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Heidelberg Castle and Castle Gardens
69117 Heidelberg, Germany
tel: +49 6221 65 4429
fax: +49 6221 65 4429
NileGuide Expert tip:
While visiting the castle, try to take note of the castle door at the main entrance. Legend has it that an elector would hand over the castle to anyone who could bite through the iron ring. Though no one has suceeded yet, a tooth mark can be seen where supposedly a witch tried to do just that. Also, we suggest visiting the castle at night, after the castle itself is closed. Not only is the view of the city in lights breath-taking, but you can roam the castle grounds for free!
With the oldest part dating back to 1225, Heidelberg's castle continues to exude its dominance over the city's Old Town. For over 400 years, the castle was the main residence of the Counts Palatine and proved to be a versatile center for culture and controversy in the region. Any visit to Heidelberg would not be complete without a walk through the castle gardens, a tour of Elector Friedrich II's chambers, first built in 1544, or a drop by the world's largest wine cask, which can hold 221,726 L of liquid. Also located within the castle walls is the world's most extensive exhibition related to the history of pharmacy in the German Apothecary Museum. This permanent exhibition along with the castle are open from 8am to 5pm daily and is 5 euros for adults, 3 euros for students, seniors and children and free if you purchase the Heidelberg Card (more information available here http://www.tourism-heidelberg.com). Guided tours are available hourly in either German or English.