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Altstadt (Old Town)

Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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The Old Town of Heidelberg starts from Sofienstrasse and brings you to the castle. In the middle there is the University Area (the oldest university in Germany), the main shopping street (Hauptstrasse) and it includes to famous Karl-Theodor-Bridge / the Old bridge.
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“old town” (395 reviews)
Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lots of tourists on a typical summer weekend with lot of restaurants as well. Good place to roam around and probably do a walking tour for an hour. Go to the bridge and take nice photos.

Thank Jagadeesh C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice cobbled old town with lots of shops. Very good for retail therapy. Prices are good in Germany. Bought lots.

Thank Emma3842
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I really enjoyed walking around the old town of Heidelberg. So much to do, and see. Many shops and restaurants line at Plaza's in Maine streets of this area of town. Have a beer at one of the sidewalk cafés! You can see so much...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We did one and half hour English walking tour arranged through the tourist office for €8. Well worth it, touched on some history and key sights. A great intro to the city.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight of Heidelberg. Well worth to stroll around and drink some white wine on many bars and restaurants in the central parts. It is not so expensive and a lot of ice cream places also :)

1  Thank Antiez
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is very historic and charming. Small pubs, market, food all together. A must visiting place

1  Thank Vishal L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Old towns are always amazing! Really pretty and lots to see and do! You can even just a grab a coffee and have a seat to people watch!

Thank MasinaBC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure if I have visited too many of these such towns, but the Old Town is not the original. A replica town, rebuilt as some other reviewers have stated. Perhaps if you haven't seen one, then visit. If you have, I personally found it...More

1  Thank geromam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place offers good chill out place, plenty of bars and restaurant offering table service. Centrally located.

Thank Rogerio_uk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must visit for every traveler touring Europe. Heidelberg offers a historic old town which was not destroyed during WWII like many other German cities. Famous for its old town, castle, river bridge and Germany's first and oldest university.

Thank cantaloop2
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Heather D
Are most of the places open on Easter Monday?
14 January 2017|
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Response from Eric H | Reviewed this property |
I'm not 100% sure but you are likely to find attractions such as Heidelberg Castle open (at least limited hours) on Easter Monday. We were there on Dec 26th and while it is a public holiday in Germany (St. Stephens Day) and... More
What is the shopping hours during weekend?
15 October 2016|
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Response from Palcobaby | Reviewed this property |
During the week the shops are open until about 9pm. Saturdays they allow for weekend tourists many places stay open until well past 9pm. Of course restaurants, bars etc are open later. Area appeared to be very safe, had... More
HI again, what is the best way to travel from Dusseldorf to Heidelberg? I'm assuming the train but not sure what train. Thanks for your help!
2 May 2016|
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Response from helloq8 | Reviewed this property |
deed the train is ideal, if you do not have a car. It is a smooth ride. trains go on the average every hour, but you will have to check the DB schedule. They have fast as well as slower trains, depending on the number of... More