The most famous castle ruins of the world, the oldest university of Germany, nine Nobel prize winners, an authors‘ and philosophers‘ favorite from Goethe to Mark Twain, a vibrant cultural and festival metropolis, an outstanding academic and science center, picturesque nature with a Mediterranean climate… Heidelberg lures you with more highlights than many other cities.

Heidelberg Castle Illuminations

On Saturday evening, September 3rd, the Heidelberger Castle will slowly bathe in a mysterious red firelight, as if the castle ruins were on fire once again in their long history. When the glowing castle slowly dies down, the magnificent fireworks will shine over the river Neckar.

We invite you to admire the Castle Illuminations from the banks of the Neckar or the Philosophers’ Walk.

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The conference will take place at the „Neue Universität“, located in the lively historic city center of Heidelberg.


Name: Neue Universität
Street, no.: Universitätsplatz, 1
Zip code, City: 69117, Heidelberg

How to get to Heidelberg:

Heidelberg is close to two major airports Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Stuttgart Airport (STR). In addition, Mannheim (about 10 minutes to Heidelberg) is one of the largest train stations in Germany.

By car
Coming from the A5, change to the A656 direction Heidelberg at the motorway intersection Heidelberg; coming from the A6, change to the A656 at the motorway intersection Mannheim.

By train to Heidelberg main station
Heidelberg can be reached via the German railway  Deutsche Bahn intercity connection, EC, ICE, regional trains and suburban trains socalled S-Bahn.

It is also very covenient from other cities in Germany to take the ICE train to Mannheim and the S-Bahn connection from Mannheim main station to Heidelberg.

For timetable inquiries see Deutsche Bahn. You can book tickets for the German railway system directly on the homepage of the Deutsche Bahn.

Traveling by plane

There are several ways to get to Heidelberg from Frankfurt am Main Airport:

  • By ICE to Heidelberg (Deutsche Bahn), about 50 minutes. You have to change trains in Mannheim.
  • By Frankfurt Airport Shuttles to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Heidelberg. The bus takes 60 minutes to Heidelberg and requires reservation ahead (Frankfurt Airport Shuttles).
  • By TLS Shuttle Service (1 h ride).
  • You can also book an individual transfer.

There are also several ways to get to Heidelberg from Stuttgart Airport:

  • By IC to Heidelberg (Deutsche Bahn), about 90 minutes.
  • By Airport Shuttle-Service Stuttgart. This is an individual car transfer which requires reservation (travel time: 90 minutes). 
  • You can also book an individual transfer.