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1.5-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town of Heidelberg

1. 1.5-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town of Heidelberg

Look behind the scenes of Heidelberg! If you want to discover the exciting, romantic, funny and always entertaining stories Heidelberg has to offer, join this guided tour of the old town and learn more from the qualified guides. Enchanting alleys and squares, small gardens that pop up unexpectedly, museums and galleries: Heidelberg’s old town has many facets. This tour will breathe life into the city’s past, adding rich detail to the contours of today’s city. Whether it is the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Jesuitenviertel, Germany’s oldest university with its Students’ Prison, or other sightseeing attractions: every place of interest in the old town has a unique ambiance and history well worth immersing yourself in for a few minutes. The tour also passes along the main street, one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe. Many detours into the alleyways of the old town confirm the truth of the old saying “you only truly learn about the countryside by taking the back roads.”

Heidelberg: Night Watchman Historic Adventure Tour

2. Heidelberg: Night Watchman Historic Adventure Tour

Learn all about the lives of those on the outside of society with this interactive historical adventure tour through scenic Heidelberg. Take in the City Hall, Korn Market, and all the key sights as you go. Meet your Night Watchman at Hercules fountain in the Market Square to begin your tour of Heidelberg from below. Hear stories from Medieval history as you pass by the landmarks like the Korn Market Madonna, the Palais Prinz Carl, and the Palais Graimberg. Pause at Karl Square and admire the ruins of the city's old castle. Stroll through old small streets and paths with your guide including Eselspfad, Leyergasse, Semmelgasse, and Steingasse. Stop at the 18th-century Holländer Hof and learn about the fate of those living outside the city walls. Admire the iconic old town bridge as you immerse yourself in old Heidelberg in the company of your Night Watchman.

Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

3. Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

Discover Heidelberg and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the old town. In just a few hours you can explore all the historical sights. Learn interesting information and get great insider tips that won’t be found in any guide book – specifically tailored to your wishes. Stroll along one of the longest pedestrian zones in Germany directly through the picturesque old town and admire the magnificent Baroque buildings. See the beautiful Old Bridge and the impressive Church of the Holy Spirit, which once housed a collection of valuable documents. Walk through the former Hortus Palatinus (Garden Palatinate) to Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a detour to Scheffel Terrace with breathtaking views of the city and the Rhine River, you will head to the castle complex itself. Here you can see the largest ever wine barrel and enjoy wine tasting in the castle cellar or visit the Pharmacy Museum in the courtyard.

Heidelberg: On the trail of the Night Watchmen

4. Heidelberg: On the trail of the Night Watchmen

The call of the night watchman rang out every hour in the streets of the former electoral residence on the Neckar. And now it sounds again: During the tours of the Heidelberg night watchman. The tour starts at the Market Square, by the Hercules Fountain. You'll pass by the City Hall, Holy Spirit Church, and Palais Prinz Carl (former Grand Hotel, one of the most beautiful wedding locations in the region). Walk along small historic streets like Burgweg and Kanzleigasse until you reach Karl Square from where you can enjoy the best view of the world-known ruins of the old castle. Pass by many old historic buildings like Palais Boisseree, Science academy, Schmitthenner House, and many more. The guide will share entertaining stories about the sites and things that one experienced in the nocturnal streets of Heidelberg, the history of the city, its streets and squares, its local originals, and personalities.

Heidelberg: Private Walking Tour With Professional Guide

5. Heidelberg: Private Walking Tour With Professional Guide

Visit Heidelberg with a guide on a private walking tour of the city. See the most important tourist attractions and find out why this university city is loved by students and families alike. Surrounded by forest, Germany's oldest and most famous university town is renowned for its baroque Old Town, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting, and its half-ruined hilltop castle. Meet your guide and set out to explore Heidelberg's Old Town. Walk down one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe and see Heidelberg University, the oldest one in Germany. Learn how the university was founded in 1386 and hear about the student jail, which was established in the 1780s and operated until 1914. See the Church of the Holy Spirit, visit the Old Bridge, and rub the Bridge Monkey of Heidelberg to ensure good fortune. You'll also have the opportunity to have a view of the iconic Heidelberg Castle. As this is a private tour, your itinerary can be adjusted to suit your preferences. 

