|The view of the town from the castle|
Therefore, for this trip I planned to the T the route we would take using street names as a guide in order to see all the different sights. Unfortunately, hardly any of the streets in Heidelberg were labeled so my guide was completely worthless... The reason it didn't turn into a disastrous day of wandering like Frankfurt started out to be was because Heidelberg is unbelievably easy to maneuver through... Oh, and it's tiny in comparison to Frankfurt. Although we didn't see everything on our list we made a pretty hefty dent and will have time to see the rest later on. We managed to have a lot of fun and saw a ton of cool sights during our trip including Heidelberg's castle.
The weather was a little sporadic and varied between nice and manageable, cold and windy, and light rain. It could have been much worse, but we are planning on returning in the spring time to see all the wonderful gardens!
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the day:
|Beautiful homes on the hillside/riverfront.|
|Heuscheuer (Hay Barn)- Originially built to help defend the city from attackers, but after the tower was destroyed it was used to store hay for the horses, followed by being turned into a lecture hall.|
|Alte Brücke (old bridge) Made 1786-1788 because the normal wooden bridges couldn't withstand flooding, fire, ice, etc.|
|A little blurry, but the recorded flood levels. It's no wonder that the wooden bridges couldn't hold up.|
|Not a good picture at all, but I wanted to show how steep the gradient was to walk up to the castle. It was something crazy like 49%!|
|On the back end of the castle. You can see where the wall literally crashed down. I believe this castle was partially destroyed in the war.|
|Caught sight of this while walking through the shopping district in Heidelberg. It is pretty much the coolest knife holder I have ever seen. And only 150 euros! ;-)|