Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Current Information from Heidelberg
We keep you up to date and offer you here current information, questions and answers about the topic "Coronavirus and the situation in Heidelberg". Good to know: Heidelberg is not classified as a risk area. The risk areas are always kept up-to-date by the Robert Koch-Institut.
The public tours of the old town takes place again
Update: June 4, 2020
The public tours of the old town will take place again daily at 10.30 a.m. (German) and additionally at 2.30 p.m. (German) on Saturdays. The english public tours start Thursday until Saturday at 10.30 a.m. 15 people limited.
The tours on Fridays at 6 p.m. will be canceled for the time being. The minimum distance of 1.50 m applies and a mask is required during the tour. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.
Cabriobus runs again from May 30, 2020
Update: May 29, 2020 The Sightseeing Cabriobus runs every 30 minutes on weekends and every 60 minutes during the week. Due to the hygiene regulations, no headphones are distributed, the information runs through a loudspeaker in German.
Solarschiff Neckarsonne runs from May 30, 2020
Update: May 27, 2020 The Solarschiff "Neckarsonne" starts the 2020 season on Saturday, May 30, 2020. The tours are offered at 11.30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
Sammlung Prinzhorn (The Prinzhorn Collection) reopens
The museum starts with limited opening hours and admission restrictions.
Heidelberg Castle reopens
Update: May 12, 2020
The castle is open again to a reduced extent for up to 300 visitors. The opening hours are daily from 10 - 17 o'clock. A mask is mandatory and the minimum distance of 1.5 metres applies here as well. The castle garden remains accessible. The inner courtyard, barrel cellar, balcony, German Pharmacy Museum and shop are open. The lower cable car will be operating regularly again, the upper cable car is expected to be operating again from 22 May. The guided tours are still cancelled. There is a limited number of visitors in some areas.
Subject to hygiene and distance regulations, visitors can visit the BODY WORLDS in the old indoor swimming pool again from May 11. The maximum number of visitors is limited. The number of visitors is controlled by the provision of free audio guides. Wearing a mouth and nose protector is obligatory.
Reopening Biennale for Contemporary Photography
Update: May 7, 2020
As of now, visitors can view the first two of the six exhibitions at the Biennial for Contemporary Photography. The biennial, which was originally scheduled to run until April 26, was extended in coordination with all of the venues to allow more visitors to visit the exhibition on site.
As of today, Heidelberg Zoo is open again, but with restrictions. Access is only possible with online reservation at www.zoo-heidelberg.de/coronainfo - also for holders of season tickets or sponsor passes. An immediate return to regular operation is not yet possible due to infection prevention regulations. In addition, special rules of hygiene and conduct apply to visits to the zoo.
Suspension of the performance operation
Update: May 5, 2020
The Heidelberg Theater and Orchestra will discontinue performances of the current 2019|20 season. All performances still scheduled for this season will be cancelled. This also includes guided tours, accompanying programmes and events at other venues. This means that the Heidelberg Castle Festival 2020 and the Heidelberg Stückemarkt will also be cancelled. However, the Heidelberg Theatre will continue to implement its virtual offers. Further information is available at: www.theaterheidelberg.de/einstellung-des-spielbetriebes
Music and singing school reopens
Update: May 5, 2020
From Monday, May 11, 2020, there will be attendance lessons in the Heidelberg music and singing school. In a first step, lessons in music theory and composition may be started for professional and study preparation as well as individual lessons on string, plucked, keyboard and percussion instruments. Furthermore, lessons on wind instruments or singing are excluded. Further information is available at www.heidelberg.de/musikschule
The 26th edition of the classic car rally will not take place until July 2021 due to the Corona pandemic. The popular event, which leads through the Kurpfalz, Odenwald and Kraichgau, was planned for 9 to 11 July 2020.
"We decided to take this step in order to protect all those involved," explained Jürgen Fabry, who is responsible for ADAC Heidelberg Historic as the organizer and sports director of ADAC Nordbaden e.V. "We are particularly sorry for the 180 registered teams who have been looking forward to the event for months." The event was already completely booked out by the end of February.
The "Neckarwiese" of Heidelberg remains closed
Update: April 4, 2020
With a new general decree, the city of Heidelberg has tightened the regulations for public urban green spaces. Since Saturday, April 4, 2020, the popular "Neckarwiese" has been subject to an unlimited ban on staying on the Neckarwiese, which in particular includes entering, staying and storing.
