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Out and About in Heidelberg
Cultural Activities in Heidelberg
Theater, Film
Sightseeing, Lectures

Out and About in Heidelberg

Germany has a well-developed if relatively expensive public transportation system. Most people use the Deutsche BahnExterner Inhalt for medium to long distance travel. There is also an extensive local bus and tram system in Heidelberg and the surrounding area. Detailed information about the regional public transportation system (tickets, prices and connections) is available on the internet site of the VRNExterner Inhalt. Employees of the University of Heidelberg can apply for a Job Ticket, which makes the holder eligible for reduced prices on the public transportation system.

If you plan on travelling to Germany by car, you can find more information about driver’s licenses and car permit regulations on the internet site How to GermanyExterner Inhalt. For the occasional use of a car, entering into a yearly contract with the organization Car SharingExterner Inhalt allows you to rent a variety of cars throughout the city at reasonable prices.

Finally, it is very easy to get around Heidelberg by bicycle and there are many places to purchase a used bike. For more information, please see our download center.


Cultural Activities in Heidelberg


The University of Heidelberg offers a wide range of activities for the musically inclined. The International Study Center (Internationales Studienzentrum – ISZ) of the University hosts the Capella Carolina, which is made up of three choirs:

Anyone with choral experience and good musical and vocal abilities is welcome to take part.

The Orchestra of the University of Heidelberg and the Collegium Musicum also regularly hold auditions for new members. Further information is available particularly at the beginning of the semester on flyers and posters at the cafeterias and libraries.

There is a lot of information on music,  orchestras and choirsExterner Inhalt  on the website of the city of Heidelberg.

Several excellent musical events take place during the year in and around Heidelberg:

  • Heidelberger FrühlingExterner Inhalt, an important international forum for classical and contemporary music
  • Schwetzinger SWR FestspieleExterner Inhalt, with 700 radio performances the worldwide largest radio festival for classical music
  • Enjoy JazzExterner Inhalt, one of the most important jazz festivals in Germany with the motto “international festival for jazz and other music”
  • Mannheimer MozartsommerExterner Inhalt (every second year in alternation with the International Schiller Festival), concerts and events having to do with Mozart


Theater productions for people of all ages are put on by the Theater der Stadt HeidelbergExterner Inhalt, the ZimmertheaterExterner Inhalt and the student theater group Romanischer Keller.

The internet site Metropolregion Rhein-NeckarExterner Inhalt lists important events in the metropolitan area such as the Heidelberger StückemarktExterner Inhalt, the Heidelberger SchlossfestspieleExterner Inhalt, the Internationale SchillertageExterner Inhalt, the Niebelungen-FestspieleExterner Inhalt, the Internationales Straßentheaterfestival Ludwigshafen, the Wunder der PrärieExterner Inhalt, and the Festspiele LudwigshafenExterner Inhalt.


Most movies shown in Germany are dubbed into German; however, a few independent movie theaters also show films in the original language with subtitles. The Website Kino Rhein-NeckarExterner Inhalt gives information on cinemas in Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar-Region.

The Welcome Centre also sometimes organizes film events especially for international scholars at the Guest House INF 370 (see News).

The Mittwochskino organized by the International Office and the Seminar für Deutsch als Fremdsprachenphilologie (SDF) is a program of specially selected movies on the large screen and in stereo.  The movies are selected for the information and impressions they provide about Germany, its culture and language. A discussion about the themes of the movie is held after each showing.

Two film festivals take place annually in the Rhein-Neckar metropolitan area: 

Sightseeing In and Around Heidelberg

The Welcome Centre for International Scholars also organizes an extensive program of events and excursions.


There is a lecture series within the Studium Generale at the University of Heidelberg every semester which international scholars are welcome to attend.

The German-American Institute (Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut-DAI) also regularly puts on lectures and readings on current topics.




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