History[ edit ] Heidelberg began in as a trading station built by a German , Heinrich Julius Ueckermann. A town was laid out around the store and named after Ueckermann's alma mater.
In , the District of Heidelberg was created from the eastern portion of the Potchefstroom district with its own landdroost magistrate having been laid out as a churchplace in Just south of the town is the De Hoek toll plaza on the newest section of the N3, which opened in December Heidelberg sits nestled at the eastern end of the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve , a large tract of land that is home to Gauteng's highest point, almost 2, metres above sea level.
Heidelberg has played an important part in South African history acting as a capital for the Boer republic during the war with Great Britain.
Pretorius , from to In the Witwatersrand gold reef was discovered in the Heidelberg district and the office of the Mining Commissioner was established there. Heidelberg developed as a typical rural Victorian town. Many buildings dating back to the period between and have been preserved. In addition, Heidelberg was home to A.
Visser , a well loved medical doctor and famous Afrikaans poet. His home only open to the public by appointment can still be seen situated close to the main road through town.
Historical landmarks in the town includes A. Visser's bust and the Klipkerk. The British built a concentration camp here during the Second Boer War to house Boer women and children. A monument was erected in the main cemetery to the memory of the women and children. A monument was erected by the current ANC -led municipality in the late s.
It commemorates the black women and children who also died during the war. The "Jo'burg to Sea" mountain bike stage race starts in Heidelberg. There is every year a "Varkfees" festival with singers from all around South Africa performing at this festival. Its headquarters are now in Terre'Blanche's hometown of Ventersdorp. Birthplace of Olympic Silver Medalist[ edit ].