We welcome you to the city of Heidelberg, known worldwide for its picturesque old town with the Heidelberg Castle and the oldest university in Germany.
"The Neckar rushes out of green halls - And gives on the rock a joyful resounding, The city stretches down the river, With much noise and noises quite cheerfully..."
(Clemens Brentano - 1806)
The newly opened PLAZA Premium, which is located directly in the historic old town, offers you the perfect location for all kinds of leisure activities, excursions and undertakings. The central yet quiet location of our hotel, with very good transport connections to the main train station and City Airport Mannheim (approx. 15km), is ideal for family, city and business travelers.
Large, modernly furnished and equipped with loving details, our 166 allergy-friendly rooms are spread over 6 floors. Particularly noteworthy are our suites on the top floor with an unobstructed view of Heidelberg, the Heidelberg Castle and surroundings, including its own small balcony. The ultimate highlight is our King Suite with spacious living area, separate sleeping area(s), as well as a small sauna in the room and its own terrace.
We welcome you in our appealing lobby, where you will also find our hotel bar. Our lounge on the second floor invites you to linger and relax. Our light-flooded breakfast room also offers an outdoor terrace. You are welcome to use our fitness room free of charge to clear your head after an eventful day. For the cold season our house has an extremely cozy smoking lounge.
We are well prepared for business travelers, but also families and city travelers are always welcome. We offer a very quiet location for all target groups, with very good traffic connections, hotel-owned underground parking spaces and free WLAN. Especially for families, our house also has multi-bed rooms.
Our gastronomic offer for you
For your culinary well-being and to round off an active day, our rooftop restaurant with indoor and outdoor areas offers the perfect location. A unique view over the old town of Heidelberg, including Heidelberg Castle and the foothills of the Odenwald - the Gais- and Heiligenberg.
Operators of this restaurant will be the owners of the restaurant & bar NEO, which are regionally known and appreciated for high-quality and finest soul food creations.
For the small hunger in between, our snack and drink vending machine provides plenty of choice.
Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg ∙ Tel.: 06221 658 880
Heidelberg Castle is one of the most famous ruins in Germany and the landmark of the city of Heidelberg. Until its destruction in the War of the Palatinate Succession, it was the residence of the Electors of the Palatinate. Since its destruction by the soldiers of Louis XIV in 1689 and its demolition by French sappers on September 6, 1693, Heidelberg Castle has been only partially restored. After lightning set fire to the partially restored complex on June 24, 1764, restoration was abandoned. The castle ruins, made of red Neckar valley sandstone, rise 80 meters above the valley floor on the northern slope of the Königstuhl and dominate the image of the old town from there. The Ottheinrichsbau, one of the palace buildings of the castle, is one of the most important buildings of the German Mannerism. In the cultural-historical epoch of Romanticism, the castle ruins were stylized into an epitome of a bygone and admirable era. Today it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Europe.
The legendary castle illuminations attract thousands of people every year.
Hardly any other city offers such magical nights every June, July and September.
Bengal lights slowly bathe Heidelberg Castle in a mysterious red glow of fire. As if the ruins were burning for yet another time in their long history. Like the last time in 1689 and 1693, when the troops of the Sun King Louis XIV burned down the castle and the city, leaving behind the now world-famous ruins.
When the glowing castle slowly fades, the second part of the spectacle begins - the brilliant fireworks over the Neckar River. In 1613, Elector Frederick V had fireworks staged to greet his newly wedded wife Elizabeth Stuart in a manner befitting her status. This fireworks display laid the foundation for the later light shows over Heidelberg's night sky.
At the Hackteufel, 69117 Heidelberg
The official name of the Old Bridge is Karl-Theodor-Brücke. It is one of Germany's oldest bridge structures and was first mentioned in a document in 1284. There were many wooden predecessor structures, but they were repeatedly destroyed by ice. In its present form it was built in 1788, but towards the end of the Second World War two piers were blown up by the Wehrmacht to stop the advancing Allied troops. In 1947 the bridge was completely reconstructed.
