Philosophenweg
Philosophenweg
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This famous path along the Neckar River has been frequented by numerous famous philosophers throughout history.
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Rebecca K
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This walk is well worth the visit! It is uphill most of the way but definitely worth it! The views of the city, river, bridge, castle, etc are amazing!
Written 26 May 2024
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MattSRob
Hamburg, Germany266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A nice, but steep walk up the hill on the opposite side of the river from the main town. Fantastic views of the city and castle, and scenic spors to take it all in.
Written 10 May 2024
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tasath
Athens, Greece134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is what I miss in other cities, a nice walk under the trees, overlooking the river and the old city center. And easy/fast to get there too!
Written 3 January 2024
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL15,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We got lost, sort of. We began by crossing the Theodor Bridge and kept walking on that main road. We should have turned right on Ladenburger Street. What we really should have done was to hire a taxi to Waldschenke Biergarten. Our goal was to see the Nazi Amphitheater where Joseph Goebbels once spoke to 8,000 people in 1935, Thingstatte.

We did meander for miles on this famous Philosophers Way. These trails were once the solace space for professors and philosophers starting from the late 18th century. The views of old town Heidelberg and the castle are magnificent. There are plenty of trees to converse with also. Every once in a while, we came upon friendly travelers like ourselves, mostly lost like ourselves too.

In reality, if we wanted to get “un-lost” we just needed to find a trail down to the Neckar River, which we eventually did.

Some trails were better than others. My wife did hurt her knee as we found a paved path downhill. Going downhill is worse than going up-hill.

Nevertheless, we spent half-a day tramping around the Heiligenberg (Holy or Saints’) Mountain. Regretfully, we never did reach our goal, but did get to view what many people come to do and experience on Philosopher’s Walk.

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Written 10 December 2023
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cojosurfer
Pismo Beach, CA65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
So much to do and see in and around Heidelberg, this really isn’t a highlight unless it is a cold dry day and you are bored as heck. It’s a straight slog uphill on ankle twisting cobbles for a view of the Alstadt that can be seen from the riverbank. The viewpoints are littered with trash and graffiti while smelling like piss. Much hyped, not sure why?
Written 18 September 2023
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK2,999 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is what we did and would be my recommendation. It’s a bit of a climb from the river level, through the initial residential area, to the start of the walk, but significantly easier than walking up all the steep steps of the Schlangenweg from the Old Bridge.
It’s not long before you get to the Philosopher’s garden and from here the walk is generally flat and affords great views back across the river to Heidelberg.
When you reach the Schlangenweg, you can finish here and descend or carry on to the Hölderlin-Anlage, a pleasant spot with seating commemorating Hölderlins "Ode to Heidelberg"
There is a way back to the river from this end, but again I would advise retracing your steps as a shaded walk down the Snake Path, with its various hidden viewing areas to break the descent, is a lot of fun ( well it looked like we were having a lot more fun than those poor souls who chose to climb this route) and has the advantage of depositing you at the Old Bridge, a short stroll from all the bar and restaurant delights of the Old Town.
Written 14 September 2023
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Patricia
Saskatoon, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Fairly easy hike! I went at around 10am, and it was already hot. Perhaps it’s better to start this hike earlier in the morning.
Written 8 September 2023
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KDAA
East Hartford, CT787 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
My wife and I enjoyed the walk and the views it provides of Heidelberg and the castle. We started at one end which did have quite a few steps to get to the top. It was well worth it. Towards the end it gets into a residential section and wasn't quite as nice. It would have been better to start at that end and end going down the stairs. In any case, it was worth taking the walk.
Written 20 August 2023
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alex198876
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Amazing views and the walk on either side of the river and over the old bridge is a must. Great food in the town square. History all around but as a scientist finding the inventor of the Bunsen burner Statue in the middle of old town was interesting.
Written 15 August 2023
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HelenD
Heidelberg, Germany10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Lovely walk but signs aren't that great . Accessible path ..we just followed our noses and eventually head down hill...
Written 14 August 2023
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