Thursday, February 13, 2014

Heidelberg, Germany

 
Heidelberg is home to the country's oldest university established in 1386, it is considered the jewel of Germany. It lies in the steep valley where Odenwald mountains meet the Rhine and Neckar Rivers.
 
Below is the most defining feature of Heidelberg, the castle, which is considered the most magnificent castle ruin in Germany. It took 400 years to build. It suffered severe damage several times and was rebuilt several times but after it was struck by lightning in 1764, attempts of restoration ended. Many of the houses around were built with stones taken from the ruins until Count Charles de Graimberg put a stop to it in 1800.
 The view just below the castle.
 We toured with my 2 sisters and brother in law, cousin and her hubby, nephew and his wife and some friends we met during the river cruise. I love arches and gates and somehow, I always take pictures of them and with them.



 John is so sweet. He never minds carrying my feminine colorful shopping bag, no matter how my relatives tease him. They keep telling me to buy something that is not too feminine. Well, I finally did, so next time we travel together, you won't see this Caribbean looking bag anymore, lol.
 I really like to see all these ancient ruins.





 Heidelberg is also home to the biggest wine barrel. Built in 1751, it holds 220,000 liters (58,000 gallons). It is located within the castle. Nope, this is not the one although this is pretty big also.
 Here it is!!
 Have to look at the view one more time from up there before leaving the castle. Simply breathtaking!
 We were taken next to the main shopping area, which parallels the Neckar River. The whole view of the castle could be seen as we walked.

 A beautiful church by the shopping area. I believe it is a Protestant church.

 In 1778 to 1914, students were held in the Students' Prison called Kavaliersdelikte". Depending on the offense, imprisonment would last from 3 days to 4 weeks, but they were allowed to pause their sentence to attend lectures. While in prison, the students decorated the walls with graffiti and paintings that are still preserved today.
Heidelberg is a student town. One out of 5 residents is a student. The University of Heidelberg, established in 1386, is one of the most prestigious in the world.
 We had to pose in front of the store that carries and sells the "Student Kiss" chocolate candies. The legend says that students would ask a waiter to present this candy to a girl whom he is attracted to. If the girl accepts it, it will mean that she is interested and so the gentleman will not hesitate in getting closer.
 And who wouldn't love this man who does not mind carrying a colorful girly shopping bag for his wife? LOL! I don't hand it to him either, he takes it away from me.
 Mouth watering sweets and goodies, including their famous large snow balls.
 We enjoyed a yummy German lunch in a very charming restaurant within the shopping area.
 I thought this was interesting, a bench sitting right outside one of the stores.
 Time to go back to the bus and head for the ship. We passed by beautiful sceneries along the river.
I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of Heidelberg, Germany. I love reliving our trip. It is just so beautiful there. Thank you for stopping by. I would like to link with

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13 comments:

The French Hutch said...

Hi Christine, I enjoyed this tour with you. What a wonderful trip this must have been for you to share with family. Great photos, thanks for sharing your trip. Brings back memories Jim and I have from our trip to Germany..........

~Emily

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Hey Christine, what an amazing part of Germany. I haven't been there and what a great time with your sisters and family. Your potos are great Chris.
Happy Valentine's Day too.
FABBY

Salmagundi said...

I've stood in those exact same places - the view from the castle is wonderful. Thanks for sharing and bringing back good memories for me. Sally

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Wow! That is one amazing castle. I enjoyed seeing pictures of you and your family.

Vel Criste said...

I can only imagine the grandeur of this castle before - wow! Thank you for taking us along, I always enjoy looking at the pictures and knowing stories about these different places!

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KathyB. said...

I did enjoy this tour and also seeing pictures of you & John. He really is sweet and any husband who will carry a girly-girl bag for his wife , and insist on it, is a very loving man .

The castle ruins are impressive, makes you wonder about the castle in it's glory days.

Alycia Nichols said...

58,000 gallons of wine??!?!?!!! Now THAT'S a party!!! I'm packin' my bags and headed to Heidelberg right now! :-)

These are beautiful pictures, Christine! There is just so much history there!!! I hate it that so many buildings are torn down in America (particularly here in the Midwest) that are of still so beautiful and just in need of a little tender loving care. I live in an historic area called Longview, and most of the buildings here have mercifully either been restored or dismantled with the parts used toward creating a newer, safer structure. The school in the neighborhood was created with doors and reclaimed wood from one of the barns that used to be here. The kids are able to actually see, touch and be a part of that history. I thought of this particularly because of the graffiti-filled walls you referenced in the prison there from students held for various offenses. Interesting they were allowed to get out long enough to continue their education!

Interesting to see the reference to Forrest Gump on that bench! You just never know...!!!

I hail John for his willingness and sweetness to carry that bag for you! REAL men carry their wives bags regardless of the "girliness" of the fabric! :-)

Have a wonderful week, Christine!!!

Creations By Cindy said...

Love all the pictures! Feel like I got to go too! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Laurie Ritchey said...

Such amazing architecture. And what a charming shopping area. So glad to know that you got a less feminine shopping bag for John to carry! LOL laurie

Chandy said...

Christine, I love, love your pictures of Germany! You make me want to go there! And you two are just adorable! What a wonderful Valentine's Day you had! Hugs!!!

Crystal Grandeur said...


Such beautiful architecture.you look cute in every photo.Lovely shots..Happy week end to you.Love and hugs...:):)

Crystal Grandeur said...


Thank you Christine to wish me for my new venture..Love sujatha...:):)

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