Day trip to Heidelberg
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.