Local Tips: Heidelberg, Germany

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I went on an exchange year to Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg from August 2008 – July 2009. Read on to discover what I loved about this student town!

Touristy sites & activities

View of Heidelberg Castle & Old Town from the Philosopher’s Way


  • Philosophenweg (Philosophers’ Way)
  • Heiligenberg: Thingstätte, Michaelskloster, Bismarckturm, Stephanskloster, Keltischer Ringwall
  • Königstuhl (King’s Throne)
  • Museums
    • Alte Aula (Uni HD)
    • Deutsches Apothekenmuseum (Pharmacy Museum)
    • Deutsches Verpackungsmuseum (Packaging Museum)
    • Dokumentations- und Kulturzentrum Deutscher Sini und Roma (Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma)
    • Kurpfälzisches Museum (Palatinate Museum)
    • Schloß (Castle) Heidelberg
    • Studentenkarzer (student prison) – (Uni HD)
  • Winter – ice skating at Kornmarkt?
  • Summer – Fußball spielen (football/soccer) – along the Neckar


March: Ball der Vampire (Ball of the Vampires) – Stadthalle
March – April: Heidelberger Frühling
May: Frühlingsmesse – Messeplatz
April: Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of the Museums) & Halbmarathon
June (& other months): Schloßbeleuchtung (castle fireworks)
Juni-August: Schloßfestspiele (Castle Theatre Fest)
September: Heidelberger Herbst (Old Town Autumn Festival)
October: Französische Woche (French week)
October – November: Enjoy Jazz
November: International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
November – December: Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market)



  • Brass Monkey – Irish pub, host pub of international students of HD
  • Marstall Mensa – bar has cheap drinks if paid w/ student card
  • Palmbraugasse
  • Untere Straße – Enough said 😉




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