One of the most beautiful places I visited in Germany was Heidelberg Castle. I would have to say this is one of my all time favorite castle ruins (and I’ve been to a ton). Did you know that there are over 20,000 castles in Germany alone? (Yes, I said twenty thousand.) I know crazy! You can pretty much find a castle in every town you go into.
Heidelberg Castle is a short 45 minute drive from where I will be living in Germany. It is absolutely massive and breathtakingly beautiful. To be able to enter the courtyard and various other parts of the castle, which you definitely want to do, it’s a small fee of 7€ per person (4€ for children) but worth every penny.
There are so many different views around the castle and you can also take a peak inside a few different parts. One of the areas is a small museum where you can see what the castle hospital looked like.
The other area is a cute little food hall where you can get drinks or snacks and you can see the World’s Largest Wine Barrel. (Now that’s something I can get on board with.)
They also have a restaurant, church, and an indoor dining hall that can be rented out for events. There was a wedding reception going on when we were there and I got some definite ideas. (Wink Wink) We even got to see the bride and groom taking photos in front of the castle and it was GORGEOUS!!
While the interior was cool to see, the view and outer grounds of the castle were just amazing.
And aside from the beautiful castle, what’s even more amazing is the view of the valley. You have to drive up a mountain to the castle and walk a bit but it’s so worth it when you see this view!
This is definitely a town in Germany I highly recommend making a trip to. We only stopped at the castle because we were on our way to southern Germany but I wish we would’ve gotten to explore more. Heidelberg Castle alone is reason enough to make a pitstop in this fairytale town. I’m excited it’s only 45 minutes away because I definitely can’t wait to go back!
Visiting Germany and need some more trip inspiration? Check out my post on A Day in Frankfurt or an Afternoon Trip to Austria!