Believe it or not, this trip marked my 3rd time traveling through Europe to visit Heidelberg, Germany. I’ve had the privilege of seeing it at its peak in the fall, and this time as the buds on the trees just began to showcase Spring.
Known for its Schloss (castle) on the hill and its Renaissance architecture, as well as its easy access to and from other fantabulous places in and around France/Germany/Belgium/the Netherlands, Heidelberg is worth a stop for sure. The food is authentic, the street cafes are bustling and serve some of the finest Rieslings, and the nearness of the Neckar River make for lots of romantic walking and views. Heidelberg University also happens to be in the city, founded in the 14th century, and the library has some great spiral staircases (see below) and should not be missed! The Altstadt (Old Town) and the steep, steep (did I mention steep) hike to the the red-sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle on Königstuhl hill is among the top 10 must-do things. Click here for a few more! https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-heidelberg-germany/
In keeping with the pattern, we had one rainy day and one sunny day, so I convinced the bf to hike to the castle (again) for some sun-dappled views. Sort of. : )
Enjoy!! And if you want more on Germany, head over to Lonely Planet and research their guide books! I still love buying or downloading guide books because I feel like they have sooooo many options in just one place!
the Heidelberg University library and spiral staircase
Heidelberg’s main church is the Church of the Holy Spirit, started in the 13th century. Take some time to walk up the tower for the really spectacular views!
view from the top of the church tower
Schloss Heidelberg and all it’s lovely red architectural elements
the spiral staircase we climbed inside the church.
As seen from the castle, that’s the church tower we had just climbed!
some of that sun-dappling I promised.
the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge), built over the Neckar river, is over 200 years old
The Heidelberg Tun, a reeeallly big wine barrel built in 1751, was able to hold 221,726 liters. It’s in the basement of the castle. And it really is HUUUUGE. Wine, anyone?