the castle and the castle gardens!
At the castle there is a large terrace where you can see the old core of Heidelberg and some surrounding areas. Moreover, going down the exit of the castle you can enjoy a good landscape from some big windows.
The castle gardens are a good place to relax. From there you can see Heidelberg from afar too.
Favorite thing: This house is situated in Hauptstrasse at n. 178. It was built in 1592 by a French merchant. It is the only private house which survived the destructruction of Heidelberg in 1693 when the town and the castle were burned down. Today this building houses a hotel.
Sunday June 1 2008
WooHoo! We finally got to visit Heidelberg properly, during a VT group tour led by our wonderful guide Jessica ( JessH) who grew up near this world famous city. Heidelberg is in the German province of Baden-Wurtemberg and lies on the River Neckar. It is located an hour south of Frankfurt and North of Karlsruhe.
Our excursion of Heidelberg began with a walk through the Main Street - Hauptstrasse, past the beautiful Hotel Zum Ritter. Then on to Marktplatz - site of the Rathaus and Heiliggeistkirche. We then took the Funicular up to Heidelberg Castle. Our first sight was the courtyard with Friedrichsbau and Ottheinrichbau. We visited the German Pharmacy Museum and the Wine Cellar and then on to the Balcony overlooking the city.
Had dinner in the Marktplatz at Markstube.. Then had to see the "Monkey", the Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) and the Old Bridge Gate (Bruckentor).
After a very busy day, it was time to get back on the bus to the train station and head back to Karlsruhe.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Jessica (JessH) for this great excursion. And we can't forget Bernd (Berndl) for all his help on the excursion.
You guys rock!!!
Towards the end of our excursion, Jessica brought us to the bronze sculpture THE HEIDELBERG MONKEY which is situated west of the Old Bridge Gate. It's supposed to be good luck to rub the round mirror the monkey is holding or perhaps you could just stick your head inside the monkey's head like Stace (Beach_dog ) and Hans ( Waalewiener ) are doing in these pictures.
The sculpture by Professor Gernot Rumpf was installed there in 1979.
Favorite thing: One of THE most wonderful views of Heidelberg is from the Castle. I was simply awestruck and to top it off, it was a beautiful, clear sunny day. You could see the Neckar River winding its way along the city - the Heiliggeistkirche - the Old Bridge - Bridge Gate - etc. Hans and I and the others truly enjoyed it up there.
Favorite thing: On the southern end of the Old Bridge is its medieval BRIDGE GATE or BRUCKENTOR with its 28 metres high double cylindrical towers, which were once part of the medieval town fortification. The western tower houses three low dungeon rooms and the eastern tower, a spiral staircase which goes up the archway and over the small apartment in the middle.
Favorite thing: Normally crowded with folks walking along the HAUPTSTRASSE or Main Street. Many shops, cafe's and restaurants can be found here, including the Hard Rock Cafe' on Hauptstrasse 142. Main Street stretches from the Bismarckplatz across the Old Town to the Karlstor. Tried to look around the street more, but had to keep up with Jessica and the VT group. What I saw though was quite exciting and it was so nice that it was strictly a pedestrian area.
Favorite thing: The HOTEL ZUM RITTER, located on Hauptstrasse 178, was built in 1592 by the French cloth merchant Charles Belier, a Huguenot refugee. This is the only patrician building to survive the city's destruction in 1693. It took its present name in 1705 from the knight St. George whose figure crowns the Renaissance facade. Its beauty and elegance makes it the most artistically valuable town house in Heidelberg.
Traveling during the Christmas season is a wonderful time to explore this beautiful city. Its a great time to enjoy some gluwhein, local food and purchase some great Christmas gifts.
You can visit the market from the last week of November to the weekend of Christmas.
Fondest memory: Walking around enjoying a nice hot cup of Gluwhein, watching the children line up to see Santa Claus.
When in Heidelberg you might notice quite a few people in wheelchairs and maybe you notice more hearing impaired persons as in other places! Part of the reason might be that there is a rather huge rehabilitation center in Heidelberg!
For disabled tourists this link might be helpful:
Stadtführer für Behinderte/City Guide for the Handicapped
Favorite thing: This is always my first and my last view of Heidelberg, since it is right across from the Heidelberg central station. Plus it is one of the most modern sights in Heidelberg, erected in the year 2000: a stainless steel sculpture of a sprinting horse. And since it was designed to stand in front of the new building of the "Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG" - a print media company and academy, it is also a printing horse. Combining those two you have the S-Printing Horse!
There is a very helpful website with loads of information on the sights in the old town of Heidelberg:
Old Town Information
At the Tourist Information just outside the Hauptbahnhof/Main Station you can usually get this information as a little pamphlet - so check that out as well!
The old town of Heidelberg is just so interesting and fun to explore! Lots of wonderful architecture, nice shopping facilities, lively bars and restaurants - and of course the spectacular castle!
Fondest memory: Climbing the tower of the cathedral with my husband, showing Dave (shdw100) and his wife around, passing my audiotherapy exam and being able to donate bone marrow at the Heidelberg hospital!
- Tel: +49 (06221)-19433
- Fax : +49 1388111
- www.heidelberg.de (different languages)
- www.alemania-turismo.com/pages_ms/heidelberg_esp.htm (spanish)
- E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the definitive website for planning a visit to Heidelberg. Click on the small American flag for the English version. The site provides all the info visitors will need for accommodations, dining, boat rides, libraries and museums.
The live webcam is great for making you wish you were there. If you know someone who is there, have them go to the river's edge at a predetermined time to get a peek at them having a great time in Heidelberg!
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