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While Heidelberg itself is a fascinating town to get to know, it’s also a great base for exploring other equally intriguing locations. Take your pick from a trendy spa town, a fairytale hamlet in the dense forests, a gorgeous city steeped in history and culture, a town of sparkling wines, a romantic town straight out of a storybook, a famous city with hidden attractions, a secret town and a gorgeous city across the border. You can’t go wrong with any of them!
Treat yourself to a day of spa and wellness at the very trendy town of Baden Baden in the Black Forest. You can practically feel all your stress melt away as you take a dip in the warm thermal springs at Friedrichsbad or Caracalla Therme. The rest of the day is best spent checking out fashionable shopping and Baden Baden’s lush green gardens. Add a slice of melt-in-your-mouth Black Forest cake to finish off a day very well spent.
Distance from Heidelberg: 0.62 miles / 90 km
Triberg is another bewitchingly beautiful town in the Black Forest. It’s a dot of a town and you can easily catch its highlights over a day. Start by hiking through the forest to the top of Germany’s highest waterfall, Triberg Waterfalls. It’s an easy hike and you will get plenty of photo opportunities on the way and enjoy views of the cascading waterfall from various angles. Once you make your way back down, reward yourself for your efforts with a thick slice of Black Forest cake! To understand the rich heritage of the Black Forest, you can’t do better than Schwarzwaldmuseum. Also, drop in at the House of a Thousand Clocks to check an endless range of authentic cuckoo clocks, and perhaps purchase one to remember your wonderful holiday by.
Distance from Heidelberg: 112.5 miles / 181 km
Why limit yourself to Germany when a short drive from Heidelberg will whisk you away to a magical French city? Spend a day admiring the breathtaking Gothic architecture of Strasbourg Cathedral, saying hello to the beautiful storks at the Parc de l’Orangerie sanctuary, checking out some of the most significant art galleries and museums in France and simply enjoying the captivating old town by the river.
Distance from Heidelberg: 82 miles / 132 km
A day in Stuttgart is barely enough to scratch its surface, but what a day it will be! Take your pick from one of the two snazziest automobile museums in the country, virtually dozens of museums and galleries and a range of stunning architecture. And we’re not even counting the cool and unusual thing to do in Stuttgart, for example, riding a 300-year-old cable car to a cemetery! If you are traveling with family, you will find lots of attractions that would win little hearts right away.
Distance from Heidelberg: 78 miles / 126 km
Bernkastel-Kues, a perfect little town forming the heart of the gorgeous landscape of the Middle Mosel Valley, is perfect for nature lovers and wine connoisseurs. Learn all there is to know about the region’s rich wine-making tradition at the multimedia Mosel Wein Museum and top off your visit with wine-tasting. Follow it up with a leisurely cruise along the River Mosel, feasting your eyes on endless vineyards and gabled houses en route. Don’t miss the interesting architecture that Bernkastel-Kues is peppered with, especially the Spitzhäuschen (Pointed House), the Late Renaissance Rathaus (Town Hall) and ruins of the ancient Landshut Castle.
Distance from Heidelberg: 111 miles / 179 km
Frankfurt has the reputation of being a stone-and-concrete business hub, but give it a day, and you’ll be surprised how much it has to offer to the entire family. Start by visiting Frankfurt’s ancient market square, Römerberg. During the rest of the day, you might want to visit some of its many interesting museums and galleries and try delicious local cuisine. If you are traveling with children in tow, Frankfurt has several great options for keeping them busy.
Distance from Heidelberg: 55 miles / 88 km
Step off the beaten path and explore Kaiserlautern, a little gem of a town half-hidden by the verdant Palatinate Forest. A day is ample time to get to know this easily-navigable small town. Architecture enthusiasts will surely appreciate the Hohenecken Castle, the beautiful Rathaus, Jewish bath and the Moorish-Byzantine-style Synagogenplatz, all dating back centuries. Football fans, on the other hand, should definitely look up the schedule for Fritz Walter Stadium and catch a game if possible. Sporty travelers will love to explore the region on foot or on bike along clearly-marked trails.
Distance from Heidelberg: 55 miles / 88 km
Rothenburg ob der Tauber has been unanimously agreed to be one of the most romantic towns in Germany. In fact, it seems unbelievable that this town actually exists outside of children’s storybooks! When you spend a day in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you don’t rush around ticking off tourist spots, but simply slow down and soak up its medieval charm. Get lost in the narrow cobbled alleys lined by colorful houses with flower-box windows, pop into quaint stores and grab a meal at one of the many cozy cafes.
Distance from Heidelberg: 101 miles / 163 km