Heidelberg Day 1 – Exploring town and the castle

 Mostly sunny – high temp 56ºF

I woke up early, so I decided to go for a walk by myself. I walked down our street, Steingasse, to the Tower Gate:

Tower Gate

Tower Gate

I then walked out on to the bridge. The sky was mostly clear with some clouds, and I could see fog moving in from the east and the west of the valley.

Fog in the Neckar Valley

Fog in the Neckar Valley

I went back to the room and Karen was awake. I told her where I’d been and she wanted to go see what I had, but first we needed to stop and the coffee shop next door to fuel up.

Coffee from Casa Del Café

Coffee from Casa Del Café

Then we ventured out together to explore the Old Bridge

Tim and Karen on the Old Bridge

Tim and Karen on the Old Bridge

We continued across the bridge and began our way up the path to Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Way). The path was really cool in that at first it was like a stone hallway:

Path to Philosophenweg

Path to Philosophenweg

The path went quite a distance, so after a bit we turned around and headed back into town where we briefly explored The Church of the Holy Spirit before returning to the apartment to check in with the boys. After getting them out, we went to the Marktplatz where we sat in the sun and ate lunch:

German suds

German suds

We then took the boys into the Church and were given all kinds of great history info by the church lady. She suggested we climb to the top of the church tower (for a small fee), and asked the boys to count the steps to get a surprise when they returned.

Boys on tower of Church of the Holy Ghost

Boys on tower of Church of the Holy Ghost

Although none of us got the count correct, and in fact my count had skewed Aidan’s, Dylan was closest with 208… the actual count was 209. The boys were allowed to choose a free postcard. We left the church, and it was up to explore the castle.

We paid for the guided tour which allowed us entrance inside the castle, however I was completely underwhelmed. There was great history shared, but the actual inside of the castle, which I expected to display some amount of splendor, was sparse. Pictures were also not allowed I was not able to capture anything.

As we were leaving the castle, we spotted a gentleman who had a black and gray fox on a leash… that was weird.

Family at Heidelberg Castle

Family at Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle ruined bell tower

Heidelberg Castle ruined bell tower

Heidelberg Castle 55,000 gallon wine cask

Heidelberg Castle 55,000 gallon wine cask

Karen and the boys in front of the residence at Heidelberg Castle

Karen and the boys in front of the residence at Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle courtyard

Heidelberg Castle courtyard

Ruins of the gun powder tower at Heidelberg Castle

Ruins of the gun powder tower at Heidelberg Castle

After leaving the castle, we returned to Vetter for dinner again, and this time I ordered a 1 liter beer… the waitress seemed to think I didn’t understand the size I was ordering… “It’s Big”, she said and made some gesture with her hand, I know I smiled:

1 liter beer mug at Vetter

1 liter beer mug at Vetter

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