Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg was capital of the Electoral Palatine until the 17th century. Although many buildings still stand in testimony to this glorious age, the most famous is Heidelberg Castle - majestically enthroned on the north slope of the Königstuhl, high above the picturesque Old Town and the charming Neckar valley.

Initially intended as a fortified castle for the Palatinate line of the Wittelsbach family, the building was continuously expanded and soon included residential palaces and show façades. Both the castle and the town of Heidelberg were destroyed for the first time during the Thirty Years’ War. Shortly thereafter it was burnt again by French troops, which meant the end of the castle in around 1730. Approximately 80 years later, artists and poets discovered the ruins and declared the castle a symbol of Romanticism.

You can easily reach the castle via the funicular railway. The Kornmarkt (Corn Market) station is only 2 minutes’ walk from the Hotel zum Ritter St. Georg. The funicular railway is the longest and oldest in Germany and is already a popular Heidelberg tourist attraction.