Set in the southwest German state of Baden-Württemberg, Heidelberg is a historic town. This place is home to the oldest university in Germany, Heidelberg University, which has been in business since 1492. Famous painters and poets, like William Turner, have traveled to this beautiful town, drawn by its captivating landscapes – surrounded as it is by forests and watched over by the ornate Heidelberg Castle.
Naturally, you’ll want to stay in this fascinating slice of Germany. There are plenty of places to do so, from buildings that are effortlessly historic to affordable hotels in modern buildings that make seeing Heidelberg easy on the wallet, too.
With its sleek, simple and stylish rooms, hip restaurant, and rooftop bar, Qube Heidelberg is a cool place to stay in the city. You could even upgrade to a suite and make your stay even more comprehensive, completing your stay with a living room; or splurge on an apartment, which boasts a kitchenette as well. But it isn’t all about what’s on offer at the hotel itself, it’s about where in Heidelberg you’re going to find it – and that’s right near Heidelberg train station, which is just over a ten-minute walk away. Getting around is made even easier thanks to the Volkshochschule tram stop just outside the hotel, too.
When it comes to finding luxury accommodation in Heidelberg, staying at Hotel Bayrischer Hof is something that definitely fits the bill. The hotel dates back to 1841 and offers a real sense of old world opulence mixed with modern day style. The glass-domed atrium lounge gives it some real elegance. Rooms here are refined and classically decorated. Within walking distance of this palatial hotel, you’ll find Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, an incredible 16th-century beerhouse, and Pinakothek der Moderne. The latter is one of the world’s biggest museums for modern (and contemporary art), boasting pieces by everyone from Matisse to Hockney.
Another historic hotel, the family-run Hotel Europäischer Hof Heidelberg has been in operation since 1865 – and it shows. This hotel is all about opulent, old world style, with plenty of gold brocading and ornate Baroque furniture everywhere. The classic rooms are spacious and retain period features like built-in wardrobes and high ceilings for an exceptionally grand feel. It boasts a bistro, cafe, a wood-paneled hall, and a fine-dining restaurant. There’s even a summer-only restaurant in the garden. That said, there are plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafes on the doorstep. A nearby bus stop makes getting to sights like Heidelberg Castle – two kilometers away – much easier. The Old Town is also within walking distance.
If you like being right in the center of things, Hotel Goldene Rose might be the spot for you. From here, it’s an easy walk to nearby attractions like the Church of the Holy Spirit – an imposing 14th-century Gothic style building on the site of an ancient church – and Kurpfälzisches Museum. Here, you’ll find archeology and artworks, including sculptures and paintings from artists like the expressionist Alexei Jawlensky and Lucas Cranach the Elder, a Renaissance painter. Back at the hotel, the rooms are modern and simple, decorated with pops of color. There’s also a complimentary buffet breakfast on offer each morning.
The rooms at Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center are casual and colorful, unfussy and perfect for those looking for a base from which to explore the city. Set in a modern building, guests can enjoy the bar and terrace in the evening, and tuck into a buffet breakfast each morning (at extra cost). Location wise, this contemporary hotel is within walking distance of Heidelberg train station, making it a good option if you plan to arrive, leave, or get around by rail. It’s also set a couple of minutes’ walk from two tram stops – Römerstraße and Altes Hallenbad – for even more convenience. The 18th century Alte Brucke (Old Bridge) is just two kilometers away.
Just over a ten-minute walk from Heidelberg train station, Star Inn Hotel & Suites Premium is a bit further from the center but the nearby tram stops of Rudolf-Diesel-Straße and Montpellierbrucke make it pretty easy to get around. The Alte Brucke and Heidelberg castle are about four kilometers away. The hotel is a laid back affair, set in a modern building and boasting rooms decked out with a neutral color palette and a light and airy sense of minimalism. Not only is there a buffet breakfast on offer, but you can get a drink or light snacks at any time of day thanks to the onsite 24-hour bar.
Practically a hop, skip and a jump to Heidelberg’s Old Town, Hotel Panorama is also located near the banks of the Neckar river, and therefore the Neckarstrand – or Neckar Beach – which is a perfect spot for soaking up the local atmosphere in summer. The Alte Brucke isn’t too far from this hotel, either. The rooms here may not be luxurious, but they are clean and contemporary. There’s a laid back restaurant onsite serving up simple meals, and breakfast, plus there’s also a bar. Here on business? Kongresshaus Stadthalle is under a ten-minute walk away, but there’s also a bus stop right outside the hotel.
If you’re in Heidelberg for history, then why not stay in your very own slice of it? Hotel Zum Ritter St. Georg is housed in a building that incredibly dates back to 1592, and boasts a gorgeous facade that’s a sight to see in itself. The rooms are simple and unfussy, but the restaurant feels like a piece of the traditional side of Heidelberg. In terms of location, you’re in for a treat; not only is Heidelberg-Altstadt train station an easy walk from here, but the hotel is in the Old Town itself, just one kilometer away from the Alte Brucke.