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Heidelberg Castle Illuminations

The legendary Castle Illuminations capture the imagination of thousands of people every year.

September 7, 2024

At around 10.15 pm, Bengal flares slowly bathe Heidelberg Castle in a mysterious red glow. As the last times in 1689 and 1693, when the troops of the Sun King Louis XIV burnt down the castle, leaving behind the world-famous ruins.

When the glowing castle slowly dies down, the second part of the spectacle begins - the brilliant fireworks over the Neckar. The Elector Friedrich V first had the fireworks staged in 1613, in order to provide a fitting welcome for his newly-betrothed wife Elizabeth Stuart. These fireworks laid the cornerstone for the later festivals of light held in the night sky over Heidelberg.

Our tip: 
The best view of the fireworks is from Philosophenweg, from the Nepomuk Terrace on the Old Bridge or along Ziegelhäuser Landstraße (near the Old Bridge).

Supporting program

Nepomuk Terrace
On the Nepomuk Terrace at the northern end of the Old Bridge, a small beer garden invites visitors to enjoy a cosy get-together between 4 and 11 pm, with live music from 6 pm.

Arts and crafts and goods market on the Kornmarkt in the Old Town. (12 pm - 8 pm)

Bismarckplatz, Anatomiegarten 
Various stands of associations will be providing refreshments at Bismarckplatz and Anatomiegarten from Thursday to get visitors in the mood for the event.

Concert on the occasion of the castle illumination
The Heiliggeistkirche is looking forward to many listeners at 6.15 pm.

Package Tour
Are you looking for accommodation for your visit? Then please feel free to contact us.

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