Heidelberg – The Epitome of A Romantic City

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Heidelberg – The Epitome of A Romantic City

Fall In Love With Heidelberg

It is not only the historic charm of Heidelberg that makes it a romantic city but it certainly helps. The beautiful scenic location in the Rhine Rift Valley and the River Neckar join with the impressive castle ruins to make this one of the most sought after holiday hot spots in Germany.

A mecca for tourists from all over the world, Heidelberg was undamaged during the war and remains as beautiful today as it always has been. Although it has sometimes been dubbed as commercialised, Heidelberg has the oldest university in Germany and some spectacular castle ruins which are two of the top attractions for visitors.

One of the most unique features is the Baroque Old Town which was rebuilt to an original Medieval ground plan. In fact, the Old Town has one of the longest streets in Europe and it measures 1.6 kilometres in length.

Heidelberg – A Modern City Of International Repute

One of the reasons why so many people visit Heidelberg is the diverse culture. So many different people live here and contribute to the ambiance. This is reflected in the entertainment and many cultural pursuits. There have been several famous films that have used Heidelberg as a backdrop and these include The Girl On A Motorcycle which starred Marianne Faithfull.

Heidelberg was a centre for Romanticism and there was a large circle of poets and writers who gathered there. This fact and the truly spectacular scenery and surroundings mean that romance is always in the air.

The Old Bridge And Castle At Heidelberg

Take a romantic stroll by the river and you will soon see why so many people come back to Heidelberg. Or, walk along the Philosopher’s Path which leads to a garden dedicated to all the unique philosophers who stayed at Heidelberg. The Romantic era of German literature and philosophy was a contrast to the Age of Enlightenment and it elevated the status of art and writing from the Medieval era.

In addition to the many superb sights to see in Heidelberg there is a huge choice of culinary delights on offer from the many restaurants, cafes and bistros that are doted all around the city. After a day seeing the sights like the Old Bridge Gate and the Bridge Mandrill you can relax and reflect about what to do next. Heidelberg has been labelled as romantic and this is what attracts the many visitors who often come back for a second jaunt around this beautiful German city.

Hotels At Heidelberg

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Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Centre

The Leonard Hotel is right in the city centre of Heidelberg. It has 124 rooms that all have wonderful views over the city and each room has air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Indoor parking is available for a small fee. Rooms also have Sky TV, coffee and tea making facilities and a mini bar.

The four star luxury that is on offer at the Leonardo Hotel will make you feel like a celebrity. Dining in the restaurant features a wonderful International menu and you can order local specialities as well. The staff all speak English and will be sure to make your stay here the best ever.

Hotel Europäischer Hof Heidelberg

A superb five star establishment, the Hotel Europäischer Hof Heidelberg dates back to 1865 but has all the modern luxuries that you want. It is 1.43 kilometres from the centre of the city and has a spa centre that offers beauty treatments and massages. There is also a large pool, sauna and steam room.

Try out the roof terrace where you can sit and enjoy a drink while taking in the view over the city. The Kurfürstenstube Restaurant offers sophisticated gourmet cuisine and in the Europe Bar you can choose a fine spirit, wine or beer.

Boutique Hotel Heidelberg Suites

The Boutique Hotel Heidelberg Suites are new apartments that all feature a view over the river and the castle in Heidelberg. The original building dates from the start of the 20th century and the apartments have been restored in a sympathetic manner that reflects the age of this beautiful boutique hotel.

Amenities include a lovely sun terrace, spacious grounds and a spa centre with sauna and massage treatments. Bicycles can be rented for trips around Heidelberg and the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city. Close to many excellent restaurants and cafe bars, the hotel is also able to offer breakfast in your room. Just 2.52 kilometres from the centre, this is an ideal place to stay for your visit to Heidelberg.

Travelling To Heidelberg

By Air

The nearest International airport to Heidelberg is Frankfurt am Main and this is just under 90 kilometres away. From the airport you can take a train or hire a car and drive to Heidelberg. Journey times are around one hour by train and 50 minutes by car.

By Train

The shuttle from the terminal takes you to the airport station where you can get a train to Heidelberg Hbf (main station). Trains run hourly and it takes about 50 minutes.

By Road

Get on the A5 motorway and keep on this road until you reach the B37 for Heidelberg. Follow the B37 to the centre exiting the motorway at the sign for Heidelberg and Heidelberg Schwetzingen.

Things To Do At Heidelberg

Visit The Heidelberg Zoo

Heidelberg Zoo has a fine reputation and you can see every kind of animal, lizard, bird and fish. One of the best parts is watching the elephants take a bath and there is a rare red panda to find in the trees. The zoo is well known for its conservation of animals policy and the animals are well looked after.

Try A Cruise Down The River At Heidelberg

There are plenty of opportunities to take a boat trip in the River Neckar. One cruise goes down the Neckar from Heilbronn and takes in many parts of this wonderful city. A unique way to see the area around Heidelberg, this is a definite must do for visitors to the city. On a night cruise you may even witness the spectacular fireworks that are often on display.

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