Heidelberg and surroundings


Heidelberg is in the Rhine Rift Valley, on the left bank of the lower part of the Neckar in a steep valley in the Odenwald. It is bordered by the Königsstuhl (568 m) and the Gaisberg (375 m) mountains.

Since Heidelberg is among the warmest regions of Germany, plants atypical of the central-European climate flourish there, including almond and fig trees; there is also an olive tree in Gaisbergstraße. Alongside the Philosophenweg (Philosophers’ Walk) on the opposite side of the Old Town, winegrowing was restarted in 2000. Furthermore, the Philosophenweg is a known vantage point for the Neckar and the Heidelberg Castle.

The famous and reputable university attracted many significant minds and stands as a landmark to the whole region.

Lush nature and baroque cityscapes not far apart.



The small town of Neckargemünd entices tourists with its picturesque half-timbered houses and beautiful view onto the medieval Dilsberg Fortress. It’s a worthwhile trip, since it offers a view of the four castles of Neckarsteinach.

There are multiple events during the year which captivate the spectators. For example the fireworks at the old bridge in Heidelberg or the Schlossparkfest (Castle Park Festival) in the City of Schwetzingen nearby.