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Heidelberg Travel Guide - Things to See
Heidelberg is located in the valley of the Neckar where the rivers mirror an entrancing succession of feudal castles, vineyards, cathedrals and palaces. To the east are the low hills of the Swabian Forests, and to the south is the entrance to the Black Forest. Heidelberg resembles a stage set, and is even more theatrical in the summer when the bridge and castle are illuminated along with fireworks. Its castle forms an incredible backdrop. Everyone wants to spend more time in Heidelberg.

The Castle is a ruin, but a flourishing ruin. There's so much left that it remains exceedingly imposing, and the architectural styles in which its various parts were constructed during the 700 years of it building, are still evident. See the famous Heidelberg Tun, the tremendous vat that is so large there's a stairway built up one side. Walk through the castle and its gardens. Try to get there before rush hour. One can reach the castle by foot, car, a 290-foot long escalator, or by cable railway. The railway will also take you even further to Konigsstuhl, 2000 feet high, with a superb view of the Valley.

Bismarck Monument: A complex of pathways, one of them called Philosopher's Way leads to the monument. Continue on another path Upper Philosopher's Way to the Observation Tower... past the remains of a celtic fort to the ruins of the 9th century St. Michael's Basilica and Monastery.

The University: Generally, this is the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Heidelberg, because it was the setting for the operetta "The Student Prince". Founded in 1386, it is Germany's oldest. The very old buildings are notable and still in use. There's also a new building added in 1930. It's the old section that visitors find so picturesque. See the Student Prison... the Student Inns... and the narrow streets of Old Town.

Kurpfalzisches Museum: Do see the famous Twelve Apostles Altar, an unexcelled example of the woodcarver's art and a top masterpiece of the Wurzburg woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider. It was completed in 1509.

Electoral Museum: Contains a relic of the world's earliest man... The Heidelberg Man... only the bones of the lower jaw.

Miscellaneous: Famous people were born here:.. the poet Scheffel, the first president of Germany, Friedrich Ebert, the astronomer Max Wolf. Everywhere you walk, look for numerous unexpected vistas in the streets of this Baroque city. The city looks old... and that's why tourists like it.

The Neckar Valley: East of Heidelberg is a gorge between high wooded hills on either side, providing some of the most romantic scenery in Germany. Neckarsteinach (4 castles), Hirschhorn (Town walls and castle-fortress), Neckarzimmern (Hornberg Castle).
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