Sights and Attractions
Heidelberg has a lot to offer in terms of things to see and do. During the warmer months, many people like to sit by the river on the Neckarwiesen and enjoy the sun with a BBQ and a few beers. For the more energetic people, taking a hike up to the top of the Königstuhl or a walk along the Philisophigenweg offer both a bit of exercise and fantastic views of the city. Fancy a bit more culture? Not a problem! Heidelberg has many historic buildings including the Heidelberg Schloss, a number of churches, and of course, the oldest university in Germany.
Heidelberg Schloss was built in the 1400s and over the following centuries saw many additions and losses. Today the inside of the castle holds many artistic furnishings, and the outside has many things to see including extensive gardens and the Powder Turret which lies in ruins after an explosion many years ago.
Heidelberg University was founded in 1386 making it Germany's oldest university, and one of Europe's oldest institutions. Split over two main campuses, in the west of the city you can find the Neuenheimer Feld campus which houses most of the natural, computer and medical science faculties, along with a large number of leading edge hospital clinics. In the Altstadt you can find the old university campus which contains numerous historic buildings and houses mostly the social science and humanities faculties.
And let's not forget the Brückenaffe! Leading from the Altstadt to Neuenheim, the Old Bridge crosses the Neckar. On the Altstadt side of the bridge there is the Affenturm which is a gateway into the Altstadt. Next to this bridge is the Brückenaffe - a bronze statue of a monkey that forms the logo of the 2019 State of the Map conference. There are many stories about the monkey with older ones aiming at insulting other cities in Germany, but more recent ones focussing on protection and encouraging self-reflection.