Market Square (Marktplatz) Tours
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Marktplatz, or the Market Square, is in the heart of Heidelberg's old town and is often full of activities. It is located between the Church of the Holy Ghost and the Town Hall building. In the Middle Ages, this square was used for public proceedings which included burning witches and heretics at the stake, and putting people charged with petty crimes into cages so the public could torment them. The square was, and continues to be, used for markets where fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, flowers, crafts, and other food and goods are sold. Today the markets take place twice a week.
At the center of the square stands a fountain and statue of Hercules that was built in the early 1700s. The statue you see today is only a replica though; the original is kept safe in the Kurpfälzisches Museum. During warm months, the cafes located along the edges of the square have outdoor seating for patrons to enjoy the view and the nice weather.
The Market Square is located between the Church of the Holy Ghost and the Town Hall building and bordered by Hauptstrasse to the south.
Address: Marktplatz, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg 69117, Germany
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Market Square (Marktplatz)
Find hidden gems on this guided walking tour of Old Town Heidelberg and its castle. Traveling with a guide allows you to visit some spots that independent travelers may miss while listening to engaging commentary on the city's architecture, art, and culinary scene. Stroll down the streets of the Old Town to see history with your own eyes, then step in to the castle to visit the castle garden, the courtyard, and the wine cellar.
Taking safety measures
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Beer & Old Town tour - for people who want to know the most interesting info about Heidelberg's long history & sample some genuine local beer & pubs too. We will visit 1 of Heidelberg's microbreweries, a classic old student bar & a cool local bar while also enjoying some sites & stories about the Old Town. (Ps: tour itinerary can change from published one depending on occupancy of the various bars, no. of participants, etc.)
Join Heidelberg resident Erin McGann on a winding self-guided audio tour of the picturesque Altstadt, the old town of this fascinating German city on the banks of the Neckar River. Take in the famous Church of the Holy Ghost in the center of the main market square, discover the carvings that allowed residents to check the legal size of their pretzels (really!), hear stories of the catastrophic floods, find out which buildings are the oldest, hear how the university students got so rowdy they ended up with their own prison, and learn about the romantic history of our ruined castle. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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What's the best way to experience Market Square (Marktplatz)?
The best ways to experience Market Square (Marktplatz) are:
- Heidelberg old Town Tour.
- Beer and Old Town Tour
- Heidelberg Tour with winetasting.
- Heidelberg's Altstadt: A Self-Guided Audio Walk