Hotel Zum Pfalzgrafen
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The trail from Neckargemünd to Neckarsteinach is about 10kms, but we didn't want to make any shortcuts. So we walked around in a loop in town to pick up where we had left off, which ended up taking us through a park back down to the river and back up to the train station again! From there it was a steady climb out eastwards to what is called the Oberer Stadtwald (upper city forest) and a fantastic ...
... the Salian Kingdom. This led to the building of the the very impressive cathedral which dominates the town and was consecrated in 1061 before it was completed. It was the largest church of its time and became the burial place of eight German Emperors and Kings. The Speyer Cathedral remains the largest Romanesque church to this very day. The town has typical German architecture and some large plazas around the cathedral, which it needs because of its size. ...
... go for walks as well, but you don't really appreciate it so much when you are young!
I dusted off the cobwebs from the bike and rode over to Ladenburg as well to do a loop of the Green Ring around the old town. I managed to see another pheasant and get some nice clear views over the river. Ladenburg is really old and some of the buildings and signs are amazing. I am going to do a proper walk ...
... seen a proper one!
I have to say that my favourite animals are the birds of prey and the Riesenseeadler or Steller's Sea Eagle was amazing. The flamingos were also good to see as well as the kangaroos. It's always funny to think that animals from Australia are somehow exotic like a toucan, but the Germans love them! Germans have weird names for animals sometimes like:
1. Der Waschbär - raccoon (wash bear)
2. Raubtiere - ...
... of medical knowledge of the human body and treatment of disease. After the museum we took photos of the massive keg, descended back into town for some nourishment, including Streusalschnecke (essentially round bread topped with crumbs of icing sugar or something), and then crossed the Neckar River to walk the Philosophenweg, a pathway high above the river with excellent views of the old town and castle. I really enjoy a good panorama.