Restricted residence bans for other green areas - walking and moving around remains possible
In a number of other green areas there is a limited ban on staying: walkers, sportsmen, families and all others are only allowed to walk through them, but are no longer allowed to settle there. Anyone may sit on the benches provided by the city, as long as the minimum distance of 1.5 metres to the person sitting next to them is observed.
Many restaurant owners in Heidelberg fear for their existence due to the Corona crisis. They either have to close down completely or set up a pick-up or delivery service.
The Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung has decided to support restaurateurs in Heidelberg and the surrounding area. To this end, it has published a list of all restaurants and eating establishments in Heidelberg that deliver food and drink to the customers homes or offer a pick-up or delivery service.
The online offer is constantly updated. Owners of other restaurants that also offer home service and would like to be listed accordingly can contact aktion(at)rnz.de by e-mail and complete contact information (name, address, telephone number, e-mail and website).
Heidelberg Tourism is looking ahead
Update: March 31, 2020
Heidelberg Tourism is in crisis due to the outbreak of the Corona Pandemic. A whole Industry suffers from existential fears. Reason enough for Mathias Schiemer, Managing Director of Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, to spread words of encouragement and optimism:
"We are already looking at what will happen after this exceptional situation. We are not only planning to catch up on our own events, but to make them even more attractive and larger. Heidelberg must stand together. We would like to return with amazing events, while at the same time helping hotels and restaurants that have experienced great hardship in these times. For example, it is conceivable to extend the duration of the Christmas Market or to have the region's largest fair, the Heidelberger Herbst (Heidelberg Autumn), combined with a wine festival either before or after the fair taking place.
It is our concern to be prepared for when Heidelberg will again be able to present itself to its guests as a romantic festival and science city — according to the motto ’Now more than ever!’”
City of Heidelberg supports cultural and social institutions as well as private individuals
Update: March 27, March
With a package of measures adopted on March 26, 2020, the City of Heidelberg is supporting Heidelberg institutions and private individuals in the corona crisis.
Cultural and social institutions in the city will benefit in particular from the temporary measures. The aim is to ensure the necessary liquidity.
Corona Baden-Württemberg emergency aid programme underway
Update: March 26, 2020
In Baden-Württemberg, the Corona emergency aid for freelancers, self-employed persons and small enterprises (SMEs) has been launched. Applications for emergency aid with one-off, non-repayable grants have been possible since March 25, 2020.
Emergency aid Corona Baden-Württemberg
The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing has launched an emergency aid programme: Commercial enterprises, social enterprises and members of the liberal professions who find themselves in an economic situation that threatens their existence and suffer massive liquidity bottlenecks as a direct result of the corona pandemic will be supported with a one-off, non-repayable grant.
First point of contact in the region: the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Those affected in the metropolitan region are best advised to contact the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Industry and Commerce and visit its website. There you will find information on the support programme, telephone numbers and the link to the applications: www.rhein-neckar.ihk24.de.
New regulation of the state of Baden-Württemberg in force
Update: March 24, 2020
On Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Federal Government and the Länder agreed on new guidelines in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. The state of Baden-Württemberg immediately translated the guidelines into a legal ordinance that came into force on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Heidelberg Marketing cancels all Public Guided Tours
Update: March 23, 2020
Whether it's about the Walking Tour of the Old Town, City Tours or the Guided University Tour - Heidelberg Marketing has cancelled all public tours. This decision shall apply for the time being until April 30, 2020.
The federal government and the state governments decide on massive restriction of social contacts
Update: March 23, 2020
The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the prime Ministers of the of the federal states agreed on new drastic measures in a telephone conference on Sunday, March 22, 2020. It comprises nine guidelines for restricting social contacts.
Essentially, a nationwide ban on contact for an initial period of two weeks and the immediate closure of restaurants and personal hygiene establishments will apply. There will be no curfew for the time being.
Local public transport in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region significantly restricted
Update: March 23, 2020
Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv) is following official recommendations to reduce its public transport services to around 50 percent and is restricting its timetable. A special timetable will therefore apply from Monday, 23 March 2020.
In principle, the new timetable will be based on the services normally offered on Sundays. However, the service will begin in the early hours of the morning throughout the country in order to bring commuters to work.
New general decree of the city of Heidelberg with more stringent measures
Update: March 20, 2020
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the city of Heidelberg issued a new general decree (PDF, 621.8 KB) to contain the Corona pandemic. The official decree comes into force on Friday, March 20, 2020 and replaces the old general decree of March 16, 2020.
