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Wander around and follow in Merian's footsteps. A trilogy of landscape, panoramic view and history high above the town.

Something which annoyed the winegrowers of Neuenheim back in 1817 because they had to give up some of their vineyards has since provided even greater pleasure for Heidelberg's citizens and visitors: The Philosophers' Path was created on the slopes of the Neckar Valley opposite the Old Town. Nature, a great view and history are the elements which make the path so unique and enjoyable. Nature because the sunny and protected setting allows almonds, jasmine and citrus bushes to thrive here in many different colours, producing a delicate to spicy aroma. A great view because the whole path, many of its branches which take you on further, viewing turrets and towers allow you to look out over the city, into the Neckar Valley and the plain of the River Rhine (Bismarcksäule, Heiligenbergturm, Meriankanzel). History because memorial stones and placards tell you all about the poets Joseph Baron of Eichendorff and Friedrich Hölderlin. Moreover, a searching look at Matthaeus Merian's Great Panorama allows you to make a comparison between the Heidelberg of 1620 and the city of today. Along the Philosophers' Path at secluded little spots and at the side of the path there are plenty of benches where you can take a break and just relax. If you want to continue your enjoyment, you can carry on along the Odenwald Path towards Ziegelhausen or explore Heiligenberg via the Zollstock Path, where just before the Thingstätte the people of Heidelberg like to drink fruit wine in a hostelry in the forest. The sight offers an excellent view.

Philosophenweg travel guide by Falk 2013

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