Heidelberg

FACTS ABOUT HEIDELBERG AND MY EXPERIENCES




SKYLINES AND AERIALS:
 
   
Altstadt - Old Town   The castle, the hill and the castle views  
   
Central Heidelberg   River Neckar: Views, bridges and streets  

SPECIALS:
     
   
Heidelberg in HDR   Store fronts at Hauptstrasse  

Population: 146 000
Year:
2010 (April)

State:
Baden-Württemberg
Tallest building: MLP (70m, 20 floors)


ABOUT HEIDELBERG

Heidelberg is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Germany withs its natural setting between the River Neckar and green mountains on both sides of the beautiful city center, that has many wellpreserved historic buildings, the famous castle, elegant stores and impressive churches. Modern Heidelberg can be traced as early as the 5th century. Before that, the so called "Heidelberg man" was found in 1907 as the earliest trace of human life in Europe! Since 1386, Heidelberg has been famous for what is now Germany's oldest university. It also has Europe's longest car free street. Heidelberg is almost grown together with the larger city Mannheim and Ludwigshaven. Heidelberg attracts 3.5 million visitors a year, with its many museums, festivals like classic music festival and a christmas market and the reputation as a "romantic city". The Königstuhl hill, where the castle lies, is 567m high!

MY EXPERIENCES

I visited Heidelberg as part of my Frankfurt visit. I dropped off the train in Darmstadt on my way to Heidelberg.

Unfortunately the sky was very grey during my visit, but I still I think it must be the most beautiful city in the whole Germany, at least among the ones I have visited. I visited most parts of the old town, and the more modern side of central Heidelberg and I walked up the hill to the castle. Heidelberg has a more relaxed student city feel to it, unfortunately it has become a bit too touristy in some parts, with souvenir shops built in the church for example. As a true student city you can feel that the bikers are absolutately crazy in Heidelberg!

The name "Heidelberg" is also familiar for me from the printing machines, and in my hometown (Malmö) there is a huge factory called Heidelberg cement. The Swedish queen also had her roots in Heidelberg.

Heidelberg has both trams and buses and its transportation system also covers Mannheim.

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