Road trip through southern Germany
Published: Oct, 2020 | Travel Date: Aug - Sep 2019
You don't have to travel far to discover something new! Europe and Germany have a lot to offer. So we decided to go on vacation back home and rummaged around some of the most beautiful cities and sights in southern Germany. The days were planned relatively tightly, but we were able to take the most beautiful highlights with us.
We made our first stop in the beautiful city of Heidelberg. If you are in Heidelberg at the weekend, we can recommend the HeidelbergCARD. This gives you free travel on public transport in the city, many discounts on Heidelberg attractions and the castle ticket including the mountain railway in one ticket. The HeidelbergCARD is available from 17 euros in the tourist information at the main train station, in the town hall or on Neckarmünzplatz. There is so much more to discover in Heidelberg and unfortunately we weren't able to see everything in the two days.
Hip Hotel, Hauptstraße, Heidelberg, Germany
Super cool hotel right in the city center. Each room has a very special interior design matching a certain theme.
Activities and Sights
Heidelberg Castle, Schlosshof, Heidelberg, Germany
You should plan at least half a day to visit the castle. It's expansive and there's a lot to explore. From the old town you can take the 300 steps on foot, past old villas or take the mountain railway up. The outdoor area with the beautiful view over the old town and the Neckar, as well as the castle ruins itself, is free. But we definitely recommend exploring the inside of the castle.
German Pharmacy Museum, Heidelberg, Germany
The German Pharmacy Museum is located directly at the castle. During your visit you will learn interesting facts about pharmacy and the history of medicine. Very interesting and worth seeing.
Altstadt, Heidelberg, Germany
The best thing is to just stroll through the beautiful old town of Heidelberg and along the longest shopping street in Germany! Here you will find many sights in one place such as The Heiliggeistkirche, the Kornmarkt, the House of Knights, the University Library and of course many nice shops and great restaurants and cafes. If you want to eat well and cheaply, we can recommend Palmbräugasse or, if you like it a little more student-friendly, the Schnookeloch
Old Bridge Heidelberg, Am Hackteufel, Heidelberg, Germany
From the famous old bridge you have a great view of the Neckar and the castle
Philosophenweg, Heidelberg, Germany
A walk on the Philosophenweg is a must when visiting Heidelberg. The best thing to do is to take a tour and start at the Old Bridge and walk over the Schlangenweg to the Philosophenweg. At the end you come out at the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke. Here you can relax a little on the Neckarwiese or rent a pedal boat at the boathouse and cruise across the Neckar.
Thingstätte Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
If you are still in the mood for some nature, you can still go to the Thingstätte. It is an open-air stage on the Heiligenberg from the time of National Socialism, which was mainly used for propaganda events during the Nazi era. Surrounded by forest, this place is very beautiful today. You can either walk up from the old town or drive up by car.
Transportation to next station
Car | 01:20 Hour
Depending on the traffic situation, the journey may be delayed a little. The route is known for a lot of traffic jams.
This road trip through southern Germany was a lot of fun for all of us. Despite the fact that the days were pretty packed, we didn't feel like we had to rush. If you have more time, you can of course stay longer at one or the other station.