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Heidelberg (map) is a jewel among German travel destinations. Heidelberg has retained its baroque charm of narrow streets, picturesque houses and of course the world-famous Schloss (castle ruins Heidelberg Palace, map). Located about 78 km (48 mi) south of Frankfurt.

Heidelberg University, founded in 1386, is Germany’s oldest and one of Europe’s most reputable universities.

The “old town” (Altstadt, map), on the south bank of the Neckar, is long and narrow. It is dominated by the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, 80 metres above the Neckar on the steep wooded slopes of the Königstuhl (map). The Main Street (Hauptstrasse, map), a mile-long pedestrian street, running the length of the old town.

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The Church of the Holy Spirit (Heiliggeistkirche, map) is the most famous church in Heidelberg. It stands in the middle of the market place in the old center of Heidelberg not far from the Heidelberg Castle. The steeple of the church, rising above the roofs, dominates the town.

On the northern side of the Neckar is located the Heiligenberg (Saints’ Mountain), along the side of which runs the Philosophers’ Walk (Philosophenweg, map), with scenic views of the old town and castle. Traditionally, Heidelberg’s philosophers and university professors would walk and talk along the pathway.

One of the biggest tourist attractions is the Christmas market during the winter time.

Tourist roads. Heidelberg is located on four tourist roads: Bergstraße (wiki), Bertha Benz Memorial Route (wiki), Castle Road (wiki), and Straße der Demokratie (Road of Democracy).

Heidelberg is on European walking route E1 (Sweden-Umbria, wiki).

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