The Untere Straße: Where Beer becomes Culture
Located in the heart of Heidelberg’s Old Town, Untere Straße (Lower Street) is a must-see for any traveler visiting the area. This old, cobbled street (colloquially known simply as “Untere”) is lined with small stores, delicious restaurants and cafes. However, Untere Straße is best known for its pubs. Parallel to the Hauptstraße runs the pub mile with one bar in front of the other. There is something for everyone here, whether it’s cocktails, wines or home-brewed and local beers. For centuries, Heidelbergers meet with their friends in this street at the end of work or on the weekend to drink a beer.
History of the Untere Straße
The history of Untere Straße dates back to the Middle Ages, when it was a busy market street. Today it is still a popular place for locals and tourists and is known for its lively atmosphere. The street stretches from the old Haymarket to the Fish Market and used to be called “In der unteren Gassen”.
At the end of Untere Straße is the Heiliggeistkirche, a beautiful church dating back to the 14th century. This Gothic church is an impressive example of medieval architecture and definitely worth a visit. You can even climb the bell tower from which you get an incredibly beautiful view over Heidelberg’s old town.
Some pubs have been spreading the Old Town atmosphere in Heidelberg for over 100 years and some are visited by Heidelberg regulars for their entire lives. An example of a bar with such a long tradition is the “Reichsapfel”, which was founded around 1900.
Nightlife in the Untere Straße
In Heidelberg, almost the entire nightlife takes place in the Untere Straße and the old town. All people walk through the Hauptstraße, the Untere Straße and the entire old town from pub to pub. The atmosphere and flair that Untere Straße exudes at night is truly unique in Heidelberg. There are drinks for everyone and the atmosphere is relaxed everywhere. Whether you are a wine lover or a cocktail drinker, the city has it all if you are on the right street. In the heart of Heidelberg’s Old Town, there are not only pubs but also some restaurants that offer food and snacks until late at night. However, the Untere Straße does not only live from the offers or the quality but above all from its guests. A friendly and open atmosphere makes everyone feel comfortable in the bars and on the alley. This unique atmosphere has earned the Untere Straße cult status in Heidelberg and is the absolute highlight of the old town for many people.
Heidelberg, and the Untere Straße belong together like milk and cookies. Every bar and restaurant tells its very own story. The Untere therefore is a must for every visitor to Heidelberg. With its unique charm and traditional bars, Untere Straße truly becomes a one-of-a-kind experience. So the next time you’re in Heidelberg, be sure to include Untere Straße in your program!