3 days in Heidelberg is the perfect amount of time to explore the highlights of this German town. This itinerary includes many interesting sights for your trip to Heidelberg.
Heidelberg is a great town with lots of things to do. It's one of the most amazing medieval towns in Germany to visit! You can experience the history of the town in Heidelberg Old Town, great landmarks, and in the museums. Also, there is beautiful nature in Heidelberg that looks stunning!
In short, it is great to spend 3 days in Heidelberg!
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How to Get To Heidelberg?
You can find the town of Heidelberg near the larger German cities of Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Getting to the town from these cities is very easy for your 3 days in Heidelberg.
From Frankfurt, there is a direct train to the town of Heidelberg. This journey by train takes less than 1 hour to complete.
By car, the journey takes a bit more than 1 hour.
From Stuttgart, there is also a direct train to Heidelberg. This journey is 50 minutes.
By car, it takes you about 1.5 hours to get to the town.
Because of this, it is very doable to travel from both Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Itinerary For 3 Days in Heidelberg
Let's start with the itinerary!
Day 1: The First Day of Your 3 Days in Heidelberg
Wander through the old town
The old town of Heidelberg is wonderful to visit. That's why I recommend going here first during your 3 days in Heidelberg!
You can find here lots of beautiful cobblestoned streets and many historical houses. Most of the buildings are in the Baroque architectural style, which looks very pretty!
The main street in this part of the town of Heidelberg is Hauptstrasse.
This is a great shopping street in the town where you can find many shops. It is the busiest area in the town, which makes it a great place to visit!
Another one of the best places in Heidelberg Old Town is Marktplatz. This is a large square surrounded by beautiful buildings.
One of these buildings is the Town Hall of Heidelberg. This is a building from the beginning of the 18th century that is very interesting to see!
Visit the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Jesuit Church
In the old town of Heidelberg, you can also find several churches. These churches look amazing!
The most famous church in the town is the Church of the Holy Spirit. You can also find this building at Marktplatz, where you could also see the Town Hall.
The church is very large, so you can see the church from many places in the town! This looks great!
Both the exterior and the interior of the church look beautiful! And the church is from the Middle Ages.
Another great church to see when you are 3 days in Heidelberg is the Jesuit Church.
This church is more modern in comparison to the Church of the Holy Spirit.
This is a beautiful church with a stunning facade. This front of the church features many interesting statues, which is great to see!
See the Old Bridge of Heidelberg
Another place to go to during your 3 days is the Old Bridge of Heidelberg. This is a stunning arch bridge from the 18th century.
You can find this bridge next to Heidelberg Old Town. So when you are in the old town of Heidelberg, you'll definitely see it!
What's great is that there is a bridge gate from the Middle Ages at one of the sides of the bridge.
When you're in Heidelberg I recommend going to this bridge for sure, as it is such an iconic landmark!
Go to the Heidelberg Castle and visit the gardens
Now it is time to go to one of the sites you should not miss out on when you are in Heidelberg for 3 days! This is a wonderful place to end your first day!
It is a very popular place to visit, and millions of tourists go here everywhere!
Heidelberg Castle is a very interesting landmark. You find here castle ruins that look wonderful and very impressive.
The ruins are very large and consist of many different structures. That's because there is a variety of structures here, each with a different building year. The first section of the castle is from the 14th century, which is very old!
Also, what's great is that you can get a beautiful view of the town and the river from the castle! This alone makes it a great place to go during your 3 days in Heidelberg.
Next to the castle, you can find the gardens of the castle.
These gardens are gorgeous and a very relaxing place for a stroll. Everyone can visit it during each day of the year!
In the past, this was a very famous garden because of its architecture and beautiful nature. Nowadays, it is still a great place to visit!
Take a funicular and get a panoramic view at Königstuhl
On the second day in Heidelberg of your 3 days, it is time to explore some of the places that surround the old town.
Königstuhl is the highest hill in the town and it has a height of 1863 feet (or 568 meters).
From the hill, you can get a beautiful panoramic view of the town of Königstuhl and the river. Also, you can the forest that surrounds the town of Königstuhl, which looks beautiful!
The hill is great for hiking as well as there are hiking trails at the top.
Also, you can find a restaurant at the top of the hill, which is very convenient!
To reach the Königstuhl hill, you need to take the Heidelberger Bergbahn that links the old town to the top of the hill!
Walk along the Philosophenweg
After exploring the Königstuhl I recommend going to the Philosophenweg. The translation of this name in English is "Philosophers' Walk".
This is a walking path that got its name from the professors and philosophers that walked here. These came here from Heidelberg University to talk and think.
What's great about this path, besides the history, is the view. From here you have a stunning of the town and the river.
Furthermore, the nature along the walking path is amazing. There are all kinds of trees from all over the world. This makes the place feel like a foreign place.
It is the perfect place for a relaxing walk on your second day in Heidelberg!
See the Botanical Garden of the University of Heidelberg
If you love nature, then you'll love the next activity during this day for sure! Now it is time for the Botanical Garden of the University of Heidelberg.
This is a botanical garden that belongs to the university and you can visit it for free. It is open every day of the week, except for Saturday.
What's great about this botanical garden is that it is very old. The garden dates back to the year 1593 and it is the third oldest of its kind in Germany.
You can find here lots of beautiful plants and flowers that are great to see during your 3 days in Heidelberg!
Visit the Kurpfälzisches Museum
On this third day of your 3 day trip to Heidelberg, it is time to explore some of the museums in the town.
There are lots of great museums.
One of the best of these is the Kurpfälzisches Museum.
This is a museum that focuses on art and archaeology!
Moreover, there are lots of objects from the Roman Empire here, which is very interesting! Also, you can find here objects found in the Lower Neckar Valley.
Besides the archaeological objects, you find here lots of other objects too!
For example, there are many paintings here. These include artworks from the town of Heidelberg and from places near it.
Other collections of the museum include sculptures, applied arts, textiles, and more.
Go to the University of Heidelberg Museum
If you want to see even more of the museums of the town during your 3 days in Heidelberg, then here's another one.
The University Museum of Heidelberg University is great to visit and very interesting!
Moreover, this is the perfect place to learn about the history of the museum.
Heidelberg is the oldest university in Germany, which is amazing. The history of the university dates back to the year 1386.
In the museum, you find three chambers that each explain one part of the University's history.
The first chamber is about the founding of the university till the year 1803. In the second chamber, you can learn about the Romanticism period. Furthermore, it is about the start of modern natural sciences in the university. And the last chamber is about the 20th century.
See the Schwetzingen Palace
The last activity of this itinerary is visiting Schwetzingen Palace.
You can find Schwetzingen Palace in Schwetzingen, which is a place near Heidelberg.
This palace was the summer residence of Charles III Philip and Charles IV Theodore. These were Electors of the Palatinate in the Kindom of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.
The palace is a beautiful building that is amazing to see!
Furthermore, the garden of the place is stunning. And it makes for a great place for a relaxing stroll through nature!
It is the perfect way to end your trip to Heidelberg for 3 days for sure!
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