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Heidelberg, historic capital of the Electoral Palatinate, is situated in the charming Neckar valley south of the Odenwald mountains, and is known for its particularly mild climate. Heidelberg’s beauty has captivated many poets, artists and scholars throughout history. In the early 19th century, the city on the Neckar became the most important centre of German Romanticism. Today, the oldest university in the German-speaking world (established 1385) continues to attract many students. If you walk up to the castle and pass through the gate, you will first find yourself in the garden, the famous ‘Hortus Palatinus’, which was designed at the beginning of the 17th century. From the castle garden, you have a marvellous view of Heidelberg and the ‘Philosophenweg’ [Philosopher’s Walk]. In the inner courtyard of the castle, allow yourself to be mesmerised by the buildings from various eras and the large terrace, and take a look at the fascinating ‘Große Fass’ [the giant wine vat] inside the castle. The central point of the old town is the marketplace with the Church of the Holy Spirit and the magnificent Renaissance house, ‘Zum Ritter’. Below the Church of the Holy Spirit, you can find many old narrow streets with pubs and restaurants. The ‘Alte Brücke’ over the Neckar is one of the most beautiful bridges in Germany.