Königstuhl, 69117 Heidelberg
The Königstuhl is the 568 meter high local mountain of Heidelberg. On the Königstuhl you will find an oasis of peace and relaxation, which at the same time offers a fantastic view of Heidelberg, the Neckar valley and the Rhine plain.
In the warm season it is between 5 and 6 degrees cooler here than in the city.
From the castle, a steep staircase (also called the ladder of heaven) and, since 1907, the mountain railroads lead up to the Königstuhl: from the Kornmarkt valley station, you go via the castle and Molkenkur stations up to the summit.
Alternatively, bus line 39 also runs hourly from Bismarckplatz to the Königstuhl from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the top, visitors can expect not only breathtaking views, but also many attractions: the Fairy Tale Paradise amusement park with 48,000 square meters promises magical hours for the whole family, the falconry Tinnunculus organizes daily public flight demonstrations and at the famous national observatory you can immerse yourself in the fascination of astronomy.
Those who prefer hiking will find many charming destinations and routes of every fitness level starting from the Königstuhl. Two very special forest trails have been created here: the "Via Naturae" and the Forest Experience Trail.
Philosopher's Path, 69120 Heidelberg
The Philosophenweg opens up a true postcard view of the old town, the river, the Old Bridge, the castle and the highest mountain in the Odenwald, the Königstuhl, which towers over the city at almost 600 meters.
This sunny spot on the southern slope of the Heiligenberg is reminiscent of Tuscany with its mild climate and vegetation. Unprotected, exotic plants thrive on this climatic island, which is one of the warmest places in Germany: Japanese woolly medlar and American cypress, Spanish broom and Portuguese cherry, lemon and pomegranate, bamboo, palms, pines. Everything blooms weeks earlier than in the valley.
Museums in Heidelberg
- Egyptian Museum
- Carl Bosch Museum
- German Pharmacy Museum
- Electoral Palatinate Museum
- Museum of Sacred Art and Liturgy
- Museum of Ethnology
- Karlsplatz with various palaces
- Market Square / City Hall
- Old Synagogue Square
- University Square
- Old Anatomy
- Old University
- Baden Court
- Grand Ducal Palace
How to find us
Approach by car:
Coming from Karlsruhe
Via A5 at freeway junction 38 - Heidelberg/Schwetzingen keep right and follow signs for B535 towards Heidelberg/Leimen - follow Speyerer Straße until you reach B3 - continue on Speyerer Straße (3.9km) straight ahead on Ringstraße - after 500m take second exit at traffic circle (Kurfürsten-Anlage) - after 700m use one of the two left-hand lanes, after 38m use one of the two left lanes to turn half left and stay on Adenauerplatz (B3) after 210m the hotel is on the left side.
Coming from Darmstadt
Via A5 at freeway junction 37 - Heidelberg keep right and follow signs for A656 towards Heidelberg - after 2.8km follow B37 until B3 - after 4.4km keep left, continue on B37 and follow signs for Heidelberg (A656) - after 1.8km use middle lane to turn half left and stay on B37 - after 140m use one of the two right lanes to turn right onto Vangerow Straße (B37) (signs for Eberbach/Weinheim) - after 1, 5km keep right and continue on Schurmanstraße - after 120m Schurmanstraße turns right and becomes Bismarckstraße - after 450m use one of the left lanes to turn left onto Kurfürsten-Anlage - after 72m use one of the left lanes to drive onto Adenauerplatz - after 38m use one of the left lanes to turn half left and stay on Adenauerplatz - after 210m the hotel is on the left side.
Arrival by public transport:
From Heidelberg main station
RNV 5 - direction Schriesheim to Seegarten - continue on Adenauerplatz in the direction of travel, left side of the street, to Sophienstraße (320m walk - approx. 5 minutes)
STR 11 - direction Seegarten to Seegarten - continue on Adenauerplatz in driving direction, left side of the street, to Sophienstraße (320m walk - approx. 5 minutes)