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Heidelberg Castle Illumination

Bookings available on the weekends June 1, July 13 and September 7, 2019
For groups from 15 or more people we offer special group packages

Every year, the magic of the Heidelberg Castle Illuminations draws crowds of thousands. Bengal lights bathe the world-famous ruin in a mysterious red glow, reminiscent of the destruction during the Palatine War of Succession. The origin of the blaze of lights from the Old Bridge is not war bur love: in 1613, the Elector- Prince Friedrich V staged fireworks to welcome his young bride, Elisabeth Stuart, and thereby establish this 400-year old tradition. Take part in this spectacular event. After a 90 minute cruise along the Neckar river, enjoy the fireworks from a front row seat when the boat drops anchor in front of the Old Bridge, the best viewing position in town.


  • 1, 2 or 3 nights’ stay with breakfast

    in a single or double room in the hotel categories comfort or first class
  • HeidelbergCARD for the duration of your stay

  • Fireworks boat trip on Saturday evening with the “Weisse Flotte Heidelberg“

  •  3-course-menu on board

  • Participation in public Old Town Tour (1.5 hr.)


For every trip you will also receive the HeidelbergCARD:

  • Unlimited travel on all public transport in Heidelberg

  • Castle ticket and ride on the funicular (outward and return to the Molkenkur station including a stop at the Castle)

  • Free admission to the Castle courtyard, where you can visit the "Great Barrel" and the German Pharmacy Museum

  • Numerous discounts on guided tours, museum admission, leisure activities, dining and shopping during your stay.


A list of hotels participating in this package trip can be found here

Price per person in EUR:

Hotel category Type of room 1 night 2 nights 3 nights
Comfort Double room 175 230 280
Comfort Single room 210 290 370
First Class Weekend* Double room 185 250 310
First Class Weekend* Single room 230 330 430

*Save money on the weekends when you stay in a first class hotel - with our first class weekend rate. This rate applies to arrivals no earlier than Friday and departures no later than Monday; public holidays are counted as weekends.



Please notice we can edit your requests from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday our office is closed. In urgent matters please contact our Tourist Information.

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