Visiting Heidelberg Castle
Heidelberg is a beautiful city and is the image of romantic Germany. A tour of the castles in Germany should include Heidelberg, due to its old charming castle. Although the city has not the largest castles, visiting Heidelberg Castle must be taken into consideration as it has a unique charm and the castle ruins are magnificent. The ruins are among the most important structures from the Renaissance in the region. That is why visiting Heidelberg Castle may turn into an unforgettable romantic experience.
About the Castle
The initial castle structure was built before AD 1214 contained two castles. Heidelberg Castle (or Heidelberger Schloss) has been demolished in the 17th century and has only been partially rebuilt. Some of the ruins have still remained in the area and are well-persevered. The castle is made of red sandstone and is located on top of a hill overlooking the narrow streets of downtown Heidelberg. The panorama includes the red tiled roofs of the baroque buildings, the old cathedrals and plazas in the old town. The castle has an inner courtyard from where you can see most of the remains of the old halls. Each wall has stone facades and carved statues. Moreover, the castle has a grandiose balcony overlooking the city if Heidelberg. The castle also houses the largest wine vat in the world, with a capacity of 55,000 gallons, taking an entire room in the castle cellar.
The reputation of the castle became widely spread in the 20th century by the Americans established in the city and a lot of Japanese visiting Europe wanted to visit Heidelberg Castle. Rapidly turned into a famous tourist attraction, the castle has today more than three million visitors a year. Most of the visitors come from the United States or Japan. Some of the tourists fall in love with the town and the castle and they decide to get married at the castle. More than 100 wedding are celebrated at the castle’s chapel every year.
Today, the main hall is used for festivities, such as banquets, balls and theatre performances. There is a Heidelberg Castle Festival in the summer, during which the courtyard is the site for open air musicals, operas, concerts and theatre performances. The “Castle Serenades” are performed by the Heidelberg City Orchestra. The castle visiting hours are from8 am to5 pm and the entrance fee is 3€ for adults and 1.5€ for children.