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Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg July 24th 2019

July 24th Heidelberg This town is inland from the river's edge so all had to be bused. We were scheduled for the Castle tour but after yesterday it just seemed like over kill. Boyon mentioned last night that this is where you should shop for fun things like German Christmas ornaments and if you didn't take the tour you'd have more shopping time. The six of us jointly decided to skip the castle tour and just take the quick tour around town, enjoy some shopping, have lunch then go back to the boat at two o'clock. Heidelberg is a University town on the river Nekar. The houses were so colorful and majestic sitting there along the river, so peaceful and serene. We saw the "Old Heidelberg Bridge" with a bronze monkey to mock people as they ... read more
Houses along the Nekar River
Entrance to Monkey Bridge
Kissing Chocolates

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg April 29th 2019

Yesterday brought such miserable weather conditions (damp and chilly) that we decided to spend most of the day in the warm confines of our apartment. However, by late afternoon the skies had cleared a bit, and some reluctant rays of sunshine finally made an appearance. So we booked an early dinner reservation for 6:30 at the Hackteufel, where there are still a few items on the menu we have yet to sample during our stay in Heidelberg. We had yet another great dining experience at this place tonight. Our super-friendly and accommodating young waiter, who turned out to be a student at Heidelberg University, graciously seated us in the Weinstube section of the restaurant, which is normally closed on Sundays, so that we could sit at one of the private window tables. As Dee points out ... read more
Grilled pork knuckle, kraut and fried potatoes
University Library
Peterskirche

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg April 27th 2019

Sadly, the stretch of glorious weather we've enjoyed so far came to an abrupt end, as we awakened yesterday morning to dreary skies, intermittent light rain, and much cooler temperatures (the high today just barely reached 60-degrees). On account of the inclement weather, we decided to rest most of the day, but did venture out amid the sprinkles to partake of a fabulous lunch at a quaint hotel and restaurant, named the Hackteufel ("-teufel" = "devil" in German), located on the Steingasse, the tiny street leading to the Old Bridge. The Altstadt section of Heidelberg was mostly deserted today, compared to the throngs of people we've experienced since our arrival, and the tables, chairs and umbrellas along the popular Steingasse were nowhere to be seen. But a fair number of diners had already filled the Hackteufel ... read more
Asparagus soup to die for!
Heidelberg University Great Halll
Student prison room

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg April 25th 2019

The glorious weather we've been experiencing is forecast to deteriorate starting tomorrow, so today we decided to take advantage of the last of the nice weather by booking passage for a 3-hour cruise from Heidelberg on the Neckar River. The cruise line Weisse Flotte operates a fleet of boats offering various cruises on the Neckar and Rhine rivers. We opted for a 2 o'clock sailing that cruises eastward (upriver) to Neckargemünd (6 miles), then a few miles further east to reach the four-castle town of Neckarsteinach, before making the return voyage to Heidelberg. We sallied forth from the apartment around 11:30, walking along Hauptstrasse, the main pedestrian drag through town, past numerous eateries and retail shops of every imaginable kind, that stretches for a mile through the Altstadt section of Heidelberg. We made a brief stop ... read more
Onboard the Queen Silvia
Looking back to Neckargemünd
Ham and cheese sandwich

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg April 24th 2019

We walked from the apartment to the nearby Kornmarkt shortly before noon, then decided to have a light lunch of paninis at the Cafe Grano, a tiny place on the square, before heading to the funicular station for a ride up the mountain. While visiting the Heidelberg Castle yesterday, we were intrigued by the funicular railway that delivered us from Heidelberg's Kornmarkt to the castle. We discovered that the Heidelberg Mountain Railway (German: Heidelberger Bergbahn) system is a two-section funicular railway, with the first section running from a lower station at Kornmarkt in Heidelberg's Altstadt, via an intermediate station at Heidelberg Castle, then to an upper station at Molkenkur. Here passengers may change trains to the second section, which runs a considerable way up the Königstuhl, a nearby mountain with good views over the city and ... read more
Signpost at Königstuhl station
View of Heidelberg's Altstadt
Heidelberg viewed from Königstuhl

