When you want to visit the castle, you have several options: you can take the funicular, which leaves south of Kornmarkt (50 m from Kornmarkt, direction castle), you can drive up and leave the car nearby the main entrance or you can walk uphill.
However, it is more recommendable to walk uphill. Two paths lead uphill: the one is called Burgweg (fortress path) and starts left hand (east side) of the funicular's city base. It winds uphill north of the castle, and you enter the castle ground below Great Terrace.
But I would always suggest taking the Schlossweg (castle path), where you have to climb 303 steps :-) It sounds more strenuous than it will actually be, because you will definitely make several stops along your way up, or at least you should do. The path is lined with beautiful old houses, with little towers, oriels, and in between grand vistas of the city and the river. Most of the old houses belong to students' fraternities.
Schlossweg ends at the main entrance of the castle (or its southern side).
© Ingrid D., 2006.
Near the south end of the Old Bridge, on your left you can see a statue of a monkey with a mirror. They say it represents a prince who lived in Heidelberg and had many illegitimate children. Legend say that if you touch its fingers you shall return to Heidelberg. If you touch its mirror you shall become rich. Touch the mice, that are near the statue and you'll have many children.
Heidelberg's Christmas Market is spread out through the complete length of the main street. There are some empty spots in between, but basically you can buy a glass of Gluehwein at the Bismarckplatz, drink it while walking up the main street and have it refilled two or three times until you reach the Karlsplatz. The ice skating rink is situated there, though if you're still able to do some ice skating after all the Gluehwein, I don't know.It may just give you the best kick to get going.
The ice skating rink is open until 6 January, 2008, from 10 - 21:30 daily.
The landmark of the Christmas Market is the Heidelberg Pyramid. You can't miss it on the Marktplatz, it's huge. The characters doing their ride on it are from Heidelberg's past, starting with the caveman Homo Heidelbergensis to the last ruling Prince-Elector Charles Theodor and finally the Student Prince.Of course the court jester Perkeo is also shown, holding up his beloved wine glass. The unhappy princess from Heidelberg, living at the French court, Liselotte is riding there as well. She actually looks unhappy, but I suppose this is due to the carving, not due to her psychological condition.
The Christmas Market opens in the last November days and closes just before Christmas Eve, this year from 28 November to 22 December 2007.
The Old Bridge crossing the Neckar at Steingasse. The two gateway towers date back to the twelve hundredth century, where they served as a part of the medieval town fortress. In the 15th century the towers became the prison of Pope Johannes XXIII.
At the base of the bridge the alligorical figures of the four rivers of Bavaria and Palatinate: Rhine, Danube,Neckar and Moselle. The statue of Pallas Athene has alligorical figures representing Piety,Justice, Agriculture and Commerce. Across the river you will find ' Hirschgasse' ( Hotel and Restaurant) where the duells took place and the Philosopher's Way.
Walking along the pedestrian zone means to see the old HEIDELBERG with it s beautiful old houses .
It would be nicer to see Heidelberg by night !!
Other personal photo of HEIDELBERG, just click this!!!
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