Booking romantic breaks in Germany? Look no further than picturesque Heidelberg! This beautiful town on the Neckar River is home to historical landmarks like Heidelberg Castle, the Old Town and the Old Bridge, so you can look forward to plenty of sightseeing throughout your stay! Even better still, our great-value Heidelberg hotels are the perfect base for getting the most out of your stay, thanks to our stylish bars, free Wi-Fi and super-comfy beds. Check out our other hotels in Baden-Württemberg too!
Hotels in Heidelberg
Places like Heidelberg
Love Germany city breaks? Extend your next stay and visit other places in Baden-Württemberg! Our hotels in Stuttgart are perfect if you’re planning on visiting nearby spots like The Mercedes-Benz Museum, and our great-value Mannheim hotel is ideal for seeing Baden-Württemberg attractions like the Luisenpark.
Things to do in Heidelberg
Visit Heidelberg Castle
Weekend breaks in Baden-Württemberg wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Schloss Heidelberg. This enormous ancient castle is one of the most famous landmarks in Germany. It’s been restructured several times since 1214 – and repeatedly repaired after fire damage and lightning strikes! – but what remains is a fascinating glimpse into the region’s royal history, and a significant piece of Renaissance architecture.
Relax and unwind
After busy days out in Heidelberg, the Königstuhl is the perfect place to plot up and spend a laid-back afternoon. Meaning ‘the King’s Seat’, it’s a hill in the Odenwald Mountains that’s one of the best outdoor activities in Baden-Württemberg thanks to its unbeatable views of the town and the Neckar River. Hop on the Heidelberg Funicular Railway from the Old Town, enjoy a scenic ride up the mountain, and then soak up the views from the summit!
Explore the Old Town
Couples and culture-lovers alike won’t want to miss visiting the Heidelberg Altstadt. This picture-perfect landmark is the heart of the city, and one of the most well-preserved old towns in Germany. Stop for a coffee and a cake in the Market Square and explore the Gothic Church of the Holy Spirit – or Heiliggeistkirche as it’s known in German – before taking a walk along the Neckar River and crossing the Old Bridge.
What are the nearest train stations in Heidelberg?
Heidelberg Main Train Station – or the Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof as it’s known in German – is on Willy-Brandt-Platz, just a five-minute drive away from our Premier Inn Heidelberg City Centre hotel, and a 10-minute drive from Heidelberg Castle. Plus, the handy Rhine-Neckar S-Bahn service is the best way of getting around Heidelberg throughout your trip!
What are the best places to eat in Heidelberg?
Foodies will love trying all the best dishes in Baden-Württemberg. Tuck into meaty meals like Saumagen or Leberknödel – a liver dumpling dish that’s loved by locals – before treating yourself to a slice of the classic Quetschekuchen plum cake. Plus, city breaks in Heidelberg wouldn’t be complete without trying a ‘Studentenkuss’, a local sweet treat made up of chocolate, nougat and waffle. The name literally translates as a 'student's kiss', and giving one to an admirer is a sweet tradition that started back in the 19th century at Café Knösel – so it’s an ideal souvenir to bring back from weekend breaks in Germany! Our hotels in Baden-Württemberg are perfect when you’re looking for the best places to eat breakfast in Heidelberg, too.
What are the best things to do in Heidelberg at night?
You’ll find all kinds of things to do in Heidelberg in the evenings. Take a walk along the town’s Lower Street or Untere Strasse for a taste of local culture – and traditional beers from the region! There’s also plenty of live events in Baden-Württemberg to enjoy at venues like halle02, the SAP Arena, and Heidelberg City Theatre. Best of all, not only is our Premier Inn Heidelberg City Centre hotel within easy reach of all the best nightlife, but it also has a stylish bar if you don’t fancy going out!
What family friendly activities can you do in Heidelberg?
As well as being home to historic landmarks, this picturesque town on the Neckar River also has kid-friendly activities to enjoy on family holidays in Germany. Heidelberg Zoo is one of the most popular places to visit in Baden-Württemberg, and little ones will also love visiting amusement parks in Baden-Württemberg like Kinderparadies Heidelberg and Märchenparadies Heidelberg. Why not take the kids for a ride on the mountain railway or a river cruise along the Neckar?
What outdoor activities can you do in Heidelberg?
Get out and explore the great outdoors throughout your trip to Heidelberg. Thanks to local spots like the Neckarwiese and the Heidelberg Botanical Garden, you’ll have plenty of chances to stretch your legs. But the best trail is the Philosophers' Walk in Heidelberg, a popular path along the Neckar River that treats walkers to some of the best views in town. Plus, a walk to the peak of the Königstuhl hill is a must on Baden-Württemberg trips.
What indoor activities can you do in Heidelberg?
Whatever the weather in Heidelberg, families and couples alike will find plenty of activities to enjoy. Heidelberg Castle should be right at the top of your list of places to visit in Baden-Württemberg, but the town also offers a whole host of museums and galleries to explore, from the German Pharmacy Museum and the Universitätsmuseum to the Heidelberger Kunstverein. Alternatively, if you fancy shopping in Heidelberg, you could pick up some great souvenirs at Darmstädter Hof Centrum!