Kornmarkt, Heidelberg

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    Kornmarkt

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 27, 2009

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    When entering the Oldtown of Heidelberg, the Kornmarkt (near the Town Hall and the Heiliggeistkirche) is the square wich offers the best view on Heidelberg castle. It is also the best starting point for the ascent to the castle. The fountain at the center of the square is adorned with a golden statue of the Mother Mary.

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    Kornmarkt

    by Gypsystravels Updated Oct 16, 2008

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    This lovely square located at the foot of Heidelberg Castle is said to be the oldest square in Heidelberg. It is here where you will find a statue of the "Holy Madonna" which was erected in a futile attempt to convert the Protestants back to Christianity.

    Spend a few moments to admire the lovely square which is paved with cobblestones. Why not rest up and take in the beautiful architecture which surrounds the square? You can take some really wonderful photos of Heidelberg Castle perched up on the hill. The Christmas Market is held here every year and begins the last week of November til Christmas and in Kornmarkt is where the stalls of everything Christmas objects start to line up.

    You can also ascend to the top fo the castle from here in one of three separate ways. You can ride the funicular up, walk along a steep inclinded winding path or take the 300+ steps to the top. You will not regret the extra effort.

    View of the Castle from Kornmarkt Christmas market

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    Kornmarkt

    by Sjalen Updated Nov 22, 2006

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    The Corn Market in the Old town has great photo opportunities of the castle from below, and is on the way to the Bergbahn up the mountain, but is also a sight in itself. Most famous is its Madonna statue in the middle of the square, which was added when the new Kurfurst in 1685 suddenly was a Catholic and wanted all the Protestants to convert back to catholisism. Adding Madonna statues everywhere was part of the propaganda to accomplish this. Not that he succeeded, as many Heidelbergers just up rooted and moved somewhere else. Today, this is one of the most famous sculptures in town and a nice piece of art too.

    Kornmarket is also known for having had the famous Hotel Prinz Carl where Queen Victoria, Alfred Tennyson and others have stayed. Sadly it no longer exists, but the square is beautiful nevertheless.

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    Heidelberg’s Funicular Railway

    by ringleader Written Oct 17, 2006

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    489 metres long and with a 43 per cent gradient at its steepest point, the lower funicular railway line from Kornmarkt to Molkenkur via the castle was officially opened in 1890. The two split-level cars each carry 50 persons and travel at a speed of around four metres per second. In its early days and up until 1907, the lower funicular railway used a water ballasting system from Molkenkur down into the valley. This made it easier to pull the cars up to the castle and to Molkenkur, the water being discharged again at the base station.

    If you don't feel like trekking the several hundred (or more?!) steps up to the Heidelberg Castle, you can catch this railway ride from the Kornmarkt up to the castle and beyond to Molkenkur or Königstuhl.

    Prices range from 3 -13 Euros - or it can be free with the Heidelberg Card. Check my general tips for card information.

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    The Madonna at the Kornmarkt

    by AcornMan Written Apr 25, 2004

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    In 1685, the ?Kurpfalz? (Palatinate), to this date a protestant region, was taken over by a Catholic sovereign who tried to convert his subjects to Catholicism and started a religious campaign. Jesuits supported this campaign by spreading pamphlets, organizing pilgrimages and erecting Madonna statues ? one of which is the ?Madonna at the Kornmarkt."

    The Madonna at the Kornmarkt

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    Kornmarkt (Grain Market Square)

    by Leipzig Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    This is the oldest square in Heidelberg. From here you have an excellent view on the castle ruins. In its centre is the statue of Virgin Mary.
    The market square was erected in 16th century on the foundation of an old hospital. It was used as market for milk and herbage, later also for grains. That's where the name derives from.

    Grain Market Square
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  • Muttergottes vom Kornmarkt (Statue on Corn market)

    by sabsi Updated Aug 2, 2003

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    Kornmarkt is a nice square below the castle and a favourite spot for tourists to take pictures of themselves. There's a lovely statue of Holy Mary in the middle of the square.

    When the protestant area was turned catholic in 1685 statues were built all around town by Jesuits - kind of an advertising campaign for catholicism.

    Kornmarkt and Heidelberg Castle

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    Agriculture Square

    by shdw100 Written Feb 21, 2003

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    Back in the early days of Heidelburg, villagers used to come to this square, right below the eye of the castle, to trade agricultural goods. It's covered in cobblestones and the buildings are picture perfect. You can almost image what it would have been like back in midieval times.

    Agriculture Square

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    Recall your college days

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Recall your college days & the good times while you were with your friends; discussing about your hopes & the life you are going to create & live to the fullest... all the ambitions, the energy, the possibilities... Great, isn't it?
    That's a gift you could give to yourself here :-)

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    Kornmarkt

    by rcsparty Written May 29, 2006

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    Another peaceful square in the town, which makes this a great place to spend the day strolling around after your visit to the schloss.

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