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Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg is a charming town in Baden-Württemberg, nestled on the banks of the Neckar River. The first written mention of the hub is found in the records of the Schönau Abbey and dates back to 1196.

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.

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Essence of Germany
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Munich | Stuttgart | Heidelberg | Cologne | Berlin

Take as much time as you need for your in-depth exploration of Germany. This tour is a perfect balance of included private guided sightseeing with plenty of free time to spend on your own. Best central hotels and 1st class connections included.

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Gems of Southern Germany
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Frankfurt | Heidelberg | Stuttgart | Munich | Nuremberg

Have a laid-back Germany vacation with lots of leisure time for touring and visiting the places to your liking. As usual, traverse the unmissable city highlights with professional local guides, stay at central 4 or 5-star hotels of your choice, and enjoy fast 1st-class train rides.

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German Fairytale
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12 days

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Frankfurt | Heidelberg | Stuttgart | Munich | Nuremberg | Bamberg

Traverse the exceptional towns of Germany and see the best of multi-sided cities set in the south. Dive into the beauty if the scenic Romantic Road, the fairy-tale castle Neuschwanstein as well as the purely German architecture of Nuremberg and Bamberg.

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Definitive Germany
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12 days

7 cities

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Munich | Stuttgart | Heidelberg | Cologne | Dusseldorf | Berlin | Potsdam

Treat yourself to a comprehensive exploration of southern and western Germany as well as its bustling capital! Enjoy all must-see sights with your local guides, with included stays at hotels to your liking and all the hard planning done for you.

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Grand Tour of Germany & Switzerland
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Frankfurt | Heidelberg | Stuttgart | Zurich | Zermatt | Geneva

Have an amazing time exploring the best attractions in Germany and Switzerland! Make your way from German towns to the beauty of Swiss Alps.

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The Black Forest Tour
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Frankfurt | Heidelberg | Freiburg

Have you ever read fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers? Set off on an exploration of top the Black Forest region attractions, including Triberg and Titisee. See the gorgeous Rhine Valley and main sights with private guides. This private Germany itinerary can be fully customizable and includes best hotels and convenient arrival/departures from Frankfurt.

E.g., Dec 10 2018