So many people stay in Heidelberg for just a day, puffing their way up to the castle ruins and admiring the view of the Neckar River and Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) before moving on to the next postcard-worthy German city.
But baroque Heidelberg is worth more than a brief stop. Its romantic atmosphere has inspired great songs, art, and stories throughout the centuries. As a university town, it is far from old and dusty and has an energetic atmosphere with lively nightlife. Visitors that choose to stay a night or two in Heidelberg are rewarded with a much more local experience.
Busiest during the spectacular summers, try to book ahead for the best options, but there is never a bad time to visit. Be aware that not all accommodations have air conditioning, in-room Wi-Fi is becoming more common, and payment may still need to be made in cash (although these things are rapidly changing). Choose from the best hotels in Heidelberg and get to know this legendary city.
The hotel has 24 elegantly appointed rooms with modern amenities like climate control, bathtub and shower, elevator, and newspaper service. Enjoy the extras of a breakfast buffet, rooftop terrace with picture-perfect city views, and even a swimming pool. It is also equipped for extended stays with several apartment units that offer separate bedrooms and a kitchenette.
Besides the castle, visitors can reach Heidelberg's Bahnhof (central train station) within 10 minutes, walk to the Altstadt (city center) within 30, and be whisked to busy Frankfurt International Airport within an hour.
Hotel Europäischer Hof is the only five-star hotel in Heidelberg. Far from being part of a corporate chain, this hotel has the charm of being run by the same family for over 50 years.
The hotel is centrally located and is just about one mile from the Philosophenweg. First-class service greets visiting celebrities and tourists living the high life. Prominent guests have ranged from Otto von Bismarck to Jay-Z. The more-than-200 rooms and suites are complemented by the extras of a rooftop terrace, pool, full-scale spa, and quality breakfasts.
One of the best ways to see Heidelberg is from above. The Schlosshotel Molkenkur is perched right above the Heidelberg Schloß with spectacular views of the city and river below from the rooms and expansive terrace. Located within a historically listed building, this 4-star hotel combines the best of old and new with a recent renovation.
There are single, double, and family rooms, and guests can enjoy exclusive access to the Staufersaal, Welfenzimmer, and the Art Nouveau Hall of Mirrors. These spectacular rooms are also the perfect setting for weddings and events. The on-site restaurant provides haute cuisine with unparalleled views.
You'll find this hotel tucked into a historic square with a medieval church tower, restaurants, a playground, and a weekly market. It is sleek and modern with single, double, and family rooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, air conditioning, terraces, in-room refrigerators, and chic furnishings.
Start your morning with a leisurely breakfast buffet, or find something fresh at the market right outside. Once you ready to explore, enjoy the hotel's easy access to the charming Neckarwiese and Philosophenweg (Philosophers' Way).
This luxury hotel offers top-level furnishings, service, and views. It is a modern environment with well-appointed rooms, suites, and serviced apartments. Almost every room has impressive views of the castle, old bridge, and Altstadt, or you can enjoy the common areas like the rooftop terrace bar.
Most of our suites and apartments are equipped with an espresso machine and a kitchenette to prepare your own meal or snack.
For yet another unique perspective, book a table at the hotel's restaurant boat, moored in the river in front of the hotel. Visitors can also enjoy a river cruise on the boat for an unforgettable brunch or dinner. Once you have seen the sites from every angle, relax in the in-house spa.
The Hotel die Hirschgasse Heidelberg is the oldest hotel in Heidelberg and the oldest student housing in Germany, built in 1472. It has welcomed such notable guests as Count Bismarck to Mark Twain and exudes a familiar and comfortable vibe.
There are rooms, suites, and family rooms, many with views of the castle. The Michelin starred restaurant, Le Gourmet, serves exquisite French cuisine while the second restaurant, Die Mensurstube, provides rustic German food.
The ever-popular Marriott chain is a well-known name for reliable, clean, consistent rooms and service. Located just off the river Neckar, there is ample green space to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere outside of the city center.
Functional rooms come with amenities like air conditioning (which isn't always available in German hotels) and wifi. Many rooms also feature views of the river or even a private balcony. There is an on-site pool, gym, and sauna. The hotel restaurant offers decent German fare, and it is easy to reach from the motorways.
Bergheim 41 has the best of contemporary style. Broad wooden floors are met by floor-to-ceiling windows that open to private terraces. Rooms offer air conditioning, desk, extra-long beds, a rooftop terrace, and excellent Wi-Fi. A popular choice for business travel, there are also double and family rooms perfect for families visiting their students at Heidelberg University nearby. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from nearby, and the hotel's cafe providing fresh pastries and snacks all day.
A short walk from the Alstadt in the quiet, residential neighborhood of Neuenheim is the Hotel Heidelberg Astoria. Located within two stately houses, it is cozy and quiet, the ideal hideaway.
Attractive rooms are homey if a bit small. Also note that there isn't air conditioning, although fans are provided. The hotel's main house has a common lobby and breakfast room in which to mingle. After a wonderful night's sleep, enjoy the hotel's location, just steps from the River Neckar.