Heidelberg Castle

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Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg Castle Reviews

Maurizioago Maurizio…
574 reviews
The castle. Feb 27, 2018
The castle is a beautiful bunch of ruins located on a hill overlooking the old town and the Neckar river.

Prince elector Ruprecht III (1398-1410) was the first to erect the original building as a royal residence. The prince electors of the 16th and 17th centuries turned the fortress into a castle. During the 30 Years War the castle and gardens were destroyed. Later they were rebuilt between 1649 and 1680. Then the French troops destroyed them again. After, prince elector Karl Theodor tried to restore the castle, but a lightning struck it in 1764.

The castle houses the German Pharmaceutical Museum (Deutsche Apotekenmuseum) which has pharmaceutical equipments and some shops from eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In a room there is a big barrell (Grosse Fass). This was built in 1751. It has a capacity of 220,017 litres. On the top of it there is a small dance floor.

In the summer, during the Heidelberg Castle Festival, the castle courtyard is the site of operas, theatre performances and classical concerts.

At the castle there is a large terrace where you can see the old core of Heidelberg and some surrounding areas. Moreover, going down the exit of the castle you can enjoy a good landscape from some large windows.
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irenem says:
Looks interesting. Hope to go here in the summer. Hope you are settling in to this new site. Cheers, Irene
Posted on: Mar 19, 2017
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loripori loripori
272 reviews
Heidelberg Castle Jan 24, 2017

The 14th century SCHLOSS HEIDELBERG is a mix of styles from Gothic to High Renaissance. Construction went on for over 400 years.

Prince Elector Ruprecht III (1398 - 1410 ) erected the first representative building in the inner courtyard, as a regal residence. In the 16th and 17th century, the Prince Electors added two Palace buildings and turned the site into a Castle. The two dominant buildings at the eastern and northern side of the courtyard are the "Ottheinrichbau" erected during the rule of Otthenrich (1556-1559) and the Friedrichsbau (1601 - 1607) during the rule of Friedrich IV ( 1583 - 1610 ).

Sunday June 1 2008

WooHoo! We finally got to visit Heidelberg properly, during a VT group tour led by our wonderful guide Jessica who grew up near this world famous city.

Our excursion of Heidelberg began with a walk through the Main Street - Hauptstrasse, past the beautiful Hotel Zum Ritter. Then on to Marktplatz - site of the Rathaus and Heiliggeistkirche. We then took the Funicular up to Heidelberg Castle. Our first sight was the courtyard with Friedrichsbau and Ottheinrichbau. We visited the German Pharmacy Museum and the Wine Cellar and then on to the Balcony overlooking the city.

Had dinner in the Marktplatz at Markstube.. Then had to see the "Monkey" and the Old Bridge Gate.

After a very busy day, it was time to get back on the bus to the train station and head back to Karlsruhe.
View of Heidelberg Castle
View from the Castle
Heidelberg Rathuis
loripori says:
It was a lovely visit to a lovely town. Thanks for the smiles.
Posted on: Mar 19, 2017
irenem says:
Looks like an interesting town. We hope to go here in the summer. All the best, Irene
Posted on: Mar 19, 2017
yeshan yeshan
66 reviews
A Glimpse of History : Simply Wunderbar Dec 23, 2012
Located amidst a town reflecting medieval architecture the Heidelberg Castle rises above the city, letting out a true aura of a Magnificent Piece of craftsmanship from the yesteryear s , Having survived the world war II , this is a true refection of intact German History. The breathtaking view from the top is worth the steep climb which for a vivid dreamer is enough to imagine that one is not entering a run down castle but history itself. If you are traveling across the area Frankfurt, Stuttgart etc.take time off to enter this vibrant city, and walk your way up this world famous castle. If you are driving take care as parking is the biggest hassle. Public transport is always recommended and the evening is the best time to stroll up. Enjoy a drink at one of the many restaurants decorating this old city. Take time to sit, and breathe in a bit of real German History. Its Simply WUNDERBAR!!!
The Castle from Below
Surrounding City
an age old hotel in close vicinity
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EMTurbo EMTurbo
1 reviews
A Breathtaking Medieval Castle May 06, 2008
This is a true historic monument. A magnificent step back in time and an awesome example of the painstaking attention to detail that architects and builders of this era put into their work. Much of the more detailed statue adourned buildings were built during the renaissance. The face of the building is liberally decorated with statues and carvings of soldiers at each floor. Inside you can take a guided tour and a look into the lives of those from the 13th to the 18th century including a wooden wine keg standing approximately 15 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep.
Face of a castle building showing …
Wine keg in Heidelberg Castle
A distant shot showing the great c…
mpanklind says:
How grat place
Posted on: Jun 17, 2012
realrv6 realrv6
63 reviews
Wonderful Jun 07, 2007
The castle is the symbol of the wonderful city of Heidelberg and one of the most beautiful landmarks in all Germany. It is partially destroyed from the many wars, but is still one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Europe. A visit to this castle is really worth. Especially in springtime where we can enjoy a nice walk in the beautiful gardens outside the castle. Inside the castle is the German Pharmacy Museum (nothing particular for me) and The World’s Biggest Wine Barrel (Das Große Fass). The “Große Fass” is a real “Must-See”.

A great place to admire the castle and the whole city of Heidelberg is the "Philosophenweg" (The Street of the Philosophers).
Heidelberg Castle
Heidelberg Castle (Powder Turret)
Heidelberg Castle
Heidelberg Castle
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realrv6 says:
Yeah! I know it's a nice city, but unfortunately I've never been to Freiburg...
Posted on: Jan 25, 2011
daynnightraveller says:
i ve been there too..have u ever been in Freiburg b4?
its also very nice..and very close to heidelberg..
Posted on: Jan 25, 2011
realrv6 says:
It was beautiful. Wasn't it? :-)
Posted on: Oct 13, 2010

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