One of the most sought after tourist destinations, Heidelberg needs little or no introduction. From being a historic university town to being a cult favourite when it comes to its rich history, this place is a true cultural hotspot. The Baroque architecture combined with the remarkable remnants of the Renaissance castle inspired and continues to inspire countless generations. Heidelberg boasts of storybook vistas and a beguiling allure that has no compare. Bordered by forested hills, this town has not only a romantic cityscape but its fair share of attractions. On that note, here are a few things that you cannot afford to miss when you are here.
This amazing structure is a classic example of stone bridge construction and dates back to over 200 years. Built during the reign of Elector Charles Theodore, the bridge has carefully sculpted details of the ruler on it. Apart from being the stunning monument that it is, it also connects the old city with the eastern part of the Nuenheim district. According to the legends, the bronze monkey on the old bridge is said to bring good luck and fertility. Due to its meaning and need for preservation, it has been added to the World’s Monument Fund list.
Deutsches Apotheken Museum
With over twenty thousand objects that stand for the rich history of the medical sciences, the Deutsches Apotheken Museum is wondrous. If you are curious to know of the many the pharmacy and medicine that ran in the Renaissance Germany world, this museum is a must-visit for you. Hailed as one of the largest and finest of its class, this museum is housed in the Heidelberg Castle. Apart from the 700-1800 centuries old pharmacy kits, pieces of equipment that were used to make them, are also displayed. Make sure you appoint a proper guide for your tour so that you do not miss anything.
Situated at the back of the Old University in Augustinergasse, this building was once a jail for the students who committed minor wrongdoings and misbehaviour. At that time, the administration enjoyed autonomous jurisdiction and enjoyed legal jurisdiction to keep the students imprisoned/detained for offences like disturbances of the peace, participating in duels, and even insulting the higher authorities. More popularly known as the Student’s Jail, this place has decorations and other embellishments which were done by the students who bided there. The many graffiti, paintings and artworks are well preserved to this date. The Studentenkarzer is open year-round, with visiting hours depending on the season.
Church of the Holy Spirit
This late Roman basilica stands deferentially at Marktplatz. Striking for its gothic-styled construction, this church has withstood many wars. It was attacked by the French in the Nine Years’ War which explains the majorly run down tombs. The gothic style windows give you the intricate details of the very creative craftsmanship. Something very interesting is the ‘Physics Window’ which has records of Einstein’s equations and also the atomic bombings of Hiroshima. If you wish, find some time to attend some of its religious music performances. You will be surprised at how much the church speaks of the protestant and catholic cultures. Plus, the church is very close to the Altstadt station and is approximately at a 15-minute walk. Don’t miss out on the excellent view of the beautiful town when you at the topmost point of the church.
Ever heard of the Walpurgis Night? Well, this theatre is where the grand celebration takes place. Known for its famous theatrical performances which mostly include German traditional folklores, this theatre has a rich beauty in its structure alone. It would come as surprise to know that in the place of this theatre, it was earlier a meeting place where people came together from all over.
This open theatre has fast lost its significance as a performance arena. But it continues to be open to people as a public park. In a warmer climate, however, you will be lucky enough to witness several opera performances.
Go Indian at Raja Rani
Thanks to the leading edge of globalization, you will find authentic Indian cuisine even in the remotest corners of Heidelberg. However, these places are not just for the Indians visiting Germany but also for the tourists who want to taste some of the best Indian delicacies (with a German touch, of course). Of particular mention among them has to be Raja Rani.
This restaurant is known for their absolutely tasty Indian and Asian delicacies. The tandoori and tikka (meat and fishes topped with fresh lentils and vegetables) are the main attractions in the menu. The staff also gives you the choice of selecting the range of spiciness that you need in your dish. For the dessert, do not miss out on the on ‘Mango Lassi’ which is a blend of yoghurt, curd, and water with flavours of mango in it.
