Destination guide

A real-life fairy-tale—hilltop castles in a sleepy valley

Unwind in the fairy-tale setting of Heidelberg, a picturesque town set along the banks of the sleepy Neckar river. Nestled in the Rhine Rift Valley in southwestern Germany, Heidelberg's Old Town features brick streets lined with charming shops and cozy cafes. A Heidelberg vacation rental serves as the perfect spot to explore other notable attractions, including historic churches, public squares, and Heidelberg University, Germany's oldest and one of its most revered institutions. The ruins of the majestic Heidelberg Castle sit perched high above the city, serving as the town's dramatic and iconic backdrop.

Things to do

Did we mention the castles and classrooms?

No trip to Old Town is complete without a visit to the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, the famed fort and royal palace that dates to the 13th century. Perched more than 250 feet above town on the side of Konigstuhl hill, the castle is accessible via a funicular railway. Make sure you also explore the ornate Church of the Holy Spirit, and Marktplatz, an Old Town square dotted with bars and cafes. Founded in the 14th century, Heidelberg University is the oldest university in Germany and home to an impressive botanical garden. Heidelberg Zoo is just steps from the campus.


Time to strike a thinker's pose (then go for a drink)

Get in touch with your intellectual side as you explore the Philosophers' Walk, a 1.5-mile elevated pathway which the university's most esteemed professors famously used while pondering life's greatest questions. If you're still looking to stretch your legs, make your way to the city's famed 18th-century Old Bridge and soak up the panoramic views of the Old Town. Enjoy a leisurely saunter down Hauptstrasse, a mile-long pedestrian-only street dotted with restaurants, shops, and pubs. The city hosts special festivals throughout the year, many of which celebrate such art forms as theater, jazz, and filmmaking.


Rejoice! Leave the snow boots and galoshes behind

No matter what time of year you book your Heidelberg vacation rental, you'll enjoy pleasant weather in a city blessed with somewhat mild year-round temperatures. Winter is Heidelberg's coldest season, but daytime temperatures hover around the low 40s, unlike the freezing conditions that plague the surrounding region. Spring and fall see daytime highs in the 50s and 60s. There's very little rain in the valley throughout the year, but May and June are the wettest months. Things really heat up during the summer, particularly in July, when daytime highs can reach the mid-80s.

Natural features

A river runs through it: exploring the lush, green valley

The laid-back comfort of your Heidelberg vacation rental matches the tranquil landscape of this idyllic town. Heidelberg sits in the peaceful Rhine Rift Valley, between the wooded hills of Konigstuhl and Heiligenberg. You'll even find some areas dotted with vineyards, which contribute to the region's growing wine industry. The calm waters of the Neckar river snake through the heart of the city and undeveloped islands in the middle of the river serve as a home to colonies of wild African rose-ringed parakeets and Siberian swan geese.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Heidelberg

Fly into Mannheim (MHG), the closest airport, located 9 mi (14.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Frankfurt (FRA-Frankfurt Intl.), which is 44.7 mi (71.9 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Heidelberg-Weststadt/Südstadt Station, Heidelberg Central Station and Heidelberg-Altstadt Station are the main stations in the area. Utilize the area's public transportation and catch a ride on the metro at Heidelberg Seegarten Tram Stop or Heidelberg Kirchheim - Rohrbach S-Bahn to see more of the city.

Where to stay around Heidelberg?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 435 vacation rentals near Heidelberg. From 287 Condos/Apartments to 32 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Heidelberg for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Heidelberg?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Heidelberg:

  • Altstadt: 48 vacation rentals
  • Heidelberg-Ziegelhausen: 18 vacation rentals
  • Bahnstadt: 27 vacation rentals
  • Heidelberg-Kirchheim: 21 vacation rentals
  • Bergheim: 47 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Heidelberg?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Heidelberg. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Heidelberg Castle: 510 vacation rentals
  • University of Heidelberg New Campus: 511 vacation rentals
  • Heidelberg-Pfaffengrund/Wieblingen Station: 590 vacation rentals
  • University of Heidelberg Old Campus: 602 vacation rentals
  • Church of the Holy Spirit: 522 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Heidelberg listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Heidelberg?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 287 Condos/Apartments in Heidelberg. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Heidelberg include:

  • Houses: 32 rentals available
  • Cottages: 61 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 61 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Heidelberg?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6 vacation rentals with pool available in Heidelberg. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Explore destinations around Heidelberg