Burying the knights
This was the church the knights of Handschuhsheim went to service, and also the place where they are buried.Their crest - the glove - can be seen around the church on many tombstones.Inside there are also several large tombstones, one of them is the tombslab of knight Dietrich and his wife (picture 1). They are kneeling, in order to demonstrate their piousness.
The second picture shows the last knight's family,it was erected at the burial of the last adult knight. He and his wife are shown as grown-ups - large -, while their two children are dressed as adults, but their small size indicates they were children.
Picture 3 shows the tombstone of Hans von Handschuhsheim and his sister, the children in picture 2. The girl, Barabara, died when she was 13, and her brother was killed in a duel with his cousin shortly before his 16th birthday.His grieving mother cursed the cousin's family, predicting they'd also die out. The curse worked, when the cousin died, he left his second wife behind, but no children.
It is interesting that the family history of the knights of Handschuhsheim refers to their fight as a "duel", while the family history of the knights of Hirschhorn calls it a "tournament". Since it took place at midnight on the market square of Heidelberg, I would consider a duel more likely. During a tournament there were spectators, and at midnight they wouldn't have seen very much.
A monestary above the river:Stift Neuburg
As early as 1130 the first monks moved to this place above the river near Heidelberg. The cloister there has been a monastery, later and more successful a nunnery, a boarding school , a summer residence for rich families and now it is a monastery again. It's located between Heidelberg and the suburb of Ziegelhausen. Most buildings today are from 20th century.I really liked the depiction of the weary traveller in the church.
The gardens were beautiful, naturally in July, and especially since the cloister is famous for their gardening.The monks are running a very successful garden shop, too.
There are some guest rooms for people who want to experience living in a cloister or who simply want to enjoy some days of complete rest. Since it's a monastery, only men can stay.
There is some parking up there, but most visitors we saw had walked there. It is a wonderful area for hiking.
You can also take the bus 34 from Heidelberg to Ziegelhausen and get off at Paulusheim, it's another five minute walk up the hill.
- Religious Travel
Bergfriedhof - mountain cemetery - a fitting name, this cemetery is laid out on a mountain and some paths are really steep.
Probably the most famous grave there is that of Friedrich Ebert, who became the first German president after abolishing monarchy in 1919. He was born in Heidelberg in 1871 and died in 1925. Signs are leading towards his grave.
There are also many old, large family graves from the formerly important families of Heidelberg, often with very interesting ornaments.
To get there, take any S-Bahn or streetcar to the stop Weststadt/Südstadt and enter the cemetery through the side gate there. The main gate cannot be reached this year (2008), because there is construction work going on right outside.
- Historical Travel
Relax by the Neckar.....
About 9kms outside of Heidelberg, near a place called Schleuse, there is a lovely garden restaurant, "Gasthaus zum Ankor", right on the banks of the Neckar in a wonderful country setting. It even has a barn next door housing milk cows and their calves. This has to be one of the most peaceful places I have ever enjoyed in Europe. We sat in the garden and ate Bratwurst and chips washed down with red wine for me and Radler (shandy) for my friends. Afterwards we took a walk up the river to the lock gates and all around were cornfields, apple trees and beautiful horses. This was a highlight of my entire 6 week holiday.
- Budget Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
A boat ride up the Neckar Valley
The Neckar River flows through a beautiful part of Germany and no visit to Heidelberg is complete without a trip on a boat.
There are a couple of options; a 45 minute trip that just goes along the banks of Heidelberg itself, or a 3 hour trip that goes up into the Neckar Valley. The second is highly recommended.
The trip goes through locks and past century old villages and castles. It's possible to get off at the midpoint and visit the village before returning on another boat.
Please see the travelogue for more photos of what visitors will see.
Student housing at Heumarkt
My original reason for taking this picture was to show the nice row of bicycles stretched across one side of the Heumarkt square. (I always like to document bicycle usage in places I visit.)
It turns out that these two buildings are student residence halls. The one on the right was named after Gustav Radbruch (1878-1949), a German politician and law professor who was one of the first to be fired by the Nazis when they came to power, and one of the first to be reinstated after the Second World War.
