You will you want to visit Heidelberg when your travels take you anywhere nearby. I planned a two-week European trip last year and decided not to include Heidelberg, though I read about it. I wasn’t quite convinced we should go. But when weather (snow in summer!) caused us to change our plans in the middle of our trip, we added in a visit to this stately German city. And I’m so glad we didn’t miss out on Heidelberg! We ended up thoroughly enjoying our time here. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, too. Here are a few of the reasons I recommend that you experience Heidelberg.
Walk on The Old Bridge
The graceful arch bridge known as the Old Bridge crosses the Neckar river and is a symbol of Heidelberg. Photos of the bridge have always intrigued me, and I wanted to see it in person. The current bridge is actually the ninth on this site. Earlier versions made of wood burned. This one, built in 1788 of sandstone, stands firm. Walking across it connects you not only with the other river bank but also with history.
Explore the Heidelberg Palace
This world-famous castle perches on a hill above the Old City looking picturesque in all lights. It’s a ruin of a castle that dates to the 1200s. It’s built of red sandstone, which gives its many buildings a unified architecture. You can easily spend half a day exploring the castle. We’ll take a closer look in a future post, but here are a few photos to give you a sense of the castle.
The name, Philosopher’s Walk, is said to come from the fact that Heidelberg University professors and philosophers walked here and discussed deep matters. The solitude of the forest for privacy and the breathtaking glimpses of the city are thought to have provided inspiration. The university, founded in 1388, is the oldest in Germany and one of the oldest in Europe. So scholars have walked this stone path for more than 600 years. And you can follow in their footsteps.
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