The Rathaus from Marktplatz, Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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Heidelberg was the last stop on our Lakes and Lederhosen’s road trip, we intended to make this a relaxing stopover, so we parked up the car for a couple of nights and went to explore the town.

The River Neckar

Heidelberg is located along the banks of the River Neckar, and is settled within lush surroundings on either side.

The River Neckar, Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

With its imposing Renaissance castle peering down protecting it.

The ruins today dominate the skyline and put pay to the myth that lightning doesn’t strike twice.

The view from Kornmarkt with Schloss Heidelberg on the hill, Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Not only has this elegant figure had to fight off troops, it has also been subject to two separate lightning assaults, the first in 1537 and then again 1764. Despite all this, the castle ruins are still very beautiful.

Gateway to Heidelberg

Along the south bank of the river, the Old Bridge Gate remains.

The bridge itself, built of Neckar valley sandstone in the 18th century by Prince Karl Theodore, replaces previous structures which were made of wood, and were continually being destroyed by war and floods.

The Old Bridge Gate, Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Next to the Old Bridge Gate you will see the latest Heidelberg Bridge Monkey. This bronze sculpture was installed in 1979.

It is believed that there has been Heidelberg Bridge Monkey as far back as the 15th century.

It is believed that the legend surrounding this primate symbolizes the fact that neither the city-dwellers nor the people who lived outside the city were better than the other, and that they should look over their shoulder as they cross the bridge to remember this.

Heidelberg Bridge Monkey, Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

The old town

The view down a lane with the Church of the Jesuits in the background in Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Heading south from the Old Bridge Gate, you stroll into the Baroque style ‘Old Town’, with its welcoming lanes and squares.

When you wander into the town square, Marktplatz, you are immediately greeted by the impressive late Gothic church “Church of the Holy Spirit’, with its imposing steeple rising above the rooftops of the surrounding cafes.

The Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Tower of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Marktplatz is a lovely place to relax and soak up the laid back bustle of this friendly German town, whilst admiring the charming Old Town Hall.

The Rathaus from Marktplatz, Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Hotel Hackteufel

In our all too brief visit to Heidelberg we came across this charming bar/restaurant Hackteufel.

Hotel Hackteufel, Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Although it is in a fairly touristy part of the town, we had a fantastic experience, the staff were really friendly, and we enjoyed the wonderfully varied selection of local cuisine and beer.

Have You?

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