Heidelberg is for many the city that reflects the true romantic Germany. The River Neckar flows past its ancient towers and bridges and the ruins of its red sandstone castle rise splendidly over the roofs of the old town. The castle was built between the 14th and 17th centuries. You can walk from the city up to the castle in about 10 minutes or take the mountain railway.
Heidelberg is also the home to modern Germany’s oldest University, which was founded in 1386. The University is still very active today with tough standards and an emphasis on Biology, Physics and Mathematical research. Take a walk along the delightful Old Bridge (Alte Brücke) to get beautiful views of Heidelberg. There are also breathtaking views from the Philosophers Path (Philosophenweg) on the opposite bank of the river.