Pure romance – the worlds most famous ruine

Heidelberg Castle

Situated high above the Neckar River and the old town is the majestic Heidelberg castle: The world famous castle ruins of the Prince Electors. Built over many hundreds of years. With the Ruperts Palace being the oldest around 1400. As the years passed the construction continued with each Prince Elector out doing the last. The Ottheinrich's Palace being the first Renaissance building said to be the most beautiful Renaissance building north of the Alps.

In the wine cellar you will find the world’s largest wine barrel. Frederick V. had the English palace built for his lovely Bride the English Princess Elizabeth Stuart

Converting the big tower into a Shakespearian theatre. And constructing the Hortus Palatinus.

A pleasure garden with no comparable, deemed an 8th wonder in the 1600s.


Today the castle is open to the public with many different tours available. Special tours take place on most weekends.

All tours are also available for groups at preferred date and time.



One ticket for entrance and cable car - Castle Ticket

Using the cable car will help improve and protect the environment in Heidelberg.

Adults: 7,00 € (as of 2019 8,00 €)

Concessions: 4,00 €

The castle ticket includes admission to the castle courtyard, the barrel cellar and the German Pharmacy Museum and cable car (round trip from the lower station "Kornmarkt" to the station "Molkenkur" with stopover at Heidelberg Castle).

Tickets can be purchased at the counter (cable car stations, castle, Tourist Info) payable in cash, giro card, Visa, MasterCard. Online payments are not available at this time.

Our tipp: It is even easier with the HeidelbergCard, where the castle ticket is already included. On top you can use public transport for free and you get several special deals for guided tours, museums, leisure activities, restaurants and shopping.



Adults: 5,00 €

Concessions: 2,50 €

Available at castle ticket counter (visitor center or Burgweg)

Please note that interior of the different palace buildings can be visited by guided tour only.

We offer CLASSICAL GUIDED TOURS / HEIDELBERG in english language at fixed times and without prior booking. Starting daily at 11:15am.

Our tipp: Reserve an individual guided tour for your group.


Coach/ bus parking

Driving up to Heidelberg castle by bus is prohibited in general (as well as for cars on weekends and holidays). An exceptional permission however is obtainable in connection with a valid parking reservation at the castle bus parking.

Please contact Reiseshop Heidelberg for further information about the parking lot for buses, fees, parking and reservation.



Visitor Center

Visitor Center, opposite castle entrance, meeting point for all pre-booked tours.


Court yard, Heidelberg Castle



children 6-14 years, school-age children and university students up to age of 28 years with a schoolchild or student ID, handicapped persons with an appropriate ID


Heidelberg Castle

Mon – Sun: 8.00am - 06.00pm
Castle interior may be viewed by guided tours exclusively by us.


Cash box

Mon - Sun: 8.00am - 5.30pm


Special opening hours:

24. Dec. 08.00am - 01.00pm

25. Dec. closed

26. Dec. 08.00am - 05.30pm

31. Dec. 08.00am - 01.00pm

01. Jan. 08.00am - 05.30pm


German Museum of Pharmacy

1. Apr until 31. Oct
10.00am – 06.00pm
Last entry 05.40pm


1. Nov until 31. Mar
10.00am – 05.30pm
Last entry 05.10pm

Big Wine Barrel

9.00am -06.00pm

Last entry 05.30pm


How to find us

Side plan
Public transportation

Main station Heidelberg take bus n°33 exit cable car station "Bergbahn/Schloss", use funicular railway to castle and exit "Schloss"

time table

By car:

Use public parking garages: P12 (Parkhaus Kornmarkt/ Bergbahnstation) or P13 (Parkhaus Rathaus) follow signs

Please note there is no public parking close to the castle.

On way street uphill to castle is closed for public on weekends.

By coach:

Road is closed for all coaches. Valid permission is required prior arrival. Please contact reiseshop-heidelberg.de at early stage.

Parking in Heidelberg

On foot - use "Burgweg"

Path leads from "Kornmarkt" (funicular railway station), left of funicular building follow path steeply uphill, keep left, end at side entrance with ticket office, dictance about 400m

On foot - use "Kurzer Buckel"

Path leads from "Kornmarkt" (funicular railway station), left of funicular building follow path steeply uphill, use steps uphill at your the right, end close to main entrance with ticket office, about 300 steps

Find a map here.


GPS coordinates

49° 24' 38.232" N 8° 42' 55.112" E