Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #3 in Heidelberg, Germany


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 30 sights
Distance 12.4 km
Ascend 626 m
Descend 556 m

Experience Heidelberg in Germany in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in HeidelbergIndividual Sights in Heidelberg

Sight 1: Villa Bosch

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The Villa Bosch is a converted former upper-middle-class residential building in Heidelberg, Schloß-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33, which has been a listed building for a long time and was also entered in the list of monuments worthy of special protection in 1997.

Wikipedia: Villa Bosch (Heidelberg) (DE)

317 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 2: Carl Bosch Museum

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The Carl Bosch Museum Heidelberg is a technology museum that showcases the life and work of Heidelberg Nobel Prize winner Carl Bosch (1874–1940) on more than 300 m² and two outdoor areas and was founded in 1998. The building in Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg, in which the museum is located, once served as a home for Bosch's chauffeurs and as a garage for Bosch's automobiles. Carl Bosch's residence was the Villa Bosch, a few hundred meters from the garage house.

Wikipedia: Carl Bosch Museum Heidelberg (DE), Website

1229 meters / 15 minutes

Sight 3: Schlossgarten

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The Hortus Palatinus, or Garden of the Palatinate, was a Baroque garden attached to Heidelberg Castle, Germany. The garden was commissioned by Frederick V, Elector Palatine in 1614 for his new wife, Elizabeth Stuart, and became famous across Europe during the 17th century for the landscaping and horticultural techniques involved in its design. At the time it was known as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', and has since been termed 'Germany's greatest Renaissance garden.'

Wikipedia: Hortus Palatinus (EN)

423 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 4: Heidelberg Castle

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Heidelberg CastlePumuckel42 (Reinhard Wolf) at de:Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

Heidelberg Castle is a ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.

Wikipedia: Heidelberg Castle (EN), Website, Url Official

61 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: Deutsches Apotheken-Museum

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The German Pharmacy Museum in Heidelberg is a German museum dedicated to the history of pharmacy. It has extensive collections whose exhibits span the entire German-speaking world from antiquity to the 21st century. It is located in Heidelberg Castle.

Wikipedia: Deutsches Apothekenmuseum (DE), Website

622 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 6: Karmeliterkloster Heidelberg

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Karmeliterkloster Heidelberg

The Carmelite monastery of Heidelberg was a convent of the Carmelites, with a church and monastery building, in Heidelberg. The church, which is no longer preserved, served, among other things, as the burial place of the ruling house of the Wittelsbachs.

Wikipedia: Karmeliterkloster Heidelberg (DE)

315 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 7: Karlstor

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The Karlstor is a historic building in the city of Heidelberg. It has marked the eastern end of Heidelberg's old town since 1781.

Wikipedia: Karlstor (Heidelberg) (DE)

276 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 8: Haus Buhl

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Haus Buhl is a listed building in Heidelberg's old town near the eastern entrance to the city.

Wikipedia: Haus Buhl (DE), Website

23 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 9: Völkerkundemuseum

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The Ethnological Museum of the J. and E. von Portheim Foundation in Heidelberg houses collections on religion, art and everyday life from the regions of Asia, Africa and Oceania. Art and culture of these regions are presented in changing special exhibitions.

Wikipedia: Völkerkundemuseum Heidelberg (DE), Website

213 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 10: Mittermaier-Palais

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The Mittermaierhaus is a baroque town house in Heidelberg, Germany. It is located at Karlstraße 8 below the Heidelberg Castle.

Wikipedia: Mittermaierhaus (DE), Url Official

44 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 11: Akademie der Wissenschaften

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Akademie der Wissenschaften

The Grand Ducal Palace is a building built in 1717 and is located on Karlsplatz in Heidelberg. The palace is now the seat of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.

Wikipedia: Großherzogliches Palais (Heidelberg) (DE)

104 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 12: Kornmarkt-Madonna

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The Kornmarkt-Madonna is a fountain sculpture in the Kornmarkt in the Altstadt of Heidelberg. It is also known as the Mariensäule and Muttergottesbrunnen.

Wikipedia: Kornmarkt-Madonna (EN)

111 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Hercules Brunnen

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Hercules Brunnen

The Hercules Fountain stands in front of the town hall in the old town of the Baden-Württemberg city of Heidelberg.

Wikipedia: Herkulesbrunnen (Heidelberg) (DE)

102 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 14: Church of the Holy Spirit

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Church of the Holy Spirit No machine-readable author provided. Hlohning assumed (based on copyright claims). / CC BY 2.5

The Church of the Holy Spirit is the largest church in Heidelberg, Germany. The church, located in the marketplace in the old town center, was constructed between 1398 and 1515 in the Romanesque and Gothic styles. It receives 1–3 million guests annually, making it among the most visited churches in Germany.

Wikipedia: Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg (EN)

392 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 15: Heuscheuer

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The Heuscheuer (Heuscheune) is a former warehouse in Heidelberg, Germany. Today, the building serves as the university's lecture hall.

Wikipedia: Heuscheuer (Heidelberg) (DE)

213 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 16: Marstall

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The Heidelberg Stables, built of Neckar Valley sandstone, is one of the oldest surviving buildings from the early modern period in Heidelberg. The building, which is now called Marstall, was originally called Zeughaus, while the Marstall was located to the south in a building that has now been destroyed.

