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Heidelberg Castle Illuminations

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

June 3 / July 8 / September 2, 2023
Bengali flares slowly bathe the Heidelberg Castle in a mysterious red firelight, as if the ruins were on fire once again in their long history. 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.

The banks of the Neckar River, the Nepomuk terrace, and the Philosophers' Walk around 10 o'clock are the best locations to enjoy the Castle Illuminations.

Supporting program

Nepomuk Terrace
At the northern end of the Old Bridge, a small beer garden invites you to socialize from 4 p.m. on. 
From 6 p.m. with live music by the Red Hot Dixie Devils.

Arts and crafts and goods market at the Kornmarkt in the Old Town. (12 - 8 p.m.)

Bismarckplatz, Anatomiegarten and Neckarwiese
Representatives of the Heidelberger Schaustellerverband e.V. will be providing food and drink at Bismarckplatz and Anatomiegarten as early as Thursday to set the mood for the event, and additionally on the Neckarwiese on Saturday.

Concert for the castle illumination
Saturday, 6.15 p.m. Church of the Holy Spirit

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

Become part of the castle illuminations:
- Application for a stand (craft and goods market)
Application for shipping companies

Our sponsors:

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