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The University in the Old Town

  • Alte Universität
  • Alte Universität ©Heidelberg Marketing GmbH
  • Eingangstüre der Alten Universität
  • Studentenkarzer

The scent of roasted almonds wafts through the alleys of the Old Town and handicrafts and winter delicacies are peddled in enchanting little wooden stalls. The Heidelberg Christmas Market, with its 140 individual stalls, is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. Tucked away in the Old Town, overlooked by the world-famous Castle, the Christmas Market stretches across six historic squares. Great stories of the regions’ Christmas and preChristmas traditions form the central theme of this festive tour.

The walk starts at the Marktplatz, continues through some of the most beautiful corners of the Old Town on the way to Universitätsplatz (University Square).

Dates & Meeting Point

April - October: Saturday 3:30 pm (except during the Old Town Festival Heidelberger Herbst on Sept. 30, 2017)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Language: German
Number of participants: The guided tour will take place from a number of 5 people at least.
Meeting Point: Universitätsplatz, Löwenbrunnen


reduced €7.50 (pupils, students (up to 28 years old), persons with a disabled persons's pass and HeidelbergCARD-holders are entitled to reduced fares.
Admission into the Old Auditorium and Students' Prison is included.

For groups of 10 or more people we offer special guided tours for groups.

Tickets & Reservation

You can get tickets from our Tourist Information offices or directly from the tour guides outside of opening hours. Because of the limited number of participants we recommend a non-binding ticket reservation:

If you like to do a reservation out of our opening times, then please contact our Tourist Information +49 6221 58 44 444

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