Wikipedia: Marstall (Heidelberg) (DE)

363 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 17: Providenzkirche

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The Church of Providence is a Protestant church on the Hauptstrasse of the old town of Heidelberg. Until the union of the Protestant Church in Baden in 1821, this was the Lutheran church of central Heidelberg, while the Church of the Holy Spirit was the meeting place of the Calvinist church.

Wikipedia: Church of Providence, Heidelberg (EN)

97 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 18: Kurpfälzisches Museum

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The Electoral Palatinate Museum Heidelberg houses the art and cultural history collections of the city of Heidelberg.

Wikipedia: Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg (DE), Website

87 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 19: Institutsgebäude

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InstitutsgebäudeRudolf Stricker / Attribution

The former Hotel Badischer Hof was opened in 1780. With its central location at Heidelberger Hauptstraße 113, it was long considered the most distinguished house on the square. Among his illustrious guests was King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

Wikipedia: Badischer Hof (Heidelberg) (DE)

155 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 20: Assyriologie, versch. Uni-Einrichtungen

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The residential and banking building at Hauptstraße 126 is a listed building in Heidelberg, Germany.

Wikipedia: Wohn- und Bankhaus Hauptstraße 126 (Heidelberg) (DE)

94 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 21: Studentenmuseum mit Karzer

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The last student prison in Heidelberg's history was located at Augustinergasse 24 and served as a prison for students of the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg. Today, it is attached to the Old University of Heidelberg as part of the Museum of the History of the University.

Wikipedia: Studentenkarzer (Heidelberg) (DE), Website

122 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 22: Jesuitenkirche

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Jesuitenkirche Reinhard Wolf, Talstraße 13, 63128 Dietzenbach. (selbst fotografiert); User Pumuckel42 on de.wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Jesuit Church is the largest and most important church in Heidelberg next to the Church of the Holy Spirit and forms the architectural focus of the former Jesuit quarter in the old town in the immediate vicinity of the University Square. Today it is the main church of the Roman Catholic Holy Spirit parish in Heidelberg's old town. The church was built between 1712 and 1759 in the Baroque style, the neo-baroque tower was added between 1868 and 1872. The church, which is not geostet as usual, but faces south, is a "building that is as remarkable as it is unusual".

Wikipedia: Jesuitenkirche (Heidelberg) (DE)

241 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 23: Peterskirche

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St. Peter's Church is the oldest church in the old town (Altstadt) of Heidelberg, Germany. It has generally served as the university church of the University of Heidelberg since the late Middle Ages.

Wikipedia: St. Peter's Church, Heidelberg (EN), Url Official

341 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 24: Erlöserkirche

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The Church of the Redeemer is a church in the old town of Heidelberg, which was built in 1723/24 as the convent church of the "White Nuns" (Dominican nuns). After the dissolution of the monastery, it was used for various purposes and is now the parish church of the Old Catholic community. Apart from the Jesuit Church, it is the only surviving of the originally numerous monastery churches in Heidelberg's old town.

Wikipedia: Erlöserkirche (Heidelberg) (DE)

498 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 25: Sankt Anna

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St. Anna is a Catholic church in the old town of Heidelberg, Germany. It was built between 1714 and 1717 as a hospital church and is dedicated to St. Anne. To the east of the church is the former hospital.

Wikipedia: St. Anna (Heidelberg) (DE)

1501 meters / 18 minutes

Sight 26: S-Printing Horse

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With a height of 13 meters and a weight of 90 tons, the S-Printing Horse in Heidelberg is one of the largest horse sculptures in the world, designed by sculptor Jürgen Goertz. The sculptor's idea was implemented by Fröhlich Systemautomation GmbH Sondermaschinen- und Vorrichtungsbau, based in Treuchtlingen in Middle Franconia.

Wikipedia: S-Printing Horse (DE)

830 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 27: Christuskirche

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The Protestant Christuskirche Heidelberg is a historicist church building in Heidelberg's Weststadt district.

Wikipedia: Christuskirche (Heidelberg) (DE)

423 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 28: St. Bonifatius

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St. BonifatiusRudolf Stricker / Attribution

St. Bonifatius is a Catholic church in the Weststadt of Heidelberg. It is a Romanesque Revival basilica with a transept and a facade with double towers, which was designed by Ludwig Maier and built between 1899 and 1903.

Wikipedia: St. Bonifatius, Heidelberg (EN)

1827 meters / 22 minutes

Sight 29: Riesenstein

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Riesenstein Felix Kick / CC-by-sa 2.0/de

The Riesenstein is a bouldering and climbing area on the slope of the Gaisberg directly above Heidelberg's old town.

Wikipedia: Riesenstein (Heidelberg) (DE)

1398 meters / 17 minutes

Sight 30: Obere Burg

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Obere Burg Sebastian Münster / Bild-PD-alt

The Upper Castle, also known as the Old Castle or Burg zu Berge, is a hilltop castle on the northwestern slope of the Königstuhl above Heidelberg Castle. Like Heidelberg Castle, the no longer existing complex on today's Klingenteichstraße already existed in the Middle Ages. It was demonstrably largely destroyed on 25 April 1537 by a lightning strike with an accompanying explosion due to stored black powder reserves. The base area and foundation walls of the former hilltop castle are now mainly built over by the whey cure.

Wikipedia: Obere Burg (Heidelberg) (DE)


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