Castle/Schloss, Heidelberg

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    Garden of the Palatinate

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 21, 2014

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    The Hortus Palatinus in Heidelberg Castle was a Baroque garden in the Italian Renaissance style known as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', and has since been termed 'Germany's greatest Renaissance garden.'
    The garden was commissioned by Frederick V, Elector Palatine in 1614 for his wife and became famous across Europe during the 17th century for the landscaping and horticultural techniques involved in its design.

    You can watch my 4 min 40 sec Video Heidelberg Castle and Garden out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Heidelberg Castle

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 21, 2014

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    Heidelberg Castle is the famous and a byword for German Romanticism. The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located 80 metres up the northern part of the Königstuhl hillside, and thereby dominates the view of the old downtown.
    For five hundred years it was home to the Prince Electors of the Palatinate.

    You can watch my 4 min 40 sec Video Heidelberg part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    Opening hours:
    Courtyard 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Big Wine Barrel 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Pharmacy Museum 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Price:
    Combi-Ticket (Funicular, castle courtyard, big barrel and German Pharmacy Museum): Adults € 6.00, reduced € 4.00

    Guided tours supplement
    Adults € 4.00, reduced € 2.00, Families € 10.00, Groups (of 20 and more) per person € 3.60

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    A must do !!!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Nov 12, 2013
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    Heidelberg Castle is a famous ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg.

    The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.
    The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located 80 metres (260 ft) up the northern part of the Königstuhl hillside, and thereby dominates the view of the old downtown. It is served by an intermediate station on the Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway that runs from Heidelberg's Kornmarkt to the summit of the Königstuhl.

    The earliest castle structure was built before AD 1214 and later expanded into 2 castles circa 1294; however, in 1537, a lightning-bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650, before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764, another lightning-bolt destroyed some rebuilt sections.

    My favorite part of the castle was seeing the world's biggest wine barrel …. pretty cool !!!!

    We spent about 45 minutes and were able to see everything with no rush !!!!

    Admission price was 6 Euro which include the ride on the funicular from the old town.

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    See Schloss Heidelberg

    by GracesTrips Written Oct 27, 2013

    The castle can be seen from the main town area. It looks more like a ravaged ruin. For information on it's history I would read Wikipedia, link below:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg_Castle

    I'm not sure I could find the official site for tourist information so here are a couple of links I found:

    http://www.e-heidelberg.com/attractions/

    http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/content/tourism/sights/heidelberg_castle_castle_gardens/index_eng.html

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    Guided tour (5): ceilings inside Friedrichsbau

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    Once inside Friedrichsbau, the tour leads to the first floor. The ground floor is occupied by the castle’s chapel, which can be visited at the end of the tour. The hallway in the first floor is beautifully renovated with oak inlay doors in Renaissance style and even more beautiful lockers (see next review).

    The ceiling in the first floor is of beautiful wooden waffle grid style (photo 4). The one in the second floor it is a vault stucco ceiling with several coat of arms of Palatinate (photos 1 and 2).

    The third photo shows again a vault stucco ceiling, but this one is in one of the adjacent rooms in the second floor, the so-called Green Room.

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

    My photos are from 2006 when photography was still allowed during the guided tour inside of the castle. This is no longer the case since approx. 2010. In September 2013 I asked castle administration what to do with my photos and they kindly granted permission that I keep them in my three reviews because I didn’t take photos of the paintings. These are loan collections hence private and fall under copyright of the owners.
    Thank you, castle administration!

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    Guided tour (6): rooms inside Friedrichsbau

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    The adjoining rooms in the first and second floor of Friedrichsbau have also been renovated early 20th century and equipped with furniture of the respective periods, kindly donated by various people.

    These rooms are called White and Green Room and Fireplace Room.

    The ceiling of the Green Room I already showed in the previous review. In addition this room also contains two beautifully and richly manufactured tiled stoves (photos 3 – 5). They were fired from the alley, through special doors.

    The White Room (photo 1) is equipped with Neo-Renaissance furniture in the style of a dining room.

    The Fireplace Room finally, with furniture of Historism style, was meant for relaxing.

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

    My photos are from 2006 when photography was still allowed during the guided tour inside of the castle. This is no longer the case since approx. 2010. In September 2013 I asked castle administration what to do with my photos and they kindly granted permission that I keep them in my three reviews because I didn’t take photos of the paintings. These are loan collections hence private and fall under copyright of the owners.
    Thank you, castle administration!

