Heidelberg is a medium sized city in southwest Germany, located at the banks of the Neckar River. The city is famous as location of Germany's oldest university, which is still in use and includes almost 30 000 students. Another famous attraction in the city is a large medieval castle, which was built in the 1200s and renovated and rebuilt until 1764. In World War II the city was spared from major bombings, so its historical center is also exceptionally well preserved. Closely behind the city is the 568 m high Köningstuhl mountain, which can be reached by the funicular train, which continues from the castle almost up to the top of the mountain. To reach the very top you have to use the staircase with its 1200 steps of stone stairs.
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Compared to prices worldwide, Heidelberg is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $82.91, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $255.25, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $84.41
- Hotel (3 stars): $109.88
- Hotel (4 stars): $113.19
- Hotel (5 stars): $195.73
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $16.31
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $28.13
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.14
- Meal, McDonalds: $9.46
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.82
Heidelberg has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 80.7 (better than United states average 48.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 92.2 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 74.3 (better than United states average 41.8)
More information: Heidelberg safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.