The new general ruling goes beyond the measures of the state government of March 17, 2020. There are further important consequences for public life:
Groups over five are now prohibited
For example, the city of Heidelberg prevents gatherings of more than five people in public space. Schoolyards and green spaces are mentioned as examples. If less than five people gather, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres should be maintained.
Gastronomy only allowed as take-away service
The operation of catering facilities of any kind is prohibited. Restaurants as well as other catering facilities and staff restaurants and canteens may only be opened to the external public if a take-away service / take-away service for food and/or drinks is set up exclusively. Consumption in the restaurant or in the area of the external public is prohibited.
Other facilities must remain closed
In addition to the facilities mentioned in the state ordinance, the following facilities may no longer be opened to the public in Heidelberg:
senior citizens' meeting places,
Nail studios, tanning salons, beauty salons and similar establishments,
Camping and mobile home facilities.
Hairdressing establishments, on the other hand, are excluded from the scheme and do not have to close.
Baden-Württemberg has adapted its legal regulation against the spread of coronavirus
Update: March 18, 2020
The state government of Baden-Württemberg has adapted its legal ordinance on infection control measures. It is once again changing some details of the measures published on Monday, 16 March 2020.
The new regulations will apply from Wednesday, 18 March 2020.
To slow down the further spread of the corona virus, facilities and shops will be closed on a large scale. Details of what is still allowed to open and what is not, can be found on baden-württemberg.de.
The city of Heidelberg has also specified its general decree
According to the decree, Heidelberg is subject to a regulation that goes beyond that of the state: "In principle, the operation of gastronomic establishments is prohibited. Ice cream parlors, bars, shisha bars, clubs, discotheques, pubs and similar establishments must be closed without exception. Exceptions are only made in Heidelberg for restaurants and bars that can only serve take-away food between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Any catering on site, indoors and outdoors, is prohibited."
KlangForum Heidelberg cancels events in Heidelberg
Uupdate: March 18, 2020
The concert organizer "KlangForum Heidelberg" has drawn conclusions due to the current situation and has cancelled the event „Digitale Klangästhetik“ on March 27, 2020 by "special newsletter". An alternative date is being sought for the project "Sternbild: Mensch V".
Digital launch event "International Weeks against Racism"
Update: March 18, 2020
Due to current developments, the "International Weeks against Racism" in Heidelberg are also cancelled. The series of events with more than 60 dates should be officially opened on Wednesday, 18 March 2020. However, the lecture planned for the kick-off event will take place online as a live online broadcast:
Michael Blume, Representative of the State Government against Anti-Semitism, will speak on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 6 pm on the topic: "Hate on the Net - What we can do about it".
The digital offer comes from the Intercultural Centre (IZ), which coordinates the Weeks against Racism. The IZ transmits the livestream on Twitter: twitter.com/IZ_heidelberg.
You do not need to have a Twitter account to watch the live broadcast. Twitter users can comment on the livestream. The video will still be available on the platform later.
City of Heidelberg further restricts public offers
Update: March 17, 2020
The city of Heidelberg largely restricts public life in the city. The aim is to delay the spread of the coronavirus and thus protect in particular elderly people and people with pre-existing conditions.
From Tuesday, March 17, 2020, a decree of the state government and a general decree of the city of Heidelberg, among others, are closed: museums, theatres, houses of culture, educational institutions, youth centres, senior citizens' centres, municipal administration buildings, libraries, bars, clubs, discotheques, student union refectories and cafeterias, cinemas, swimming pools and indoor swimming pools, the castle, the mountain railway, the zoo, playgrounds, sports fields and sports facilities, fitness studios as well as amusement arcades and brothels.
Restaurants are also affected by the far-reaching restrictions. Restaurants are no longer allowed to serve guests in their rooms or outside. However, every restaurant may become a "take-away" location and serve people who bring their food home.
In order to counteract the spread of the corona virus, Heidelberg Marketing GmbH has decided to close the Tourist Information offices at the Main Station and Neckarmünzplatz to public traffic until Sunday, 19th April 2020. We can still be contacted by telephone on +49 6221 58 44444 and by e-mail at touristinfo(at)heidelberg-marketing.de.
Heidelberg University closes museum, "Students' Prison", assembly hall and unishop
Update: March 16, 2020
The University of Heidelberg will close the University Museum, the Studentenkarzer (Students' Prison), the Old Assembly Hall and the Unishop. The above-mentioned facilities will initially remain closed until 19 April 2020. Heidelberg University provides detailed information on its website about "Immediate Measures by the Universities of Baden-Württemberg".