Get ready with your shopping lists on Hauptstrasse
As a pedestrian zone and popular shopping street, you will have a lot to do at the Hauptstrasse. This high street packs a punch when it comes to shopping- from cosmetics to footwear, this is a one-stop destination for all your shopping needs. Combine that with plentiful historic landmarks, a walk through this street will take your entire day. Some of the most visited attractions include the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Town Hall. If you are feeling hungry, take a turn to the amazing restaurants and eateries to treat yourself with some of the best German desserts and delicacies.
Eat at Schnitzelbank
Without a shadow of a doubt, this place can be said to be a gourmet’s best choice. This restaurant serves the most incredible German, European, and Central European cuisine. The menu is extensive with almost all kind of options for people of all diets. The quaintness and the homely atmosphere is what attracts most of its tourists. Adding to this, the rustic and wooden interiors are sure to awe you off the bat. On the menu, you have the crispy pancakes and very famous ‘cordon bleu’. The speciality of these dishes is that they are filled and sauteed with creamed sausages, Gorgonzola cream sauce, and butter noodles. Therefore, if you are really interested in these authentic and cosy meals, Schnitzelbank can be your ultimate stop.
Eat Middle Eastern at Mahmoud’s
This restaurant can be one of your cheap-eats. Famous for its Lebanese cuisine, the restaurant provides you with vegetarian, vegan and halal meals. One must simply try their ‘shawarma mitchips’ and ‘Spezialtellermit Shawarma’ which are served with falafels and salads. The meals are very well-known and popular enough to have many branches across the country and elsewhere.
This place also serves some of the freshest hummus which is prepared with chickpea mousse and sesame sauce. They are also garnished with olive oil and cumin. Most of its dishes (on the demand of the customers) are served in rolls of pita bread and are super delicious and super crispy. In a nutshell, if you are looking for the best Middle Eastern quick food, look no further than Mahmoud’s.
Taste the Saumagen
This popular dish consists of a stuffed casing of pork, sausage meat, potatoes seasoned with spices such as nutmeg and white pepper. The word ‘saumagen’ stands for pig’s stomach, which is an integral component in the preparation of the dish. More than the actual dish, it is the toppings that make the dish stand out. Most of the places also serve complimentary drinks like German Beer or dry white wine.
Taste the authentic Quetschekuchen
It is safe to say that Heidelberg is very popular for its servings of authentic plum tarts. It is traditionally served with potato soup and has been followed from generations of old. If you thought that it is just tasty, lo and behold- it is a delight to the eyes as well. You will fresh plums served with cinnamon and sugar; layered with jam and served on a thin and soft cake. Made from the best plums in the country, you will see this dish in various forms with slight variations in almost all corners of the street. Indeed, this impressive dish is certainly not to be missed while in Germany.
Have a quiet night out at the Bent Bar
If you crave the nightlife, the exciting charm of the Bent Bar will excite you like none other. Placed quite remotely away from the old town of the city, this cosy, comfortable bar would come as a respite from the all the hubbub of the city and is a must-visit if you are in the area.
It is not without reason that this place is one of the trendiest places in the whole of the city. They serve some of the most delicious cocktails and drinks for you to relish. If you ever find yourself here, we highly recommend tasting their most popular drink- the ‘Commonwealth,’ Prepared from a flavoursome fusion of Gin and Earl Grey tea with some Ginger beer, this will not disappoint you. Another hot-seller is the ‘Four Roses bourbon’- a proper cocktail made of honey, lemon juice, and sliced ginger.
Go wine tasting in the local wines
Germany may not be that famed for wine, but if you are craving for some, Heidelberg does have two amazing places that serve some delicious wines. WeingutSegut and WeingutClauer are two very popular places and they are a must-visit. Wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc are best produced here. The vineyards span across huge hectares and you will get to see quite a lot of variety. On top of that, there is a beautiful restaurant attached to it that organizes wine tasting events from time to time. So we assure you that a visit