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    Guided tour (7): doors inside Friedrichsbau

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    During the guided tour through Friedrichsbau make sure you have a closer look at the marvellous doors. Many of them have oak inlays and exquisite wrought iron door lockers.

    Photo 1: one of the oak doors with inlays,

    Photos 2 and 3: some of the coloured wrought-iron door lockers with local scenes and images of gods,

    Photo 3: another oak armoire with inlays.

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

    My photos are from 2006 when photography was still allowed during the guided tour inside of the castle. This is no longer the case since approx. 2010. In September 2013 I asked castle administration what to do with my photos and they kindly granted permission that I keep them in my three reviews because I didn’t take photos of the paintings. These are loan collections hence private and fall under copyright of the owners.
    Thank you, castle administration!

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    Father Rhine - relaxes on water :-)

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    Father Rhine - the scuplture, relaxing in water

    Visitors who are walking around in the gardens should spend some extra time there. There are enough large and small grottoes under the upper terrace, statues and fountains everywhere and many other hidden beauties.
    My all-time favourite in the gardens is this very prominent statue of Father Rhine. It symbolises Germany’s most important river. Father Rhein nicely relaxes on top of a water fountain. Behind him, to the right side in the photo is the entrance to another grotto. But this one is smaller than the ones on the upper terrace.

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

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    The Castle Garden - Hortus Palatinus

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    View of the castle - from the castle garden
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    Between 1616-1619, Prince Elector Friedrich V, who was married to Elisabeth Stuart, commissioned the beautiful castle garden, or Hortus Palatinus (Palatinate garden) built southeast of the castle ground.

    The garden has been built on three levels: the small lower terrace, the main terrace (which is the one, visitors will arrive at when leaving the castle via the main entrance), and the upper garden with large artificial grottos.

    Although it was never finished as planned, it still is a beautiful French style Baroque garden. At one point in history time it was even considered to be the 8th world wonder.

    The garden was filled with herbs and vegetables, as well as beautiful trees, among them some very rare ones. Most of them survived until now and make the garden a beautiful place to walk around. The views of the castle and the city are also splendid from here. Benches invite for a rest.

    Don’t miss to walk up to the upper terrace and enter the big grottos: they have been beautifully styled inside, with little fountains.

    The website of Heidelberg’s castle below is in German only, but it gives you a nice view of how the garden should have been laid according to the original plans.

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

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    The Blown Tower

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    Exploded Tower and the blown-off wall
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    The Blown Tower, or Krautturm, as it was once called because cabbage was stored here, was built in 15th century as the bastion to the south-eastern side of the castle ground. The walls are 6 m thick, and, in addition of being storage for cabbage, it used to be the storage for the regent’s gunpowder. And that is the reason why it was so badly destroyed during the War of the Palatinate Succession end of 17th century. The exploding gunpowder simply blew off part of the wall, which then slid into the moat and was left there.

    Many years ago the Blown Tower looked quite romantic, with moss and ivy growing on the walls. But these have been removed because they enhance the destruction of the rock.

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

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    The Bell Tower

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    From the terrace visitors can see the remains of the Bell Tower. Once it must have been a beautiful building, given the castle model in Ruprechtsbau. It was somehow the slender counterpart to the Thick Tower in the northwest.

    Bell Tower was originally built early 15th century, remodelled over the years. It served as residential quarters. As the name implies it was equipped with a big bell in the castle heydays.

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

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    One of the most special views of Heidelberg

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    Heidelberg - the special view :-)
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    Standing on the terrace, visitors will have one of the most spectacular views of Heidelberg. From here you can see all the roofs of Heidelberg’s old town, the maze of the little cobbled streets, the churches, Neckar River with the Old Bridge and its famous gate and the view out to the west, direction Rhein River and Palatinate lowlands. In case of excellent weather, you can even see the hills of Palatinate Forest, Pfälzerwald, in the distance.

    On photo 1, the church to the right is Heiliggeist Kirche (Church of the Holy Spirit), the one to the left is Jesuitenkirche. The building to its right side, with the dark roof and the bell tower, is the Old University.

