Heidelberg is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Every year, the city and the combination of Neckar and the old castle fascinates nearly 12 millions visitors and gives something to discover and experience for everyone. Heidelberg has a very unique combination of old and new, industry and research, urbanity and rurality.
The Heidelberg University of Education is designed to train and qualify prospective pedagogical professionals for a wide range of teaching careers in education. The university offers training programs for prospective teachers for a wide range of teaching careers in elementary, secondary and special needs education. The University of Education also offers training to other types of educators, including cooperative bachelor and master degree programs in pedagogy for engineers to attain a qualification for teaching in vocational schools. Further programs include Early Childhood Education (B.A.), Health Promotion (B.A.), Educational Sciences (M.A.), E-Learning and Media Education (M.A.) as well as Engineering Education (M.Sc.).
Approximately 300 permanent instructors teach more than 4,700 students at the University of Education, where (teacher) training includes basic education and pedagogy, subject-based knowledge and subject-specific teaching skills. Instruction at the University of Education is, from the very beginning, strongly linked with practice. Various scientific and cultural projects, in-service training programs for educators, cooperation with universities abroad and with various institutions in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area complete the profile of the University.
How to get to Heidelberg
Heidelberg is very well connected to Frankfurt, a major international hub which can be reached easily from everywhere, and Mannheim, the closest larger city with good train and bus connections.
By Air Travel
If you are travelling by plane, we recommend flying to and from Frankfurt International Airport, located 90km from Heidelberg. Once you've landed in Frankfurt you can either use a shuttle service or train to get to Heidelberg main station ("Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof"). Both take about 1hr and cost approx. 20-30 Euros. Early booking is advisable. Another possibility is Stuttgart Airport, which is located 120km from Heidelberg.
Heidelberg main station is well connected by train. If you don't find a train directly to Heidelberg, you can travel through Mannheim main station ("Mannheim Hauptbahnhof"), which is about 20km from Heidelberg. Trains from Mannheim to Heidelberg run regularly day and night and at approx. 5 Euro. For this, no early booking is necessary. A cheaper alternative to Deutsche Bahn (the main German railway company) is Flixtrain, albeit with somewhat limited connections between large Germany cities.
Flixbus offers regular and very low-cost bus rides between large German cities.
What to do in Heidelberg
- Walk the historic old town of Heidelberg
- Visit the castle ruins and look over the old town
- Take a boat ride down the Neckar river
- Ride the historic funicular up to Königsstuhl
- Have a drink at Marstall, the historic student canteen
- Visit the beautiful university library
- Be inspired by the view over Heidelberg from the philosophers walk