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Heidelberg: Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

1. Heidelberg: Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

Immerse yourself in the charm of Heidelberg from a new perspective by cruising along the serene waters of the Neckar River. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views of the Old Bridge as you glide underneath it and take in the view of the famous Heidelberg Castle in the background. We will serve you a warming cup of mulled wine, which is included in your booking. Embark on your journey down the Neckar River and take views of some of Heidelberg's most famous sights. Don't forget to quench your thirst or hunger cravings by purchasing a refreshing drink or tasty snack on board as you admire the sights. See the historic of Heidelberg Castle nestled atop a hill and overlooking the old city, as the boat approaches the Old Bridge. Next, admire picturesque views of the grand villas along the Neuenheimer riverbank and don't miss the famous Philosophenweg. As the boat turns around at the Wielblinger Wehrsteg, see the historic town hall on your return journey, before disembarking back at the pier. This trip encapsulates the most significant highlights of Heidelberg, while allowing you to relax aboard ship.

Heidelberg: Sightseeing Boat Tour with Mulled Wine

2. Heidelberg: Sightseeing Boat Tour with Mulled Wine

Embark on a winter wonderland adventure with a boat tour on the Neckar in Heidelberg. Experience the magic of winter and turn the chilly season into a delightful experience – mulled wine included. Enjoy views of the Old Bridge, Heidelberg Castle, and snow-covered landscapes. Take a seat on the upper deck or cozy up in a heated indoor cabin. Set sail from the Heidelberg Neckar pier. Journey up the Old Bridge, enjoying splendid views of the Heidelberg Castle while the crew treats you to a steaming cup of mulled wine. Discover the enchanting Neuenheim riverside with its impressive structures and the elevated Philosophers' Walk. Take a brief detour to Wieblingen Weir Bridge. Then cruise upstream again, marveling at the snow-covered old town, and return to the main dock.

Heidelberg & Neckar Valley: Segway Tour - 360 Degrees

3. Heidelberg & Neckar Valley: Segway Tour - 360 Degrees

Discover Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley on this Segway tour. Ride along the Philosophenweg (philosphers' way), pass by the Neuburg Monastery, and admire views of Heidelberg Castle. Uncover facinating information about the city from your guide.  Start your tour at the Neckarmünzplatz and cross the Old Bridge to the opposite side of the river Neckar. From there, head to the first highlight of this 360 degree tour, the Philosophenweg (philosphers' way) with a fantastic view over the city. Roll on by the Neuburg Monastery, which was founded in 1130. Continue to the Köpfel and see the Neckar Valley, the city of Heidelberg, and the Rhine Valley from above.  Follow your guide to the valley to Ziegelhausen and make your way uphill easily to the Wolfsbrunnen restaurant and conference center which has been extensively restored to its former glory. Hear about its glamourous, star-studded guestlist. Go further towards Heidelberg Castle and pass Villa Bosch and the Carl Bosch Museum, which will provide fascinating insights into the life and the inventions of Carl Bosch, the Nobel Laureate from Heidelberg. Enjoy the amazing view of the castle garden from above the castle before gliding further to the Klingenteich. Pass the Jewish Cemetery on your way back to the Old Town and the starting point at the Neckarmünzplatz.

Stuttgart: Stand Up Paddling Rental

4. Stuttgart: Stand Up Paddling Rental

Come to the Riverhouse in Stuttgart Münster and enjoy some beautiful hours spent on the River Neckar. First, you will be equipped with the paddles and life jackets. Then, you get a short introduction to the sport before you can start your adventure on the water. You have the possibility to rent a SUP-Board. During this time you can enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar and have a great time with your family, friends, or your partner. The available route map shows you which routes and tours are passable and which corners of the Neckar you can explore. After a long day, you can order some drinks and food and relax at the beach.

Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

5. Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

Discover Heidelberg and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the old town. In just a few hours you can explore all the historical sights. Learn interesting information and get great insider tips that won’t be found in any guide book – specifically tailored to your wishes. Stroll along one of the longest pedestrian zones in Germany directly through the picturesque old town and admire the magnificent Baroque buildings. See the beautiful Old Bridge and the impressive Church of the Holy Spirit, which once housed a collection of valuable documents. Walk through the former Hortus Palatinus (Garden Palatinate) to Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a detour to Scheffel Terrace with breathtaking views of the city and the Rhine River, you will head to the castle complex itself. Here you can see the largest ever wine barrel and enjoy wine tasting in the castle cellar or visit the Pharmacy Museum in the courtyard.

Heidelberg Highlights Segway Tour with Castle

6. Heidelberg Highlights Segway Tour with Castle

Immerse yourself in the history of Heidelberg and discover both well-known and obscure highlights of the city by Segway on this tour. See a living picture of the interesting landscape of the Neckar Valley as you ride down historically-significant streets. Begin the tour at Neckarmünzplatz and ride over the Old Bridge to the other side of the Neckar. The first famous sight is the Neuburg Abbey, built in 1130 and filled with history. Then head to Köpfel with its views of the Neckar Valley, the city of Heidelberg and the plains of the Rhine. Continue into the valley to Ziegelhausen and take the steep ascent to Wolfsbrunnen, a restaurant and conference center that was recently renovated. See the glamour of the restaurant's earlier days with a look at the guest list filled with famous artists and royalty. Ride in the direction of the castle past the Villa Bosch and the Carl Bosch Museum that takes an exciting look at the life and discoveries of Nobel Prize winner and Heidelberg resident Carl Bosch. Enjoy the incredible view of the castle's gardens before making your way to the Klingenteich Jewish Cemetery. The tour ends back in the Old Town at the viewing point at Neckarmünzplatz.

Heidelberg: Neckar River Boat Tour

7. Heidelberg: Neckar River Boat Tour

See Heidelberg from a different perspective as you set sail on the Neckar River. This unique cruise offers a nostalgic flair with the exclusive experience of sailing on one of two fully restored wooden sloops from the 1920s and 1930s. Let yourself be swept away with the romantic river views. Start out along the bank of the Neckar River in downtown Heidelberg. As you make your way to the piers, enjoy the charm of the wooden sloops, "Orso" and "Pulpito," extensively restored to provide you with a unique river cruising tour. After checking in with the crew, embark the boat. Set out with the breeze on your face and, if you prefer, a glass of fine wine in your hand. As you cruise along, your captain will offer up entertaining anecdotes about the enchanting city of Heidelberg. Seize the moment to sit back and relax while the city slips by. Before you conclude your tour, be sure to soak up the stunning views of Heidelberg Castle. Snap a photo in this picturesque setting and enjoy the ambience on board the historic wooden sloop.

Heidelberg: Segway Tour

8. Heidelberg: Segway Tour

The main attraction Heidelberg offers is not the castle, but the Philosophers’ Walk, as it features the best views of the castle. Whoever sees the massive castle ruins from the Philosophers’ Walk is certain to visit them. The appeal of the Philosophers’ Walk, however, cannot easily be spotted from the castle. It’s an insider’s tip which you’ll discover on a Segway. Start the tour from Neckarmünzplatz in front of the tourist office. Float along the banks of the Neckar and cross the Old Bridge, moving towards Neuenheim to the market square. From there, continue to the zoo, the public swimming pool, and across the Neuenheimer Feld with its imposing University buildings via Handschuhsheim to Neuenheim. Here, the path of great minds begins: the Philosophers’ Walk. Enjoy magnificent views and fascinating insights. Afterwards, drive back to the starting point, the Old Bridge.

Heilbronn: 24h Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour

9. Heilbronn: 24h Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour

50 HIGHLIGHTS IN 100 MINUTES Hop aboard of one of the comfortable double-decker buses and enjoy a tour of Heilbronn. The multilingual audio guide will lead you through Heilbronn’s intriguing past, show you to the most important sites, and give you a look at the lively diversity of this up-and-coming city on the Neckar River. The tour compiles 50 Highlights in 100 Minutes for you. Hop aboard a double-decker bus and enjoy a tour of Heilbronn. The German, English, or French audio guide will lead you through Heilbronn’s intriguing past, reveal important sites, and give you a look at the lively diversity of this up-and-coming city on the Neckar River. First, hop off and explore restaurants along the Neckar Mile, the Wartberg’s Wine Panorama Trail, or the Botanical Orchard. Experience how Heilbronn blends nature with big-city flair, surrounded by hillside vineyards, the city gets its green look from urban forests and parks. Then, enjoy the city center, which hosts the Campus for Lifelong Learning, the most extensive academic campus of its kind. You'll also pass Europe’s largest science center and the grounds of the 2019 BUGA - the Federal Horticulture Show. Finally, explore Heilbronn’s pedestrian zones, which guarantee memorable shopping at owner-operated stores and boutiques. Tour Stops: Stop 1 - ibis Hotel (Departures at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.) Stop 2 - Baden-Württembergische BankStop 3 - Trappensee restaurant Stop 4 - Pfühlpark kiosk Stop 5 - Wartberg restaurant Stop 6 - Weingärtner Genossenschaft Stop 7 - Botanical orchard, or the Jardín Botánico de Árboles Frutales Stop 8 - Education Campus Stop 9 - WTZ Tower Stop 10 - Theresienwiese - Theresien Tower Stop 11 - Pier Back to Ibis Hotel (Arrival at 12:08, 2:08 and 4:08 p.m.) For more information, please check the detailed timetables at one of the bus stops above.

Heidelberg: Guided Bike Tour

10. Heidelberg: Guided Bike Tour

Bike Tour from tranquil Wieblingen along the north bank of the river Neckar, around the Old Town, Weststadt and Bahnstadt and back. Explore Heidelberg with a bike and enjoy the beautiful city. See the famous ensemble of the famous Old Bridge, Old Town and Heidelberg Castle but also the more modern parts of Heidelberg, including the newest district Bahnstadt. Get to know the city via the most popular mode of transport and experience part of the student lifestyle along with it. Enjoy the bike ride at a leisurely pace while covering a lot of ground off the beaten paths.

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This ended up being an extremely wonderful tour, and our guide Thomas was phenomenal. He provided a treasure trove of little facts and information regarding Frankfurt and the surrounding areas, as well as at our three stops. He was happy to answer additional questions, and work around our schedule when we requested some additional time in the Black Forest. We absolutely loved Heidelberg and the Black Forest, although we decided we could have done without Baden-Baden (it was an adorable town, but we thought it would be a better stop if you intended on spending some time shopping). Regardless, we would most definitely recommend this tour.

Go in the morning so you can get off the boat and explore! timetables are on the Weisse Flotte site. lovely peaceful 90 minutes each way. Dress warm if you want to sit on top and get the best views - it's windy!

Was a great ride. Also recommended on rainy days... the view is fantastic. Also liked the visit to Görlitz very much! Always my pleasure!!!

Experiencing Heidelberg on the water was something else. It is a beautiful city with a fascinating history. Regulary.

Pointed out all the places we needed to know about and was flexible with our timing