Hei­del­ber­ger Früh­ling – “Heidel­berg Spring 2010” – Inter­na­tio­nal Musi­c­fes­ti­val

The fes­ti­val “Heidel­berg Spring” 2010 takes place from the 20th of March to the 24th of April and has as a motto: “Ach Europa”. Mean­while it is one of the most suc­cess­full young fes­ti­vals for clas­si­cal and con­tem­porary music and turns Heidel­berg always into a big fes­ti­val stage.  As high­lights in 2010 there will be e.g.: Ame­ri­can star-bari­tone Thomas Hamp­son, French pia­nist Hélène Gri­maud, Argen­ti­nean cel­list Sol Gabetta and the City of Bir­ming­ham Sym­phony Orches­tra with Lat­vian vio­li­nist Baiba Skride. Get hold of tickets in time!

More infor­ma­tion as well as the com­plete pro­gramme you find under  www.heidelberger-fruehling.de.

Every year during christ­mas time the old town of Heidel­berg with all its squa­res is ama­zin­gly illu­mi­na­ted. Cand­les made of honey are smel­ling won­der­full, as well as exotic spices accom­pli­shing this ath­mo­s­phere. Take a walk along the lovin­gly deco­ra­ted sales stalls and expe­ri­ence a rich variety of hand­craf­ted pro­ducts. Stu­dents, pro­fes­sors, working col­le­gues or just fri­ends – the people of Heidel­berg are mee­ting on the christ­mas market after work. They resume the best moments of the past year by a glass of mulled wine and a well tas­ting gril­led sau­sage, the famous German “Brat­wurst”.
Sales stalls on the Heidel­berg Christ­mas Market are opened daily from 11.a.m. to 9 p.m., star­ting from the 24th of Novem­ber to the 22nd of Decem­ber.

On Karls­platz loca­ted at the foot of the castle people of all ages are invi­ted to lap on an open-air ice-ska­ting rink. Skate ren­tals are avail­able.

It is opened daily from 10.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.G, star­ting from the 24th of Novem­ber 2010 up to the 9th of Janu­ary 2011. It’s closed on the 24th of Decem­ber and having dif­fe­rent ope­ning times on the 25th and 26th of Decem­ber. During these two days it’s opened from noon to 9.30 p.m. On 31th of Decem­ber it’s opened from noon to 1.00 p.m.
Heidel­berg Castle Illu­mi­na­tion on the 10th of July 2010

The Heidel­berg Castle Illu­mi­na­tion with its pyro­tech­ni­cal spec­ta­cle attracts for the second time in this year people who live in Heidel­berg as well as visi­tors. Bengal fires at the Castle and the Old Bridge remind of the dest­ruc­tion of the Castle and the City of Heidel­berg during the Pala­ti­nate War of Suc­ces­sion by French troops.
The illu­mi­na­tion starts at around 15 minu­tes after night­fall.

TIP: A good view of the show you will have from the Nort­hern bank of the Neckar near the Old Bridge or from the Phi­lo­so­phers´ Walk. Please be there early because a lot of people are expec­ted to watch it.
In addi­tion to the illu­mi­na­tion you can attend a con­cert of Baro­que music for the organ and trum­pet (Handel, Bach and others) in the Hei­lig­geist­kir­che (Church of the Holy Spirit), begin­ning at 6:15 pm.

Schloss­fest­spiele 2010 – Heidel­berg Castle Fes­ti­val

The visi­tors of the Heidel­berg Castle Fes­ti­val will expe­ri­ence an excel­lent fes­ti­val pro­gramme again this year. From 26st of June to 9th of August there will take place various thea­tre per­for­man­ces, operas and con­certs in a his­to­ri­cal set­ting like e.g. Gaetano Donizetti`s opera “Der Lie­bes­trank” (The love potion), Edmond Rostand´s roman­tic tra­gi­co­medy “Cyrano de Ber­ge­rac” as well as the Heidelberg´s clas­sic ope­retta “Der Stu­den­ten­prinz” (The Stu­dent Prince). Musi­cal high­lights will be the four con­certs at the castle, the two con­cert-mati­nees and the lieder reci­tals.

We recom­mend reser­ving tickets very early.
More infor­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val pro­gramme and ticket-reser­va­tion you will find under:  www.heidelberger-schlossfestspiele.de.

Old Town Autumn Fes­ti­val on the 25th of Sep­tem­ber 2010

At the Old Town Autumn Fes­ti­val (Hei­del­ber­ger Herbst) the old town is going to be a big fair. At each corner there will be ano­t­her attrac­tion. Tumb­lers, come­di­ans, musi­ci­ans, medi­eval craft­s­men as well as a big variety of culi­nary delights attract visi­tors from far and near.
Along the High­street there will be held a big arts and crafts market. Shops and restau­rants offer spe­cial activi­ties and spe­cia­li­ties during this day. A lot of places in the old town turn into one big stage. Many cul­tu­ral events as medi­eval delu­sion, poetry, jazz, pop and rock offer some­thing for everyone´s taste.
Bet­ween “Uni­ver­si­täts­platz” and “Korn­markt”, at the gate of the old bridge, in “Lau­er­straße” and in the small “Man­tel­gasse” trader and pri­vate people offer their goods for sale. If you are loo­king for old junk, art and knick-knacks you will be just at the right place to get a real snip at this flea market.
Tip: The car parks are usually totally full. Please use public trans­port or park your car in the sub­urbs. Busses and trams will take you then to the old town.

Enjoy Jazz 2010 – 11th inter­na­tio­nal Jazz Fes­ti­val

Bet­ween the 2nd of Octo­ber and the 11th of Novem­ber the fes­ti­val towns Heidel­berg, Mann­heim and Lud­wigs­ha­fen are gearing up for the Jazz Fes­ti­val. Inter­na­tio­nal jazz stars as Wayne Shorter and Charles Lloyd are in the fes­ti­val line-up. Richard Bona, Bran­ford Mar­sa­lis, Cas­san­dra Wilson, Joshua Redman as well as many other splendid jazz musi­ci­ans will delight the audi­ence true to the motto “Enjoy Jazz”.
The con­certs take place in the Kul­tur­haus Karls­tor­bahn­hof, in the muni­ci­pal hall of Heidel­berg, in the Pro­vi­denz­kir­che and in the SAS Insti­tute GmbH. All fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the 11th Jazz-Fes­ti­val you´ll find under  www.enjoyjazz.de.

All ques­ti­ons about Heidel­berg will be ans­we­red in the ent­rance hall of the town hall of Heidel­berg. Its employees will help you with boo­king a hotel or tickets for city sight­see­ing tours and guided tours through the old town. You can also purchase the Hei­del­berg­Card for using the cable rail­way, having free ent­rance to the castle and the German phar­macy museum, as well as lower rates on city tours, bicy­cle ren­tals and many other offers.
You’ll find ano­t­her tou­rist infor­ma­tion on the square in front of the cen­tral sta­tion of Heidel­berg.