Philosophenweg
Philosophenweg
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This famous path along the Neckar River has been frequented by numerous famous philosophers throughout history.
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Werner H.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Parking is very challenging - you will likely need to park a bit far and walk to the starting point of the hike.

The hike starts out a bit hectic with an upward climb of stairs but there are multiple stops along the way to rest if needed.

Once that part is over, the rest is pretty straightforward but there are no clear signs to guide you along the path so I ended up using my phone to navigate.

Go early in the day or later in the evening (16h) and a pack some food and drinks to enjoy with the amazing view!
Written 28 August 2020
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK3,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is what we did and would be my recommendation. It’s a bit of a climb from the river level, through the initial residential area, to the start of the walk, but significantly easier than walking up all the steep steps of the Schlangenweg from the Old Bridge.
It’s not long before you get to the Philosopher’s garden and from here the walk is generally flat and affords great views back across the river to Heidelberg.
When you reach the Schlangenweg, you can finish here and descend or carry on to the Hölderlin-Anlage, a pleasant spot with seating commemorating Hölderlins "Ode to Heidelberg"
There is a way back to the river from this end, but again I would advise retracing your steps as a shaded walk down the Snake Path, with its various hidden viewing areas to break the descent, is a lot of fun ( well it looked like we were having a lot more fun than those poor souls who chose to climb this route) and has the advantage of depositing you at the Old Bridge, a short stroll from all the bar and restaurant delights of the Old Town.
Written 14 September 2023
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bollwage
Bridgewater, NJ353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We made the mistake of trying to take a taxi to begin our walk at the gardens. Taxi driver was confused and dropped us off just across from the old bridge at the base of the walkway which leads up the hill. My wife and I are in OK condition, and we took our time with the climb. There are some 3-4 stopping points where you can take a break – nice views too. Even with stopping it probably only took us 30 minutes to make the walk up the hill. From there walking down to the gardens and back, with stops, will take only about 1 ½ hr… depending on how long you want to enjoy the views of Heidelberg!
Written 4 October 2022
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS4,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Philosopher's Way, is a path located on the northern banks of the Neckar River in Heidelberg, Germany. It is not hard to understand how professors, philosophers, and authors were historically drawn to, and inspired by, this beautiful pathway. The natural beauty, peaceful contemplation, and the panoramic views of Heidelberg are absolutely idyllic. Today, this same path is completely intact with gardens, informational plaques, and lovely views of the Neckar River, Old Town of Heidelberg, and Schloss Heidelberg. This was our families second visit to Heidelberg, and we came specifically to enjoy Philosopher's Way, Old Town Christmas Market, and Heidelberg Castle.
Written 16 January 2023
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The Doddsworth
Montevideo, Uruguay6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The wife and I like to take a long walk or hike when we have been on a long plane ride to work the kinks out. Turns out the best pictures of the trip were taken on the Philosopher's Walk. Great views of the city. We finished off in Neuenheim at a french restaurant and then walked back over the Ernst Bridge.
Written 12 April 2020
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Ruth S
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If you're a philosophy geek, this may be the place for you. It is a lovely, steep climb, and then a less memorable view from the top with a very nondescript walkway that is shared with other traffic. Not highly trafficked, but I would rather take a morning run here than spend time for the view. Better sights from the castle or funicular rail.
Written 14 January 2020
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Foteini_S_Gr
Thessaloniki, Greece84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Magnificent view of the old city of Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle and Nekar river. The walk under the big shady trees is refreshing. Υou have to climb quite a few steps, somewhat steep and a bit slippery to reach the path, but it's worth ιt. Wear comfortable shoes and take a bottle of water with you.
Written 11 March 2023
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bnbass
Utrecht, The Netherlands398 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The philosophers walk towards the old bridge gives some nice views of the old town. Beware that you start on the far end and not the old bridge. The way up or down from the old bridge towards the philosopher´s walk is a small, steep, cobblestone alley called the snake-alley. It is better to walk this part downhill then uphill.
Written 30 August 2020
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Patricial H
Occitanie, France2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This walk is very worthwhile. It is about one hour long, is beautiful, works with kids, and has great views. It is steep at the beginning and at the end. Just take it slow if necessary. During the flat part there are many benches, a kiosk with ice cream and drinks, a playground for kids, and areas for picnic lunches. Bring a snack and enjoy the view. Think of all the people who have walked it. If you have more energy you can walk further up the hill to monastic ruins.
Written 19 October 2022
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Definitely great views over the old town and up to the castle. Clearly the steps up from the river are a real effort. We managed to find a carpark a couple of hundred meters from the western end which made the walk up and along a much easier stroll. There were a surprising number of people enjoying the area.
Written 17 June 2023
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