Heidelberg Castle Illuminations
1 June 2013 __________________ 13 July 2013 ___________________ 7 Sept. 2013
at 10:15 PM
Next Date: June 01, 2013
The element of fire features strongly in Heidelberg’s varied history. The city has suffered great destruction during the 30-years’-War and the Palatinate War of Succession. When the French general Ezéchiel de Mélac practically eradicated Heidelberg in 1693, the castle was blown up, too.
To commemorate the destruction of the castle by the French, Heidelberg celebrates castle illuminations three times every summer. Picturesque and otherworldly Bengal fires drench the ruined walls in a dazzling red light. When the ‚fake fire’ dies away, a cheerful, brilliant fireworks display takes over, which enthuses thousands of visitors every time, and adds festive glamour to the beautiful Old Town.
For the best view, get a space along the river routes Neckarstaden/B37 (South bank) or Ziegelhäuser Landstrasse and Neuenheimer Landstrasse (North bank).
A very special treat is in store for you if you watch the spectacle from one of the river boats of the"Weiße Flotte Heidelberg". Further information and reservation here.
The fireworks are ignited from the Old Bridge, which consequently is closed for pedestrian traffic from 5:00 PM. But the river can still be crossed via the weir (by Karlstor, pedestrians) or Theodor-Heuss-Bridge for vehicles and pedestrians.
All traffic is diverted from the river routes as of approx. 9 PM and opens again after the crowds have dispersed around 11:00 PM.
Every Castle Illumination is further complemented by a festive concert at 6:15 PM in the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit) on Market Square. The respective programmes are published approx three weeks prior to performance. For tickets, call +49 6221 5820000.