• Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Cruises to Heidelberg

129 Reviews
Heidelberg (Photo:S.Borisov/Shutterstock)

About Heidelberg

"The town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights. Behind the castle swells a dome-shaped hill, forest-clad, and beyond that a nobler and loftier one. The Castle looks down upon the compact brown-roofed town; and from the town two picturesque old bridges span the river. I have never enjoyed a view which had such a satisfying charm about it as this one gives." --Mark Twain

With a population of 150,000, Heidelberg remains a small, charming city in a beautiful setting nearly 150 years after Mark Twain penned a glowing review in his 1879 travelogue "A Tramp Abroad." And Heidelberg's most charming aspects are, just as they were in Twain's day, focused on the quaint Altstadt (Old Town) and its surroundings. Below the ramparts of Heidelberg Castle nearly 300 feet above, the Old Town and its narrow, cobbled Hauptstrasse (main street) are nestled in snug, picturesque fashion between the Neckar River and the castle hill.

Heidelberg has truly ancient roots. Evidence of human habitation dates back thousands of years -- 500,000-year-old fossilized remains of a likely human ancestor were found nearby and named after Heidelberg -- and the city is also rich with a more tangible history, in its mishmash of ancient, medieval and modern architecture. And this is, perhaps, what makes Heidelberg such a pleasing place to visit. Amid its beautiful natural surroundings, the city's cultural landscape creates a kind of continuous historical narrative that visitors can follow back through the centuries. From the "Old Bridge" -- originally built of wood in the 13th century and most recently rebuilt after much of it was destroyed in the final days of World War II -- to the 2,500-year-old Celtic ruins of the Heiligenberg, you can hardly turn a corner without being confronted by some enduring edifice and its fascinating stories.

  • More about Heidelberg

  • Why go to Heidelberg?

  • Heidelberg Cruise Port Facilities?

Loading...

We found you 134 cruises

Loading...
Loading...
Viking Hild
Viking Hild (Photo: Chris Gray Faust/Cruise Critic)

11 Night
Christmas On The Main & MoselleDetails

82 Reviews
Leaving:Prague
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips
Cruise Critic Favorite
Scenic Ruby
Scenic Ruby

7 Night
Rhine HighlightsDetails

97 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Scenic River
May 22, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips
Viking Hild
Viking Hild (Photo: Chris Gray Faust/Cruise Critic)

11 Night
Cities Of LightDetails

82 Reviews
Leaving:Prague
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
Nov 18, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips
Scenic Jewel
Scenic Jewel

7 Night
Rhine HighlightsDetails

108 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:Scenic River
May 8, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips
Sponsored

Azamara Cruises Best Offer Yet

  • Save 40% and receive a $300 Onboard Credit
  • Access to hard-to-reach ports larger ships can’t
  • Enriching cultural programs and local events
  • Relaxed itineraries with more late nights and overnights

Azamara Club Cruises

7 Night
Rhine HighlightsDetails

108 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:Scenic River
May 24, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

7 Night
Rhine HighlightsDetails

108 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:Scenic River
Sep 18, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

11 Night
Cities Of LightDetails

43 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
Nov 18, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

10 Night
Jewels Of The Rhine & Lucerne - ZurichDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald River Cruises
Sep 18, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

11 Night
Christmas On The Main & MoselleDetails

143 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
Nov 27, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

7 Night
Rhine HighlightsDetails

76 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:Scenic River
Sep 30, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

11 Night
Cities Of LightDetails

82 Reviews
Leaving:Paris
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
Nov 11, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

10 Night
Jewels Of The Rhine & Glacier ExpressDetails

168 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald River Cruises
Sep 7, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

7 Night
Jewels Of The RhineDetails

12 Reviews
Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Emerald River Cruises
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

7 Night
Rhine HighlightsDetails

76 Reviews
Leaving:Basel
Cruise Line:Scenic River
May 22, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips
Cruise Critic Favorite

7 Night
Rhine HighlightsDetails

76 Reviews
Leaving:Zurich
Cruise Line:Scenic River
Aug 14, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • View All Prices
  • Cruise Tips

More about Heidelberg

Why go to Heidelberg?

Pros:

Aside from being incredibly charming and scenic, Heidelberg has a rich and ancient history to delve into

Cons:

Heidelberg itself does not have a port, so it typically needs to be reached via shore excursion

Bottom Line:

Whether you're visiting Heidelberg Castle or perusing its Old Town, you're sure to be smitten by it

Heidelberg Cruise Port Facilities?

Cruise ships don't stop in Heidelberg, so if you want to maximize your limited shore-excursion time for relaxed pursuits like eating, drinking and shopping, stay near to the Hauptstrasse (main street), a mile-long pedestrianized road that runs the length of the Old Town. Although the Hauptstrasse is dotted with chain stores, boutique shops and cafes can be found there and on many side streets, too.

