Schloss Heidelberg
Schloss Heidelberg
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Each year, Heidelberg Palace attracts around one Million visitors from all over the world. Since the 19th century, These impressive ruins have been synonymous with Romanticism. The Heidelberg Tun, the statues on the facade and the gardens of the palace are Highlights of any visit.
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  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A statement piece
    Definitely the 'big ticket item' in Heidelberg, particularly when combined with the funicular ride to get up and down. A huge sprawling edifice with parts clearly from multiple eras it certainly makes a statement glowering over the old town. The Pharmacy museum and the 'big barrel' are two of the more interesting things to do inside. Do go for a stroll all the way to the point where there is a splendid view and a couple of interesting sculptures.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • David P
    Bridgeville, Delaware129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Enjoyable Tour
    Really enjoyed this tour although I do agree that the tour focuses mainly on the outside of the castle. Still a nice experience with a great guide. Make sure to take the tram all the way to the top overlook. Also make sure to look at the humongous wine barrel on the way out of the tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
  • David N
    Hawthorne, California4,977 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic Heidelberg Attraction
    You will definitely want to visit the castle if you have never been to Heidelberg before. It is quite large and has some ruins as well as renovated buildings. You can arrive here by car, bus, or the funicular, but I think the "fun"icular is the most fun way to go! You can also walk up the hill from the Altstadt, if interested. An entrance fee to the castle is required and they also offer a separate guided tour, which I highly recommend. With the tour, you are taken inside of some of the buildings (including the chapel) and are provided with a wealth of information on the castle's history. English tours are available. Once inside the castle courtyard, there is pharmacy museum, restaurants, and a huge wine barrel that you can also visit, so plan your time accordingly. Outside the castle, there is a garden and courtyard that is free. I recommend at least walking towards this area, so that you can get a good view of the fat tower that was blown up by the French in 1689 and left in ruins. It is a nice area to walk around in with a fountain towards the back and a unique modern sculpture of a horse.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 July 2023
  • woodie49
    Brighton, United Kingdom894 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful old town.
    We were staying in Stuttgart and visited Heidelberg on the 40 minutes non-stop ICE train. Just outside the station is a very helpful Tourist Information building where we were given a walking route map and information about buses. As we are in our 70s we didn’t want to walk unnecessarily as it was very hot. Gathered outside and leaning against the Information office, we were not expecting to see a large group of men, drinking beer and with numerous bottles arranged all around them! Not too welcoming. We followed the walking map we had been given and made our way to the famous old bridge over the River Neckar. We crossed to the other side but it was far too hot to venture up to the Philosophers Walk, which gives a lovely view across to the castle and town. We went up to the castle on the funicular railway, but had we known how long the wait in the queue would be, I think we would have walked up. The Castle is the highlight. Our return journey to Stuttgart was tiresome. Having made our way back through the old town to the station, we were on the platform when the board changed to say that the 5:33 was cancelled and there was not another until 7:13. So off we went to a cafe to wait. The train left on time for what would be the 40 minute journey. Problems on the line caused a diversion to Esslingen and we eventually arrived in Stuttgart just after 9pm. We have visited German cities a number of times independently in the past and swore by the public transport system,. Sadly we had three experiences like this and warn others to be aware when relying as tourists on trains - especially to the airport!!! However, we still prefer to visit places on our own, rather than in a group.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,786 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive buildings
    We visited the castle with a guide who took us up in the funicular, which was fun. The castle is essentially a collection of ruins (to varying degrees) but with some buildings saved to maintain their integrity. We focussed on the facades although we did go into the cellar area to check out some impressive wine barrels. Our guide was a font of knowledge and gave us a wonderful history of the castle and some of the impressive statues adorning one building in particular. One of the highlights of being up at castle level were the wonderful views over the Neckar River, the city, and the expensive riverside houses. Worthwhile visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • hollyblue5
    Thatcham, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating piece of European history
    Fascinating castle at the centre of European history. Definitely worth paying the extra for a guided tour (English ones run four times a day starting at 11:15) - you get to explore behind closed doors and hear a lot of history. The story of how Elizabeth, the daughter of James I of England ended up here is well worth hearing.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Lonnie H
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    take the tram and take the guided tour
    the palace has spectacular views. if you don't take the guided tour you only get access to a couple of places. the guided tour is an hour and takes you throughout the palace and was only 6 euro each. there are more great views from the grass areas / terrace. look for the tram to the castle unless you are fit and looking for a little sweat. even at 75 degrees at 10am the steps would have made me sweat.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Jen T
    Portland, Oregon11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile walk through history