The building on the left was once the Hotel Goldenes Ross, but it was bought in the 1920s for use as a student residence hall with money donated by an American named Hiram Watson Sibley (1845-1932), who is perhaps best known as the founder of the Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Sibley was extremely rich because his father, Hiram Sibley (1807-1888), had made a huge fortune in the 1850s and '60s by consolidating a group of small telegraph companies to form the Western Union Telegraph Company.
Address: Heumarkt 1-3, Heidelberg
St Vitus in Handschuhsheim
One of Heidelberg's oldest churches is the St.Vitus church in Handschuhsheim. It was first built in 11th century, from 1053 to 1057. Some of these old walls are still preserved, but most of what you see today is from a major renovation in early 15th century. From this period several frescoes have survived, showing the life of Jesus. When you enter the church, turn around and you can see them directly above the entrance and on the walls next to it.
Towards the end of the 15th century the church had to repaired, since it had been damaged in the many battles fought by one of the knights of Handschuhsheim, Dietrich. He was a close friend of the Prince-Elector Frederic I of Heidelberg, something that didn't always work to the advantage of the people of Handschuhsheim. Frederic was nicknamed the "victorious", but in order to be victorious he had to fight many battles first, and much of Heidelberg and surroundings suffered.
In 20th century St Vitus was renovated again, so that today the windows and the altar are modern.
College of Jewish Studies
Next door to the back end of the City Theater at Friedrichstr. 9 is the Hochschule fuer Juedische Studien or "Hjs".
This unique institution offers a wide variety of courses in Jewish history, literature, art and philosophy, as well as languages such as Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish. It views itself as "the successor of the great institutions of Jewish scholarship that existed in Germany in the years before the Second World War" and includes a comprehensive 50,000 volume library on Jewish subjects.
It was founded in 1979 and works in close cooperation with Heidelberg University.
- Study Abroad
The Karzer is the former studen'ts prison. You have to climb up some stairs to go there. And during climbing the stairs you will wonder about the walls. A prison??? Yes, it was a prison, but it seems that it was also fun. The student's who were in prison had a lot of guests who brought them delicious meals and they had a lot of fun there.
Here the pic of the toilet, ... lol
If the main street and the market square get too crowded for you, just a few steps away there are some pleasant little places that aren't so overrun.
Here at the Heumarkt or Haymarket, for instance, you can get away from the crowds, even though it is just off the main street.
The street going off to the left in the photo is called Untere Straße, meaning Lower Street.
Ruined Castles You Can Climb On!
Just 16 minutes by train outside Heidelberg in Neckarsteinach lie the ruins of four castles, including Hinterburg and Schadeck Schwalbennest. There is a trail that connects the four castles (one seemed to be occupied, actually, in 1991), so you can walk among them at your leisure. There was no entrance fee, no guards, not very many people when I was there. You can wander around, have a picnic, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Neckar River.
plates on the houses
Usually, when walking through the main street (Hauptstrasse) you will have a look on the shops and the people. But watch a little bit higher on the houses. There are plates of componists, authors, ... who lived there, visited there, wrote there.
christine.j took me on a tram to Handschuhsheim a suburb of Heidelberg and I feel that if I were to list all the different points of interest there as separate tips it would take forever. We walked along some quiet suburban streets set behind stone walls that hide them from those who don't live there, but which are very tranquil and appealing. There were a number of churches as well and of course the wonderful Castle Tiefburg. I recommend that you go to christine's Heidelberg pages and read about them all, because I could never do them all justice in the way she has. You will be fascinated by her stories, I can assure you.
- Historical Travel
This is one of about twenty nice little streets in the Old Town that lead from the main street down to the Neckar River.
This particular one actually starts at Heumarkt (Haymarket) and leads down to Synagogenplatz (Synagogue Square), which is close to the river.
Erbach im Odenwald
Erbach is a town of nearly 15,000 inhabitants, located some fifty kilometers northeast of Heidelberg in a hilly, wooded area called the Odenwald.
It's a bit gray in December, but in the summer it is supposed to be very nice, and I'm told the German Ivory Museum is worth seeing, as well as the castle. As usual, I just saw the railroad station (all switches and crossing gates still run by muscle power) and the adult education center (nice group there).