Well S and I never made it to London over the long weekend as we were originally planning (mentioned in one of my previous blog posts) – the flights were just too expensive to book at the last minute. Oh well, another time!
We decided to check out Heidelberg instead, a beautiful city just over an hour’s drive away from us. I’d been once before in 2008 by myself, but S had never been. Time for a mini road trip!
Heidelberg is the 5th largest city in Baden-Wuerttemberg and lies on the River Neckar. The city is a tourism hot spot because of its romantic cityscape which features the picturesque Heidelberg Castle and Old Bridge.
Highlights from the trip include the visit to the Heidelberg Castle (Schloss). The castle boasts amazing views of the city below. The castle itself is quite a sight – battered by war and two (yes, two!) lightning strikes, it’s a ruin to behold. We also enjoyed strolling around the Altstadt (Old Town), checking out the Alte Bruecke (Old Bridge), and visiting the monkey statue at the base of the bridge.
For fun, we also checked out the Studentenkarzer, the old Students’ Prison behind the Heidelberg University. From 1778 until 1914, university students were imprisoned anywhere from 1 night to 4 weeks for their misdemeanors. Common infractions included disturbing the peace, insulting police officials, or letting pigs out of their pens to run wild in the streets! It became a note of pride to have spent a night in the prison during one’s university career. The inmates decorated the walls with graffiti, including funny quotes, self-portraits, and crests from their fraternities.
A quick visit to Heidelberg, but it was well worth it! I definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance!