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Heidelberg, Germany — Annual Events

Heidelberg Christmas Market (photo: Heidelberg Tourism)
Heidelberg Christmas Market (photo: Heidelberg Tourism)

Heidelbergs Annual Events and Festivals

With events such as the Heidelberg Spring Music Festival (March/ April), the Castle Festival (July/ August), the Autumn Festival with Medieval Market (late September), the International Film Festival (late fall) or the Christmas Market (late November/ December), the city does not know any “off-season”.

Heidelberger Frühling

Heidelberg´s festival season starts with “Heidelberger Frühling” (Spring Festival – End of March – April), focusing on concerts, exhibitions, lectures and films. Especially delightful are the castle illuminations with fireworks finale, held on June, July and September.

Heidelberg Castle Festival

Featuring a unique ambience is the Heidelberg Castle Festival (End of June – Mid of August).

The most famous play is the “Student Prince”, first performed on Broadway in 1924, a bitter-sweet love story of Prince Karl-Franz and landlord´s daughter Katie.

Read more about Heidelberg Castle / see our article: Heidelberg Castle

Christmas market

Pure romance awaits the visitor at the annual Christmas market (End of November – December 22nd), featuring an ice rink at the foot of the castle.

Heidelberg Castle Illuminations

Heidelberg Castle Illuminations (photo: Heidelberg Tourism)
Heidelberg Castle Illuminations (photo: Heidelberg Tourism)

Every summer on three Saturdays, Heidelberg Castle in Baden-Württemberg is beautifully illuminated as darkness begins to fall.

On about 3 dates (June, July, and August or September) Bengal fires flicker against the walls of the ruin and illuminate the picturesque façade of the castle. The spectacle is accompanied by a stunning firework display that radiates across the night sky over the romantic old quarter.

One of the best places from which to watch this colorful spectacle is the deck of a Rhine-Neckar riverboat.

Find the exact dates on the event website: Heidelberg Castle Illuminations (on Facebook)

Year-round …

But be prepared: whatever season you may come here, you are sure to lose your heart to this unique romantic town and keep on humming the famous tune: “Ich hab´ mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren…

Interested in learning more about Heidelberg?

See our article: Heidelberg, Germany — for travelers

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