Old Bridge, Heidelberg
The Old Bridge is a beautiful stone bridge built between 1786-1788. It spans the Neckar River and at its base is the whimsical, cheeky monkey with its mirror. To the east of the bridge is the Tower and at the west are some dungeons.
I didn’t get a chance to actually cross the bridge, but I did get a nice bird’s eye view from a top of Heidelberg Castle.
The Alte Brucke (the Old Bridge) was built in stone between 1786 and 1788 by prince elector Karl Theodor. The preceeding bridges were built in wood and had been destroyed by floods, fire and ice. During WWII the bridge was destroyed by German soldiers, but it was quickly rebuilt in 1947.
On the southern end of the bridge there is a Medieval gate named Bruckentor with two cylindrical towers. This gate was originally part of the town walls.
When I visited Heidelberg the bridge was covered with scaffoldings, so I didn't take any pics of it. On this pic you can see the bridge from afar.
The Baroque OLD BRIDGE or KARL-THEODOR BRIDGE, spans the Neckar River. It's one of the most famous sights in Heidelberg. The Bridge has a length of 200 metres and a width of 7 metres. The Bridge Gate at the south end of the Bridge has existed since the Middle Ages.
The Bridge is open 6 to 10 for automobile traffic, but otherwise it serves as a pedestrian bridge. State Road 37 passes right by the Bridge. The next day, Monday, Hans and I actually drove past here on our way to Mosbach
Alte Brücke (old bridge) and Brückentor (Bridge gate) used to be a prison and this makes a very good photo stop don't you think with its portcullis and twin towers;-))
The towers were furnished with bell-shaped roofs during its reconstruction 1786-88. This is the fifth bridge here since medieval times...an earlier wooden one collapsed from the weight of ice. There is a staute on the bridge of its builder - Elector Karl Theodor - one of Aathena and of the bridge's patron saint - Johannes Nepomuk - who guards it from the opposite end.
Cross the old bridge to the other side of the town and you have the classical view of Heidelberg - the bridge, the old town and the castle rising above the wooded slopes.
Fondest memory: To enjoy more views of Heidelberg having crossed the bridge turn left and cross the road at the traffic lights. There is a little opening to your left with a sign saying 'Philosophenweg' - go into this opening and follow the stairs up to the Philosophenweg. There are a couple of strategically placed benches on the way up for those in need of a rest!
Alternatively walk across the new bridge, away from Bismarckplatz. Turn right at the second crossroads and follow the road upwards -pretty steep at the beginning !This is the most expensive area to live in Heidelberg - most of these houses have got great views of the old town and castle. Eventually the road turns into a pedestrian only zone. You'll walk past number of viewing galleries and gardens. Enjoy the view - even better if you take a picnic!
Ok, Ok, this is the famous landmark of Heidelberg. Anyone who's been here will recognise this photo taken from the 18th-century Karl Theodore Bridge. From here, you'll get a pretty good view of the Heidelberg Castle, the Gothic Church of the Holy Ghost & the river.
I like the sights from here; the houses on the side of the river are colorful & interesting to look at. The panorama is delightful & romantic. Nice feeling...
When we were on the Bridge there were some musicians playing some tunes. It made for a beautiful atmosphere: the river, the old bridge and my baby next to me. No wonder it inspired the kiss you see as my main pic of Heidelberg.
We tossed some coins into their violin case as a sign of appreciation for the music.
Walk around the old town.
Hauptstrasse divided the Old Town into two; one to the north and the other to the south. Over at the north is the Old Bridge with the Bridge gate (Bruckentor).
The beautiful towers were built as part of the medieval town fortification.
Favorite thing: This is almost the icon of Heidelberg - the monkey on the old bridge. The monkey sort of holds up a 'mirror' up to people who come by.