Sightseeing tours with Cabriobus discontinued
Update: March 16, 2020
Please note: Due to the current situation in connection with the coronavirus, trips with the Cabriobus will not take place until further notice.
Anniversary weekend of the Hölderlin Year cancelled
Update: March 13, 2020
The city of Heidelberg has cancelled the anniversary weekend of the Hölderlin Year from 20 to 22 March 2020. Events were planned around the Old Bridge in Heidelberg's Old Town and on the music freighter of the Beethoven Anniversary Society (BTHVN2020 Musikfrachter).
City cancels Heidelberger Frühling and closes theaters
Update: March 13, 2020
In order to delay the spread of the coronavirus and to protect risk groups in particular, the city of Heidelberg has cancelled the international music festival Heidelberger Frühling and closed the city's theatre with immediate effect. This was announced by the city administration in a press release "Coronavirus: bundle of measures by the city of Heidelberg" on March 12, 2020.
According to this, the theatre will remain closed from March 13 to April 19, 2020, and the music festival, which was to take place from March 21 to April 24, 2020, will also be completely cancelled. Tickets already purchased will be fully refunded, the organizer of the Heidelberg Spring announces on its website: www.heidelberger-fruehling.de.
Carl Bosch Museum temporarily closed
Update: 13 March 13, 2020The Carl Bosch Museum is also making a contribution to curbing the spread of the coronavirus. The museum will therefore remain closed until further notice.
In view of the continuing spread of the coronavirus, the Foundation Reichspresident-Friedrich-Ebert Memorial has decided to cancel all events (lectures and guided tours) until the end of April 2020. Lectures will be made up for, if possible.
Baden-Württemberg prohibits major events by decree
Update: March 12, 2020
The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Health has banned events with more than 1,000 participants because of the coronavirus. The spring festival in Stuttgart is also cancelled.
On Wednesday, 11th March 2020, the supreme health authority issued a decree to the health authorities to advise the local police authorities on major events. According to the decree, major events in the state with more than 1,000 participants will be banned. The decree is effective immediately and is not limited in time.
The bus industry has taken the initiative to contribute to the fight against coronavirus. The International Bus Tourism Association (RDA) provides information on measures to be implemented.
According to this, bus companies are obliged, by order of the Federal Ministry of Health, to hand out an appropriate information sheet on the rules of conduct to travellers on arrival in Germany for every trip from the Italian Republic. Rules of conduct to prevent the illness or behaviour to be followed in case of symptoms of the illness.
Heidelberg summer day parade (Sommertagszug) cancelled
Update: March 10, 2020
On March 22, 2020, the popular summer day parade was scheduled to pass through Heidelberg's Old Town. Due to the current danger of infection with the corona virus, the organizer Heidelberg Marketing has cancelled the parade.
"It's not easy for us to cancel just this lovely traditional event for families and children. But our responsibility towards the population and our guests weighs more heavily at the moment," says Mathias Schiemer, Heidelberg Marketing Managing Director, explaining his decision to cancel the summer day parade this year.
Neckarsteig opening hike postponed
Update: March 10, 2020
The Neckarsteig opening hike announced for March 28, 2020 will be postponed due to the current situation. It is planned to carry out the hike in autumn as a final hike.
"For the protection of all participants, but also for the protection of all those involved, we regard this as a correct and consistent measure", the Neckarsteig office announced. At the moment, it would not be possible to spend a convivial and carefree time on the Neckarsteig while following the hygiene recommendations.
Frequently asked questions and answers – Status March 10, 2020
Do I take a risk with a trip to Heidelberg?
According to the health authorities, Heidelberg is not classified as a risk area at the moment. There are also no travel restrictions. Please also contact the responsible authorities in your home country for up-to-date information from the local health authorities.
Is the arrival and departure currently restricted?
No, it is not. There are no restrictions on public life at the moment. This applies in particular to long-distance and local transport to and from Heidelberg.
Can I use public transport in Heidelberg? What happens with tickets that have already been issued?
Yes. There are currently no restrictions on local public transport. Should there be any changes, we will inform you as soon as possible. Issued tickets can still be used regularly.
Attention: The mountain railway will not be in operation until 22 March 2020 due to the annual inspection.
City of Heidelberg: Questions and answers about the coronavirus
The city of Heidelberg provides current and detailed information about the situation in Heidelberg regarding the coronavirus. Among other things, it offers an overview with "Frequently Asked Questions and Answers" on its website, which is constantly updated.