Pure romance – the worlds most famous ruine
Situated high above the Neckar River and the old town is the majestic Heidelberg castle: The world famous castle ruins of the Prince Electors. Built over many hundreds of years. With the Ruperts Palace being the oldest around 1400. As the years passed the construction continued with each Prince Elector out doing the last. The Ottheinrich's Palace being the first Renaissance building said to be the most beautiful Renaissance building north of the Alps.
In the wine cellar you will find the world’s largest wine barrel. Frederick V. had the English palace built for his lovely Bride the English Princess Elizabeth Stuart
Converting the big tower into a Shakespearian theatre. And constructing the Hortus Palatinus.
A pleasure garden with no comparable, deemed an 8th wonder in the 1600s.
Today the castle is open to the public with many different tours available. Special tours take place on most weekends.
All tours are also available for groups at preferred date and time.
One ticket for entrance and funicular - Castle Ticket
Adults: 7,00 €
Concessions: 4,00 €
The castle ticket includes admission to the Castle courtyard, the barrel cellar and the German Pharmacy Museum, and the ticket for the funicular (round trip from the lower station to the station "Molkenkur" with stopover at Heidelberg Castle).
(Concessions: children 6-14 years, school-age children and university students up to age of 28 years with a schoolchild or student ID, handicapped persons with an appropriate ID)
Available at: castle ticket office, funicular railway stations, tourist informations (main station, townhall)
Our tipp: It is even easier with the HeidelbergCard, where the castle ticket is already included. On top you can use public transport for free and you get several special deals for guided tours, museums, leisure activities, restaurants and shopping.
TICKETS FOR GUIDED TOURS
Adults: 5,00 €
Concessions: 2,50 €
Available at castle ticket offices (visitor center or Burgweg)
Please note that interior of the different palace buildings can be visited by guided tour only.
We offer daily tours in english language starting 11:15am. No reservation required.
Our tipp: Reserve an individual guided tour for your group.
Coach/ bus parking
Driving up to Heidelberg castle by bus is prohibited in general (as well as for cars on weekends and holidays). An exceptional permission however is obtainable in connection with a valid parking reservation at the castle bus parking.
Please contact Reiseshop Heidelberg for further information about the parking lot for buses, fees, parking and reservation: Reiseshop Heidelberg / Momentum GmbH
Fax: +49 6221 432 22 77
Online reservation at 5 days in advance www.reiseshop-heidelberg.de
You can call +49 172 6200063 the day you arrive to make a reservation.
Visitor Center, opposite castle entrance, meeting point for all pre-booked tours.
Court Yard, Heidelberg Castle
Mon – Sun: 8.00am - 06.00pm
Castle interior may be viewed by guided tours only
Mon - Sun: 8.00am - 5.30pm
Special opening hours:
24. Dec. 08.00am - 01.00pm
25. Dec. closed
26. Dec. 08.00am - 05.30pm
31. Dec. 08.00am - 01.00pm
01. Jan. 08.00am - 05.30pm
German Museum of Pharmacy
1. Apr until 31. Oct
10.00am – 06.00pm
Last entry 05.40pm
1. Nov until 31. Mar
10.00am – 05.30pm
Last entry 05.10pm
Big Wine Barrel
Last entry 05.30pm
How to find us
Main station Heidelberg take bus n°33 exit cable car station "Bergbahn/Schloss", use cable car uphill and exit "Schloss"
Use public parking garages: P12 (Parkhaus Kornmarkt/ Bergbahnstation) or P13 (Parkhaus Rathaus) follow signs
Please note there are no public parking spaces close to the castle.
On way street uphill to castle is closed for public on weekends
By foot - use "Burgweg"
Path leads from "Kornmarkt" (funicular railway station), left of funicular building follow path steeply uphill, keep left, end at side entrance with ticket office, dictance about 400m
By foot - use "Kurzer Buckel"
Path leads from "Kornmarkt" (funicular railway station), left of funicular building follow path steeply uphill, use steps uphill at your the right, end close to main entrance with ticket office, about 300 steps
Find a map here.
49° 24' 38.232" N 8° 42' 55.112" E