Heidelberg Castle

Earlier this week, we decided to make a quick trip from Frankfurt to Heidelberg. It is only a fifty-minute train ride to reach Heidelberg and it is definitely a trip that is worth the while. Clearly it is a popular tourist destination and top among the sites to visit is the castle that looms large over the old town. No matter where you are, the castle is clearly visible on the hillside above the city that lies on the Neckar River.

View of Some of the Most Preserved Parts of the Castle

View of Some of the Most Preserved Parts of the Castle

Looming Above the City

Looming Above the City

Castle Tower

Castle Tower

Signs of Destruction

Signs of Destruction

We decided to take the guided tour since we often like to hear about the history and see sights that are sometimes only available by tour, but we were disappointed with this particular tour. Partially due to two young children who misbehaved and disrupted every aspect of the tour, however, even if that hadn’t been the case, it would not have been worth the small price that we paid. The castle has been in a state of constant flux since its original construction in the thirteenth century. What is left today is a ruin of a castle, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth seeing, because it definitely is.

Clear Sky Behind the Castle

Clear Sky Behind the Castle

Gorgeous Castle

Gorgeous Castle

View of the Castle

View of the Castle

More Signs of Destruction

More Signs of Destruction

It is hard to imagine how beautiful it must have been during the height or its glory, but it must have truly been grand. It helps that it was a gorgeous day when we visited, which is somewhat of rarity these days. The castle grounds are no longer filled with lavish gardens, but it is still a beautiful place to visit. Today, the castle is rented out for weddings and special events, so one of the reasons that we didn’t like the tour was the subliminal selling message that we heard throughout the tour. Although the castle is clearly in decay, it is still very much worth visiting if you get the chance to visit Heidelberg.

Model of the Full Castle

Model of the Full Castle

Open Windows

Open Windows

Another View of the Castle

Another View of the Castle

Gorgeous Autumn Day

Gorgeous Autumn Day

 

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7 Responses to Heidelberg Castle

  1. Mel & Suan says:

    Yes you are right, it’s really a place to visit!

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  2. dinkytravels says:

    Great pictures, I don’t know much about Germany and it’s hasn’t been on my radar…..perhaps it should be.

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  3. Looks beautiful, and so sorry about those bratty kids!

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  4. Marlies says:

    I love these kinda buildings! Good to know this is in Germany 🙂
    Also good to know about the tour and will probably skip it too then. I also love hearing about the history but if it’s not worth it…

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