Bergs und Burgs

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2015

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Howdy folks,

Day Four started out like the day before with a big breakfast which we needed after so much walking around the previous day! Having done Mannheim and Schwetzingen, it was time to head into Heidelberg to take a proper look around. Simon and I rode the bikes into Heidelberg and locked them up at Bismarkplatz before heading up to the hills. Because Heidelberg is squeezed into the Neckar River Valley, the hills are literally just a 5 minute walk away. We headed up to the Gaisberg where the view was a little hazy over the Neckar plains.

We continued walking along the top of the hill until we reached the Bergbahn near the summit of the Königstuhl. Instead of trying to find a way around it, we just climbed down and over it to the other side which probably wasn't the best idea. On the other side we had to walk through some bramble bushes at the end of the paragliding launch pad, but we had reached the summit!

Simon enjoyed eating his sugar flower from his welcome cake at the Königstuhl summit and we took a little look around before heading down to the Heidelberger Schloss. We met Steffie there who had finished work early so that she could do a tour of the Schloss with us. We have been inside the Schloss grounds before, but we had never had a guided tour of the interior. The woman who gave the tour had a strong German accent and rushed us through the 45 minute tour which I found a bit too quick. There wasn’t much opportunity to ask questions and we had to take photos pretty quickly.

We did learn a few things though so it wasn’t too bad and it was quite cheap. The models of the Schloss before and after it was destroyed were a good indication of how it used to look like in its heyday. Apparently the Prince Elector who lived there got so fat on food and wine that he had to be carried down by his servants into town every day. Perkeo the Italian dwarf in charge of the large wine barrel only drank wine and apparently the people used to sometimes even bathe in it because the water was so badly contaminated!

We walked out through the Schloss gardens to the terrace overlooking Heidelberg and we had some good weather to take in the views. We paused to survey the majesty of the Schloss grass by lying down on it. Steffie raced us down to the bottom while we had a quick detour to see the Elisabeth Gate. Now it was time to check out the Altstadt and our first stop was the Marktplatz which has the big Heiliggeistkirche in the middle. There were plenty of people out and about: sitting in cafes and walking around. We took a look at some souvenirs and Simon and Steffie went into the church to listen to the organ concert.

The next stop was the Alte Brücke next door and Simon got a photo with the monkey. It is definitely a big tourist spot with everyone stopping there to take a photo of the Schloss on the hillside. Simon and I went back to grab our bikes and we came back to the Marktplatz to grab a bite to eat for dinner. It was nice to sit outside and eat watching the hustle and bustle of the city.

After dinner, Steffie managed to load both of our bikes into the car so that we didn’t have to ride back to Edingen. They only just fit and Simon had to really squeeze into the back seat!
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