Favorite thing: Located on the north side of the courtyard, FRIEDRICHSBAU owes its existence to Elector Friedrich IV (1553-1610) and his master builder Johannes Schoch. Construction began in 1601 and completed in 1604. This is one magnificent building with a sandstone carving of "Justice" in the middle.
Favorite thing: This is a view of part of the Castle from above the castle looking down to the city. The Heidelberg Castle is mostly ruins but part are still in use as a weinskeller. See my Travelouges for more views of the castle and the gardens.
The entrance to the castle courtyard and the big barrel is free. There are lots of tours conducted. Also in the same place is the apotheken (pharmacy) museum.
The Castle was destroyed during the 30 Years' War but it was later rebuilt by Prince Elector Karl Ludwig, but again was destroyed by French troops. Amazingly, no further damage was incurred during World War II, some said because it is such a lovely place.
Favorite thing: Drive up to the HEIDELBERG CASTLE if you've the time. Although in ruins, the castle is still worth visiting, hehe... according to my guidebook. Never made it there myself. Just took this photo with a zoom lens. But, it looked pretty amazing, even from afar. Quite regal, in my opinion.
HEIDELBERG CASTLE , with it s nice view over the Neckar Valley .
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Fondest memory: YOu have to ways to go from the end of the pedestrian zone to the CASTLE . One you go upstairs over 315 steps . But both ways takes the same time to go . Only 10 minutes !!
Fondest memory: My favourite memory of Heidelberg is standing in the gardens of Schloss Heidelberg (the castle) on a beautiful sunny day (although it was freezing cold!) and looking down on the town with its amazing architecture and windy cobbled streets.
There is the castle. In the castel you can visit an apothecary museum. Also, you can see the biggest wooden barrel ever to have been filled with wine. The barrel was constructed in 1751 and can hold over 221,000 litres of wine! There's a little walkway which takes you across the top of the barrel (used for dancing).
Favorite thing: explore every nook and cranny of the HEIDELBERG CASTLE. You MUST go out onto the Belvedere Terrace (like what I did in the pic below). There, you'd be rewarded with great panoramic views of the entire Old Town.
Fondest memory: Inside the castle grounds (courtyard), you'd be quite impressed with the different sections and architecture of this castle. Really! And on one side of the courtyard lies the entrance to the Cellar where the GROSSES FASS ('Big Barrel' or 'Big Tun' as it is being called) is found. Er... and don't worry, no extra payment is required of you to enter. Well, in case you didn't realize, the Big Barrel is infact the biggest wooden barrel ever to have been filled with wine. Amazing. (See photo below). The barrel was constructed in 1751 and can hold over 221,000 liters of wine. Cheers!
Fondest memory?? Climbing up... no, trudging up is more like it (!!)...the steep hill to the castle!! (Pant! Pant!!). Now don't you laugh. Wait till it's YOUR turn to visit this place! O.K., if you're a history buff like (ahem) me, there are quite alot of things to see and lots of history to soak up here.
You can either explore the castle grounds on your own or join the guided tour. For the El Cheapos amongst us (read: cheap skate), you'd be ecstatic to know that it doesn't cost you a cent to stroll around the castle gardens; however, you will have to pay to enter the castle courtyard. A further charge is levied if you want to go inside... or what's left of it.
My personal recommendation? Considering the uphill climb and all, forget about saving pennies. Just pay and join the guided tour available.
Favorite thing: explore the HEIDELBERG CASTLE. If you come to Heidelberg and yet don't visit this castle, you can't claim to have seen everything here. For, this is what Heidelberg is reeeeeally famous for. And here I am on the castle grounds in the middle of spring where the temperature was a chilly 0° celcius that morning. Brrr....
Visit the castle!!!
The main street of Heidelberg is really called main street, but I like the upper street, too. The main street leads you to the Kornmarkt (nice view to the castle!!) Now you have to decide, wether to take the little train (Bergbahn), climb up the stairs or walk the steep pave stoned way up to the castle.
At the castle, have a look at the 'grosse Fass'! Do you know the story about the Fass? Well, in former times, the farmer had to pay taxes to their masters. And the taxes were paid in wine. In autumn time the farmers came up to the castle with their wine and they filled all the wine into the big 'Fass'. Imagine, how it tasted!! The quantity was much more important than the quality at this time.
Make also a guided visit in the castle!
The pharmacie museum is very nice, too!
And take great pictures from the terrasse of the castle!!!
Fondest memory: If you have enough time,begin your visit with a walk on the philosoph's path (Philosophenweg), which is just on the other site of the castle. Begin your walk near the Theodor Heuss Bruecke (bridge). Follow the path, look at the nice flowers, at the Neckar Valley and the beautiful castle! Follow the path until you arrive at the stairs leading to the Old Bridge. You enter the Old Town through the Brueckentor (citygate). Have a look on the famous monkey on the right site of the bridge! If you follow the Steingasse, you arrive just in the centre of Heidelberg, on the market with the Heilig Geist Church.
Visit the Schloss (Castle), but go with someone that knows something about it. It is far more interesting with a guide than just by yourself.
Fondest memory: The view of the Schloss at night from across the bridge is amazing. Must see.
Favorite thing: This is the entrance to the castle's interior. You also have to enter this way to go to the front terrace overviewing the old town.
Favorite thing: Don't miss to walk also a bit in the castle gardens. There are not so much flowers, but old trees, excellent shots to take! The farther yo walk, the better the shots are you take!