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Heidelberg at a Glance

Students have been studying in Heidelberg since the 1300s. Its lively student population, crooked streets and charming medieval buildings make it one of Germany's most romantic and interesting destinations.

Heidelberg's half ruined castle is its biggest tourist draw. The ruined building looms over town from its vantage point on high. Climb a set of stairs to reach the top for excellent views and a chance to see the gorgeous buildings that surround the crumbling castle. For another excellent viewpoint in the city try the Philosopher's Walk which meanders through the fields and melancholy ruins of the northern portion of the city. Look down on the river or out over the church spires and academic halls. This romantic walk has inspired students, writers,landscape painters and professors.

Since Heidelberg has always hosted a student population, there's plenty to do at night. Raise your beer mug in a 17th century pub carved with student initials, or head to an experimental music session. A mix of old and new sets Heidelberg apart.  

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October - April
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. For more information, contact a German consulate office. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

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      • Railroad Heidelberg Hauptbahnof
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      Severe Weather Heidelberg has cool winters with occasional snow and rain. Summers are warm and sometimes humid. Pack a coat for winter travels.

      Safety Concerns Take basic precautions to protect yourself from crime. Avoid dark, deserted areas late at night. Protect your passport by carrying it close to the skin or locking it in a hotel safe. Avoid flashing cash and valuables.  

      Health Concerns Heidelberg has clean drinking water and good public health. Stay safe and healthy by practicing good hygiene.