Good to Know?

The city has a comprehensive network of well-marked cycle paths, but jaywalking visitors distracted by the surrounding sights can pose a hazard when they meander in front of oncoming cyclists. The cyclists don't always pay close attention, so look carefully before you cross.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Despite its modest population of around 150,000 inhabitants, Heidelberg is a challenging city to cover on foot. Some sections of the city are steep, it spans both banks of the Neckar River, and most of the pedestrianized areas are at least partially laid with cobblestone. The Altstadt's Hauptstrasse is, at a mile long, more than enough territory to cover if you're only in the city for a short time and determined to walk.

By Bike: If your cruise ship doesn't have bicycles available for use, your best bet for hiring one in Heidelberg is Fahrradverleih Heidelberg an der Alten Brucke (Heidelberg Bike Rental at the Old Bridge; Neckarstaden 52 / Lauerstrasse 11; +49 (0) 62 21 / 65 444 60).

By Cable Car: A tram runs up the hillside from Heidelberg to the castle above. The mountain railway runs between four stations (including the castle), linking the old city on the level of the river with the summit of the Konigstuhl Mountain, about 1,312 feet above the city. The Heidelberg Card, a tourist pass that includes public transportation, many museums and the lower section of the mountain railway (a separate fare is required for the upper section), can be bought at the tourist information center located just outside the main station, where most tour buses park. (Heidelberger Seilbahn, Oberstrasse 37)

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Germany's currency is the euro. For current currency-conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. ATM's and banks are plentiful, particularly at the west end of the Altstadt, and credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants, bars and shops.

Language?

German is the local language, but English is widely understood and spoken in Heidelberg and much of Germany. A few handy phrases in German will always enamor you to the locals, though, so try these:

Hello / good afternoon: Guten Tag (GOO-ten tahg)
Please / Thank you: Bitte / Danke (BIT-tuh/DAHN-kuh)
Yes / No: Ja / Nein (yah/nine)
Excuse me: Entschuldigen Sie (ent-SHOOL-de-gen zee)
Beer: Bier (beer)

Where You're Docked?

Because Heidelberg lies about 10 miles east of the Rhine along the Neckar River, most visits to the city begin after disembarking the ship at the nearest major port, often Mannheim, and boarding a shore tour bus.


Heidelberg Cruise Reviews
Heidelberg is the quintessential German town on the river. It is beautiful and the castle is unbelievable!Read More
User Avatar
chonkod
Loved the castle and enjoyed wandering around the shops in Heidelberg afterward.Read More
User Avatar
topoceo
Enjoyed the walking tour of the castle grounds and views out over Heidelberg.Read More
User Avatar
Bmadison219
The ship docked in an industrial area and the bus ride to Heidelburg was about an hour each way. The ship offered several tours including one for gentle walkers. Having been to Heidelberg before, I opted to take thRead More
User Avatar
nancyevans

Related Cruises

Cruises to Newport

Cruises to Newport

250 Reviews
Cruises to Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

Cruises to Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

223 Reviews
Cruises to Riga

Cruises to Riga

85 Reviews
Cruises to Santiago (Valparaiso)

Cruises to Santiago (Valparaiso)

123 Reviews
Cruises to Berlin

Cruises to Berlin

230 Reviews
Cruises to Punta Arenas

Cruises to Punta Arenas

184 Reviews
Cruises to Adelaide

Cruises to Adelaide

99 Reviews
Cruises to Falmouth

Cruises to Falmouth

1,552 Reviews
Cruises to Honfleur

Cruises to Honfleur

58 Reviews
Cruises to Koh Samui

Cruises to Koh Samui

126 Reviews
Cruises to Perth (Fremantle)

Cruises to Perth (Fremantle)

101 Reviews
Cruises to Saint-Malo

Cruises to Saint-Malo

14 Reviews
Cruises to Walvis Bay

Cruises to Walvis Bay

6 Reviews
Cruises to Bimini

Cruises to Bimini

205 Reviews
Cruises to Punta del Este

Cruises to Punta del Este

50 Reviews
Cruises to Salerno

Cruises to Salerno

57 Reviews
Cruises to Townsville

Cruises to Townsville

Cruises to Cinque Terre

Cruises to Cinque Terre

348 Reviews
Cruises to Skagen

Cruises to Skagen

95 Reviews
Cruises to Argostoli (Kefalonia)

Cruises to Argostoli (Kefalonia)

139 Reviews
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.
About UsCruise DestinationsFirst Time CruisersFind A Cruise

Share your feedback

International Sites

© 1995—2023, The Independent Traveler, Inc.

  • Privacy and Cookies Statement

  • Terms of Use

  • Site Map

  • Cookie Consent