on the north side of the Neckar are the Zoo (in Tiergartenstrasse), the Botanic Garden (in Hofmeisterweg) and a number of recently built University institutes.
Heidelberg Castle Festival
This annual four-week festival runs from late July to late August and includes numerous musical events, ranging from concerts featuring choral and chamber orchestras, to jazz bands and folk groups. At least one opera is also performed every year.Around 20 performances are held in the Heidelberg Castle Ruin or the King's Hall annually.
Address: Theaterstrasse 8, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
German Museum of Pharmacy
The German Museum of Pharmacy in Heidelberg covers the history of apothecaries during the 18th and 19th centuries. Their instruments and examples of their preparations are on display. Furnishing from pharmacies since the Baroque period, manuscripts, pharmacy emblems and books are also featured at the German Museum of Pharmacy.
Address: Schlosshof 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
International Festival of Women Composers
The dates for this annual four-day festival vary from year to year. Events include chamber concerts, and piano and organ recitals, as well as seminars and exhibitions highlighting women composers.The repertoire is mainly contemporary and focuses on works by European women.Two events are usually held on each day of the festival in impressive venues including Germany's oldest university, the Church of the Holy Ghost and the Kurpfälzisches Museum.
Address: Henriette-Feuerbach Haus, Theatersrasse 11, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Memorial to Kirchhoff and Bunsen
A plaque on the commemorates the work of Kirchhoff and Bunsen in the field of astrophysics. Across the street is a statue of Bunsen.
7km/4.5mi east of Heidelberg rises the Königstuhl (568 m/1,864ft; funicular), with an 82 m/269ft high television tower. There are extensive views of the Rhine plain, Neckar valley and Odenwald.
Southeast of Heidelberg is Mauer (reached by way of Neckargemünd), where Heidelberg Man was discovered. There is a Prehistoric Museum.
Schloss, Schwetzingen, Germany
Schwetzingen Festival is an annual two-month event that runs from late April to mid-June and includes a wide array of events. Since 1952, the festival has offered over 30 annual events, including operas, symphonic, choral and chamber concerts, recitals and dance performances.The repertoire varies from classical to contemporary and the events take place both inside the Schwetzingen Palace and outdoors in the Palace Park.The palace itself is known as the place where Voltaire once took refuge and where Mozart performed as a 7-year-old boy.
Address: Hans-Bredow-Strasse, D-76530 Schwetzingen, Germany
Hockenheim, a few kilometers south of Schwetzingen, is famed for its Grand Prix racing circuit (Motodrom). There is a Motor Sport Museum, with many motorcycles and racing cars, a multi-media show and a collection of documents. At Obere Hauptstrasse 8, in the town center, is a Tobacco Museum. Also in the town is the Aquadrom swimming pool.
Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany
The town of Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, has preserved part of its medieval walls. In the old town are the Old Town Hall (1554) and historic old half-timbered houses. Higher up is Schloss Berckheim, set in a beautiful park.Above the town are the ruins of Burg Windeck (12th-13th C.; view). Still higher up is the Wachenburg (1913).
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