We are visiting Heidelberg in December, and we are wondering if this hike is possible in winter? We aren't strangers to winter hiking and would have suitable clothing, etc.
The only thing I would recommend, if doing this in winter, is to make sure you have shoes with good soles and grip. We found the paved areas and stairs a little slippery, especially as it had been raining. It was still worth the effort, with beautiful views back over the city.
Yes if you have warm clothing and good boots
This is perfect for winter too. You are not far away from civilisation anytime during the hike. But what would really help is good shoes with better grip in icy conditions, extra care when coming down. Otherwise, there are railings to hold in part of the way and you would enjoy the breathtaking view of beautiful city of Heidelberg covered in snow and mist of the river! It's worth it :)
Should not be a problem. Maybe a bit cold but a great view of the river Neckar and Heidelberg.
If you are used to winter hiking, this should not be a problem at all!
The lower part of the Philosophenweg, which includes the most famous views, is paved, and is maintained and kept clear over the winter. The upper reaches, which extend to the top of the Heiligenberg, are dirt and gravel, and may not be kept so clear.
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