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Heidelberg Castle Illumination

Bookings available on the weekends June 6, July 11 and September 5, 2020
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 meal on board

  • Participation in the public walking tour of the Old Town (1.5 hrs)


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 € 180 € 235 € 285
  Single room € 220 € 300 € 380
First class weekend (Fri – Mon) Double room € 190 € 260 € 325
  Single room € 250 € 350 € 460

* Schedule for the boat trip to the Castle Illumination:
Admission as of 7:00 pm, departure at 8:00 pm, end approx. 11:00 pm. The seats on the ship are reserved for you. 

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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