Day trip to Heidelberg

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Schloss Heidelberg - HUGE wine barrel

Since I’ve been neck-deep in schoolwork all semester with Shakespearean language driving me absolutely insane, it was time for a day off.   Luckily I was invited by some former school buddies on a day trip to Heidelberg.  Although this wasn’t my first trip to this beautiful city, I was excited like I had never been there before.

We rented a VW Caddy, so all of us (5 adults, 2 babies) would fit.  We ended up getting a better deal than riding the train; gas money and car rental ran each of us 28 Euro, not bad!

As we were leaving Stuttgart the cloud cover that had been pressing down on us for the past months was still hanging there – grey and depressing.

Schloss Heidelberg
  On our way to Heidelberg the GPS sent us on some back roads, but we all decided we didn’t care as long as we got there before lunch.

Just as we were nearing Heidelberg the sun came out!  Our moods improved by the second, not that we were grumpy or anything.  Our first stop would be the Heidelberg castle.  On my first visit to Heidelberg a few years back I only got to see it from the city towering over the old part of town.  I remember how pretty it glowed in the orange light of sunset.  Today it was inviting us to come explore equally.  We tried our luck and drove up to the castle to find parking.   We were surprised to find rows of empty parking.  I’m sure it is much different in the summer.  We parked and made our way through the gardens to the castle entrance and ticket booth.

Schloss Heidelberg view
  The castle grounds are free for everyone, but to get inside the castle the tickets are sold in a recently added ticket and souvenir shop.  There was no line to get the tickets, an over-priced souvenir shop, and a bathroom that could be used free of charge.  There’s also a snack wagon by the entrance for those that don’t want to eat inside the castle. The selection seemed descent and the prices were normal for such a popular place.

We were finally ready to go inside the castle.  We enter over the old draw bridge were our tickets were checked.  We saw the old gate and walked through it.  Inside the big courtyard we were greeted by the gorgeous “Friedrichsbau”, the façade decorated with royalty.  On the other side, housing the “Apothekenmuseum” pharmacy museum, only the façade remains.

Heidelberg city
  The sky was cloudless and the brilliant blue showed through the windows from behind.  We were pretty hungry so we decided to go to the restaurant first.  The restaurant doubles as showroom for one of the largest wine barrels I have ever seen.  It holds over 120,000 liters of fancy grape juice, and has its own room.  There are stairs and a platform, so we climbed to the top of the barrel, and back down.  It was HUGE! We grabbed a quick bite to eat, before we explored the rest of the castle.  As we didn’t take a tour we didn’t get to go inside any of the other rooms of castle Heidelberg, but we enjoyed a glorious view over the city and the Neckar River.  One of the ladies had spent a few semester studying at the University of Heidelberg.
The brass monkey
  This reminded me of TB Ana, who used to live and teach here.  It was because of her that I first visited this beautiful little city, and I always wanted to come back since our tiny meet-up in 2008.

We were done at the castle, so we headed back to the car and made our way to the old city center.  Finding parking for the VW Caddy was a tad adventurous, since the parking garages are not laid out for anything bigger than a VW Golf. ;)  We decided to risk getting a ticket and took over two spots, so everyone could get out comfortable, and avoided that someone would park next to us and box us in.

We strolled down one of the two big pedestrian shopping streets and did some window shopping.  Well, we did buy a few things here and there.  The kiddos were such champs throughout all of this.

Schloss Heidelberg grounds
  I think I would have been okay with being carried around all day too.  Everyone was enjoying the sunshine and the streets of Heidelberg were fairly busy for a Saturday afternoon.  We slowly made our way to Heidelberg’s famous bridge with the unique towers.  Right by the towers sits the brass monkey – a statue that one can use as a mask.  You’ll see in the pictures. Supposedly you need to touch the mirror for wealth, touch the fingers if you want to return to Heidelberg and touch the mouse if you want to have many children.  Since I only read up about this afterward, I have no idea what I touched and didn’t touch. ;)  I guess I will find out eventually. hahaha

After walking across the bridge and taking a many more pictures, some artistic ones with the love locks on the bridge, we headed back toward our car.
Me and one of the big wine barrels
  On the way we grabbed some coffee at Starbucks, which we don’t get very often over here in Germany.  Julia, our guide/ ex Heidelberg student, had told us about a restaurant that they used to visit once a year with their professor.  This was our next destination.  It was about time to get inside somewhere warm, because although sunny, it was still freezing cold outside.

We arrived in the little town with the restaurant a little before the sun set completely.  “Die Kartoffel” is a restaurant that is famous for its hot rocks on which you can cook your steak the way you like it.  They also have backed potatoes in all varieties on the menu.  Their sour cream, although a little too much for my taste, was delicious. I’m hoping to find the info so I can write a separate review about this place. Yum, yum, yum.

After dinner we were headed back to Stuttgart. 

missandrea81 says:
Ja schon. Waere gar nicht so umstaendlich von Stuttgart. ;) Non-stop nach Palma. haha
Posted on: Mar 23, 2013
lauro says:
nach palma`hin?
Posted on: Mar 22, 2013
missandrea81 says:
Ich hab Ana auch getroffen. :) Die Zeit vergeht. Ich muss sie wieder besuchen, aber nicht in Heidelberg. haha
Posted on: Mar 21, 2013
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Me and one of the big wine barrels
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Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mus…
Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mu…
Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mus…
Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mu…
Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mus…
Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mu…
Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mus…
Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mu…
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Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mu…
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Schloss Heidelberg - Apotheken Mu…
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Schloss Heidelberg grounds
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Schloss Heidelberg grounds
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Gate
Its a gummi beer
It's a gummi beer
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Heidelberg city
Flood markings on the Neckar Bridge
Flood markings on the Neckar Bridge
Brass monkey, full view
Brass monkey, full view
Brass monkey, close-up
Brass monkey, close-up
Neckar bridge towers
Neckar bridge towers
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Another marker about the flooding…
Heidelberg castle from the bridge
Heidelberg castle from the bridge
Love locks on the bridge
Love locks on the bridge
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More love locks, and people enjoy…
Love locks and Heidelberg castle
Love locks and Heidelberg castle
Old German writing Pfaffengasse
Old German writing "Pfaffengasse"
Absinthe store
Absinthe store
The student prison...
The student prison...
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... was unfortunately closed
The little village with the Karto…
The little village with the "Kart…
Sunset
Sunset
Die Kartoffel restaurant
"Die Kartoffel" restaurant
My friends travel gnomes
My friend's travel gnomes
Steak on a hot rock
Steak on a hot rock
Backed potatoe
Backed potatoe
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