Heidelberg

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Heidelberg

"The city in its setting and entire surroundings may be said to have something ideal." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1797). Scarcely any other European city has had its praises so often sung as Heidelberg. The mysterious Heidelberg Castle, the picturesque Old Town, and as Goethe himself stated, the perfection of its setting – in the nineteenth century, all of this attracted the German romanticists, who immortalized Heidelberg in poetry, music, and art. Today the charm of Old Heidelberg is combined with a future-oriented and international focus.

Welcome to Heidelberg

The poet Goethe praised Heidelberg almost modestly as having "something ideal" about it. But Mark Twain, the pragmatic Mississippi river pilot, speaks of "the last possibility of the beautiful." Today a city with some 160.000 inhabitants, Heidelberg was once the royal residence of German Prince Electors, and for hundreds of years it was a focal point of German history. Closely connected with Heidelberg are the names of such houses of nobility as Wittelsbach, Stuart, or Medici, of theologians such as Martin Luther, or political figures such as Friedrich Ebert. Strikingly evident is the beauty of Heidelberg’s setting and architecture: edged north and south by the forested hillsides of the All Saints’ Mountain and the King’s Chair, Heidelberg lies where the Neckar river leaves the Odenwald Forest and flows onward into the Rhine valley. The baroque silhouettes of the houses, the elegant sweep of the bridge over the river, and the stately ruin of the regal castle towering above the town, blend with the surroundings to present a visual image that is almost ethereal. Amidst this magical setting, the town pulsates with modern life. In the angular lanes of the Old Town, students, tourists, and long-time residents cross paths day and night. Numerous stages beckon citizens and passers-by alike to enjoy the annual festivals for classics, jazz, film, theater, and literature. In Heidelberg’s oldest university, founded in 1386, research at the highest level is being actively pursued. At present some 31,000 students are matriculated, roughly a fifth of the population. It is largely the students who vest the city with its cosmopolitan, international, and youthful atmosphere. Positioned in one of the most dynamic economic regions of Germany, Heidelberg is among the most attractive conference and convention sites in the land. With the HeidelbergCARD, the visitor can become acquainted with the city’s famous sights and attractions simply, comfortably, and economically. Heidelberg Marketing GmbH is your competent on-site partner. Our friendly team of qualified experts is on hand to discuss with you our comprehensive programme of tours, and is glad to offer suggestions and assistance during your stay. Tel.: +49 6221 58 44 444 E-Mail: info@heidelberg-marketing.de Internet: www.heidelberg-marketing.com Heidelberg4you facebook.com/Heidelberg #heidelberg4you instagram.com/heidelberg4you HEIDELBERG4you youtube.com/heidelberg4you

Events

Rarely any other German city of comparable size allows itself such a multifaceted and comprehensive program of cultural events as does Heidelberg. From the international music festival "Heidelberger Frühling" to the summer Castle Festivals and the jazz festival "Enjoy Jazz" – not forgetting the Castle Illuminations in June, July, and September, and as the atmospheric Grande Finale of the year, the magical Christmas Market – Heidelberg offers an abundance of cultural delights the whole year long. In between, such insiders’ tips as the Chanson Festival "schöner lügen", the Heidelberg Bach Week, or the Heidelberg Literature Days, ensure Heidelberg’s enthusiastic residents and visitors an unending source of enrichment and pleasure. We present some of the events here. A comprehensive overview of other events you can find at https://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/en/discover/events/calendar-of-events

Accommodations

For friendly and professional assistance with everything concerning an overnight stay or renting a room in Heidelberg, Heidelberg Marketing GmbH is available under the telephone number: +49 6221 58402224 or +49 6221 5840226. You may also book your accomodations simply and easily over our website: www.heidelberg-marketing.de. A partial selection of hotels in various categories follows, as a sampling of the possibilities available:

Health City

More than 600 years have passed since the founding of Heidelberg's University in 1386. One of Germany's oldest universities today, it continues to play a leading role in one of its four original subjects: medicine. The university still holds its place as an international medical competence center. Heidelberg's status as one of the most important healthcare facilities goes hand in hand with the work of some of the world's best scientist. Heidelberg University Hospital with its 43 specialized clinical departments is one of the leading medical centers in Europe. Every year, many thousands of patients from all over Germany and many other countries worldwide travel to Heidelberg to receive treatment. The highest standards of medical care are guaranteed by our renowned professors, distinguished physicians & nursing staff, modern buildings with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as the proximity and interlinking of the specialist departments. Progress and innovation are essential for promising medical treatment. Heidelberg University Hospital is constantly developing new methods of diagnosis and treatment at the forefront of biomedical science with one goal: their quick implementation for the benefit of the patient. For more information: https://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/en/discover/health/health-city

Do & See

Heidelberg is considered one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. The harmonious ensemble of Castle, Old Town and river in the midst of mountains was an inspiration to the poets and artists of the Romantic period, and has lost none of its fascination today for millions of visitors from all over the world. The symbol of the city, Heidelberg Castle, lies some 70 meters or 230 feet above the Neckar on the hillside of Heidelberg’s local mountain, the Königstuhl (King’s Chair). The ruins of the Castle towering above the town are among the most impressive sights that a trip through Germany can offer the marveling traveller. The city of the oldest university in Germany (founded in 1386, and since 2007 officially a University of Excellence) looks back on more than 800 years of history: from the former residence city of Germany’s Prince Electors up to today’s modern and future-oriented center of knowledge and economic growth.

Dining

Just as versatile and multifaceted as Heidelberg itself is the immense scope of its culinary possibilities. From the popular student pubs to restaurants that offer authentic palatinate cooking, international specialties, and/or top of the line gastronomy, from early-morning coffee to the midnight hours, the range from which to choose is nothing short of delectable.

Cafes

Along Hauptstrasse (literally Heidelberg’s "Main Street") and the picturesque lanes of the Old Town, as well as in the adjoining districts of Neuenheim and Handschuhsheim, numerous cafés, each unique and individual in its style and offerings, adorn the streetscene and invite you to enjoy a German tradition: the café break.

Bars & Nightlife

Heidelberg is vivacious and full of life, as befits a university town. Nighttime revellers have an endless array of ways and places to congregate, from rustic student pubs to nightclubs, jazz clubs, and music clubs.

Shopping

To stroll through Heidelberg is a treat, for at every step the sense of history intertwines with the young scene of a university town, and window shopping on cobblestones is a serendipitous mix. Hauptstrasse is Heidelberg’s shopping mile per se: approximately one mile long, Hauptstrasse presents all the names and brands that one expects from a high quality international shopping venue. And the small lanes on either side of Hauptstrasse offer treasures of their own. Unique discoveries await today’s hunters and gatherers at every corner.

Tourist Information

Before you start your trip: Perhaps you would like to have additional information or brochures about the city before your trip begins. On our website https://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/en/service/brochures-and-flyers you can download the latest brochures at your convenience. Individual consultation and information about all accommodations, city tours, and package offers is available free of change from Heidelberg Marketing GmbH: General Informations Tel: +49 6221 58 44 444 info@heidelberg-marketing.de www.heidelberg-marketing.de Accommodation & Package Trips Tel: +49 6221 58 40224 Tel: +49 6221 58 40226 reservation@heidelberg-marketing.de Guided Tours Tel: +49 6221 58 40223 Tel: +49 6221 58 40225 guide@heidelberg-marketing.de