Hock­en­heim, Ger­many, 20-22 July 2018

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Our guide to vis­it­ing the Ger­man GP


The Ger­man Grand Prix makes a wel­come re­turn to the For­mula 1 cal­en­dar this year af­ter a sea­son ‘on hia­tus’. Once hosted on al­ter­nate years at the Nür­bur­gring and Hock­en­heim, it has be­come a bi­en­nial event owing to the own­ers of the Nür­bur­gring be­ing un­able to strike an af­ford­able deal with the sport’s rights hold­ers.

That’s a shame be­cause the rise of Max Ver­stap­pen has prompted a surge in trav­el­ling fans from Holland, cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere to ri­val that of the glory days of Michael Schu­macher, when Ger­man fans packed these venues to the rafters. Ex­pect the ‘Or­ange Army’ to be in full voice at Hock­en­heim this sum­mer.

The cir­cuit is a short jour­ney south from Frank­furt and its ma­jor in­ter­na­tional air­port, and for vis­it­ing fans is a pleas­ingly brief com­mute from Hei­del­berg, a pic­turesque small city on the Necker River. This area of south­west Ger­many is de­light­fully bu­colic and laid back, and criss-crossed with cy­cle paths.

Hei­del­berg is well known for its univer­sity, which has a vi­brant so­cial scene, and is blessed with iconic land­marks such as the cas­tle and the Church of the Holy Spirit, as well as fas­ci­nat­ing baroque and re­nais­sance ar­chi­tec­ture.

WHAT TO SEE Carl Theodor Old Bridge

For one of the best views in Hei­del­berg, and per­haps in the whole of Ger­many, you must visit the Alte Brucke (Old Bridge). You’ll be able to take in the Hei­del­berg Cas­tle in all its glory as well as the fa­mous Neckar River. The bridge is crafted from beau­ti­ful red bricks and af­fords a spec­tac­u­lar photo op­por­tu­nity, with moun­tains on one side and the old city on the other.

Hei­del­berg Cas­tle

His­tory records that a cas­tle has stood on this site since the 13th cen­tury, though the pas­sage

of time and suc­ces­sive regime changes have ren­dered its fab­ric fluid: the Pala­tine no­bles who built and ex­tended it as a man­i­fes­ta­tion of their own grandeur over five cen­turies even­tu­ally fell and it de­scended into ruin. Par­tially re­stored at the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, it stands as a tes­ta­ment to the con­flicts that swept across the con­ti­nent in the past mil­len­nium.

Al­stadt Old Town and Old Square

The old­est part of the city is also ar­guably one of the most beau­ti­ful and extends along the river­side for over a mile. The colour­ful build­ings and cob­bled streets will make you feel like you have been trans­ported back in time and you can pick up gifts in the lo­cally owned shops or grab food in one of the many tiny eater­ies. When the sun sets, the real ro­mance of the city be­gins to shine through in the moon­light.


The Stu­den­tenkrazer gives a stark in­sight into ed­u­ca­tion and pun­ish­ment be­tween 1778-1914. The walls are en­riched with graf­fiti and art, all cre­ated by its for­mer oc­cu­pants, who were mis­be­hav­ing stu­dents...

Mar­ket Square

A real hive of ac­tiv­ity; take a walk through the bustling Mar­ket Square to get a feel for the rich and vi­brant her­itage of Hei­del­berg. There are plenty of restau­rants and bars to visit, and you can lose hours go­ing from place to place along the main road.

A big crowd is hoped for at the Hock­e­heim­ring

Carl Theodor Old Bridge Al­stadt Old Town Mar­ket Square

Hei­del­berg Cas­tle

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