Several weekends ago we had to travel to Ansbach for some basketball games, on the way home we decided to stop by and see the Heidelberg Castle. We didn’t get to Heidelberg until after 4:30 pm so we missed the last English tour and it was starting to get dark but we decided to stop by and visit part of the outside while we were there. Truthfully it’s not one that was on my ‘must see’ list because according to Rick Steve’s is not one of the ‘must’ sees but it was on my Panther Paws list so I did want to get it crossed off 😉 The English tours are limited I think 5 a day starting at 11:15 am and then every hour after that.
I loved these houses that lined the river bank in Heidelberg!
Trying to find the castle was not the easiest process. You would think that finding a large castle would be easy, but the GPS likes to be crazy and it’s to really ‘clear’ where to go using the signs in the town. After several loops around the city and a wrong turned down a one way tram street (yikes!) we finally found the small side street to take us up to the castle. Also I could not for the life of me find an address on the website to use in the GPS, I was using my phone though. If you have the same problem follow the signs for Schloss, you’ll go through the tunnel and it’ll be the 2nd road or so on the right going up the hill.
We parked along a side street and this was the view of the castle, you can see part of the ruins behind the trees. If you look by the little blue pedestrian sign there is a long staircase that we walked up to get to the top. There may have been parking closer up but it was starting to get dark and we were trying to hurry and get up there to see before we lost all the light. It was a bit cold so it was a hurried walk but would be even better in better weather, but it is a good hike so not for those who can’t climb many steps.
This neat church was on the street where we parked as well.
This is a view of the staircases as we were walking up. There were several smaller buildings around the castle not sure exactly what they were or if they belong to the castle or not. Also not staircases are uneven and Boo almost took a spill so watch where your walking.
This is a look down as we were climbing up the staircase, the castle is on top of the hill over looking Heidelberg.
From this view down you can see part of the castle ruins, some of the smaller buildings, and the city across the river.
As you climb higher and higher you start to get a great birds eye view of the city of Heidelberg! It was not a clear as I would’ve liked but as we’ve found traveling Europe you have no control over the weather here.
This the bridge through Heidelberg that you can often find in photos. When you reach the top at the castle there are some great overlook points to check out and take pictures from.
The castle walls had some statues on them as well.
It was starting to get dark but I love how you can see the light from inside glow in the windows!
Boo standing in front of the castle
He was leaning against the concrete wall you see on the left, as you can see it’s a LONG way down, he and Bub were making Mr. B and I nervous, LOL! At one point Bub acted like he was going to jump up on the wall (he was just pretending) but boy did it get Mr. B & I’s heart racing! Needless to say if your afraid of heights or afraid of your kids falling from them this area might be a quick stop on the visit.
It was cold and windy when we got to the top but I’m glad we took a few minutes to look around and see the castle. If we’re going through there again and have some extra time I might try to get in with the English tour but I would probably just explore the town instead. They have one of the oldest universities and there was some neat architecture and buildings that I’d like to go back and look at, on a warmer day…in the daylight.
We also tried Coyote Cafe (from the Panther Paws recommendations) and it was amazing! A bit hard to find but the Chicken Macaroni was so delicious!! If you follow me on Instagram you probably already drooled over it! I know I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any pics except with my iPhone! Bea’s Chicken Spaghetti with white lemon sauce was amazing as well. If you happen to stop by and try you need to walk down the main road of the walkplatz and take a right, it will be down a little ways on the right. We had to look all over for it!
Heidelberg is about 2 hours from Spangdahlem, walking the grounds of the castle was free so we did not pay anything for this outing (just for dinner). You could easily spend more time walking the castle grounds, and sightseeing in the city for a free to low cost sightseeing day trip. While Rick Steve’s may not think it’s worth a stop I thought it as a beautiful city and worth us taking a look around! And truthfully I think his books are geared towards getting the most out of a visit for a tourists, we have much more flexibility living here as we don’t have to cram as much as we can into one trip. So you have to know when to go with ‘pro’ advice and to go with your gut, I’m glad we didn’t let this opportunity pass by!
Know Before You Go:
What: Heidelberg Castle, Germany.
How To Get There: Approximately 2 hours 11 mins from Spangdahlem and 1 hour 12 minutes from Ramstein.
Parking: Is a bit tricky, you can use the parking garages and take the trams up to the castle.
Cost: Free to walk around the outside, €6 adults more for guided tour to see the inside of the palace, also note they only offer English tours at certain times.
Traveling with little kids: Probably would be best to baby wear, not sure strollers are allowed in the castle and we had to walk a ton of stairs to get up to walk around the outside.
How long: Plan on at least 30 mins if your just walking around the outside, more for tour/inside.
Where to find info: Above links