Bridge Gate and Old Bridge
Heidelberger Bergbahnen Funicular
Ride the Heidelberger Bergbahnen Funicular – First stop is the Heidelberg Castle. Second stop is the Hotel Molkenkur restaurant and guesthouse. Third stop is the Konigsstuhl (King’s throne) for a view of the city and the country side. Also at the top of the Heidelberger Bergbahnen Funicular you will find the Falconry bird show, Märchen Paradies children’s theme park, the Berghotel und Restaurant Königstuhl and the State Observatory.
Old Bridge, Neckar River, © Can Stock / sborisov
Heidelberg Student’s Kiss
The Heidelberg Student’s Kiss is made of chocolate praline nougat and wafers covered in chocolate. A small picture of a couple kissing is then wrapped around the chocolate. In the 1880s, men and women were discouraged from meeting in public. Fridolin Knösel came up with the idea of putting a secret compartment in the chocolate wrapper so that notes could be concealed and exchanged. The idea caught on with university students, who began exchanging chocolate in the same manner that text messages are exchanged today. Café Knösel still sells Heidelberg Student’s Kiss and so do a number of other retailers in the tourist district.
Heidelberg Castle Sculptures,
Get To Heidelberg
There is no major airport at Heidelberg. One of the best ways to get to Heidelberg is by train. Mannheim is under a half hour to west and it provides high speed train service connections. Alternately, the autobahn connects with Frankfurt an hour to the north and Karlsruhe 40 minutes to the south. Rhine River cruises typically disembark passengers in Mannheim for an excursion by bus to Heidelberg. The central station in Heidelberg is at the western edge of town and a tram is available to help visitors reach Heidelberg Old Town. Heidelberg Castle is accessible from town by funicular, charter tour bus or by walking.
Red Roofs, Heidelberg Old Town, © Can Stock / Raimundas
Heidelberg weather makes it a summer tourist destination. Average temperatures peak in July and August at 80 F (26 C), while lows are about 60 F (16 C). By December and January average highs are 44 F (6 C) and average lows are just above freezing. Rainfall peaks in July and again in November. August is likely the best month to visit Heidelberg for good weather.