Two weekends prior to the move into our flat, we took a day trip to explore the city of Heidelberg! It was one of the cities on our list to see and I couldn't wait to check it off. D and I had been told by some of his co-workers that Heidelberg castle was one of must-see castles in Germany. I'd have to say they were right! It was a beautiful castle (although mostly destroyed from various lightning storms and the 30 years war) and the city was lovely as well. Heidelberg is a university town, much like Mainz-Kastel is where D's squadron is located, although it's much prettier in my opinion. It is home to the University of Heidelberg, the oldest university in Germany. Heidelberg is also a very popular tourist destination, mostly because of the castle, but also for the beautiful baroque style Old Town. And for all you non-milspouse readers out there, did you know that Heidelberg is also home to a US Army installation since 1951? Yep, it's true! Now on to the photos!
View of Heidelberg from the castle
Inside the castle courtyard
These photos were taken on our tour of the castle. So worth the 4 euro each.
Another view of the courtyard from inside the castle
Frederick V and Elizabeth Stuart's children...or at least a few portraits of them.
D and I standing in front of one of the largest wine barrels I'd ever seen! There was an even bigger one in a cellar around the corner.
Eating my first official German pretzel! It was lackluster to say the least.
Another view of Heidelberg taken from the castle garden wall.
Finally out of the castle, we made our way into the city. Here is the Marktplatz.
Schneeballen or "snowballs." They are a dessert first created in Rothenburg ob der Tauber by bakers who wanted nothing to go waste. They used all their baking scraps to form these dough balls, fried them, and covered them with chocolate and all kinds of sweet toppings.
Making our way across the bridge to have a little picnic with our Schneeballen.
View of the castle from the bridge. So cool!
The view from our picnic spot. What a lovely way to end our visit to Heidelberg.
Seriously? D was a monster with that snowball! Have to say though, they really aren't that tasty. But, when in Germany?!