Things to do on Holidays in Heidelberg Germany

Heidelberg is often dubbed as the Cambridge or Oxford of Germany, is located on the Neckar River. It’s a major tourist destination, and is one of the oldest towns in the country. The city was of great importance from the 13th to 18th century, as it was the residence of the Electors of the Palatinate. It also has one of the oldest universities in the country, founded in 1386.

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    The Philosophenweg, known as the Philosopher's Street in English, is a path that goes along the Neckar River. It was named as the Philosopher's Street because several philosophers have walked in this very street, leading them to inspiration. Perhaps a walk at the Philosophenweg might bring you some inspiration as well.

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    The Altstadt, also known as the Old Town is the historical city centre which has existed for centuries. It includes the main university area along with the Hauptstrasse (Main Street). The Hauptstrasse is nearly a mile long, being one of the longest shopping streets in Germany.

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    The Heidelberg Castle is based on Gothic and Renaissance themes of architecture, being a popular tourist destination around the city. The castle is easily one of the most famous landmarks throughout the country, and is known as the 'Palace of Kings, Prison of Popes', due to its much controversial history. Visitors are left struck with awe when they visit this great castle, as they get a chance to witness history themselves.

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    Located on the top of the mountain of Heiligenberg, is the Thingstatte. The open-air theatre was built by the Nazi regime in the mid-1930s in their bid to give voice to their propaganda. However, since the end of the World War II, the Thingstatte has no purpose other than being known as a popular historical location.

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    The Old Heidelberg University, popular as Alte Universitat to the locals, was founded in 1368. The university is Germany's most oldest institute and is a prime attraction of the city. The university has been one of the major research organizations in Europe, and is associated with 55 Nobel Prize laureates.

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    The Old Quarters in a neighbourhood that's just next to the famous Heidelberg University. The streets are full of several hangouts, which are often visited by the students and tourists alike.

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    The Market Square also known as the Marktplatz is a famous shopping area in the city and is one of the most popular locations to visit in the city.

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    The Heiliggeitkirche Church is among the many churches in the city, with a history that tends to differentiate it from the rest. The Church was home to the Bibliotheka Palatina, one of the most important compilation of German books and manuscripts during its time. The collection, was however, stolen later one. But it was eventually returned to the University Library in pieces, from time to time.

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    Apart from its rich educational background, the city also have a strong history when it comes to art. There are several popular theatres in the city, such as the Stadttheater and Zimmertheater.

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    The English Bookstore is the ultimate destination for people seeking English literature while living in the city. The bookstore is famous for its vivid collection and is visited by several tourists.

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