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The best vantage point of Heidelberg

The Philosophenweg offers the best aerial views of Heidelberg. At the top, it’s surreal to gaze... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Beautiful views

It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the top of the hill. The views are amazing. You have a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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This famous path along the Neckar River has been frequented by numerous famous philosophers throughout history.
Philosophenweg, 69120 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Philosophenweg offers the best aerial views of Heidelberg. At the top, it’s surreal to gaze down at the Old Town and Neckar River, as philosophers and artists have done for centuries. Absolutely worth the effort/climb!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MyGlobalViewpoint
Reviewed 6 days ago

It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the top of the hill. The views are amazing. You have a terrific view of the castle and the entire city of Heidelberg. You can also walk to the right and walk into the forest. We went...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ScottH774
Reviewed 1 week ago

Relaxing and a great view of Heidelberg. Good exercise too. Worthwhile walk. Initial steps may be a bit steep for some but there are other ways via a roadway to get to the top.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rick J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The views are amazing of the old town. However, if you are out of shape - do NOT attempt this. It is rigorous walking uphill.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stephrab
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best start to go up is Neuenheim. Better and easier than at the old bridge. Enjoy the cityview. There is a kiosk and a little playground in the middle. Beautiful view!!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately we had only half an hour to explore this great place. The view of the Old City and the castle is perfect. People walk and run there. I really want to come back to spend there several hours.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

I wanted to see more of the city but did not want to stand in line or be in heavy crowds so this was perfect. There are very nice views of the old town with the castle, church & bridge.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lynn_Lyon
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Can't beat the view, but be prepared for some steep parts at the start (Western edge) and down the optional shortcut back to the city (at Alte Bruecke) called Schlangenweg. Functional footwear (like sneakers) is highly recommended.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paulanus
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

Me and my friends love to explore and try new things, this activity was a fun way to start the day. We went further more to see the Theater which was built by the nazis years ago. Worth the time spent and it was a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank FK_AlMarzooqi
Reviewed 18 October 2018

After a 40 year absence from Heidelberg we made a trip back and this walk was one of the highlights. It was a great day and it turned out to very popular with many locals and tourists alike. This is something we will do again...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Jett F
13 August 2017|
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Response from Anne-Marie C | Reviewed this property |
The only thing I would recommend, if doing this in winter, is to make sure you have shoes with good soles and grip. We found the paved areas and stairs a little slippery, especially as it had been raining. It was still worth... More
Christopher D
17 March 2017|
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Response from EMinch | Reviewed this property |
There are three main ways to and from the Philosophenweg. From east to west, these are the Hirschgasse, the Schlangenweg, and the most popular route that begins at the head of Ladenburgerstrasse in Neuenheim. The... More