The town Heidelberg was founded by the German, Heinrich Julius Ueckermann who began a trading station and then named the town after his alma Mater.  


The town is a typical rural Victorian town with many buildings dating back to the period between 1866 and 1910. 


As the town has grown you will also find more modern and ultra modern homes as well, making it a diverse rural town.   

The town is situated about 50km’s South East of Johannesburg, close to the Mpumalanga border, nestled at the foot of the Suikerbosrand, and some of the town’s inhabitants have the privilege to have views of the Suikerbosrand Nature reserve

Heidelberg Central is ranked Nationally at number 2108 out of 5990 suburbs placing it well in the top half of all suburbs in South Africa. 

Some of the Places of interest in Heidelberg Central are the following:


  • AG Visser House: Van der Westhuizen Str. Dr AG Visser renowned early Afrikaans poet, resided and practised as the local doctor in this house.



  • Concentration Camp Cemetery: View the graves of woman and children of who died during the Second War of Independence. 


  • Heidelberg Transport Museum: Opened in 1975 by the Rembrandt group as a service to the community,  it is currently being reinvented and refurbished with plans to open a venue for the community.  


  • Klipkerk: Its name meaning 'stonechurch', the corner of this beautiful sandstone edifice was laid in 1890, 25 years after the finding of congregation. 


  • The old Jail: The jail was built in 1888 and first served as a hospital and home for the underprivileged. The building has stood empty since 1963 when a new jail was built. 


  • Bakoond: During the Second War of Independence, the Boers built a ``bakoond" over the water fountain to hide it from the British forces. In this way, they safe-guarded their supply of water.