While you will come to enjoy the freedom provided by public transportation throughout
Europe, please keep in mind that this freedom is not for free. Schwarzfahren, using public transportation without a valid ticket, is heavily fined not only in
Heidelberg, but in all European cities, and tickets are checked frequently.
Einzelfahrschein A single ticket is valid for a single ride in one direction with the option of changing
buses/streetcars. The ticket is valid for 90 minutes from the time it is stamped.
TAGESTICKET This day-ticket can be purchased for a single person or for groups of up to 5 people
and it is valid from the time stamped until 3 am the following day.
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
You can buy tickets on the bus, but NOT the streetcar. There are also vending machines on Uni-Platz (in front of Mc Paper) and on Bismarckplatz.
Don't forget to validate (stamp) your ticket on the bus/streetcat!
You can also buy tickets and look up schedules with the RNV App. Search RNV ticket
in your App Store.
For taxi service, please call the following number: 06221 302030
Heidelberg Castle Nestled in the hill 300 feet above the city of Heidelberg stands the breath-taking
Heidelberg Schloss (castle). The castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding
an inner courtyard, put together with a haphazard look. Each building highlights a
different period of German architecture. Read more.
Philosophenweg, Heiligenberg and Thingstätte Rambling up the southern side of the Heiligenberg, across the Neckar from the castle,
one will find the Philosopher's Walk. Its name, it is said, stems from the fact that
university professors and philosophers walked there, perhaps using the solitude of
the forest and the incredible views of the city and surrounding area for inspiration.
St. Michael's Monastery, today surviving only in ruins, sits at the top of the Heiligenberg,
and can be reached by the Philosophen Weg. Probably the most notable structure on
the Heiligenberg is the Thingstätte. This open-air amphitheater was built in 1935
by the Nazi party and was designed by Heidelberg native Albert Speer. Read more.
Königstuhl and Bergbahn The top of the Königstuhl is the last stop on the Funicular Railway. Here, over 1,700
feet above Heidelberg, the visitor to Heidelberg can catch an amazing view of the
region. Read more.
Heidelberg Zoo The Heidelberg Zoo, located on the bank of the Neckar River is home to over 1100 animals from more than 250 species. Read more.
Abtei/Kloster Neuburg This beautiful Benedictine monastery is a unique place where active monastic life
and organic farming collide. You can eat delicious food at the garden restaurant there,
Gasthaus zum Klosterhof. It is possible to hike the Philosophenweg (Philosopher's
Way) or take the bus or a boat on the Neckar to get to the monastery! For more information, click here.
Schwetzingen Schwetzingen was a summer residence for Palatinate Electors of the 18th century. The
hunting lodge was elegantly furnished for the purpose - and the famous garden came into being: a perfectly preserved complete
work of European standing. For more information, click here.
Luisenpark Mannheim One of the most beautiful parks in Europe including a Chinese garden and tea house,
a greenhouse with exotic plants, reptiles and butterflies and a pond with boats to
rent. For more information, click here.
Margarethenschlucht and Wolfsschlucht Hikes These national reserves are perfect to hike and experience the natural beauty of Germany! They are down the Neckar close to Neckargerach,
which is further than Neckarsteinach, so it might be preferable to drive, take the
bus, or take the S-Bahn train. For more information, click here.
Romans in Germanien Osterburken with Limes (Border line of Roman Empire) - (Read more) and Adventon (Medieval open air working museum).
Quaint towns along the Neckar River
Explore the Dilsberg fortress ruins in this old medieval walled town on the south
side of the Neckar. There are gorgeous views of the Neckar valley and the Odenwald
forest! The best and most scenic ways to get here would be either by bike or by boat
along the Neckar to Neckarsteinach. It is also possible to take the S-Bahn train. For more information, click here
Neckarsteinach (Four Fortresses)
While in Neckarsteinach, be sure to hike to the four fortress ruins on the north side
of the river. The views are breathtaking! For more information, click here.
This 13th century castle along the Neckar is where Ludwig Prince of Baden currently
lives with his family! There are also beautiful walking trails behind the castle (
Schloßstraße 1, Neckargerach). For more information, click here.
A Fairytale skyline with Blue Tower, churches, historic buildings and the largest
Staufer fortified imperial palace north of the Alps promises an exciting history of
Celts, Romans and royalty. Read more.
Cities in the vicinity (1-3 hours)
Thanks to its mild climate and hot springs, Baden-Baden is one of the world's best-known
spa towns. No trip to beautiful Baden-Baden would be complete without taking in its
wonderful spas, a tradition that has existed since Roman times. It's also a popular
destination for sports enthusiasts, with many golf and tennis clubs, as well as equestrian
sports such as horse racing. In summer, it's a haven for hiking, while in winter,
it attracts both Nordic and downhill skiers. The Schwarzwald-Hochstrasse tourist route
skirts the extensive forests within the municipal boundaries, resulting in Baden-Baden
being the perfect place from which to explore the beautiful Black Forest. Read more.
Bruchsal Palace (Schloss Bruchsal) is the only Prince-Bishop's residence on the Upper
Rhine. It is famous for its opulent staircase constructed by Balthasar Neumann – known
as the "crown jewel of all Baroque staircases". Read more.
Deutsche Weinstraße (German Wine Route)
The Deutsche Weinstraße (German Wine Route) is situated between the hilly foothills
of the Pfälzerwald (Palatinate Forest) and the Rhine plain. The oldest and most well-known
German tourist wine route, forming the backbone of the Palatinate wine-growing region,
commences in the north at Bockenheim and ends after about 85 kilometers in Schweigen
on the border with Elsace. The German Wine Route has been the quintessence of quality
in wine and tourism for more than 70 years. Read more.
Sitting plump at the foot of the Black Forest's wooded slopes and vineyards, Freiburg
is a sunny, cheerful university town, its medieval Altstadt a story-book tableau of
gabled town houses, cobblestone lanes and cafe-rimmed plazas. Read more.
This enormous Baroque-age residential palace remains virtually untouched. Royal apartments,
several museums and a unique palace theatre plus a choice of unparalleled guided tours:
that is the Ludwigsburg Palace complex. Read more. Ludwigsburg also hosts a beautiful Pumpkin Festival every year in the fall. Read more.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Walk atop Rothenburg's city walls or climb to the top of the town hall for great views.
The Night Watchman tour is an unforgettable way to learn the city's history. And our
travelers also recommend the Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum)—it's
gruesome but fascinating. Read more.
A discovery tour through Speyer, a city looking back on more than 2000 years of history
and culture, will take you by the Cathedral of Speyer, the Trinity Church, the Old
City Gate and the Jewish Quarter. Read more.
A charming medieval town with a beautiful park including Redwood and other exotic
trees (Exotenwald). Take RNV 5 from Bismarckplatz. Read more.
On your journey through two thousand years of history in the city you will encounter
emperors and kings, Nibelung myths and legends, Jewish history and Martin Luther.
There is plenty to see and do: the Romanesque Cathedral, the oldest Jewish cemetery
in Europe, the former Jewish quarter with its synagogue and Jewish Museum and the
world's biggest Reformation monument. Read more.