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Heidelberg: 50-minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

1. Heidelberg: 50-minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

See Heidelberg from a different point of view and cruise the Neckar River. Sit back and relax as you glide along the water, underneath the Old Bridge with a unique view of the Heidelberg Castle. Opt to purchase a drink or snack and capture the best highlights in a short period of time. Head toward the Old Bridge and capture first views of the Heidelberg Castle. Admire the partially rebuilt structure, nestled within a hill and looking over the old city. Afterward, the ship will steer alongside the Neuenheimer riverbank, with its majestic villas and the famous Philosophenweg. Experience the ship turnaround at the Wielblinger Wehrsteg, and drive upstream along the historic town hall back to the pier. If you get peckish, snacks and drinks are available for purchase as you see the major highlights in one sweet trip.

Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

2. Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

Discover the castles of the Neckar valley on this riverboat tour from Heidelberg to Neckarsteinach. Relax aboard a comfortable ship with a covered seating area where you can choose your seat. Have the option of choosing a one-way trip or a round-trip cruise. Check in at the activity provider's office and board the spacious ship. Set off through the countryside. Pass under one of the arches of the 18th-century Old Heidelberg Bridge. Admire the ruins of the Renaissance Heidelberg Palace. Set off through the winding waters through the verdant countryside. Capture pictures of the four castles of Neckarsteinach. Look for local wildlife like deer, boar, and birds as you sail through the verdant Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park. Relax and purchase delicious food and refreshing drinks onboard as you sail along. With your round trip ticket, you can stay in Neckarsteinach to visit the castles or travel back to Heidelberg at any time.

Heidelberg & Neckar Valley: Segway Tour - 360 Degrees

3. Heidelberg & Neckar Valley: Segway Tour - 360 Degrees

Discover Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley on this Segway tour. Ride along the Philosophenweg (philosphers' way), pass by the Neuburg Monastery, and admire views of Heidelberg Castle. Uncover facinating information about the city from your guide.  Start your tour at the Neckarmünzplatz and cross the Old Bridge to the opposite side of the river Neckar. From there, head to the first highlight of this 360 degree tour, the Philosophenweg (philosphers' way) with a fantastic view over the city. Roll on by the Neuburg Monastery, which was founded in 1130. Continue to the Köpfel and see the Neckar Valley, the city of Heidelberg, and the Rhine Valley from above.  Follow your guide to the valley to Ziegelhausen and make your way uphill easily to the Wolfsbrunnen restaurant and conference center which has been extensively restored to its former glory. Hear about its glamourous, star-studded guestlist. Go further towards Heidelberg Castle and pass Villa Bosch and the Carl Bosch Museum, which will provide fascinating insights into the life and the inventions of Carl Bosch, the Nobel Laureate from Heidelberg. Enjoy the amazing view of the castle garden from above the castle before gliding further to the Klingenteich. Pass the Jewish Cemetery on your way back to the Old Town and the starting point at the Neckarmünzplatz.

HeidelbergCard: 1, 2, or 4 Days

4. HeidelbergCard: 1, 2, or 4 Days

Discover the city of Heidelberg with one card: entrance tickets to Heidelberg Castle, a cable car ride to the castle, free use of public transport, and many discount and special offers are included! All HeidelbergCARD options include many discounts. Whether it is for tours, culture, museums, restaurants, or shopping – with the HeidelbergCARD you can enjoy the city even more! With the card you can also use public transport for free. The HeidelbergCARD allows you to ride on the city’s VRN metro buses, trams, and authorized trains - 2nd-class seats on Deutsche Bahn: Regional-Express, Regionalbahn, and S-Bahn - in the greater Heidelberg area, or “Wabe 125” fare zone, during the period shown.

