Each semester, the International Relations Office at Heidelberg University offers a diverse programme of cultural activities for international students. Our day trips give you the opportunity to discover numerous German towns and cities - a great way to familiarise yourself with Germany’s cultural diversity.

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The number of places for each excursion is limited and tickets sell out quickly. Online reservations are not possible.

Registration and ticket sales (cash payment only) take place in the “Serviceportal für Internationale Studierende” (Room 33) in Carolinum, Seminarstraße 2.

The excursion programme is aimed exclusively at international students enrolled at the University of Heidelberg. Please present your student ID when purchasing your ticket!

 Opening hours:

Tuesday 10am–1pm, Friday 2pm–3pm




Rothenburg ob der Tauber is considered to be the perfect example of a medieval German town and could serve as the ideal model for any fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. During the city tour, you will rediscover numerous well-known postcard motifs: the famous "Plönlein" with the Sieberstor, the impressive town hall and, of course, the Gothic Ratstrinkstube, whose clock performs the legendary "Meistertrunk" every hour on the hour. 

In the afternoon you have the opportunity to explore the spooky curiosities in the Medieval Crime Museum. 

Registration and ticket sales:

Tuesday, June 11: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Wednesday, June 12: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 13: 12 - 3 p.m. 

Price: 25 € (incl. bus, guided tour and admission) 



One of the highlights of the semester program is definitely our boat trip through the Neckar Valley. After a short trip on the "Weiße Flotte", we make a stop at Neuenburg Abbey in Ziegelhausen. A brief walk to the Benedictine monastery rewards you with a wonderful view over the Neckar. We will enjoy an entertaining beer tasting at the monastery's own brewery before continuing by boat through the Neckar valley. Following a short tour of the town of Neckarsteinach, you have the opportunity to discover further stops on the return journey of the castle tour with the hop-on hop-off ticket.

Registration and ticket sales: 

Tuesday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 20 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Price: €25 (incl. boat trip and beer tasting)




Discover the town of two castles on the Bergstrasse and explore the charming old town on a guided tour. Immerse yourself in the more than 1250-year history of this picturesque town, which is characterized by half-timbered architecture, historic buildings, idyllic squares and gardens. During the lunch break, there will be enough time to stroll through the charming little streets of the old town, pass cozy cafés, small boutiques and historic half-timbered houses. 

In the afternoon, we venture up to the ruins of Windeck Castle, where you will be rewarded with a beautiful view over the Rhine plain and a cozy beer garden. 

You can register for the free excursion by June 27 by sending an email to: exkurison@zuv.uni-heidelberg.de

Start: 10 a.m.

Meeting point: "Alter OEG-Bahnhof Weinheim" bus stop 

Please note that the journey to and from Weinheim must be organized and paid for by yourself. 



German tour: Saturday, July 07 

English trip: Saturday, July 13

In Tübingen, Swabian “Gemütlichkeit” meets a cosmopolitan university town. "Tübingen doesn't have a university, Tübingen is a university" is the motto in this small town on the Neckar. The city tour through the historic heart takes you along Hohentübingen Palace, the market square with the town hall, the famous Hölderlin Tower and the old university buildings Bursa, Tübingen Abbey and the Old Assembly Hall. 

In the afternoon we visit Hohenzollern Castle: one of the most beautiful German castles and the ancestral seat of the German emperors of the 19th century. Spectacularly situated on a high mountain cone at the foot of the Swabian Alb, you have a magnificent view over the low mountain range from here. The Hohenzollern imperial crown and other treasures of the dynasty are on display in the treasure chamber. 

Registration and ticket sales for both trips: 

Tuesday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. 

Price: €25 (incl. bus, guided tour and admission) 



German trip: Saturday, July 20 

English trip: Saturday, July 27

The last day trip of this semester takes us to the Black Forest and its capital - Freiburg im Breisgau. 

The city tour through the beautiful old town and its charming alleyways takes us past the city's most important sights. The end of our tour is the “Münsterplatz” with Freiburg Minster, which can compete with France's most beautiful cathedrals. A visit to the cathedral market marks the start of our lunch break and is a culinary highlight of the region. 

After a drive through the Black Forest along parts of the Black Forest High Road, we visit the "Vogtsbauernhof" in Gutach, an open-air museum with original Black Forest houses. Here you will learn a lot about the hard everyday life in the Black Forest, which people here had to experience until far into the 20th century. You can round off your excursion with a slice of Black Forest cake in the adjoining café. 

Registration and ticket sales for both trips: 

Tuesday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Thursday, July 18 from 12 to 3 p.m. 

Price: €25 (incl. transportation, city tour and admission)