One of the most famous castles in the world is situated in Heidelberg, the castle of the Electors of the Palatinate.
Heidelberg is a good place to start a sightseeing trip because it offers a unique atmosphere which will make your holiday unforgettable. The Old Town of Heidelberg with its host of charming bars and restaurants entices you to spend some time there. Good hotels, modern transport systems and the most modern of communication technology ensure that your stay will be pleasant.
Nearby at Schwetzingen you can find another residence of the Prince-Electors of the Palatinate, a palace that became largely known for its exceptional park and the Schwetzingen Music Festival.
Interesting places around Heidelberg
There are many other places to see along the Rhine and the Neckar rivers during your visit to Heidelberg.
Mannheim lies at the point where the Neckar River joins the Rhine. Today a modern industrial town, it was built up out of the ruins of the Second World War. Here you can find the largest of the residences built by the Electors of the Palatinate. The palace in Mannheim was built when the old castle in Heidelberg gradually became too small.
The imperial cathedrals of Worms and Speyer as well as the World Cultural Heritage Site of the Abbey of Lorsch and other places worth seeing around Heidelberg are also mentioned in this website so that you can plan your trip as optimally as possible.
In this way you have a good overview of what there is to see – apart from the world-famous Heidelberg Castle – in this region steeped in history.
Perhaps our site will whet your appetite for a trip to this beautiful region with its mild climate, countless palaces and castles, and the dual imperial cathedrals of Speyer and Worms.
Of course, if you like, you can reach Heidelberg by boat. Schwetzingen and the Abbey of Lorsch however can only be reached overland.
is justifiably one of the best-known towns in the whole world. Its attractions include the Castle, the romantic Old Town and many more sites that make it famous for good reason. Photos of the castles, photos of the Old Town and current information.
Japanese cherry blossom in the park of Schwetzingen Palace
In Schwetzingen, only a few kilometers from Heidelberg, stands another world-famous palace of the Electors of the Palatinate. The unique park situated in its grounds is well worth a visit, but the Schwetzingen Music Festival also offers an unparalleled atmosphere.
Speyer Cathedral is the largest Romanesque church in the world. However there are also a great deal of other things in Speyer that make a visit there rewarding.
The Romanesque Imperial Cathedral at Worms
Worms, a town founded during Roman times, looks back on a long history. Worms with its imperial cathedral is the setting for the Nibelungenlied, the Song of the Nibelungs, which is remembered in the biennial Nibelungen Festival. Worms is also famous for Martin Luther's famous address: "Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise." at the Imperial Diet of Worms, and is certainly worth visiting.
The Abbey of Lorsch was founded by the Emperor Charlemagne as his very own abbey. The Lorsch Gate House, also known as the Königshalle, is a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site and the only building to survive in its original form from the time of Charlemagne.
Heidelberg and the region, then and now
Heidelberg, as the former capital of the region known as the Palatinate (Kurpfalz) is not only a romantic town seeped in history in a region that has played a major role in the development of Central Europe but is also a very modern town.
The harmonious relationship between tradition and what is modern is perhaps best illustrated by Heidelberg University which is not only the oldest university in present-day Germany but also the third oldest of the German Empire of past times. Nowadays it is extraordinarily important in the area of modern medicine.
World-famous companies have their headquarters here:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (printing machinery)
SAP in nearby Walldorf (business software)
to name only two of the best-known companies.
Map of the Heidelberg area
This website is continually updated and enhanced by the addition of new or better photos. That is why it is a good idea to visit it again from time to time.