    On photo 3 you can see the Old Bridge and the gate. In front it is the square Karlsplatz (btw: there is a parking garage below, my preferred option when I come by car). The long building at Karlsplatz (painted light yellow) is the Palais Boisserée, which hosts the Germanistic Seminar of the University today. On the other side of the Neckar, you see the famous Heiligenberg (whith Celtic relicts and the infamous Thing Stätte, which was erected during Nazi Germany as an open air theatre. The little path leading up to this hill is the enchanting Philosophenweg (philosophers’ trail).

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

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    The Great Terrace of Friedrichsbau

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    Friedrichsbau (north) and Bell Tower
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    Leave the courtyard now to the north – through the tiny alley on the right (eastern) side of Friedrichsbau and step out onto the Great Terrace. The northern façade of Friedrichsbau has recently been renovated and the golden statues and ornaments are glowing and shining in the sun. However, it is not decorated with any statues as it is the case on the southern façade.

    Friedrich IV had the terrace built as a panorama terrace. The view from here is magnificent. I still smile when I think of the huge eyes my former colleagues and customers made when seeing this panorama during our castle visits. The terrace is flanked by the Women's Quarter and the building of the Great Vat on the western side and the Hall of Mirrors on the other side.

    In the middle of the terrace, towards the building, there is something rather mysterious: a footprint in the soft sandstone. Many legends about this footprint are being narrated. When I was a kid my parents told me that a prisoner, during a court hearing held in the upper floor of Friedrichsbau, just jumped out of the window to escape. Another story says that it was a knight, who jumped out in full armour during the big fire, a variation of this legend says, he jumped out of the bedroom of his mistress who was married to the Prince Elector :-) And another one says that it was Friedrich IV himself, who jumped on the terrace when drunk.
    Choose yourself which you believe :-)

    On a side note:
    The section below the Great Terrace is also the point where you arrive when you take the second path to the castle, called “Burgweg”.

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

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    The marvelous façade of Ottheinrichsbau

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    Ottheinrichsbau (right)

    The guided tour ends with a visit of the castle’s chapel and brings the vistor back into the courtyard. On the right hand (to the east) is the beautiful Renaissance façade of Ottheinrichsbau.

    This building war constructed under Prince Elector Otto Heinrich in 1556-1559 and is said to be the first Renaissance palace on German ground. The building was destroyed during the lightning and big fire in 1764 and was never rebuilt.

    However, I liked that only the skeleton of the western façade is left and that the building was not restored: the open holes of the windows, the blue sky and some white clouds make it a very beautiful sight. In my opinion it is one of the best photo opportunities within the castle courtyard.

    The façade comes to life with the blue sky in between. On four levels, it shows 16 allegoric statues, reflecting Otto Heinrich’s idea of ruling :
    The lower level displays the symbols of political power (left to right):
    Joshua, Samson, Hercules and David;
    On the second level are the virtues of an emperor:
    Strength, faith, love, hope, justice;
    On the third level it is the deities of planets and weekdays:
    Saturn, Mars, Venus, Merkur and Moon,
    And finally, on top of the wall:
    Sun and Jupiter.

    Best to be photographed in the afternoon (with the sun in the back).

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

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    Guided tour (4): Friedrichsbau

    by Trekki Updated Sep 26, 2013

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    Friedrichsbau - southern fa��ade
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    During the guided tour we leave the King’s Hall building and go through the courtyard into Friedrichsbau, which is the only building that was rebuilt after the destructions in mid 18th century following lightning and fire. Keep in mind that most of the interior – ceilings, doors, floors, furniture, etc was made of wood, so there is not much of the former interior left in the building. All you see during the tour was either rebuilt (ceilings, wall paintings, doors, windows) or collected from different sources (furniture and decoration).

    Prince Elector Friedrich IV had Friedrichsbau built between 1601 and 1607. The southern façade, the one facing the courtyard, shows the ancestral gallery of Noble House of Wittelsbach to which Friedrich IV belonged in the four main rows. On top of the roof are statues of Spring (to the left / west) and Summer (to the right / east) and Justice in the middle.

    Due to destruction by air pollution, the statues on the façade are copies today. The originals are displayed inside of Friedrichsbau. But this makes it even easier to have a closer look at the statues and admire the sophisticated artwork of sandstone carving.

    © Ingrid D., 2006; update Sept. 2013: wording only.

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