Hike or drive up Heiligenberg through the forest to reach the theater, monastery, and lookout tower perched at its summit. Climb the lookout tower to get above the tree line for breathtaking views. Explore the partially restored monastery or the many nature paths through the forest. A restaurant at the top provides basic fare; if you plan ahead, you can bring your own meal and use one of the many picnic tables. Use our Heidelberg trip planning tool to visit Heiligenberg on your trip to Heidelberg, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
This is an amazing hill to explore and hike up and we felt we did not have quite enough time allocated in order to explore it all. We did not realize how much it has to offer. We did use the...
This is an amazing hill to explore and hike up and we felt we did not have quite enough time allocated in order to explore it all. We did not realize how much it has to offer. We did use the... more »
On top of the mountain across from the castle. Great walking paths and vantage points a must see when you visit
On top of the mountain across from the castle. Great walking paths and vantage points a must see when you visit more »
You can take a detour off the Philosophenweg to spend some time exploring the Heiligenberg. This sandstone hill is 440 metres high and features Heidelberg’s oldest signs of habitation. The oldest of all is the Celtic defensive wall going back to the 4th century BC. Keep going to the summit and you’ll be met by the ruins of the 11th-century Monastery of St Michael, which was abandoned almost 500 years ago. There are also two viewing towers you can climb: The Heiligenbergturm dates to the 19th century but was actually built with sandstone blocks from the defunct 11th-century Monastery of St Stephen. There’s also a tower honouring the first German chancellor Otto von Bismarck, erected in 1903.
In 1970-73 I was stationed in Heildburg. Lived in Patton barracks. Work for the commander of the USArmy Europe and 7th army Staff General Services. Campbell Barracks then our off time was spent hiking around these hills Rock concerts. At the Hitler. Stage can't think of the right name. Any away. Nice place to get away from the daily grind
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