First constructed in 1214, and expanded around 1295, part of Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberg Schloss) was destroyed in 1537 and rebuilt since. Many of the present structures date back to the 16th and 17th century, and are a fascinating view across the ages. The castle provides amazing panoramic views across Heidelberg from the broken tower or little viewpoints scattered over the castle. The courtyard in the castle is a beautiful example of baroque architecture – sprawling and busy with ornately designed buildings. Information in the castle is given in English and German.
Heidelberg Castle, Schlosshof 1 +49 6221 658880
The University Museum (Universitätsmuseum) is located on the ground floor of an old university building, with the Student Prison (thankfully, long since used!) next door and the Great Hall on the floor above. The museum is located on Universitätsplatz which is easily accessible via the number 31 and 32 bus, or by walking along Hauptstraße from Bismarkplatz – the central hub of the town. The museum showcases the development of Heidelberg Universität; founded in 1386, it is the oldest surviving university in Germany and fifth oldest in all of central Europe.
Grabengasse 1, Heidelberg +49 6221 543593