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Heidelberg in summer: exciting outdoor activities for your short trip

Heidelberg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, especially in summer when the sun bathes the picturesque alleyways and historic buildings in a warm light. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, Heidelberg has a lot to offer in the summer months. In this blog post, we present the best activities and sights you can experience outdoors in Heidelberg. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Explore the Old Town in Heidelberg

Heidelberg’s Old Town is a must-see for all visitors. In summer, the cobblestone streets come to life and the city’s many cozy cafés and restaurants invite you to linger. Start your day with a walk along the main street, the longest pedestrian zone in Europe, and learn more about Heidelberg’s history in the Old Town. Afterwards, visit Heidelberg Castle with its idyllic castle gardens. If you don’t want to take the funicular railway, take the short, steep ascent, which is rewarded with an impressive view of the city, the Old Bridge and the Neckar.

Die Altstadt in Heidelberg erkunden

Boat trip on the Neckar

A boat trip on the Neckar is one of the best ways to enjoy Heidelberg in the summer months. From the landing stage at Neckarmünzplatz, not far from the Old Bridge, you can take a relaxing cruise and admire the beautiful landscape from the water. The trip takes you past historic buildings in the Old Town, green forests and charming villages. If you prefer a more intimate experience, you can take a trip with family or friends on the historic wooden boats of Riverboat.

Bootsfahrt auf dem Neckar

The Philosopher’s Way

The Philosopher’s Way is a well-known walk high above the Neckar. The best way to reach the popular path is via the Schlangenweg, which begins in Heidelberg-Neuenheim opposite the Old Bridge. The Philosopher’s Way is particularly beautiful in summer, when the flowers are in full bloom and the view of the city and castle is breathtaking. Pack a picnic and enjoy a break on one of the many benches along the way. If you want to see even more of Heidelberg and learn more about its history, we recommend extending your tour and visiting the Thingstätte. This imposing stage on the Heiligenberg was built in the 1930s as a National Socialist propaganda stage and is now a unique backdrop for open-air events.

Der Philosophenweg

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Swimming in the Neckar

On hot summer days, the Neckarwiese in Heidelberg offers a welcome way to cool off. The extensive meadow on the banks of the river is ideal for sunbathing and picnics. Families, friends and sports enthusiasts alike get their money’s worth on the Neckar. Bring a blanket, a book and perhaps a few snacks and enjoy a relaxing day in nature. For swimmers, we recommend the Neckarwiese in Wieblingen. It is five kilometers from Heidelberg’s city centre and offers good access to the Neckar, where you can let yourself drift comfortably in the shallow current in the side arm.

Schwimmen im NEckar

Visit to Heidelberg Zoo

Looking for activities for the whole family away from the sights in the Old Town? Heidelberg Zoo is a great excursion destination for young and old. In summer, the shady paths and the many animals offer a pleasant change of pace. The daily feedings and special events for children are particularly popular.

Besuch im Heidelberger Zoo

Cycling tours in Heidelberg and the surrounding area

Heidelberg and the surrounding area offer excellent opportunities for cycling tours. Numerous well-signposted cycle paths lead through the picturesque landscape of the Neckar Valley and the Odenwald. We particularly recommend a tour along the Neckar, which takes you to picturesque villages and breathtaking viewpoints. For ambitious cyclists, there are more challenging routes in the Odenwald and the neighboring Kraichgau region that lead through dense forests and over gentle hills. Another option is the route from Heidelberg to Schwetzingen, combined with a visit to Schwetzingen Castle and the events that take place there. Rental stations, e.g. Joyrides for e-bikes, in the city make it easy to hire a bike and explore the region on two wheels.

Fahrradtouren in Heidelberg und Umgebung

Discover Heidelberg by Segway

A Segway is an excellent way to explore Heidelberg, as it allows you to get from one sight to the next quickly and effortlessly. On the Segway, you glide gently along the Neckar and enjoy the views of the river and the natural and architectural beauty of the city. The Philosopher’s Way is also particularly attractive with its magnificent views of Heidelberg, the Königstuhl and the Rhine plain. A playful and action-packed route takes you to Heidelberg’s landmark: the imposing castle with its beautiful castle garden is a must-see.

Segway-Tour in Heidelberg.

Numerous activities and guided tours in Heidelberg

Heidelberg in summer is a true paradise for guests and locals alike. From historical sights and idyllic walks to relaxing days outdoors, the city has something for everyone. Use our tips to enjoy the summer months in Heidelberg to the full. We at NiceGuides offer many exciting tours and would be delighted if you would join us.

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