With its magnificent backdrop and narrow, picturesque roads, Old town is perhaps the most frequented destination in Heidelberg. This area extends to about two kilometers (one and a quarter miles) on both sides of the lively Hauptstraße from Bismarckplatz in the west along the south bank of the river Neckar and to the foot of the famous Schloss (Castle). The castle lies majestically enthroned on a small plateau above the river and town. Other important locations include the Universitätsplatz (University place), the Marktplatz (Market place) and the Alte Brücke (Old bridge). Most of Heidelberg's museums are to be found in the Old town, along with theaters, cinemas and countless restaurants and pubs. The Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg is the oldest in Germany and offers various short-term and long-term courses in different fields. The whole of Old town can be discovered easily and pleasantly by foot. However, if you are driving down, the city center offers ample parking space in its 15 parking houses and the Park & Ride parking lots in the Neuenheimer Feld and at the Neuer Meßplatz in Kirchheim. This is particular recommended during the months of November and December when the famous Heidelberg Christmas Market takes place or the Heidelberg Castle Festival, a cultural event with theater, fireworks and exhibitions throughout the city.
Heidelberg Castle Illuminations
Gloria und Gloriette
Long Night of the Museums
Schiller's Cafe und Vinothek