The Neckar River

The Neckar River is a major tributary of the Rhine River that flows through southwestern Germany, passing through historic cities such as Heidelberg and Stuttgart. Known for its scenic beauty, the Neckar River is surrounded by lush greenery, medieval castles, and charming towns. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including river cruises, hiking, biking, and exploring the cultural and historical sites along its banks.


What you’ll love most about the Neckar River

  • Take a river cruise along the Neckar, which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the historic towns and cities that line its banks
  • Explore the charming old town of Heidelberg, with its iconic castle, picturesque streets, and lively student scene
  • Visit the historic town of Tübingen, with its colourful houses and cobbled streets
  • Experience the culinary delights of the region, including local wines, beers, and dishes such as Maultaschen (Swabian ravioli) and Spätzle (egg noodles)
  • Hike or bike along the Neckar Valley Cycle Route, which follows the river from its source in the Swabian Alps to its confluence with the Rhine near Mannheim
  • Visit the impressive Burg Guttenberg, a medieval castle perched on a hill overlooking the river, and learn about its fascinating history
  • Explore the town of Neckarsteinach, known for its four castle ruins, each with its own unique history and architecture
  • Visit the picturesque town of Ladenburg, with its well-preserved Roman ruins, charming streets, and famous chocolate factor

Where to Book

  • Villa Lobstein along Castle Road, Heidelberg - Walkins Image/Tomas Hajek

  • The Neckar Loop, Wuerttemberg - Deutsches Weininstitut GmbH

  • Relaxing on the bank of the Neckar - GNTB/DZT/Maren Krings

  • Heidelberg Castle overlooking Neckar Valley in Baden-Wuerttemberg - GNTB/DTZ/Florian Trykowski

  • View of the old town and church over the River Neckar - GNTB/Francesco Carovillano

  • Cityscape seen from a cycle path along Neckar River - Stadt Eberbach/Andreas Held

  • The winegrowing region of Baden Wuerttemberg - Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH (SMG/Gregor Lengler

  • Heidelberg Castle overlooking the city - GNTB/Francesco Carovillano

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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  • 26℃
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  • 5℃
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  • 10
  • 11
  • 10
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  • 12
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  • 9
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  • 12
  • 12

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

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