Heidelberg: Sightseeing Bus and Castle Tour

5. Heidelberg: Sightseeing Bus and Castle Tour

First enjoy a comfortable bus tour with a certified guide, where you will learn more about the history of the city. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the spectacular Heidelberg Castle. Then, visit the grounds of Heidelberg Palace and admire its beauty up close. See the elegant inner courtyard and the famous Great Heidelberg Tun (wine barrel.) After exploring the castle, ride the funicular railway back to the Old Town.

Heidelberg Highlights Segway Tour with Castle

6. Heidelberg Highlights Segway Tour with Castle

Immerse yourself in the history of Heidelberg and discover both well-known and obscure highlights of the city by Segway on this tour. See a living picture of the interesting landscape of the Neckar Valley as you ride down historically-significant streets. Begin the tour at Neckarmünzplatz and ride over the Old Bridge to the other side of the Neckar. The first famous sight is the Neuburg Abbey, built in 1130 and filled with history. Then head to Köpfel with its views of the Neckar Valley, the city of Heidelberg and the plains of the Rhine. Continue into the valley to Ziegelhausen and take the steep ascent to Wolfsbrunnen, a restaurant and conference center that was recently renovated. See the glamour of the restaurant's earlier days with a look at the guest list filled with famous artists and royalty. Ride in the direction of the castle past the Villa Bosch and the Carl Bosch Museum that takes an exciting look at the life and discoveries of Nobel Prize winner and Heidelberg resident Carl Bosch. Enjoy the incredible view of the castle's gardens before making your way to the Klingenteich Jewish Cemetery. The tour ends back in the Old Town at the viewing point at Neckarmünzplatz.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

7. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Experience the charm of Heidelberg on this day trip from Frankfurt which includes entrance to Heidelberg Castle. Board a bus in the morning and spend the day seeing sights like the one of the largest wine bottles in the world.  Hop aboard an air-conditioned bus at a centrally-located bus stop in Frankfurt. Sit back and relax on the drive to Heidelberg. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle which has a stunning combination Gothic and Renaissance elements.  Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Wander through the medieval town center to find the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade. Take a walk on old narrow lanes lined with half-timbered houses. Pass by Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories.  Extra time can be spend philosophizing on the Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or purchasing a glass or two of excellent regional wine. Return to Frankfurt by bus at the end of your tour. 

Heidelberg: Historical City Walking Tour at Night with Guide

8. Heidelberg: Historical City Walking Tour at Night with Guide

Discover the mysteries of Heidelberg on this walking tour. Listen to stories from the past as you walk through the city and admire the scenic views at the Old Bridge and Heidelberg Castle. In this night tour, you will get to know the city of Heidelberg in the company of a historical personality. Upon meeting the night guard who will serve as your guide, start strolling along the alleys and streets of Heidelberg. Listen as your guide tells the story of the great fire disaster in 1693, the difficult reconstruction of the city, and the changing rulers. Afterward, visit the Old Bridge, hear scary stories about the city's past, and enjoy the evening view of the illuminated Heidelberg Castle and the Heiligenberg. The night guard will also tell you about the students, their connections, and the student detention center.

Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

9. 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: Torchlight Tour with a Night Watchman

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Heidelberg Palace

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 799 reviews

Our experience was very wonderful and awesome! We really appreciated the efforts of our tour guide Marcella. She is packed with all the information as every tourist wanted to know. She is so kind to answer questions not even related to the tour and asked us to share what we also knew about the history of the attractions we were visiting. Marcella is also a multilingual tour guide. Way to go Marcella!

The jetty is located on the Neckar beach (10 minutes' walk from the Old Bridge = on the side of the old town). In front of the ticket counter there are big stone steps to wait for. The ride is very relaxed and really highly recommended! The captain even walked through our trip personally and took the drink orders...

All good. People may want to know they can get off at the Neckarsteinach and take a later boat to go back.

All in all a wonderful cruise. The staff was very friendly. The drinks are good and the prices reasonable.

Very enjoyable- pleasant easy stroll up River. Enjoyed views, and the bottle wine we shared