    Our family of 6 visited (2 parents and 4 kids aged 10-18). The kids all enjoyed this tour very much. The interior tour of the castle was worth it and the history shared of the castle was fascinating. Very impressive ruins, but not an opulent castle like some of the others we toured. Amazing views of Heidelberg from the castle. We dined at the on-site restaurant after our tour and enjoyed it though don’t be in a hurry.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Jennie w
    Loughborough, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    We opted for a guided tour and I would recommend this, especially for groups. Taken to parts of the castle not open to the 'general public' made it all the more exciting. Our guide. Liam, was excellent and very knowledgeable. The castle is made up of different parts all with their own unique part in its history. I would recommend a visit, it is very interesting.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Boondoggler
    Moray, United Kingdom507 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pay for the tour
    We had a very enjoyable visit to Heidelberg Castle. You must pay the extra 6 euros for the tour. It takes you inside the castle which cannot be accessed if you have only paid for the grounds. Our guide Michael was excellent and really brought the castle, its occupants and history to life.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
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James G
Adelaide, Australia110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
A beautiful ruined castle. Excellent at any time whether it is technically open or not. You can walk around a lot in the evening.
€9 to get into the paying section. €6 extra for a guided tour which is the only way to get into the refurbished buildings.
I really recommend the tour if you are going in. It was about an hour and my guide in English had a great dry sense of humour as he covered the history and he did it very well. There were a couple of women on my tour who I was convinced would have married him by the end of it.
Really interesting for those with a sense of history.
There is also museum of Apothecary that is free with your ticket. This didn't thrill me much but if it is your jam I think it was probably well done.
Written 19 June 2024
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tdsjp
Bromyard, UK601 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Excellent visit to the castle. Audio guide for 6 euros. Very good narration. o the point and interesting.
Wonderful views from the castle gardens across to the old bridge over the river.
Written 8 June 2024
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Winnie E
Sydney, Australia113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
For only €9 you get access to the castle, it’s surrounds and the apothecary museum as well as the train to just up and down from the mountain. It was a fantastic experience which can be covered in less than 2 hours. Amazing panoramic views of Heidelberg and also home to the largest wine barrel in the world. Definitely recommend.
Written 1 June 2024
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Diana R
Birch Run, MI2,892 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited here with a tour group from Go Ahead tours, so we had a private guide for our group. We enjoyed the tour very much and were surprised at how large it is and a lot is still intact. I had thought it was mostly ruins and it was but there is also a lot still preserved & undamaged. A must see in Heidelberg.
Written 15 May 2024
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada11,907 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
You would be remiss if you came to Heidelberg and did not visit this iconic landmark. The wine barrel housed here is worth the price of admission given the photo opportunities it provides. The city views of the city from the deck are second to none. And do not miss the Deutsches Othekenmuseum (German Pharmacy Museum) as it is fascinating.
Written 15 May 2024
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grofdalmatinski
Rijeka, Croatia1,144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Heidelberg Castle is located on a small hill above the old university town of Heidelberg with a wonderful view of the Nekar River and the surrounding green hills. The rich history of the castle writes its future, from the mighty wars to the last thunder storm. But you can experience German romanticism here. In the castle there is a Pharmacy Museum and a wine club with the largest wooden barrel I have ever seen in my life.
Written 1 May 2024
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TravelBrianCO
Pearland, TX865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Well worth a visit. If time allows purchase the guided tour to get access to inside the actual castle halls and rooms. Ride the cable car trolley to the top if you don’t want to walk the steep incline.
Written 26 April 2024
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Stephanie H
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
This was a nice trip. Michael and Thomas were great guides., but aside from the castle there wasn't much for a tour guide to do. We had a lot of time just on our own. No meals were included. To be honest, I think I would just take the train to Heidelberg in the future and explore on my own.
Written 16 April 2024
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True W
354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Brilliant place. Don’t walk up as it still costs 9 euros, hence if you take the funicular for 9 euros it also includes cost for entry. If you walk up you will still have 9 euros to pay to get in. Brilliant little bar underneath so stop for a break. Great spot for photos and the feel of Heidelberg especially for those special occasions great photo opportunity.
Written 2 April 2024
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Yiu King Fung
Heidelberg, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The castle is amazing, seeing those broken walls, gun fire marks, and even collapsed towers makes me think about the historic war that have happened here before. Surely a very cool place

Pharmacy museum is great, very detailed with many historic items(mostly meds) in it, laboratory looks cool and the shop sells really useful and related items for solo travelers like me such as loo cream, hand cream and soap, really practical.

The largest wine bucket in the world is cool, so sad that I didn’t get a chance for wine tasting.

The view around the castle and the mountain top is also very cool to walk along, it will be more great if there’s some snow or during spring and summer.
Written 10 January 2024
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