Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for Heidelberg

I am sure we all have heard of places and know nothing about them. Nor do we ever think of visiting them.  Heidelberg, Germany was one of those places for me.  The name has a magical ring to it, but we know not why.

But if you are leaving the Black Forest and heading north back to Frankfurt, then Heidelberg is on your way. This was day 20 and the last full day of sightseeing on my trip.

The city sits along the river Neckar.  And the view is beautiful.  (I say that a lot, don't I?)


I've always thought it would be nice to live on a river.  How about here?


Even the gray skies could not dampen the day here.

The main attraction is the Castle.  The destruction that we see is not from bombs, but from lightning strikes and age.  The first view is from the Old Town down below.


But once up on top of the hill, we can enjoy the castle up close and magnificent sights.




And from even further up the hill:






Once back down to earth we can stroll through the Old Town.  Have lunch at a nice German eatery (not Subway).  Admire the architecture.  And just relax.











The Church of the Holy Spirit  and the Statue of the Virgin in the Corn Market.  I wonder how many churches they have in Germany?  They are everywhere.   I used to go inside every church, but after a while you find there are other sights to see.                        























On my Bucket List:  Hong Kong

13 comments:

  1. The castle looks amazing! Have you ever been in a castle? I would love to explore one...or three. :)

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    1. I've been in several around the world. It is really cool when they are furnished.

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  2. We went to Heidelberg and the first evening every person we met was so nasty we thought they took some witchy pills. We decided to stay away from people the next day and our faith was restored. This is such a beautiful city and the castle is out of a fairy tale. Would have loved to hike around the area

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  3. That's a huge castle. Or was. Don't you remember The Student Prince and When It's Summer Time in Heidelberg. I assume there is still a university there - a well known Australian opera singer studied there, amongst others - Joan Sutherland. I didn't remember it was on a river. I lived on waterways of some kind for a large part of my life.

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    1. Yes, the University is still there. And the castle is still huge. I have lots of pictures and it is hard to decide what to post.

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  4. That ancient castle is stunning. I would love to be able to photograph it.

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  5. My husband was born in Heidelberg, Denise - today, actually! I would love for us to travel back someday. For all of my traipsing around Europe, I missed this beautiful place. Excellent post.

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  6. A beautiful series of pictures. I have never been to that part of Germany - gorgeous.. Thanks for sharing this on AtoZ
    Hoping for Spring

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  7. It looks so beautiful. There is a Heidelberg here in South Africa, but it's less majestic, a small town actually. Mma was born and grew up there.

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    1. My guide on this trip was born and Namibia and went to school in Johannesburg. Settlers have a way of naming the towns after places they came from.

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  8. It was fun getting to look through your pictures. I'm going to be visiting Heidelberg in the next month. :)

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    1. I would have loved to have spent more than one day here. Hope you enjoy your trip.

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