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1954 Carambolage

The Carambolage cabaret and comedy festival has a long tradition at the Karlstorbahnhof. It always starts at the beginning of the year, when it is particularly gray outside.
The program runs until April this year, keeping the endorphins stable until the sun takes over again.

The line-up includes well-known names such as Extra3-host Christian Ehring and the Quatsch Comedy Club, as well as many recommendable newcomers such as Alex Stoldt and Lara Ermer.

For children and families, the Karlstorbahnhof’s own interactive format “Jetzt du!” (“Now you!”) presents a humorous special edition in February. And the one-man band Bummelkasten, which is popular amongst both children and parents, is also coming to the city.

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Heidelberg invites you to the International Tourist Guide Day in Germany

Stadtführung Im Historischen Kostüm© Heidelberg Marketing, photo Christian Buck

The Germany-wide kick-off event for the International Tourist Guide Day takes place in Heidelberg this year on February 17, 2024. The Heidelberg tour guides offer an attractive program to bring the many facets of Heidelberg’s city history to life on this special day.

Guests can take part in two stationed city tours either with several stops or in one of six short themed tours.

All tours start at 2 pm on the Kornmarkt. Please be there at 1.30 pm so that you can be allocated to the different activities. The tours are free of charge, but donations are welcome – benefits go directly to the Obdach e.V. association. There will also be a mulled wine to keep you warm from the inside.

The Heidelberg tour guides are looking forward to welcoming numerous visitors to the opening of International Tourist Guide Day in Heidelberg

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Did you know …

… that Heidelberg is the most sustainable city in Germany?

The latest city ranking by business magazine WirtschaftsWoche concludes that Heidelberg is the most sustainable and future-oriented city in Germany.

Among other things, Heidelberg impresses with its passive house district Bahnstadt, the new energy storage facility in Pfaffengrund and the lowest youth unemployment rate.

Furthermore, the ranking highlights the high value that science and research, education and training have for Heidelberg. Every fifth euro in the city’s budget is invested for the benefit of children and young people, and around 70% of employees in Heidelberg work in knowledge-intensive services.

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Charles De Graimberg

Charles Francois de Graimberg (1774 – 1864) in a portrait by Guido Schmitt, 1902 © Kurpfälzisches Museum Heidelberg

Did you know …

… that a Frenchman, Charles de Graimberg, saved the Heidelberg Castle ruins?

Charles de Graimberg came to Heidelberg in 1810 to make copperplate engravings of the castle ruins and the town – and remained in Heidelberg until his death in 1864. Back then, he was shocked to discover that the people of Heidelberg were using the ruins as a quarry for their houses and the castle garden as a potato field. Furthermore, a contract had already been signed with a demolition company.

He campaigned for the preservation of the ruins with personal commitment and his own money, paid guards, even took up residence in the castle and his copperplate engravings made Heidelberg known to a broad public. He was successful.

And so, thanks to Charles de Graimberg, we can still marvel at this world-famous symbol of Romanticism today.

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