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Published: October 16th 2005
View of Heidelberg from the Castle
Heidelberg is situated on the banks of the river Neckar and is another one of Germany's beautiful towns. In 1386, Germany's first university was established here and even today Heidelberg is still known as a university town.
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit the cities of Heidelberg and Mannheim Germany. Although very much a tourist town, Heidelberg is still worth a visit. Founded in the mid 1200s, there were people living in the area even as far back as 766 A.D. Heidelberg is located on the Burgenstrasse (Castle Road), a 1000 Km (621 mile) road that stretches from nearby Mannheim to Prague, Czech Republic. Heidelberg boasts the first university in Germany founded in 1386. In fact, even today approximately 1 in 5 of the population is a student.
The Heidelberg (schloss) castle was built over 800 years ago and during that time has been sacked and burned three times. The picturesque ruins, laid out majestically along the Neckar river valley, is one of Heidelberg’s most popular attraction nestled just above the town overlooking the Alte Brucke Bridge. The cellar of the castle contains the famous Heidelberg Tun, A wine vat with a capacity of 220,017 liters (58,124 gallons). This wine barrel, unfortunately now empty, is considered to be the largest barrel in the world. The barrel was constructed in 1751 from 130 oak tree trunks; it is 8.5 meters (almost 9 ½ yds)
Tucked back in the hills above Heidelberg, the castle is very impressive as viewed from across the Neckar River with the Alte Brucke Bridge in the foreground.
across and 7 meters (7 ½ yds) high with a dance floor on top.
Traveling throughout Germany I find it interesting visiting the sites of the Jewish synagogues. In a number of cities that I have visited in Germany I have found that the synagogues were destroyed on Kristallnacht (9-10 November 1938). The memorials of these synagogues in each city are very similar to the one pictured here, an outline of the synagogue and plain stone benches.
Heidelberg was declared an open city during World War II and was spared the devastating bombing by allied forces. It is not a reconstructed town; this town is authentic.
About a half hour north of Heidelberg lies the city of Mannheim. Although there are a couple large Army posts in Heidelberg, none of the posts had a military exchange gas station. Rather than pay approximately $6.80 a gallon for gas in Heidelberg we decided to drive to Mannheim which has a military exchange gas station where the gas was $2.65 vice the $6.80 in Heidelberg. Although we did not spent a lot of time in Mannheim we did come across this beautiful park with a huge water tower. What is
A Bronze Cat Protecting the Entrance to the Karl-Theodor-Brucke or The Alte Brucke Over the Neckar River, Heidelberg, Germany
A Bronze Cat Protecting the Entrance to the Karl-Theodor-Brucke or The Alte Brucke Over the Neckar River, Heidelberg, Germany. I have no idea what that is the cat is holding!
interesting about this place is that this water tower and park are situated above a huge underground parking facility. The Wasserturm, as the water tower is called, sits among a beautiful park with dancing water fountains, sculptured statutes and beautiful flower gardens and magnificent ivy covered walkways. It was a warm and sunny day and families and couples were having a wonderful time as hopefully these pictures convey.
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