Fully enjoy yourself in Heidelberg!
Heidelberg is located in south-west Germany and is the fifth largest city in the State of Baden- Württemberg. It is also part of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region which is highly populated. The city is situated in a steep valley in the Odenwald, on the Neckar River.
The Electorate of the Palatinate had its residence in Heidelberg and also there is a well known university, the Heidelberg University. Heidelberg has a romantic cityscape which makes it popular to the tourists. The picturesque landscape includes the Heidelberg Castle and the Old Town which exposes a beautiful baroque style.
The Old Town is located on the South bank of the river and stretches on a long a narrow way.
The main street of the town is called Hauptstrasse and it runs the length of the old town, a mile-long pedestrian street.
There also is a stone bridge build around 1786 and that has an old medieval bridge gate on the side of the old town. That gate was originally part of the town wall. Furthermore, baroque tower helmets were constructed as part of the bridge.
In the marketplace of the bridge there is a late Gothic style church named the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Another wonderful sight you can visit if you’re ever there is Karl’s gate also known as Karlstor that is a triumphal arch located at Heidelberg east side and that was built in honour of Prince Elector Karl Theodor.
One of the few buildings to survive the War of Succession stands across the Church of the Holy Spirit and is called Knight St. George. The style the house expresses is that of late Renaissance and its name came to be as a response to the statue at the top.
There is a 16th century building on the River Neckar, which now serves as a cafeteria for the students and is known as The Marstall. The building served several purposes throughout the history of the town.
The Heidelberg Castle dominates the Old Town and it is built in a mixture of styles from Reinaissence to Gothic. The first building built in the inner courtyard was a royal residence and was divided into a ground floor made of stone and at the upper levels framework. It’s named after its founder Prince Elector Ruprecht III. Opposite of the Ruprecht Building is the Fountain Hall. The hall’s columns are said to have been brought by Prince Elector Philipp from a decayed palace of Charlemagne from Ingelheim.
In the 16th and 17th century two more palace buildings were added and the Prince Electors turned the fortress into a castle.
During the rule of Ottheinrich and Friedrich IV, two more dominant building were constructed on the eastern and northern side of the courtyard. During Friedrich V the “English Building” was constructed which is the main building on the west side.
During the Thirty Years’ War and the Palatine War of Succession, the castle and it’s garden have been destroyed more than once, and even though rebuilding it was started, after lightning struck the plans to restore it were abandoned. In 1800 Count Charles de Graimberg began preservation of the castle.
Although Heidelberg Castle shows an interior in Gothic styles, the well-known King’s Hall wasn’t built until 1934. The hall is now used for various festivities such as balls and theatre performances.
The park that surrounds the Heidelberg Castle is where a famous poet named Johann von Goethe once wandered.
Other sight worth seeing are the Philosophers’ Walk which runs on the sire of Saints’ Mountain; Heidelberg churches such as The Church of Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church of the Jesuit and the oldest church in Heidelberg, namely St. Peter’s church build sometime during the 12th century.
In Heidelberg there are several note-worthy events such as the Ball der Vampire, Heidelberg Spring, Frühlingsmesse on the Messeplatz where fireworks will be set off and the bridge and castle will ne illuminated. Also in September, the Old Town Autumn Festival takes place. There you can find a flea market, an arts and crafts market, a Medieval Marker and music ranging from Samba to Rock.
There is also a jazz festival and the Heidelberger Theatre Days and let’s not forget the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg in November.
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