The acclaimed university town and seat of learning was one of the key inspirations for the poets and painters of German Romanticism. No city was as beloved by the Romantic poets as much as Heidelberg, due in great part to her enchanting location on the Neckar River amidst mountains, woods and sloping vineyards.
Take in the magic of Heidelberger Schloss (Heildelberg Castle), the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) and the Old Town panorama; stroll through the picturesque side streets full of enticing opportunities to look, poke around and shop; enjoy the varied all-year program of cultural activities and the flair of historic student pubs.
The heart of the Old Town of Germany's oldest university town can be discovered on foot in about two hours; an equal amount of time should be allotted for the ruins of the "Heidelberger Schloss" (Heidelberg Castle). Majestically perched high above the narrow lanes and picturesque roofs of town, the magnificent red sandstone structure crow the city. For five centuries it used to be the glamorous residence of the Electors Palatine.