It was a busy weekend, the one when we visited Heidelberg. Just 2 days and 4 places on our list, one of them being this wonderful one called ‘The City of Poets’. And it really left a mark upon us.
It is said it is the most historical city from the country or, how some friends said it, the city ‘where everyone stops on the way to Neuschwanstein Castle’. So expect it to be really crowded by tourists in search of the German authenticity.
We went there from Frankfurt, driving for about an hour. So, pretty close not to go and see what everyone praises about.
First stop was, of course, the castle up on the hill. There is no parking place up there and it was quite difficult to find one at the bottom of the hill. But enthusiasm was in our hearts, so we were ok with driving in circles for a while.
To get to the castle, or ‘schloss’ (my new favourite word in German), there are two ways: either climb more than 300 stairs or take the funicular. We went for the latter, as we thought it is an experience in itself besides being more comfortable. The ticket for the funicular is 7 euros with return and even though the lines seem long, they go pretty fast and the ride just takes 2 minutes.
The ticket from the funicular includes the entrance to the castle also, from where some very beautiful views over the whole city can be seen. And the minute you look over Heidelberg, you understand its magic. The poets might have felt the same thing. No place for much words, just see it in the pictures.
After having a walk around the castle and saving the picture perfect views in our minds, we found out there is another funicular that can be taken to get even more up the hill. Some people advised us there would be nothing interesting to see there, but after hearing this new funicular is an older one, we had to at least try the experience.
The ticket for this one is also 7 euros with return. But if we would have bought it along with the first one, we would have saved 2 euros. Well, lesson for us to be more informed 🙂
I am very afraid of heights. And believe me, the ride with this second funicular was not pleasant. I think Victor’s hand got red from how much I was holding it tight. The ride takes approximately 10 minutes and is more abrupt. I kind of regretted I wanted this experience.
After arriving up top, we kind of understood what people meant of it not being interesting because the public area is kind of small. But the views, oh my, were all worthy! Not crowded at all, even having a terrace bar at disposal, seemed like the perfect place to have a coffee or a bear and just feel happy.
With not that much time left on our plate, we went back down wanting to see the city and have some lunch. We stopped in the town square for some pizza, not because we were craving Italian, but mostly because it was crowded everywhere (told you it was one of the most visited cities in Germany).
The impression left from walking around the town is that it is a happy place. Colourful and bright, full of both younger and older people, everything seems romantic. See it for yourself in the pictures.
We were able to see the famous Heidelberg bridge from up the hill, but we heard you can have a nice view to the castle the other way around too. So off we went there, to have one last peek of this muse of the poets, before we headed to the next location.
Heidelberg is an absolutely beautiful city and we kind of regret we didn’t stay longer. But we are sure we will see it again, sooner than we expect.