Markets and a castle

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December 2nd 2006
Published: June 16th 2017
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01 Pedestrian street01 Pedestrian street01 Pedestrian street

One of the main pedestrian streets in the town.
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This morning I caught the train to the university town of Heidelberg. Decided to spend the day here as it was well known as a tourist town and not far from Frankfurt. The old part of town was a 15 minute walk from the train station. I reached the start of the pedestrian only street that leads to the heart of the old town and to the castle. Along this street there were Christmas markets, very similar to the ones in Frankfurt, as well as chain clothing stores that I shop at in London. Off the side there were little squares with more market stalls. As I walked along, I could see Heidelberg Castle half way up the hill. I came to Kornmarkt and from here I caught a funicular to the castle. From the castle there was a great view of the city and the Nectar River.
The castle is partly in ruins. It is a Gothic-Renaissance style fortress and its oldest structures are dated from 1400. A royal Bavarian family lived here for many years. It is also made from red sand stone. I wandered around here for a while.
I then walked down to the old
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Christmas market stalls in one of the little squares.
town and to Alte Brucke- one of the bridges that crosses the river. One the bridge is a statue called Karl-Theodor-Statue, it is a local legend that this prince fathered nearly 200 illegitimate children.
I spent the rest of the day wandering the markets and admiring the attractive buildings. Once it was dark, I did some clothes shopping. Then caught the train back to Frankfurt.

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03 Church03 Church
03 Church

A church surrounded by market stalls.
04 Square04 Square
04 Square

A town square and the castle at the top of the hill.
05 Castle05 Castle
05 Castle

The side of the castle.
06 Town06 Town
06 Town

Looking down onto the town, church in the middle and the bridge crossing the river.
07 Castle07 Castle
07 Castle

Part of the castle.
08 Tower08 Tower
08 Tower

A ruined tower.
09 Main entrance09 Main entrance
09 Main entrance

Bridge that leads to the main entrance.
10 Castle10 Castle
10 Castle

More of the castle.
11 Castle11 Castle
11 Castle

More of the castle.
12 River12 River
12 River

Houses near the river.
13 Castle13 Castle
13 Castle

More of the castle.
14 Tower14 Tower
14 Tower

The tower and the part that collapsed.
15 Town15 Town
15 Town

View of the town from the castle gardens.
16 Square16 Square
16 Square

Town square with a view of the castle.
17 Castle17 Castle
17 Castle

View of the castle from the bridge.
18 Bridge18 Bridge
18 Bridge

Standing on the bridge looking towards town.

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