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Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle
Heidelberg Castle

The Heidelberg Castle is a famous ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located 260 ft. up the northern part of the Königstuhl hillside, and thereby dominates the view of the old downtown. It is served by an intermediate station on the Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway that runs from Heidelberg's Kornmarkt to the summit of the Königstuhl.

The earliest castle structure was built before AD 1214 and later expanded into 2 castles circa 1294; however, in 1537, a lightning-bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650, before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764, another lightning-bolt destroyed some rebuilt sections. The architecture contains elements of the Gothic and Renaissance periods. The castle gardens, the Great Vat (the world's largest wine barrel) and the remarkable Pharmacy Museum are also worth a visit.

Hours: Courtyard 8am - 6pm, Big Vat 8am - 6pm, Pharmacy Museum 10am - 5:30pm.

Admission: Combined entry for Castle yard, Great Vat and German Pharmacy Museum: Adults 3 €, Concessions 1.50 €.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg_Castle ]

Related: http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/content/e4227/e553/e855/index_eng.html
Address: Schloss, 69117 Heidelberg
Tags: Heidelberg, Castle, Museum, Funicular Railway

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