Heidelberg: Torchlight Tour with a Night Watchman

6. Heidelberg: Torchlight Tour with a Night Watchman

Discover Heidelberg by night as your Night Watchman leads you through the medieval alleyways of the old town. Light up your torch and experience Heidelberg as its inhabitants did hundreds of years ago. Start your tour from the Market Square by the Hercules Fountain. Pass by the city hall, the Korn Market, Palais Prinz Carl, and Palais Graimberg. Make your way to Karl Square to take in the views of the ruins of the old castle. Wander through many of the old streets and paths, such as Burgweg, Ingrimstreet, Mittelbadgasse, and Steingasse. Have a glimpse at the Haspelgasse, also known as "The Bermuda Triangle", where most of the town's bars can be found. Finally, end your tour at the Old Town Bridge.

Heidelberg: 2-Hour Spooky Tour with Hangman’s Daughter

7. Heidelberg: 2-Hour Spooky Tour with Hangman’s Daughter

Enjoy a very special walking tour with ghost stories of Heidelberg. Join the Hangman’s Daughter on one of her walks and search for old haunted houses and witches hidings. Hear stories of poltergeists who wreak havoc in town houses, the souls of burned witches, and evil dogs in the darkest corners of the old town. Explore Heidelberg’s romantic old town and learn about dreadful crimes and cruel punishments during the Middle Ages. Find out how an executioner could make a living with his “services” in the old days and get to know the dark side of the town.

Guided Tour of Student Rabble, Whore Pack and the French War

8. Guided Tour of Student Rabble, Whore Pack and the French War

Immerse yourself in the other, with this exciting history of Heidelberg, both entertaining and exciting... yet there is always an notorious wink. Learn about the famous student rabble that took place in Heidelberg. Hear all about the mischievous whore pack of the city. Explore sites famously effected by the French War. Have a guided tour with the governess "Marie Louise von Langfeldt", she chatters cheerfully and takes you to a Panopticum of Heidelberg in the 19th century. She gossips about everything and everyone. From drunk and boisterous students to marauding French soldiers who flared Heidelberg. She talks about thieving Catholics who stole university books, hallucinating canons and burning calves. She chatters about gawky poets and thinkers who were after every coat, everyone gets their fat here from. 

Heidelberg: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Night Watchman

9. Heidelberg: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Night Watchman

Immerse yourself in the spooky world of werewolves, ghosts, and vampires. Enjoy a tour guided by a night watchman through Heidelberg’s most famous lore and legends, and visit the creepy locations of murder and myths. Dressed in a lovingly made and detailed costume, the night watchman reveals the dark side of the romantic old town. Listen to stories that will truly give you goosebumps. Visit the locations of vicious murders and learn all about wild students and terrible monsters. Dare to venture down the picturesque streets in the evening and discover their secrets. Feel a cold shiver down the spine at the mention of supernatural beings and events.

Heidelberg: Craft Beer and Street Food Tour

10. Heidelberg: Craft Beer and Street Food Tour

Savor the flavors of different street foods and craft beers on a tasting tour of Heidelberg that can tailored to your desires. Get an introduction to the food and drinks scene, from strong stouts served in a metal head bar to traditional German brews served at rustic inns. Join other travelers and local students in the melting pot of the Old Town, and get the chance to visit quarters that other tourists often miss. Follow your guide to the city's Little France area, where bistros and French cuisine are the order of the day. Alternatively, cross the river to explore the organic food restaurants of a district that resembles Brooklyn in New York. Sample authentic currywurst, frankfurters and other types of sausage. Savor local schnitzel, flammkuchen (flat breads), cakes and candies. You can visit a candy or chocolate manufacturer, watch a baker at work or peep into a distillery to see how craft beer is made.

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4.6 / 5

based on 521 reviews

Traveling with teenagers is always a bit difficult. They get bored easily and don't feel like doing what adults enjoy doing. This time it was different! Our junior (12) was interested, asked us questions afterwards and thought the lady who was our guide was really great. He really had fun! Without a cell phone ;-) The tour was super informative, not a bit boring and there were often funny stories and idioms suddenly made sense. I can only recommend everyone to dive into medieval Heidelberg with this guide!

Our Guide Charolette was so friendly and knowledgeable. Shared not only the history but interesting stories and pointed out unique places to eat and shop!

Stephanie was extremely knowledgeable and fun. She not only provided interesting history but also pointed out several fun inside tips.

Interesting, varied tour with lots of information, but still very entertaining and entertaining

The tour was very informative and we had a lot of fun!