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg April 23rd 2019

After breakfast this morning, Dee made a solo sortie to the local grocery store, toting her haul in our little carry-on travel bag with wheels. Then we decided to have lunch at the Cafe Gundel up the street before making the journey by funicular train to reach the Heidelberg Castle, which is located 260 ft. up the northern part of the Königstuhl mountain. Although the castle can be reached on foot, most visitors ride the Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway that runs from Heidelberg's Kornmarkt to the station at Königstuhl (almost 1,500 ft. above the city). Our train ride up to the castle was pretty slick, although we had to wait for crowds to disperse before buying tickets, and we reached the castle grounds around 3 PM. The panoramic views of the city, the old bridge and ... read more
Castle courtyard view
Gigantic wine barrel
Heidelberg viewed from castle

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg April 21st 2019

We ended our short, whirlwind stay in Frankfurt yesterday morning when a pre-arranged car service met us at our hotel at 10:00 AM for the 50-mile-drive to Heidelberg. Although the time in Frankfurt was short, we take with us pleasant memories of this city, with its mixture of old and new. Both of us were impressed by the tidy and well-ordered nature of this vibrant metropolis, and our hotel experience was an unexpected plus (probably the last generation of small, family-owned hotels, where personal service is still a priority). We had a bit of a welcoming committee when we arrived in Heidelberg (pop. 160,000), a city on the banks of the Neckar River that is famous for its university (founded 1386), and for the castle ruins perched upon a hill above the Altstadt (old section of ... read more
View of Heidelberg castle from Kornmarkt
Heidelberg castle
On our apartment street

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg September 17th 2017

Our roadtrip through northern Germany was coming to an end slowly. The last city our spiritual master gave darshan (the 6th darshan in 12 days) was Leipzig. Definitely a new city for noth of us. The drive down south from Berlin was uneventful. The landscape was mainly flat, it was not much traffic and after about 2 hours we arrived in Leipzig. We quickly checked in in our hotel and then started to explore the city. First we went to a part of town called Altlindenau. Nothing special about this part beside one thing: there are many beautiful old hoses. Most of them are completely run down. One can easily see the reason why. It is simply because of the lack of money/investment. This is not a rich part of Germany. So for many, many years, ... read more
stunning University of Leipzig
Heidelberg main square
Heidelberg main square

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg June 15th 2016

On March 7, 1945, a call came in to the Goldenrod Cafe in West Point, Nebraska. The caller, a reporter from the Omaha Herald, wanted to speak to one of the waitresses, Mrs. Mary Timmerman. He told her that her son, 2nd Lt. Karl Timmerman had just been the first man across the Remagen Bridge over the Rhine. Mrs. Timmerman was a German war bride from World War I. Her son had just become the first officer of an invading army to cross the Rhine River since Napoleon. The Rhine River represented the last great barrier for Allied troops heading into Germany. The Rhine is a wide, deep, swift, and cold river with high bluffs for banks in most areas, and was a formidable challenge for crossing. The Germans had destroyed most of the Rhine bridges, ... read more
Remagen bridge - eastern towers and tunnel entrance
Repeler Ley heights above site of Ludendorff Bridge
Last remaining approach stonework for Ludendorff Bridge

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Heidelberg June 4th 2016

Today was a relaxing day in the morning. We were on the boat, docked, and after lunch, got on a bus around 1:30 to go to Heidelberg. A very nice town. It is on the Neckar River, which comes down from the step hills and merges with the Rhine. One of the bridge supports has records of the floods that occur, and with all the rain they have been having here, last Monday, the guide shows us some pictures she took, of cars that were parked on the road, with water up to the windows. Of course, we have seen that in the last months also in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and other cities in Texas. We heard about Frederick I, his teenage bride Elizabeth who was 19 when they got married. We visited the castle, ... read more
Heidelberg old town as seen from the Castle on the hill.
Frederick's Castle
Part of the Castle never got completed




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