About 70 years later the Church of the Holy Spirit was again the reason for trouble. It was set on fire and almost destroyed by the French army of King Ludwig XIV. in the Palatine war of succession in 1633. All graves of the Palatine electoral rulers were destroyed, except the one of Ruprecht III. When reconstructed later, the church got a Baroque style roof, and this is still the way it is looking today. Very special on this church are the market stalls which are erected against its eastern and southern outside walls. Needful and unneccessary things are actually sold to tourists in this souvenir stalls. The Church of the Holy Spirit was used over the years by Protestants and Catholics. The degree “Simultaneum” was permitting both confessions to do services simultaneously since 1698. But it was also the reason for building a partition, which finally was pulled down in 1936.
TIP: Keep in mind to climb up the steeple if you visit the church. After making the steep ascent you will have an amazing view over the Old Town, from Neckar up to the Castle.
Location & Directions
If you are visiting Heidelberg by car, it is best to park in the P12 at Kornmarkt or P13 at Karlsplatz. From there you can reach the church in a few steps. If you come to Heidelberg by public transport, it is best to get off at the bus stop Rathaus-Bergbahn, directly at Kornmarkt.