Our Introduction To German Castles

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Friday, May 20, 2011

On Friday we met my parents for breakfast since Derek and I are now staying with Amy and James. We sat outside at a restaurant where they leave small fleece blankets over the chairs for their guests. This is one of the many things that happen here which I think we should bring home with us. A traditional German breakfast is a little different as it seems to included an assortment of rolls, sliced cheese, a cheese spread similar to cream cheese, jam, an assortment of cold cuts, a boiled egg and coffee or tea. Then mine had a small salad next to it. We have experienced different variations and additions since this original breakfast but those seem to be the staples. After breakfast the men went to get an additional car and met us back at the apartment from where we packed up and headed to Heidelberg. The ride was beautiful and before we knew it we were heading straight up hill to Heidelberg Castle. The castle was built in the late 14th century, continuing until the late-17th when French invasions destroyed it and much of the original town. For a significant time the castle housed a pharmacy school and there was a display in part of the castle with many instruments and items of significant from that time. They also have the largest wine barrels one could imagine in the cellar and Derek and I stood on the King of them all. After enjoying the castle courtyard and grounds along with views of the Baroque buildings below we drove back down the mountain and into town to explore what the city center had to offer. Heidelberg is home to Germany's first university, built in 1386 and therefore has a large population of students and young professionals but also emits a romantic feel particularly in the older parts of town. We had a great lunch that we stumbled upon while walking down the cobblestone road and then took to the streets for shopping and architecture admiring. We spent a significant amount of time in the Christmas store in town that has some of the most incredible ornaments and figurines you have seen. The city sits on the River Neckar that runs below the castle and through the middle of town and we spent time watching boats coming up and down it and going through the lochs. We enjoyed a malt beverage at another quaint biergarten before making our way back to the car and then home to Ludwigshafen for dinner at a restaurant Amy and James remembered from when they were here last year. As we sat outside and ordered our drinks the very friendly waitress let us know that she had reserved a table inside as it was expected to rain. We smiled and thanked her as she left we all looked at each other and the blue sky and said "Does she know something we don’t?"  Apparently the owner lives 5km away and always calls when there is a change in the weather. As the first drops fell we made our way inside and ended up sitting in an area that was like a library which seemed fitting since Amy is a children's librarian. Now that she had the child, it was as though the books had found here all the way over here. Dinner was great and it was time to rest up for the next adventure.
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sophia on

All German enchange students seem to come from Heidelberg! Have fun its a lovely place! Go to the Zugspitze nr munich! And the partnachklamm waterfalls! Beautiful x

compils on

Would they accept an exchange teacher? Will work for beer....

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