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Heidelberg & the Romantic Neckar Valley

1 September 2020

6 days from £2,450pp

Nestled on the banks of the Neckar River is the picturesque town of Heidelberg, home to the enchanting Heidelberg Castle. Enjoy a private tour around its grounds, visit the Kurpfalz Museum and explore towns down river by coach and boat.
  • Enjoy a private visit to Heidelberg castle, one of Germany’s most popular touristic sights
  • Stay at luxurious Hotel Europa in Heidelberg, which offers tranquillity and relaxation after our studious explorations
  • Enjoy exclusive visits to a plethora of exciting medieval artefacts and architectural highlights
  • Discover the southerly stretches of the River Neckar, stopping at Heilbronn to visit the town church’s late-mediaeval altarpiece by wood carver Hans Seyfer

“Long have I loved you and for my own delight...... You, of all towns in our country, the loveliest that ever I saw” wrote German poet Friedrich Hölderlin, of the town of Heidelberg. Situated by the delightful banks of the river Neckar and watched over by its mighty castle ruin, Heidelberg played an important role in the development of German Romanticism. Descriptions and poems by a multitude of German writers celebrate Heidelberg’s picturesque location, and the beauty of the city and its castle in the river valley. The re-establishment of Heidelberg University in 1803 created an exciting intellectual climate in which literature and the arts could thrive. Important artists of the era were born here, while others came to Heidelberg to experience the atmospheric beauty of the local landscape and to indulge in reflections on a long-gone mediaeval past, woven with powerful emperors, mighty knights and folklore. The mediaeval heritage of the Neckar valley inspired not only German painters but also the British artists William Turner and George August Wallis. This new Art Pursuits Abroad study tour invites you to explore one of Germany’s best loved cities and to uncover its Romantic past. Tucked away in charming half-timbered villages strung out along the banks of the Neckar River, discover the unexpected Mediaeval and Renaissance treasures that imbued a whole generation with the Romantic mood.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Europa, Heidelberg

★★★★★
 
Overview
This family-run hotel, now in its 4th generation, welcomes you with excellent service and will make your stay in this romantic town unique. One of the few remaining owner-managed five star hotels in Germany.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom with ETRO products
  • Desk
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning