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Institut für Übersetzen und Dolmetschen (IÜD)
Universität Heidelberg
Plöck 57a
D-69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 0049-(0)6221-547249
Fax: 0049-(0)6221-547561


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Information on Tourism in Heidelberg:

Tourist Information at the Central Station:
Open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Tourist Information in the City Hall (Marktplatz):
Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and holidays

For further information, please call
 + 49 6221 58 44 444

Further information
For further information about visiting Heidelberg, please click here.

What to do in and around Heidelberg


Heidelberger Castle and the Castle Gardens
The castle is built on a medieval fortification overlooking the Old Town of the city. For over 400 years, it was the residence of the prince-electors of the Electoral Palatinate from the House of Wittelsbach. The oldest part of the castle to be preserved today is the ‘Ruprechtsbau’, which was commissioned around 1400 by prince-elector Rupert III. In 1693, during the Nine Years‘ War, the castle and its towers were destroyed. The ruins have come to be a symbol for an entire era, the period of German Romanticism.

Old Town
The Old Town is well preserved and mainly consists of an extensive pedestrian zone. Many churches, like the Church of the Holy Spirit (‘Heiliggeistkirche’), and various baroque buildings can be found here. The main buildings of the university, the university library and the historic university prison (‘Studentenkarzer’), most of them housed in historic buildings, are also located in the Old Town, among the many shops, restaurants and cafés.

Old Bridge
The real name of the bridge is Charles-Theodore bridge (‘Karl-Theodor-Brücke’). It was named after Prince-elector Charles Theodore, who ordered its construction in 1786. Because various bridges have been known to cross the river at the very same place since 1248, today’s bridge is also called ‘Old Bridge’.

Heidelberg funicular railway
The lower section until the station at Molkenkur is a highly modern funicular railway. The upper section until the station at Königstuhl is one of the oldest, electrically operated mountain railways in Germany.

At 568 m (1,860 ft) altitude, the Köngistuhl (‘King’s Seat’) offers a stunning view of the city of Heidelberg and the Neckar valley leading into the Upper Rhine Plain. It offers a variety of hiking trails as well as other attractions, like the falconry centre Tinnunculus (www.tinnunculus-heidelberg.de), a fairy tale park (www.maerchenparadies.de), an astronomical observatory (www.lsw.uni-heidelberg.de) and the restaurants Molkenkur, Alter Kohlhof and Gasthof Königstuhl.

Philospher’s Walk


The Philosopher’s Walk (‘Philosophenweg’) is one of the most beautiful walking trails to be found in Europe. The famous trail leads up the sun-kissed slope of the Heiligenberg and has inspired many thinkers.  Starting at the Theodor-Heuss bridge, the Philosopher’s Walk leads up to the Philosopher’s Garden (‘Philosophengärtchen’). The Schlangenweg, starting at the Old Bridge, also provides access to the trail. The natural sun terrace serves as a habitat for various mediterranean plants and many animals.

At 330 m (1,443 ft) altitude, the Heiligenberg (‘Saints‘ mountain’) rises above the Philosopher’s Walk and faces the Königsstuhl on the other side of the river. Celts settled down here as early as 400 BC. Parts of a circular rampart they built are still preserved today. Various hiking trails provide an opportunity to explore the Heiligenberg. At its top, visitors can view the ruins of two monastaries (St. Michael’s and St. Stephen’s) as well as the Thingstätte, a great open-air theatre dating back to the times of national socialism.

Restaurants in Heidelberg


Main course under 10 €

Marstallhof 4
69117 Heidelberg
Mensa des Studentenwerkes, Buffet
insb. Mittagessen
Hauptstraße 187
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221/6549065
regional, saisonal
Café Extrablatt
Hauptstraße 53 sowie Hauptstraße 162
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221/8935340 bzw. 06221/161712
deutsche Küche


Main course from 10 to 15 €

Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg
Leyergasse 6
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221/502980
hausgebrautes Bier, deutsche Küche
Hauptstraße 184
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221/4042877
gutbürgerliche Küche, Studentenangebote
Plöck 97
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221/22496
hausgemachte, gutbürgerliche Küche
Steingasse 7
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221/905380
regionale Küche, Weinstube
Vetter Alt Heidelberg Brauhaus
Steingasse 9
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221/165850
hausgebrautes Bier, deutsche Küche
Trattoria Toscana
Marktplatz 1
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221 28619
italienische Küche
Cafe Restaurant Knösel
Haspelgasse 20
69117 Heidelberg
Tel. 06221/7272754
Kuchen, regionale Küche
Café Schafheutle
Hauptstraße 94
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221/14 68 0
Kuchen, Kaffee


Main course from 20 to 30 €

Weißer Bock
Große Mantelgasse 24
69117 Heidelberg
Tel: 06221/90000
gehobene regionale Küche
Herrenmühle Heidelberg
Hauptstr. 239
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 0 62 21/60 29 09
gehobene regionale Küche


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