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May 12, 2009

Heidelberg, Germany

*photo heavy post ahead! (backdated post)

From Prague, we reached Munich in the evening and stayed with Adam in Mannheim. The next morning, we took the train (about 1 hour) to Heidelberg, a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The Universitätplatz marks the beginning of the Altstadt district, where most of Heidelberg’s historic monuments and buildings are located. It was also where the Hotel Ritter is. The Ritter is a very posh (and painfully expensive) hotel, sophisticated restaurant, and is a historical landmark in Heidelberg. The hotel is located at the west side of the city’s main sqaure, which was divided into two “squares” – the Fischmarkt (fish market) and the Marktplatz (marketplace).The Fischmarkt is no longer a fish market. It is now the trading place of many street souvenir shops in Heidelberg. The Marktplatz is a lot larger, and has many restaurants and cafés at the sidewalk.All great romantic cities have a river. Prague has the Vltava, Paris has the Seine, Florence the Arno, and for Heidelberg, it is the Neckar river.“Alte Brücke” (the old bridge) is the 2nd oldest bridge in Germany. The bridge has nine red sandstone arches, and on the arches, you can see the marked heights and dates of historic and recent floods in the Neckar Valley.We had to walk quite a distance to get to the Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss). It is located 80m up the northern part of the Königstuhl hillside, dominating the view of the old town. By the time we reached the top, we were completely out of breath! The castle was majestic, and provided breathtaking view of the Neckar River and the City of Heidelberg. I liked walking in the castle garden, with green grass and crisp, fresh air! Beneath the courtyard of the Castle, is an exhibit of the Heidelberg Tun (Großes Fass). It is an extremely large wine vat contained within the cellars of Heidelberg Castle. The fass (German for barrel) is so big, they built massive scaffolding around it so that visitors can climb all around it.At the south end of the old bridge is the “bridge gate” (Brückentor) – an old tower of the city’s walls. The twin towers were part of medieval Heidelberg’s fortifications. I thought it was a nice way to enter the town! Food stands tend to have a magnetic pull on me, and this crepe stand was no exception. We shared a cinnamon, sugar and lemon crepe. It was no where as good as the crepes in Paris! This one tasted like floppy pancakes… o_0
We spent more than 6 hours in Heidelberg taking in the breathtaking views. Then we took a short detour to Stuttgart which was just a 30 minutes ride away. =)

19 Responses

  1. Lianne

    nice photos 🙂 i agree, the crepes are the best in paris.

  2. taufulou

    wowww..nice scenery!~
    enjoy your holiday~

  3. Precious Pea

    Wat a spectacular view!!! Envy envy…i wanna visit Germany too. Is it very warm there now?? Seems very bright and sunny!

  4. Agnes Cheong

    wow bangsar-babe so pretty!

  5. Selba

    Beautiful view!!!

    I like Heidelberg, it’s been ages since the last time I was there 🙂

  6. Bangsar-bAbE

    Selba – Yes, I love the place too! =D

    Agnes – Thank you! 😉

    Precious Pea – The view was spectacular…and I think this is a must visit in Germany! Not sure about the weather now, as I went there more than a year ago! =P

    But my colleague just got back from Berlin last week, and he said it’s not too cold and quite sunny!

  7. Bangsar-bAbE

    taufulou – I enjoyed every bit of it!

    Lianne – Hey, thanks for dropping by! Thank you for the compliment, and yeah, I found the crepes disappointing. o_0

  8. CUMI & CIKI

    nice shots. looks like prague too lar.. even budapest:P

  9. CUMI & CIKI

    love the one of you by the castle.. u look absolutely gorrrgeous;)

  10. thule a.k.a leo

    looking at these photos made me missed my honeymoon in Europe 2 years back 🙂 also made me want to go for holiday.. hahaha!!!
    Not this year since my baby just arrived… maybe next year I’ll plan something

  11. Bangsar-bAbE

    leo – I also wanna go for holiday!! But no $$… =(

    Honeymoon in Europe? Best!

    Cumi & Ciki – Hahaha…quite similar hor? =P

    Thank you for the compliment! =)

  12. thule a.k.a leo

    at the moment, I can say the same thing to you “I’ve no $$$ too” 🙂

  13. ~Christine~Leng

    very nice and scenic pictures :)we’ve planned to go to Germany too during summer break and I’m so looking forward to it! 🙂

  14. backStreetGluttons

    Magical historical romantic Europe !
    Definitely ranks among the world’s Top 5 destinations ( one more to go…)

  15. Bangsar-bAbE

    BSG – Europe is magical indeed! Everything is surreal…like a dream. =)

    Christine – Nice! Where in Germany? Gosh…I envy you!! I want to go go Europe again… =(

    leo – Hopefully the airfares get cheaper, and our ringgit gets stronger! 😉

  16. Sapuche

    Ah, a backdated post! I was like, wait a sec, you’re in Germany now?! I’m slow sometimes. 🙂 What an amazing series of photos of a place I’ve never been! It looks spectacular there, and the sense of history really comes out nicely in your writing. Where are you going next?

  17. Bangsar-bAbE

    Sapuche – Yes, the view was spectacular! I loved every bit of Europe! =)

    Probably somewhere is Asia. Believe it or not, I have never visited any Asian countries besides Singapore! *shame on me!*

  18. My Taste Heaven

    Miss the Heidelberg Castle and the beer in Munich so much!!!

  19. Bangsar-bAbE

    Me too! I drank beer more than water there!!

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