I've heard about the University in Heidelberg for years, but had no idea there was such an amazing castle there. When you are in the Old Town, the castle literally looms above you on the hill (that... more
Hauptstraße is the touristic centre of the town - a very long pedestrian street, lined by historic houses and many, many shops. There are restaurants, souvenirshops, shops for clothing, books etc.,... more
All great romantic cities have a river: Prague has the Vltava, Paris has the Seine, Florence the Arno, and Heidelberg the Neckar river.
"Die Alte Bruecke" (=the old bridge) is named after Kurfuerst... more
A stroll along the Philosopher's Walk is a great opportunity to see Heidelberg from above. It offers fantastic views across the River Neckar to the Schloss. Although I visited in winter, the path is... more
. . . or in Heidelberg, visit the churches. There are several worth the time.
We started with the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit) on the Marktplatz opposite the Tourist Office. The... more
The "Kurpfalz" area around Heidelberg became a separate entity in the Middle Ages with a significance disproportional to its size, military power or economic strength as the local ruler became duke... more
The most important church of Heidelberg is the "Heiliggeistkirche", centerpiece of the main market square and opposite the Old Town Hall. It was built between 1398 and 1515 in the gothic style, with... more
In the end of my day in Heidelberg I was quite surprised that I still had an hour left before I needed to take the train back home. I already had done all that I had previously planned for this day,... more
The perception of size is cleverly manipulated in the castle's wine cellar: you descend the stairs and voila! You see a large wine barrel to your right. "Surely, this must be it?" you ask. No, THIS... more
The townhall is located at the eastern end of the central market square. It was constructed in baroque style from 1701 to 1703 because the former townhall had been destroyed by French troops. The... more
Heidelberg has a famous old university library, which is located in a wonderful terracotta-coloured art-noveau building, close to the Jesuit Church. Though it is a "working library", it also houses a... more
The Neckar River runs from the Black Forest to Mannheim before emptying into the Rhine. This 367 km (228 miles) long river mainly flows through the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, but also a... more
This building (now a hotel and restaurant) dates from 1592 making it one of Heidelberg's oldest treasures. Built in late German Renaissance style, its original owner was cloth dealer Carolus Belier. I... more
No,it's not and yes, it is. It is not the famous Heidelberg Castle which is known by every tourist in Heidelberg and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, visit each year. Not many people know, that...
Beforehand a very serious remark:
Yes. I live close to Heidelberg and do drag friends and colleagues here very often. However, I have not discovered many secrets yet of this wonderful and romantic......
Heidelberg was a place I knew was touristy but I nevertheless wanted to visit to see what all the fuss was about and it did look beautiful in photos. It was. Both touristy and beautiful. Now at least...
Every summer the singers, musicians and actors of the Heidelberg City Theater move up the hill to the courtyard of the castle ruins and put on a summer festival with an opera, concerts, a play and an...