We moved into our new apartment this weekend! But since it’s not perfect yet, we won’t be blogging about it until we get more settled. Instead I’m (Corey) going to do a quick write up about my day in Heidelberg, Germany while Jon was out at a work meeting 🙂
I started off (wisely) getting a map from the concierge at our hotel and heading towards the other side of the Neckar river. Heidelberg is considered a college town and I could instantly tell from all the people hanging out on a long green space next to the river. There were people playing soccer (still hard to call it football), listening to music – mostly techno, and soo many bikes. Once I got through the crowds, an incredible view of Heidelberg’s old town rose up across the river, complete with a beautiful old bridge and spectacular castle. Alte Bruecke (Old Bridge), which connects the two sides of Heidelberg over the Neckar River, was built in 1786 completely out of local sandstone. I was particularly impressed with the statue of Athena promoting the arts and science mindset of the city.
After crossing the bridge (and buying some sunscreen – didn’t want to burn again like in Copenhagen!), I wandered through the city’s Old Town, admiring the architecture and picturesque streets. I even saw the oldest building in the whole city, the current site of Hotel Ritter, that was built in the 1500’s and avoided being burnt down during the Nine Years War because it’s made of one single stone (cool!). I loved that every building in this district seemed to be a completely different color than the last.
I took the first leg of the Heidelberger Bergbahnen (funicular railway) to Heidelberg Schloss (castle) perfectly perched on top of a hill overlooking the old town. The views from the East side of the castle looking towards Old Town and the Neckar Valley were my favorite. It seemed as though every roof in the district was red! Feeling adventurous, I continued up one of the oldest electrical funicular railways on a charming antique red railcar to the peak of Mount Königstuhl. The views of the valley were spectacular and well worth the trip.
I almost forgot to mention, we survived our first trip on the famous Autobahn by mostly following the suggested speed limit (130 kph, or 81 mph!) but there were definitely some crazy people passing us at close to twice our speed! It was an interesting experience…