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Address: Auf dem Heiligenberg, 69121 Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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A hike full of quests

You can hike up the hills enclosed in a beautiful and multi color forest to reach to this abandoned propaganda theater. A few steps away you will also find the ruins of a 11th... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can hike up the hills enclosed in a beautiful and multi color forest to reach to this abandoned propaganda theater. A few steps away you will also find the ruins of a 11th century St. Augustine monastery. On your hike down you can find other ruins and towers which will make you feel like you are exploring an ancient... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's one of the best places, as Flor me, in Heidelberg. If you like walking, you like nature, if you like jogging outside or like sometimes to be for your own, just you and nature or maybe some other people, it's something for you. I like to visit this place on my own or with someone, every time. You can... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First thing to know...there is a bus that will take you within 200m of this site. Second, the end of the Philosopher's Walk is NO WHERE NEAR this site. We started the PW at the north end of the Alte Bruck (Old Bridge) and followed the quaint cobblestone walkway up, and up, and up...you get the picture. Beautiful views the... More 

Thank Tom L
Heidelberg, Germany
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

The Heidelberg Thingstätte is an open-air theatre on the Heiligenberg.It was built as a multi-disciplinary outdoor theatre which enjoyed brief popularity in pre-war Nazi Germany. Nice place to go for hiking and have a panoramic view.

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185 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is said to be a Nazi era outdoor amphitheater for political rallies and such. It's a nice walk up from town but a map of all the trails helps a lot. I think there is a bus that goes up most of the way as well. The amphitheater is quite large, all built of local stone and carved into... More 

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Reviewed 14 September 2016

We went up the hill (the Heiligenberg) with the car. It takes another 600m from the parking lot to the Thingstatte. When we arrived, a group of three was filming a song performance. It was quite amazing how the wall behind the "stage" reflects the sounds in such a way that we could listen to the singing performance from the... More 

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Reviewed 8 September 2016

It's a really huge and beautifully laid out outdoor stadium set into the side of the mountain. But I dare you not to think of it filled with people in the National Socialist era. For history enthusiasts, should not be missed, though it is definitely very unsettling.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

You don't have to hike up a steep hill for two hours to find this ... But it's not made easy by the lack of signage. Thanks to a fellow Trip Advisor from Utah who gave us the tip about a Restaurant near the top! ... It's called Waldschenke ... and the satnav found it straight away using "Auf dem... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

It's a bit of a hike up the hill, maybe a couple of miles, but the trail is well kept and well marked. The view at the top is amazing and the amphitheater itself is quite striking. None of the history markers are in English so a German English dictionary is helpful. Key advice: bring some water and wear durable... More 

1 Thank mfheinonen
Poway, California, United States
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

It's quite the hike to climb the mountain above the Philosophenweg but well worth it to view the Thîngstatt, built by the Nazis before WWII. Be sure to walk to the very top for great views of the Thîngstatt as well as the St. Michael's monastery ruins at the top of the mountain! Lovely walk through old growth trees!

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