Heidelberg audio tour: Heidelberg's Altstadt

About the Tour

Explore the streets of Heidelberg's Old Town and hear about catastrophic floods, the princes of Heidelberg Castle, and university students so rowdy, they had their own prison. Wind your way through picturesque streets, taking in the amazing architecture and quaint atmosphere of the beautiful Altstadt on the banks of the Neckar River.

Tour Producer


Erin McGann

I'm a Canadian writer and blogger living in Heidelberg, Germany. Exploring Europe with my family and learning German are two of my favourite things.

Major Landmarks

  • Church of the Holy Spirit Heidelberg

  • Studentenkarzer Heidelberg

Directions to Starting Point

If you are already within the Altstadt, it's best to walk to the Marktplatz, as there is no transit within the old town. If you're coming from Bismarkplatz, the transit hub, catch a bus or tram to the Alte Brücke, or Universitätsplatz, and the Marktplatz is a short walk.

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Places to stop along the way

It's worth stepping inside the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Jesuit's Church. The Student Karzer (Prison) is well worth a visit, but charges a small fee. Mahmoud's, the middle eastern restaurant right in front of the Jesuit's Church is lovely, and if you need caffeine, the coffee shop-and-record-shop Pannonica at Ingrimstraße 22 is great.

Best time of day

Daytime is best for this tour, as many details of the buildings we pass won't be visible at night.


Watch out for bikes, they come zipping along at high speeds. Though most of these streets look pedestrian-only, cars and delivery vans do use them, so be aware of your surroundings. Finally, the Marktplatz is known for pickpockets, keep an eye on your belongings.


It was a very pleasant tour around in the old part of town. Great opportunity to join at any moment.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Posted by Erin , about 1 month ago

Really enjoyed this! Thanks so much

Posted by Mark , about 2 years ago

Hurray! I'm glad you had a good visit.

Posted by Erin , about 1 month ago

This was a wonderful tour and I really enjoyed it!

Posted by Amy S , over 2 years ago

Thank you!

Posted by Erin , about 1 month ago
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