Heidelberg is a city in south-west Germany. It is located on the River Neckar in a steep valley in the Odenwald. Heidelberg is home to Heidelberg University and is a popular tourist destination due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape. The city offers sights such as Heidelberg Castle and the baroque style Old Town. Many events are organized to attract visitors and the area is a shopping destination for both tourists and the surrounding, smaller communities.
In Heidelberg, Germany over eighty percent of the population works in the service industry, including that of tourism, and the other twenty percent works in industry. Nearby Walldorf is a centre for the IT industry, and is the SAP World Headquarters. Other companied in the area are Lamy – a pen manufacturer, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, and soft-drink company Wild-Werke, manufacturer of Capri-Sun. Heidelberg offers a variety of modern and older buildings for office space.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Heidelberg offers many museums, including the Carl Bosch Museum which highlights the life and work of chemist and Nobel Prize-winner Carl Bosch. Other museums include the German Packing Museum which gives an overview on the history of packing and wrapping goods, the German Pharmacy Museum located in the castle illustrates the story of Pharmacy in Germany. The Palatinate Museum offers a great art collection and some Roman archaeological artefacts from the region. Dining in Heidelberg, Germany includes restaurants such as those located in the hotel Hackteufel. The first restaurant offers traditional German cuisine. Here the focus is on meat dishes. The second is an Italian restaurant serving pizza, pasta, and all in an informal and hip setting. The interior of this restaurant was based on 50s American Cars. The hotel and both restaurants are centrally located near the old bridge, and just a few minutes walk to the Marktplatz and the castle.
The closest major airport to Heidelberg, Germany is Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA/EDDF). This airport is in Frankfurt, Germany and is 80 km (49 miles) from the centre of Heidelberg. The A 5 autobahn runs through the western outskirts of Heidelberg, connecting the region to Frankfurt am Main in the north and Karlsruhe to the south. The A 656 begins just west of the city, connecting Heidelberg with Mannheim. Heidelberg Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) is on the Rhine Valley Railway and is served by Intercity-Express, Euro City and Intercity-Express trains. This station is served by the RheinNeckar S-Bahn. The main transport hub of Heidelberg is the Bismarckplatz. Several main thoroughfares of the city intersect here and one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe, the Hauptstraße (main street) runs from here through the entire old town of Heidelberg.