Historically, Heidelberg Germany has served as the town of philosophers and students as in all times, lots of people have headed to Heidelberg for new inspiration and knowledge. The town influenced the lives and works of such great figures as Jean Paul and Mark Twain, Johann Goethe and Osip Mandelstam. So if Heidelberg has attracted people of such scale, it is definitely worth being on your travel agenda, right?
Heidelberg, Germany is a true open-air museum with its cozy streets and tiled roofs, contrasting with the calm colors of the surrounding nature. The main attractions of Heidelberg are concentrated in the old part of the town.
If you just love peaceful walks around the city, it's a must to visit Hauptstrasse. Being the longest pedestrian street not only in Heidelberg but in whole Germany, Hauptstrasse won't let you feel bored as it swarms with shops, bars traditional restaurants and cafes.
Germany is the country of castles and the town of Heidelberg is not an exception. Heidelberg Castle (Schloss) is absolutely stunning, set on the hill 300 feet above the city and being among the most remarkable Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. The Castle has been demolished several times in its history but rebuilt again and again, that's why the structure combines some features of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance.
One more important hallmark of the town, along with the Castle, is Heidelberg University. The campuses of this legendary University are scattered around the town, however, the most outstanding one is the main building, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. Built in Baroque style, the building houses a museum and an old punishment cell, where students were sent for dueling, drunkenness and other misdemeanors.
For those, interested in religious sights, Heidelberg is home to a number of beautiful churches. The most impressive ones are the Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche) and the Church of the Holy Spirit (Heiliggeistkirche).
What is more, Heidelberg provides nice opportunities for recreation outside. The favorite place of Heidelberg citizens is Neckarwiese, a lovely green area near the river with the atmosphere of relaxation and peace.