Heidelberg’s old town, the castle – you will find history at every turn. The city that is home to Germany’s oldest university (established in 1386) looks back on 800 years of history. During this time, the city has attracted poets like Goethe, Eichendorff and Mark Twain, famous artists like Turner, Fohr and Trübner were inspired by its colorful impressions, and composers like Brahms, Schumann and Carl Maria von Weber translated the triad of river landscape, old town and castle into music.

Apart from its historical and cultural aspects, modern-day Heidelberg is also a center for science and commerce: In-ternational and German companies like IBM, ABB, Heidel-berger Druckmaschinen or the European telecommunications company Eurescom underscore the importance of Heidelberg.
Heidelberg is known as a center for biotechnological research and pioneer for information technologies and environmental strategies. It is home to the Academy of the Sciences, the College for Jewish Studies, the German Cancer Research Center and 5 Max-Planck-Institutes.



Today, Heidelberg has about 150,000 inhabitants and 20,000 students, making it one of the ”youngest” cities in Germany.
In the evenings, people meet in the bars and cafes on and off the “Hauptstraße“, one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe (1.7 km), where you will find international cuisine, from Chinese and Indian food to European and south — American specialities.


„The city with its position and its entire surroundings is,
one may say, quite ideal“

J.W. von Goethe