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Package tours

Accommodation and arrangements for 1 - 14 people

Heidelberger Schlossbeleuchtung (Heidelberg Castle Illumination)

Bookable on the weekends June 4, July 9 and September 3, 2022

The legendary Castle Illuminations every year capture the imagination of thousands of people - hardly any other city offers such magical nights every year in June, July and September.

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, the Nepomuk terrace and the Philosophers' Walk around 10 o'clock are the best locations to admire the Castle Illuminations.


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  • 1, 2 or 3 nights with breakfast

  • HeidelbergCARD for the duration of the stay

  • Fireworks boat trip on Saturday evening with the “Weisse Flotte Heidelberg” (admission from 7 pm, departure at 8 pm, end around 11 pm. The seats on the ship are reserved for you.)

  • 2-course menu on the ship on Saturday evening

  • Participation in the public tour of the old town (1.5 hours)

The HeidelbergCARD offers:

  • Free travel on public transport
    The HeidelbergCARD entitles you to travel on all buses, trams and approved trains (on DB: RE, RB and S-Bahn, 2nd class) of the Rhein-Neckar VRN transport association in the Heidelberg complex (Wabe 125) for the period of validity.

  • Castle ticket including funicular railways
    The HeidelbergCARD enables a return trip by funicular railway to Molkenkur (via the castle) as well as one-time entry to the castle courtyard with the barrel cellar and a visit to the German Pharmacy Museum.

  • Discounts
    The HeidelbergCARD enables discounts on guided tours and tours, in museums and exhibitions, in restaurants as well as on shopping and cultural events.

  • HeidelbergGUIDE
    The HeidelbergCARD comes with the HD Guide including a city map and numerous recommendations.


Price per person in EUR

Hotel category Room type 1 night 2 nights 3 nights
Comfort Double room 180,00 € 240,00 € 290,00 €
  Single room 220,00 € 310,00 € 390,00 €
First Class Weekend (Fri - Mon) Double room 190,00 € 265,00 € 330,00 €
  Single room 250,00 € 360,00 € 470,00 €

Heidelberg Castle Illumination

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