|Kornmarket Square with the Madonna Statue and the Castle in the background. Scott is cooling off in the basin.|
|We drove out of the mountains down the River Nekker to|
Heidelberg. We saw several rowing shells practicing.
The town was founded in 1186 and Heidelberg University in 1386. In 1815 a few months after publishing his 95 Theses, Martin Luther defended them here.
As soon as Hitler assumed power in 1933 non Aryan professors were ejected and it was a stronghold of the National Socialist Workers Party during the war years.
|Looking from the river into the old town|
It's a beautiful city - long and narrow, stretching along both sides of the river with steep hills rising up. Above the "Old Town" on the south bank, Heidelberg Castle sits on a knoll halfway up the mountain. A funicular stops there on it's way to the top of the mountain, "Konigsstuhl", the King's Seat.
We stayed 2 nights at NH Heidelberg about a half hour walk out of the city. It was very modern and comfortable although the breakfast was so expensive (22 Euros) we had to find a place to eat (even have coffee) around the area. Our first night we got there fairly late so had dinner at the top of a modern department store - a big buffet place with nice views. It was great having a whole day with out traveling. More in my second post on this Romantic city.
|The old stone bridge was erected in 1786 on the site of the Roman|
bridge. Part of it was destroyed by the Nazis as they left the city.
|This medieval bridge gate was originally part of the town walls.|
|The Interior of the Church of the Holy Spirit|
|The famous chocolates, Student Kiss, were invented in 1863 and|
promoted as a gallant token of affection.
|The bridge mandrill|
|The Castle seen from the bridge. The Castle was mostly destroyed|
during The Thirty Years War. In 1800 Count Graimberg
stepped in to preserve what was left.
|A view in the other direction|
|This student "prison" was a badge of celebrity rather than a|
punishment - a rite of passage until 1914.
|Marks the spot Luther defended his Theses|
|Hauptstrasse, the mile long Main St. is filled with cafes|
|American "culture" is everywhere!|
|The side of the Church of the Holy Spirit, like many it had shops|
for rent all along it's first floor (not in the front).
|Only a few blocks go off the Main St. before|
you reach either the river or the hill.
|"I saw Heidelberg on a perfectly clear morning,|
with a pleasant air both cool and invigorating.
The city, just so, with the totality of its ambiance
is, one might say, something ideal."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.