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The romantic setting between forest hills and a river valley will captivate you in this German city.
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Discovering the Beauty of Heidelberg: A Charming City in Southwestern Germany

Heidelberg, located about an hour south of Frankfurt, is a picturesque city surrounded by the Odenwald forest hills and nestled in the Neckar River valley. The city's natural beauty has captivated many poets and painters of the Romantic era. Heidelberg is also known for its prestigious university - the University of Heidelberg, which is the oldest in Germany and boasts over 30,000 students. Despite its relatively small size of about 150,000 inhabitants, Heidelberg offers visitors a culturally rich and international atmosphere. The city is situated in Baden-Württemberg and is part of Germany's famed "Castle Road." Even though Heidelberg retains its historical charm, it remained mostly unscathed during World War II.

Located at the base of the castle hill, the captivating Old Town – or "_Altstadt_" – has secured a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. In addition to exploring the town's history within the renowned university, you can immerse yourself in the city's culture by strolling along the Old Town's picturesque cobblestone streets. Here you'll find charming market squares, shops, boutiques, and plenty of cafes and restaurants to enjoy.

Heidelberg is a cyclist's paradise with 160 miles of bike paths, enabling quick access to the city's many attractions. Half of the city's population prefers the bicycle as their mode of transportation. Visitors will be awestruck by the breathtaking views from the Philosophenweg (Philosopher's Path) or any of the many paths leading up to the Heidelberg Castle and its extensive castle gardens.

As you venture into the city, you'll be greeted by an array of historic buildings, impressive memorials, and elaborate fountains, each with a unique story to tell. The old town is a journey through time, with its towering church spires and charming monasteries that are equally impressive from the inside.

Heidelberg is also home to numerous public squares and gardens, perfect for taking a break and enjoying the beautiful green spaces that dot the city.

Nestled between the enchanting Neckar River and the foothills of the Odenwald forest is the picturesque city of Heidelberg. With its dreamy, romantic setting around the Old Bridge and castle, it's hard not to be charmed. The city offers a diverse range of cultural and entertainment options that are sure to please anyone, and the hearty yet heavenly cuisine is a must-try.

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