We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
A must if you are in Heidelberg

Unfortunately we had only half an hour to explore this great place. The view of the Old City and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Perfect walk on a fall day

I wanted to see more of the city but did not want to stand in line or be in heavy crowds so this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Coppell, Texas
via mobile
Read all 1,529 reviews
All photos (764)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good33%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“old bridge”(116 reviews)
“nice walk”(51 reviews)
“the river”(101 reviews)
This famous path along the Neckar River has been frequented by numerous famous philosophers throughout history.
Philosophenweg, 69120 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Heidelberg
from US$ 462.80
More Info
from US$ 138.80
More Info
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 July 2010

If, like us, your main reason for doing the walk is to take lovely panoramic photos of Heidelberg, be warned: take your photos at any opportunity you get! While the walk has many viewing platforms and seating areas to "admire the view", the majority of...More

7  Thank BabyBeethoven
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 December 2014

Clean and lean but it is just an average garden at the end of this lonely street (or is it a lane?) In some parts of the lane/garden, you can see the River Neckar. The view was quite nice and you can sometimes see the...More

3  Thank Edward L
Reviews (1,529)
Filter reviews
739 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews old bridge nice walk the river snake path theodor heuss steep climb great hike great view well worth the effort walking shoes enjoy the view across the bridge philosopher's walk sunny day visiting heidelberg views hill
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 739 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unfortunately we had only half an hour to explore this great place. The view of the Old City and the castle is perfect. People walk and run there. I really want to come back to spend there several hours.

Thank H5760QXmichaelk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wanted to see more of the city but did not want to stand in line or be in heavy crowds so this was perfect. There are very nice views of the old town with the castle, church & bridge.

Thank Lynn_Lyon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can't beat the view, but be prepared for some steep parts at the start (Western edge) and down the optional shortcut back to the city (at Alte Bruecke) called Schlangenweg. Functional footwear (like sneakers) is highly recommended.

Thank Paulanus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my friends love to explore and try new things, this activity was a fun way to start the day. We went further more to see the Theater which was built by the nazis years ago. Worth the time spent and it was a...More

Thank FK_AlMarzooqi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a 40 year absence from Heidelberg we made a trip back and this walk was one of the highlights. It was a great day and it turned out to very popular with many locals and tourists alike. This is something we will do again...More

Thank jteal
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed a sunny but fairly cool late summer day as we walked up to and down the Philsopher's Way. The views over the river and the city were beautiful and we very much enjoyed the experience.

Thank jdselby
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

In this busy touristic town ( too busy sometimes) it's precious to know that a place as the 'philosophenweg' exists... In this historical students' town, this way on the hill in front of the town, is the best to feel the real mood of this...More

1  Thank Gil40100
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Enjoy the breathtaking views of Heidelberg while strolling along this thought provoking path, well taken care of and manicured.

Thank W8859HCmarkl
Reviewed 30 September 2018

This is a beautiful hiking\sightseeing trail with excellent view of the city. For travelers, this is the best route to understand what is where in the city.

Thank Amgains
Reviewed 30 September 2018

If you want to walk off the Pork Knuckle and beer,walk across the bridge and up to the philosophers walk.Lovely way to look back over the river and city on a leisurely walk.The climb to the walk is a bit steep, but not too bad.Allow...More

Thank JudyM1888
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 75 nearby hotels
Hotel Schonberger Hof
35 reviews
.34 km away
Gasthaus Hotel Backmulde
247 reviews
.43 km away
Hotel Villa Marstall
709 reviews
.46 km away
Hotel Perkeo
89 reviews
.47 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 536 nearby restaurants
Gelato Go
250 reviews
.48 km away
1,492 reviews
.45 km away
Backmulde - Gasthaus - Hotel
103 reviews
.44 km away
125 reviews
.47 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 159 nearby attractions
Museum of the Palatinate (Kurpfalzisches Museum) and restaurant
135 reviews
.43 km away
Heidelberg Convention Center
33 reviews
.32 km away
39 reviews
.48 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Jett F
13 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Anne-Marie C | Reviewed this property |
The only thing I would recommend, if doing this in winter, is to make sure you have shoes with good soles and grip. We found the paved areas and stairs a little slippery, especially as it had been raining. It was still worth... More
Christopher D
16 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from EMinch | Reviewed this property |
There are three main ways to and from the Philosophenweg. From east to west, these are the Hirschgasse, the Schlangenweg, and the most popular route that begins at the head of Ladenburgerstrasse in Neuenheim. The... More