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Altstadt (Old Town)

Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
+49 9861 4090
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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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  • Average4%
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“side streets” (40 reviews)
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Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
+49 9861 4090
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really enjoyed wandering the shops and seeing the old town, well worth a visit. Shop around cos prices differ

Thank loujane1960
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been living in Heidelberg for over a year now and never tire of old town. There’s plenty of great restaurants, souvenir shops, clothing stores and great people watching while eating crepes, gelato or roasted chestnuts. Just for fun we stayed in one of...More

Thank damiend0g2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely old town with baroque houses, churches and squares. It is very pretty, but at the same time not too artificial, thanks to the many students which give it a fun and creative atmosphere. The main street (Hauptstrasse) which has the shops, bars and...More

Thank Globetrotter045
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can start either from the Cathedral, or the opposite side and have a stroll along the longest pedestrian street I ever seen! I would recommend the second option, thus offering the possibility when reaching the Cathedral square, to head the Castle (either by funicular,...More

Thank marelte
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pleasant shopping area in the old town centre. It was clean, safe and cheerful. We wish we had longer time to visit as we would like to have stopped to enjoy a drink at one of the restaurants in the square

Thank brickerbrac
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Old heidelberg like in movies ... YES! ... small streets to stroll bye , students all over as bars and restaurants, smaller town than I thought ... Charming’ we did rent bikes ... great way to discover ...

Thank Rolf S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend a day or two in the Old Town to soak up the atmosphere, restaurants, people watching. Be sure to get down along the river walk and boat tours. Also check out the little alleys in addition to the main pedestrian area - interesting...More

Thank lori m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite modern malls and shops, the old town offers one a great insight to many monuments, buildings and homes that have been maintained in restored fashion. The streetcar has disappeared from the Hauptstrasse and pedestrians have the space to themselves. You can lose yourself in...More

Thank Mypace
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The old town of Heidelberg was completely destroyed, except for 1 building, at the end of the 17th century. The houses were rebuild in a more subdued style, but keeping the street pattern, i.e. many small streets. This part of Heidelberg is either completely car...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The university and statue squares, the boee of the castle, the incredible number of shops and restaurants make this Old Town centre a nice place to be on a nice day. You can easily laze away an afternoon. There are shops and spaces the kids...More

Thank 432JamesD
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Heather D
13 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
14 October 2016|
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Response from Cael P | 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
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