Heidelberg Market Square

Heidelberg Market Square


Venue of the famous Heidelberg Christmas Market

One of the oldest squares in Heidelberg is the Marktplatz with the town hall and the Heiliggeistkirche. In the centre of the square is the eye-catching Hercules Fountain, which was built between 1706 and 1709. The design of the fountain is intended as a reminder of the arduous reconstruction after the destruction of the Thirty Years’ War. In the past, the market square was used for the weekly market and also as a venue for public trials. Since the end of the 1970s, Heidelberg’s market square has only been accessible to pedestrians, having previously also served as a car park. In winter, the rustic huts of the Heidelberg Christmas Market can be found here, which is opened from the town hall balcony.


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