Your Guide to the Heidelberg Castle Christmas Market

Heidelberg, Germany has Six Christmas Markets in a beautiful, romantic and historic town.
Set atop the amazing Königstuhl hill, overlooking the Alstadt and Neckar River, the 800-year-old Heidelberg Castle is known as one of the most talked about German Castles. The world famous Heidelberg Tun, Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway, Heidelberg Bridge Gate and well-known Heidelberg Christmas Market all law in the shadows of the amazing Schloss Heidelberg, and all are a must-see on anyone’s Germany Bucketlist.

Things to do in Heidelberg in December

Heidelberg Christmas Market

The Heidelberg Christmas Market has roughly 160 tables spread out over 5 markets, in a line from the shopping centre to the base of the castle.

The first market, right outside of the mall, had a great meat stall. Bratwurst, Rhindwurst, and Steak. All on a Brötchen. This area is also near a few banks, and ATM machines in case you forgot to bring cash with you, and the whole site has various food stalls for those not interested in wurst… though this is Germany after all.

Further down the markets, still heading towards the castle, where the Christmas carousels. Don’t want to spend your hard earned time and money on carousels? Too bad. They are smack in the middle of the market and there is no way your kid won’t see them.

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Heidelberg Castle

The Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway runs from Heidelberg’s Kornmarkt, or Heidelberg Weinachsmarkt in this case,  to the summit of the Königstuhl.

The funicular is at the top of a set of stairs and only allows wheelchairs are allowed in the lift to the top of the stairs.  We were thus forced to carry the stroller up the stairs or wake the baby and close the stroller. This is both stated in words, pictures and the staff refusing to allow us the empty elevator.

Guests pay 7 euro per adult when getting tickets for the funicular but it is technically free. The tickets include entrance to the inner castle, which costs 7 euro, even for those walking up the hill.

Exploring the Heidelberg Christmas Markets and Castle was a great day trip, and amazing start to our holiday vacation. Definitely got us in the Spirit.

Sit in the bottom section and watch the world pull away as you climb up the hill. It’s a fairly short ride to the first stop, which is the castle. The second stop takes up to a lookout and a few more stairs to another funicular. We didn’t do both since most people coming down the stairs said it wasn’t worth the effort of getting the stroller up there.

Waiting all of 10 minutes and the funicular was back to take us down. We walked out of the building and found the old ruins next to the gift shop (of course).

This is the Heidelberg Tun, the world’s largest wine barrel. Constructed in 1751 and standing 7 meters high, the Heidelberg Tun holds 220,000 litres (58,124 gallons) of wine and includes a dance floor built on top. A staircase allows visitors to climb atop the barrel for a quick dance!

 In 1751, the year of its construction, the present one had a capacity of 221,726 litres. Due to the drying of the wood its current capacity is 219,000 litres. One hundred and thirty oak trees were reputedly used in its construction.

Exploring the Heidelberg Christmas Market and Castle was a great day trip, and amazing start to our holiday vacation. Definitely got us in the Spirit.

In the same room, sat another large wine barrel. There was also two small wine bars and a lot of wine tasting. If memory serves me, wine hasn’t been made at this castle in a few hundred years, but there were preparing to start again in the New Year. Definitely, need to visit again. The rest of the castle can only be visited with a paid guided tour.

This "All About Germany" booklet can be used for a very basic country study in lower elementary grades! Each page contains a basic fact and related illustration. All graphics are in an outline format so that it's ready to be colored like a mini-coloring book. This coloring booklet gives all the general/basic information about Germany, including: -German flag -the capital city of Berlin -Popular foods - Architecture -favorite facts

Hotels in Heidelberg | Where to stay in Heidelberg

We have already mentioned how much “fun” it is to find family-friendly, budget-friendly accommodations near the city centres can be. If you missed it, you can find that here. 

Best Budget HotelHoliday Inn Express Heidelberg City Centre

Best Mid-Range Hotel: NH Heidelberg

Best Luxury Hotel: Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre

Best Airport Hotel: Frankfurt – Airport Hotel Global. Stuttgart – Wyndham Stuttgart Airport Messe

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Heidelberg, Germany has Six Christmas Markets in a beautiful, romantic and historic town.
Diana - MVMT Blog - January 3, 2017

Heidelberg sounds awesome! There is so much to do there. I’d love to visit the largest wine barrel. And of course, the Christmas markets in Germany are the best! I’m hoping to take a road trip around Germany in 2017 and Heidelberg will definitely have to be one of my stops!

    Christine Leger - January 4, 2017

    If you visit here for Christmas, make sure you check out the surrounding cities too. I would say they are part of a package, they are so close together, and so beautiful, there is no reason why you can’t do a few of them in a day… depending on sobriety levels of course lol

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