In 1862 the German trader H.J. Eukermann built a store near Suikerbosrand, which is situated in South Africa close to Johannesburg. Several years later there rose a small town around the store. Eukermann named it after his native city in Gemany.
In the end of XIX century Heidelberg became the capital of the South African Republic. It happened during the First War of Independence in Africa.
Heidelberg grew as plain rural town, most of the buildings of the XIX century still stand there.
There are a lot of places to visit in Heidelberg. In Visser House a well-known African poet Visser worked as a doctor for a couple of years.
There is a cemetery in Heidelberg where you can see lots of graves of people died in a cruel African Second War of Independence. Most of the dead were children and women killed in concentration camps.
The Transport museum of Heidelberg was founded in 1975. If you go 20 kilometers further Heidelberg you can visit a farmhouse museum.
There is a beautiful temple in Heidelberg named Klipkerk. It is made of sandstone and has a wonderful facade. The temple was built in 1890 and is still preserved.
A great place in Heidelberg is a national Park. It is called Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. If you're interested in natural exhibitions you will like to see African animals, trees and flowers. There are all needed facilities for a real African trip in the Resort.
After that you can visit the old jail which has been closed for 46 years. Now it's under reconstruction.
Tourists also like to see the 'bacoond' built by local citizens to hide their mining hole during the war so they could get water without difficulty being unnoticed by the Britains.